Many used items in our picture(s) have been cleaned and/or bead blasted prior to being photographed to show condition and detail. The item you receive, in most circumstances, will be pulled from the donor car and shipped to you without being cleaned. We do not retake pictures each time a used item sells. Pictures are a good indicator of what you will receive, but not all used parts age the same. On high dollar parts, email us and we can send a few pictures of the actual part available.
"Core" Items: If we use the word "Core" in the title of the product, the item has been deemed rebuildable, but has not been rebuilt. The item you receive, in most circumstances, will be pulled from the donor car and shipped to you without being cleaned.
This option requires you to PRE-PAY a $40 core charge. If we do not receive your core within 30 days of the original purchase, your core charge will be an in-store credit only. If your core is full of rust and debris (sounds like a tambourine) then it most likely is not a core we can give credit on.
NOTE - If your actuators are the type with the internal spring (Thunderbird actuators had a failsafe internal spring) we cannot accept those as cores. An easy way to tell which actuators are the Thunderbird style, is when they fail, the shaft recedes back into the can and can't be pulled out.
ALL RECONDITIONED ACTUATORS COME WITH A ONE YEAR WARRANTY.
*NOTE - Reconditioning on these actuators involves replacing the shaft seal and dust boot, we do not service the internal diaphragms.
You can find the seal rebuild kit here.
Used Reconditioned headlight door actuator for your Mercury Cougar / Thunderbird / Lincoln. These reconditioned actuators are done here in house at WCCC. We cut off the old dust bellows flexible cover, gently work back the 4 crimps on the top of the unit and replace the upper shaft seal. We only will recondition units that have a good original inner diaphragm and have not had excessive moisture and contaminants inside. These actuators are sold individually on an exchange basis or outright (for an additional core charge). Two are required per car, one per headlight door.
Ford part # C7WY-13A167-B.
*NOTE* These actuators are prone to failure in two common areas. The first being the small circular upper shaft seal. Often the reason this seal fails is that the "accordion" style dust boot that covers the shaft will fail. This causes contaminants to enter and work as an abrasive between the shaft and seal. When the shaft seal goes bad, you will find your headlights not raising very fast or not at all. Also, the internal diaphragm seal is sometimes prone to failure. If you use a vacuum tester on your bottom vacuum port and find it does not hold 5 inches of vacuum for prolonged periods of time, then this unit is most likely your problem.
If you continue to run your Cougar with this problem, you are running with a constant vacuum leak. This may cause confusion as to why your 1967-68 Cougar does not idle well, lacks performance, and or fails to achieve 19-21 mpg with a stock 289 or 302. The actuators may be a good place to start looking. Dyno tests consistently show a 5-7 HP increase after headlight vacuum leaks are repaired.
Do you want to replace those worn out actuators yourself or are you looking for some great information on your Cougar’s headlight vacuum system? Check out our videos below: