Can TCCN (The Classic Cougar Network) Rise from the Grave Again?

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…

Many of us didn’t fully appreciate the TCCN until it was no longer available. TCCN had become, for many users, the best place to learn about our classic Cougars and to get the technical information needed to fix the most common problems.  And even if your car didn’t have a problem today it served as a wonderful place to while away the hours thinking about all of the things you might someday want to do to your Cougar.

After doing a complete revamp of the site several years ago, when TCCN officially became TCCN II,  Steve Eitzen knew exactly what he faced if he tried to bring the site up to a more modern standard once again.  Faced with such a huge task, he made the decision to shutter the site.  Steve has let it be known that he might be willing to entertain serious offers if someone or some group were willing to purchase the site.

Putting a price on something like this is challenging.  I suspect that given the depth of the site, and the number of photographs and the amount of research that was involved, that the site could not be duplicated, no matter what the budget was.  However, the number we are hearing is around $20,000, and that would include pretty much everything Cougar-related that Steve has to offer.

So I put the question to the Cougar Community:  What would it be worth to YOU to have TCCN back online?  You can tell us what you think by voting in the poll at right.

The devil is in the details…  I suspect many of you are thinking about the who, what, when, and where, and I have to admit that there is no fully developed plan.  I think all of us are smarter than any one of us so let’s hear your ideas.  Since I am the one putting this out there here are a few ideas to kick things off.

First of all, I would personally guarantee that the site would be up and available by pre-paying hosting for the first 5 years.  Should I ever fail to be able to host the site, the material would be transferred to the Cougar Club of America or some other group who could provide hosting.  I would be very happy to work with anyone that has a better idea for how the community at large could retain ownership.

  • Donors would all be listed on an honor roll.
  • Major donors (>=$100?)  would also get a plaque to signify their contribution.
  • I can also envision window stickers, or dash plaques for other donors.
  • I think that I can do a little arm twisting to get at least one of the Cougar parts vendors to provide a discount (5% on purchases over $100?) to major donors.

What else can we do to honor those that have supported the site?

The site would continue to be independent; that is, the URL would remain exactly as it is today.  It would not become a part of this or any other site.

So what are your ideas?  Is it worth even attempting to save it?  You can comment here, or in the forums on

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!

Chris Farmer’s First Car: 1968 Cougar Standard

1968 Mercury Cougar Standard - Front ViewMy love affair with Cougars started back in 1991. I had always been into classic cars, and as I approached my 16th birthday I started searching for “my car.” I saw many cars I would love to have and looked at a few that were realistic. I looked at ’61 Impalas, Chevelle’s, etc. Finally, my dad pointed out an ad he had seen at work for a 1968 Mercury Cougar. After looking at the car we decided the deal was right and Dad bought the car for me and thus the addiction started.

James Wilson’s 1970 Cougar Eliminator Clone

Confessions of a Cougar-holic

James Wilson's 1970 Mercury Cougar 'Copy Cat'Hi, my name is James and I’m a Cougar-holic. My story, well, I was raised just outside the San Francisco bay area in a small town called Pleasanton, California. At least it was a small town when I lived there. The Good Guys show would start a few years after I left. My father was a sort of car guy. He loved cars, but just never found a car to get passionate about. At one point or another he’s had an Austin Healey, a ’65 GTO ‘vert, a ’67 XKE, and a ’67 GTX. He actually was about to buy a 300SL Gull wing but decided on buying the Austin brand new instead. Unfortunately, I got older and the need for family cars interfered. He was still out there every weekend washing, waxing, and keeping ahead of the maintenance on everything he owned.

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Proposed CCOA Judging Standard

Modified Classes – Overview

All classes will require that the vehicle be currently registered, tagged, and insured.

(Super/Pro Street)
Any Cougar with more than 3 changes from original factory configuration while retaining a stock appearance. This class is intended for clones or tribute cars with factory-appeariing upgrades. Any Cougar with more than 3  visible changes from stock that represent functional upgrades to vehicle controls, suspension, driveline, instrumentation, or interior components without significant structural modifications. Any Cougar with any visible changes from stock that includes structural changes to the original body shell for street or show use only. Any Cougar with changes to the original body shell that are made for racing or performance purposes.
A Marti report will be required for entry into this class, which will be judged according to Street Stock standard pertaining to the model being cloned.
  • Engineering – 200 points
  • Bodywork – 200 points
  • Paint – 200 points
  • Engine & Compartment – 125
  • Undercarriage & Driveline – 150
  • Interior & Trunk – 190
  • Engineering – 250 points
  • Bodywork – 200 points
  • Paint – 200 points
  • Engine & Compartment – 100
  • Undercarriage & Driveline – 60
  • Interior & Trunk – 190
  • Engineering – 200 points
  • Bodywork – 100 points
  • Paint – 100 points
  • Engine & Compartment – 200
  • Undercarriage & Driveline – 200
  • Interior & Trunk – 200

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And In the Beginning: Mercury Cougar Introduction Program

Pre-Announcement Materials AdvertisementApril Fools day, 1966 marks the beginning of the Cougar story outside of Ford Motor Company.  I think many of our less Cougar afflicted friends and significant others may find some dark humor in the date, but for us it marks the beginning of an incredible story.

The story of how Cougar began is brought to you by the good folks of the Cascade Cougar Club, and in particular, Don Skinner Editor of the Cascade Cougar Club Prowler newsletter, with innumerable contributions from the collection of Jim and Elaine Pinkerton.  This material was previously published by the Cascade Cougar Club in printed form as well as on a CD that features two bonus articles that did not make it to print.  I am sure the entire Cougar Community shares my gratitude to this fine group of folks for assembling this information and making available to us here.

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Cougar Club of America Update

The Cougar Club of America held an informal meeting at the Carlisle all Ford meet earlier this month.  The result of that meeting has been summarized in this posting from the CCOA website:

Opinion: ClassicCougar Community.Com

The Cougar Community needs more resources, and a healthy active national club is a vital ingredient in the mix.  But the CCOA has not been able to fill this need for the past few years.  For many members, the quarterly club news letter, At the Sign of the Cat, was the main benefit of membership.  The newsletter has not been published in over a year.  The club has also faltered in its ability to provide support for regional and national shows.  Many have questioned whether the club, in accordance with its own bylaws, even continues to exist.

One thing seems certain.  As long as the CCOA continues to cling to its existence. than no other club is likely to be formed to replace it.  Formation of a new club would most likely only result in an unnecessary division of the Cougar Community.

The only action that seems to have arisen from the meeting was the creation of a new position to go along with the other 5 currently unfilled board positions.  How adding this position will help remains to be seen.

It seems to me that the thing the CCOA needs the most right now is to take action.

I posted the following suggestions on the MC.Net site.  Others will have their own suggestions.  Regardless of what steps are taken, the most important thing seems to be taking the first step forward.  I applaud Randy Goodling for just getting the meeting together, and posting the results.

The club is currently unable to produce a printed newsletter. Face up to this fact.

  1. Going forward, all communication from the club will utilize email and online methods.
  2. Remove the promises of a quarterly newsletter form the website.
  3. If enough funds exist to send a post card to all “members” asking for an email address, notify them that no other printed materials are forth coming, and apologize for the lapse in communication.
  4. Suspend the collection of dues. It is unclear what the club can deliver in return for dues. Membership is free. Make it possible for members to make donations. Come clean on the money. Make a copy of the bank statement, black out the account numbers, and post it.
  5. Produce a simple monthly PDF based newsletter to the members even if all it says is “I didn’t have time to do anything more”.
  6. Make decisions.