I’ve had a few people take notice of mods I’ve been doing to my Cougar. I’ve been using Ebay/Amazon a lot and am quite happy with the outcomes. So in the spirit of sharing…Here is what Ice been up to. I’ll post pictures and DIY how to’s later.
Back up camera.
Cost $25 on eBay. Took about an hour of my time. The viewfinder is built into rearview mirror so completely hidden until I’m backing up. You tie into your rear backup light power so that it is only powered up when you are in reverse. How to posted here https://classiccougarcommunity.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9440
HUD display. Cost $30 on eBay. Get one that relies on Gps not OBDII. shows my speed /direction now in in the windshield. Just a few minutes to tie into the switch ignition live wire.
Center console… This one came from Vertical Driven products. Was originally intended for a jeep but fits perfectly in our Cougars.
I modified the center console with two extra cigarette plugs
Seat covers from EBay that have heat built in as well as a fan.
Replaced steering wheel with a nice leather aftermarket one with chrome. Bonus selling the trashed rimblow wheel and cover was for a lot more then this wheel and adapter had cost me.
A cigarette charger in the center dash where the brake light warming used to be along with a few dollar volt meter I got off EBay.
Two Chinese type racing seats that recline. Bonus they saved 52 lbs from the car.
Perteonix ignition big improvement from points
Powered by a relay also.
Also something known as the 6Liter tuneup has been done. Made popular on some other forums. This basically means after switching to electronic ignition, new cap/rotor, upgrading your coil to higher voltage, thicker spark plug wires to handle the increase, gapping your plugs bigger and then advancing your timing. =more hp and better gas mileage. You can read about it here
Upgrade to lights. $12 relay set from EBay. Was plug and play. Made a nice difference to lights.
Wired in an additional dome light.
Wired in an led light switch into the trunk with Led lights
Replaced all interior lights with Leds
Replaced about 70% of exterior lights with leds
Bought 17" aftermarket tires /wheels from a modern day Mustang off Craiglist and bonus sold my 14" tires/wheels for same price I paid. Needed $50 spacers from EBay to make work.
Upgraded my drums to front disc from a seller on eBay and with the help of a Craiglist mobile mechanic to install. My total cost was $700 including labor.
White gauge faces for the instrument cluster. $30 on a site.
More info posted soon.