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Hi all,
I finally am going to get the Cougar painted and need to know how to remove the Cougar emblem on the side window quarter.

Suggestions?
 

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:frown2: Joy.

Might be easier to leave them on. Already went down this road with new stereo system.

I will look at the service book to see how to remove the inside quarter panels.

Thanks Matt!
 

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Doing so would also give you the opportunity to remove the rear quarter windows as well. They bolt in.
 

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Doing so would also give you the opportunity to remove the rear quarter windows as well. They bolt in.
This is a good thing to do, as you will want to re-seal the weatherstripping behind the window; all my Cougars leak there.

You also want to remove all the sound deadening in the unibody below the window/speaker area; it holds water, and makes it rust out. :)
 

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If you are painting the car, those emblems NEED to be removed, and really the quarter glass should be too. Failure to remove these will result in paint peeling around them, and even more work and more money to fix it right. For as much work and money is involved in a complete paint job, take the time to pull everything apart and do it right.
 

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Remove the door trim and mirror trim too, which means removing the door window channels and drilling out the rivets.

The passenger side of my car was repainted by the previous owner for some reason, and unfortunately this step was skipped and I've had to live with this...
 

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<shock> wow.... I mean, I was going to pull all the outside lights, got a new hood, cleaned it and stripped the underside so they can color match it as well... I never thought about pulling the window trim.

I was going to pull the wiper arms, vent covers, antenna and the likes.. but wow.... that would be a nice paint job.

I will say, whoever painted this car back in 97 after it was "totaled" and fixed and sold to a dealer... (long story), the paint held up for almost 20 years. But the bumpers show the pealing. Found out there is bondo on the roof from some damage there.

It is a toss up in deciding to just buy another Cougar with less miles, better condition and deal with all of its weird problems or stay with what you know and trust. I have done so much work to this car and have a lot more to do that, what the heck. Make it look nice for another 20 years.

I have till Monday to get it ready. I will start with the easy stuff and if I have time, I will do the windows and trim. I want a nice paint job and they told me, the more you pull, the better the paint job. They did want me to get another bumper too, but it was more work to remove one from the yard and then have to pull mine as well that I figured, I will sand down the bumper if I get some time, otherwise, have them do it (a little extra cash can go far). They said about $100 extra to paint under the hood. that was a high estimate. Since I stripped it and washed off the grease and grime, all they need to do is paint it now... should be less.

Thanks all for the feed back, it really is great info.

Nice pic Matt.
 

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Removing those emblems is not optional. If you aren't sure if you will have enough time, do that first before worrying about lights or bumpers.
 

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Remove the door trim and mirror trim too, which means removing the door window channels and drilling out the rivets.

The passenger side of my car was repainted by the previous owner for some reason, and unfortunately this step was skipped and I've had to live with this...
No pin striping? They asked if I wanted to replace my pin stripe and I said I would do my own... see pic below I did on my Town Car.
 

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Remove the door trim and mirror trim too, which means removing the door window channels and drilling out the rivets.

The passenger side of my car was repainted by the previous owner for some reason, and unfortunately this step was skipped and I've had to live with this...
Removing those emblems is not optional. If you aren't sure if you will have enough time, do that first before worrying about lights or bumpers.
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Understood.
 

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Can't you just run a hacksaw blade behind the emblem to cut it off? :facepalm: :zbash: :thumbsup:
 

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Can't you just run a hacksaw blade behind the emblem to cut it off? :facepalm: :zbash: :thumbsup:
Sure! And leave three holes in the side of your car.

And take the sails off to replace them ANYWAY.

Dude, if you're that lazy, don't get it painted.

RwP
 

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My car didn't come with them nor do I want them, to each their own though.
A friend of mine hated that he had them on his Town Car and scraped them off. He was much happier.

As you said Matt, to each his own.

If I didn't want them...the wife already said they had better be there when the car is done.
 

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So, how do I....

I was trying to remove the quarter windows, but was concerned I would break the window trying break the seal. I used my panel clip pliers to try and lift the window away, but that did not work.

Suggestions? I was going to just have the body shop remove them since they are ready to go.

Got the hood on but the 4 torx screws on the side of the hinge to adjust the level are REALLY tight and I already broke two Torx wrenches and twisted the crap out of an impact one. I have the bolts soaking in PB Blaster and will be going out to get some more impact torx to try again.

Any suggestions on those hood screws?
 

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Just for Ralph....
Dem's purdy like that.

I'd suggest polishing them while they're off, but that's, 100,000% optional *grins*

(Shucks, I'd look for some kind of electroluminescent film to put behind them, so they glow when the lights are on. But eh. I'm crazy, I know it, and I rather enjoy my insanity.)

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Got the hood on but the 4 torx screws on the side of the hinge to adjust the level are REALLY tight and I already broke two Torx wrenches and twisted the crap out of an impact one. I have the bolts soaking in PB Blaster and will be going out to get some more impact torx to try again.

Any suggestions on those hood screws?
Try to tighten them, then loosen them, alternating.

When they start to move, SLOWLY crank them back.

If all else fails, grind them off, and have the remainder removed (drill and tap, electro arc disintegrator, whatever).

I'd consider new bolts also.

RwP
 
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