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Demystifying the 1967 Cougar Sequential Turn Signals

1967 Cougar Sequential Turn Signal System Troubleshooting Guide CoverWhat would a classic Cougar be without functioning sequential taillights? Frustrating, that’s what.

Classic Cougar Community member coachJack has come to the rescue with his thorough guide “Everything You Wanted To Know About the ’67 Cougar Sequential Taillights.

According to coachJack, he started with Steve Citrone’s “Sequential Signals of the 67/68 Cougar,” which provides comprehensive information about the system. Next, he added the “Sequential Turn Signal And Emergency Flasher Systems” which contains essential information, working diagrams, wiring diagrams and a troubleshooting flowchart. He then used Vic Yarnberry’s “Sequential Turn Signal Troubleshooting Guide” for the turn signal switch circuitry and troubleshooting. Last but not least, he read through numerous posts on the Mercury Cougar forum and the Classic Cougar forum, gleaning what additional information he could and integrating it into the document. He found Greg Murphy’s (devildog) format in which associated relays, their function, location, and indications of failure are described particularly helpful, so he incorporated that as well as adding additional notes, wiring information, and testing procedures for both off and on the car.

As you can see, the PDF file contains bookmarks and a handy table of contents for ease of navigation.

This was a huge effort and a great contribution to the community. Thanks, coachJack!

Help Save the Ford Highland Park Plant

Ford Highland Park Project Fact SheetOn October 17, 1913, Henry Ford launched the first moving automotive assembly line at the Ford Highland Park Plant, the birthplace of modern industrial mass production.

Line workers earned $5 per day, twice the average industrial wage at the time, and sufficient to allow the workers to purchase the product they produced, the Ford Model T. The American middle class was born.

The beautiful buildings comprising the Ford Highland Park Plant were dubbed the “Crystal Palace” due to the openness and natural light afforded by the huge windows. Many of the buildings still stand near the corner of Woodward Avenue and Manchester in Highland Park, Michigan. The site has been named a National Historic Site, but up to now, there has been no public access. Until now.

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And in the Beginning: Redux

It’s not April Fool’s Day, but…

1967 Cougar Introduction ProgramA little over two years ago, in an article entitled “And in the Beginning,” we brought you the story of the 1967 Mercury Cougar Introduction Program, making the Program available in a PDF download. The response was mostly positive, but we did receive a number of complaints about the size of the entire file. We split the file into parts to make it easier to download, but it was not exactly what we call “convenient for viewing.”

Now that we have a new–and hopefully better–method of displaying such documents, we’ve revived the Program and added it to the growing list of Cougar manuals and literature hosted on the site. Be sure to read the original article “And in the Beginning” if you haven’t seen it already, and have a look at the 40th Anniversary Mercury Cougar Introduction Program as presented in the Cascade Cougar Club Newsletter “The Prowler” in 2006.

Define “Hairy?”

Hairy–A car that is a potential performer; also, a difficult race course

1969 Mercury Sales NewsletterThe newest addition to our–hopefully–increasing library of classic Cougar literature and manuals is the 1969 Mercury Salesmen’s Newsletter. It’s packed full of information about the 1969 Lincoln-Mercury “muscle cars,” including the Cougar “Boss” 302 Eliminator and the Cyclone.

There is some really intriguing information here. For example, there is the comparison chart featuring the Cougar “Boss” 302 Eliminator, the Plymouth ‘Cuda 340, the Camaro Z/28, and the Mustang “Boss” 302.

You can also find some real entertainment–the Performance Terminology. “Hairy” is only the beginning. So whether your ride is a sponge, a stone, a honker or a gook wagon, you’ll find something of interest here.

Lower, Wider, Longer

In 1969, Cougar Leads the Way in New Features and Value

1969 Cougar Leads the WayA completely new sculptured body, a lower, wider, and longer profile, a convertible version, a new roofline, ventless side windows, and an all-new “instrument and command” panel were some of the changes for the 1969 Mercury Cougar extolled in the brochure Lincoln-Mercury Cougar 1969: The Winner Leads the Way! featured here on Classic Cougar Community.

The brochure goes through all the new features for ’69 in detail, as well as listing some of the options available. It’s a must-see for any Cougar fan, and will probably leave the 1969 guys drooling and/or preening.

Luxury options, dimensions and specifications, and power options–even the ram air option for the 428-CJ are all listed. There is even a quiz on page 15 to test your Cougar knowledge!

Vacuum System Diagnosis Guide: What’s with the Spaghetti?

In 1968, you only got a small portion, but it was still spaghetti

1968 Vacuum System Diagnosis GuideIf you’ve never spent a Saturday afternoon trying to figure out which vacuum line goes where on that ’68 Cougar you bought from the guy who thought his vacuum system modifications would improve things, you’re very lucky.

The fact is, even Lincoln/Mercury’s technicians needed occasional help when it came to untangling the spaghetti-like mass of vacuum lines under the hood of the ’68 model line. In that battle, they had a special weapon at their disposal that you can now add to your personal Cougar arsenal: the 1968 Lincoln/Mercury Vacuum System Diagnostic Guide. And to make things easy, we’ve also made a handy PDF version that you can download and save to print out as needed.

Hopefully, they’ll make the spaghetti a little less frustrating.

But Wait,There’s More: The Dealer Guide

Even then, they knew just how to play you. If the 1968 Mercury Cougar didn’t have you searching your couch cushions for pennies, the Dealer Guide would.

1968 Mercury Cougar Dealer GuideIt’s 1968. You’re standing in front of the Lincoln-Mercury dealership. The gas station on the corner is in the midst of a “gas war” with a station down the street; premium is going for 19.9 cents a gallon. Your palms are sweaty. You take a deep breath and walk through the door of the dealership, telling the salesman who meets you at the door that you’re interested in a new Mercury Cougar.

Two hours later, he’s told you all he knows about the model on the showroom floor. He’s had to pry your fingers off the wheel at the end of a long test drive, and he can tell by the gleam in your eyes that he’s got you just where he wants you. He sits you down at his desk, and with a flourish, he produces…the Dealer Guide. A showroom model will no longer suffice. You’re ready to forfeit your soul for a custom-configured Cougar if they’d only show you where to sign.

Click on the image above to view a flipping-page version of the Mercury Cougar section of the Dealer Guide, or download the Cougar section of the Dealer Guide in PDF format here. Be sure to check out the photos of the Mercury Cougar interior color section of the Dealer Guide in the Classic Cougar Community photo gallery.

For Ford Salesmen Only: 1963 Ford 427 High Performance Engines

1963 Ford 427 High-Performance Engine Sales ManualIn 1963, Ford provided its salesmen with this confidential booklet in order to give them the information they needed to sell Ford’s line of 427 high-performance engines.

The booklet includes details of the 427 high-performance engine line, suggested sales prospects and selling techniques, and, most importantly, specifications for the engines.

Whether you’re running a 427 in one of your rides or not, the booklet serves as a fascinating behind-the-curtain glimpse into Ford’s approach to marketing the venerable 427 as well as an intriguing view of a time when gas was cheap and size–in cubic inches–definitely mattered.

The Ford 427 High-Performance Engines booklet is the first of what we at Classic Cougar Community hope will be many more offerings of manuals, literature, and other media contributed by the Community.

The 1963 Ford 427 High-Performance Engines booklet was provided by Royce Peterson, and is used with his permission. Thanks, Royce!