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Types of Cougar Documentation

Build Sheet - Window Sticker - Invoice - C.A.C. Report

Build Sheet

The Build Sheet is a computer printout 'traveler' which was used at all stations along the assembly line to specify the configuration of a particular vehicle. It contains: color, trim, engine, springs, type of glass, etc. You may be lucky enough to find your build sheet in your own Cougar. They have been found under the rear seats, under the carpeting, under the trunk mat, and even stuck to the paint on the driveshaft! (OK, that was just one instance). But it's important to keep in mind that it was *not* the practice to place the build sheet with the car, they were to be discarded at the end of the assembly line. Therefore if you do find the build sheet, consider yourself very lucky.
The Window Sticker (right), like the Build Sheet (above) is a computer printout specifying all options and costs for a given vehicle order. It is affixed to a side window of the car, hence the name. It is also known to some as a "Monroney  Sticker" after Senator Mike Monroney of Wisconsin who in 1959 got a bill passed through Congress requiring prices for each vehicle be posted on each vehicle. The dealership, ship-to address, transportation charges also are included. But it's important to keep in mind that it was *not* the practice at the dealership to preserve the window sticker, and few original owners thought to save it. Therefore, like the build sheet, if you do actually have the window sticker, consider yourself very lucky.

Window Sticker

Cougar Factory Invoice

Invoice

At left, the invoice (sometimes called the "Gate Release") was used to document the transfer of the vehicle from the factory to the dealership. It specifies all important features of a car, and resembles a window sticker, because it lists the VIN, dealership, and all options that a particular car had. This makes them highly sought-after by restorers trying to document the history of their cars. Invoices are generally never seen by the customer, and are not normally a part of the documentation on a car. But luckily for Cougar owners (as well as others) a former Ford employee, Lois Eminger, rescued boxloads of these invoices from going to the incinerator. These invoices are now sold by Marti Auto Works to verified owners of these cars. There are no invoices available for pre-1969 Cougars.

CAC Report

What is a C.A.C. Report?  This acronym stands for the Ford Customer Assistance Center Reports. Begining in 1995, Ford recovered several years' worth of archived income order-entry records that had been recorded on reel-to-reel tapes. Ford mainframes originally used this data in generating the varied reports needed for a billion-dollar company. After languishing for decades, it seems someone finally allocated whatever man-hours were required to make the tapes usable again. Sometime in 1995, Ford's Customer Services Division began providing what was thought unimaginable only a few months earlier - a report on your Ford car, including its estimated assembly date and a list of its original equipment. There is no fee charged for this service. Since then, it has been the found that these CAC reports are often poorly prepared and full of inaccuracies. It seems the data from the original records is manually decoded, sometimes off-shore, and therefore the opportunity to introduce errors is fairly high. Our experience with these reports is to take the information provided with a grain of salt. To request your report, contact Ford Motor Company, Customer Assistance Center P.O. Box # 43360 Detroit, MI 48243.

The Marti Report

In   the   collectible   Ford   /   Mercury   hobby,   we   are   very   fortunate   to   have   Marti Auto   Works   services   available   to   us.   There   is   nothing   like   them   in   the   GM or   Mopar   world.   These   reports   add   much   to   the   value   of   your   Cougar   and are an important addition to it's documentation portfolio. Are   you   restoring   a   car?   Considering   buying,   but   don't   know   how   "original" the   car   really   is?   Just   want   to   know   everything   that   can   be   known   about your    car?    Marti    Auto    Works    has    access    to    the    complete    production database   for   all   Ford-Lincoln-Mercury   cars   and   trucks   built   for   model   years 1967 to 2007. Different   levels   of   information   are   available,   depending   on   what   you   need: Basic,   Deluxe   (shown)   and   Elite   -   which   features   a   framed   window   sticker, statistics report, and doortag in addition to the deluxe shown.  This   report   decodes   your   VIN,   door   tag,   and   provide   the   complete   list   of options   as   the   car   left   the   factory. Also,   depending   on   the   level   of   detail   you need    can    provide    original    dealership,    important    statistics,    or    custom statistics. Contact Marti Auto Works 13238 W Butler Drive  El Mirage, Arizona 85335 Phone (623) 935-2558 Fax (623) 935-2579
Marti Report

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