This is the trim piece that goes along the front edge of the hood.
Ford Part #: C9WY-16856-A
Due to the difficulty in obtaining trim we no longer sell these without first having you send us your cores.
Keep in mind we pay well for quality 69 hood lip mouldings.
- 1969 Mercury Cougar (Standard, XR7 and Eliminator)
Even if your restored trim part(s) were never dented they still will have about 10-15% thinner material on the face after restoration and of course more if there were dents/dings removed. These parts are buffed down to the point where the tiny "craters" or "divots" disappear. These craters are caused by road debris colliding with your soft aluminum trim at XX MPH for decades. I would suggest adjusting the tabs on your six clips for the hood lip until they slide into place with minimal effort and then finger tightening them. I have rather large "mechanic" hands so you might actually need to snug them with an end wrench.
"...Don - Happy Fourth of July. I wanted to send a note to your team of gratitude for all the help they provided me over the last three years restoring my Cougar. As you know, it has been in my family from the day it was purchased in Salem. My Grandfather sat in every car in the lot until he found one that he liked, and purchased it for my grandmother. A few years ago they both passed, and I was in Afghanistan when I gave my Grandfather’s Eulogy. I missed showing them the restored Cougar by about five years. They meant a lot to me, and I just really wish they could see it now. I’ve owned it for almost 20 years, taking it from assignment to assignment without the time or the means to restore it until now. It was with my father in Tennessee, and he told me to come get it or he was going to sell it. I remember sitting in the back when I was 12 years old waiting for my grandmother at the grocery store, so I just couldn’t let it go to someone else. My grandmother was pulled over for speeding too many times to count in that car and ran it out of gas a dozen times or more. I remember the only thing my grandfather changed on the car was that he added power brakes. That stuck with me as a teenager, and I’m glad I listened, because I had to change out the manual brake pedal after I destroyed one of your refurbished brake boosters. Darrell helped me figure out that I was putting stress on the booster with the wrong brake pedal. My grandfather must have jury rigged it somehow with the original brake pedal. There are a few pieces that I have left to do, but it is about 99% complete. It would have been impossible to restore it in this condition without the help of WCCC. The most important thing about your shop is the knowledge of everyone working there. Without the help of your videos and discussions with your team, I don’t think I would’ve completed this project. It is pretty much a complete car as it was in late 1969. I have upgraded the radio to Bluetooth (done by Mr. Tayman) but it is still the original Philco radio. I also added a tachometer, which I know is not original. However, these upgrades were important to me, so I made the subtle changes. To date, the car has 76,000 original miles with no engine change. Sorry for the long note, but I wanted to let you and your team know how important this was for me and I really appreciate their support. If I had time, I would love to drive through Oregon and see your shop. It would be nice to bring it back to Salem.
Thanks again, Darryl..."