1973 Montego MX February 2013 Updates

1973 Mercury Montego MX - 92K original miles. Title shows exempt

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Pics after all mouldings were installed

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1973 Montego MX February Updates.


This will be the last month I put up updates.
I'm pretty much done with the paint and body project.
Still have some odds and ends that I plan on doing.

The rear w/o mouldings are on!
Both  mouldings are NOS (NEW old stock). I had both moudlings stripped and repolished.
I was going to put on the 1/4 Brougham mouldings, but decided against it. I have a brand new NOS moulding (right - D2GY-6529066-A) for sale if anyone is interested. These mouldings go directly behind the w/o moulding and end close to the valance

All together, I have $700 into polishing all mouldings including the vinyl top mouldings, window mouldings and wheel lip (opening) mouldings.
Side mouldings are a combination of NOS and good used. Most are NOS though.

Rocker mouldings are NOS. Stock anodized clearcoat is still on them
 
Notice the perfect reflection in the pics below.

73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Ford PU Front Wheel Well Opening Molding - Left BRMG7379-1L
73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Ford PU Front Wheel Well Opening Molding - Left BRMG7379-1L
   $33.99
73 79 Ford PU Truck Front Wheel Well Opening Molding - Pair / 2 PCS BRMG7379-1P
73 79 Ford PU Truck Front Wheel Well Opening Molding - Pair / 2 PCS BRMG7379-1P
   $65.99
73 74 75 76 77 Ford PU Truck Rear Wheel Well Opening Molding - Right BRMG7379-2R
73 74 75 76 77 Ford PU Truck Rear Wheel Well Opening Molding - Right BRMG7379-2R
   $33.99
71 72 73 Mustang Rear Wheel Well Opening Molding - LH / Left MSMG7173-10L
71 72 73 Mustang Rear Wheel Well Opening Molding - LH / Left MSMG7173-10L
   $37.95
NOS 73 Ford Full Sized LTD RH Front Fender Wheel Opening Moulding #D3AZ-16038-A
NOS 73 Ford Full Sized LTD RH Front Fender Wheel Opening Moulding #D3AZ-16038-A
   $65.25
NOS 73 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD LH Quarter Wheel Opening Moulding #D3AZ-6529165-A
NOS 73 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD LH Quarter Wheel Opening Moulding #D3AZ-6529165-A
   $124.99
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2-21-2013 Started a new page - Misc pics - posted some good pics of the Montego

2-22-2013 - Had the rear brakes worked on. Changed the brake cyliners and brake shoes. The brakes worked fine, but one of the cylinders was leaking. The shoes were excellent, but I replaced them anyway. I would say that the the Montego had some brake work right before I bought the car. The springs looked like they were in excellent condition. So only the cylinders and shoes were replaced
If you have either a Montego or Torino, and you plan on doing some brake work on your drums, be sure you purchase the correct shoes and cylinders.
I originally had purchased the shoes and cylinders for a police or taxi cab. These were slightly bigger than the ones I needed. So there IS a difference even though the guys at the local auto parts store said I had the correct parts.

Click for larger image (note the good bushings in the 'short' arm
 

2-23-2013 - Changed the wiper linkage. Both bushings on the small linkage bar (click for large image) were shot. This is my third linkage assembly I've gotten (One was free, the second I received a refund). Finally found one with good bushings. When I installed the 'good' linkage, I see that the alignment of the wiper motor shaft and the short linkage bar bushing were just slightly off. So after time, the bushings would wear out. So if you have a Torino or Montego and you have play in your wipers, this is most likely the culprit. See these bushings in the large image. This is the way it comes from the factory. There is no alignment for the motor or the linkage.

Also, the wipers were not going in the 'park' position. There is a small ground strap that resembles an 'accordian' that is make of copper. This grounds the wiper motor to the firewall. Removing the strap and bolts, then cleaning them, and reinstalling solved this problem

Pinto Bobcat Wiper Transmission Linkage Ford Mercury OEM 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Pinto Bobcat Wiper Transmission Linkage Ford Mercury OEM 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
   $49.99
Mercury Bobcat Wiper Transmission Linkage Ford Pinto 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79
Mercury Bobcat Wiper Transmission Linkage Ford Pinto 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79
   $49.99
68-72 Ford F100 F250 F350 OEM Windshield Wiper Transmission Linkage Set
68-72 Ford F100 F250 F350 OEM Windshield Wiper Transmission Linkage Set
   $40.00
OEM 71 Ford LTD WINDSHIELD WIPER WASHER ARMS MOUNTING LINKAGE PAIR
OEM 71 Ford LTD WINDSHIELD WIPER WASHER ARMS MOUNTING LINKAGE PAIR
   $99.99
Ford Pinto wiper transmission Linkage OEM Mercury Bobcat 75 76 77 78 79 80
Ford Pinto wiper transmission Linkage OEM Mercury Bobcat 75 76 77 78 79 80
   $49.99
1971-1973 Ford Mustang Windshield Wiper arm Transmission Linkage Mach 1 71 72 73
1971-1973 Ford Mustang Windshield Wiper arm Transmission Linkage Mach 1 71 72 73
   $24.99
69-77 Bronco Windshield Wiper Arm Transmission Linkage
69-77 Bronco Windshield Wiper Arm Transmission Linkage
   $121.45
67 68 69 70 71 72 FORD PICKUP TRUCK SET WINDSHIELD WIPER TRANSMISSION LINKAGE
67 68 69 70 71 72 FORD PICKUP TRUCK SET WINDSHIELD WIPER TRANSMISSION LINKAGE
   $28.00
67 68 69 70 71 72 FORD PICKUP TRUCK LTFR WINDSHIELD WIPER TRANSMISSION LINKAGE
67 68 69 70 71 72 FORD PICKUP TRUCK LTFR WINDSHIELD WIPER TRANSMISSION LINKAGE
   $18.00