1972 Mercury Montego GT 429 Updates – February 2014

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All the links below include pics and info that shows work that was done during that particular month 9-2-2015 Article written by Chuck Green – Featured on the StreetLegalTV Online Magazine website.
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1972 Montego GT 429 – February 2014 Updates


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Video posted on Youtube (2-7-2014)

This was painted late Jan, but decided to include in in Feb Updates since I finished it in early Feb.
Trunk painted – created my own spatter (splatter) paint.
I also clearcoated it with a satin clear.

21 trunk primed

22 trunk painted

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23 trunk painted

20 old new sending units
Old sending unit compared to the new sending unit

montego paint
January 31, 2014
Ready to paint. did my final sanding, blew it off. cleaned the floor. ready to paint tomorrow (Sat).

10 prepped for paint
the night before – 1-31-14 RIP pops (father-in-law)
As you can see on the right side of the pic, I have a spray booth, but opted for the first time to spray a car outside the spray booth. just to happen to be mine – yikes. Did my final sanding, blowing, cleaning the night before. I figured on Sat AM all the dust would have settled. I also watered down the floor on FR and Sat AM. In all the cars I’ve sprayed, I’ve never sprayed one up this high. If it all works out, great!

11 prepped for paint
1-31-14 right before leaving work. All masked up and ready to paint Sat AM

12 sealer
Sat AM got to the shop at 8:15. Started painting at 8:30

13 basecoat
2B Bright Red basecoat

14 clearcoat
“Selfie” pic applying clearcoat. Finished at 11:15

The body is painted!!!!!!!!!!

15 painted rightside
Done. Took over 2 hours to paint
2 coats sealer, 4 coats base, 4 coats of clear
base cost $500+ (PPG DBC)

16 painted
Pic taken about 5:15 Sat afternoon.

17 rightside reflection
Reflection shot

18 rightside scott
Me and my wife Jody came back about 5 PM before going out to dinner to see how it looked.

19 painted left qtr

19a leftside

19b leftside

19c left qtr

19d rear

19e rear deck
Sprayed the rear deck at the same time. I couldn’t believe how nice this was even before painting. Really didn’t even need it.

19f deck

19g rear deck

19h roof
Roof reflection shot

19i roof
Another pic of the reflection off the roof.

February 2, Sunday
Buffed the body

20 800 da

21 buff
Wetsanded and ready to buff

22 buffed
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23 buffed
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24 buffed
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February 3rd

The body goes on – 6 months in the making!!! A big day for this project.

30 body before mounting
My wife Jody detailed the car from all the buffing I did. So now it’s ready to go on the frame.

31 frame before mounting body
The frame before the body when on it.
Jody also cleaned the frame for me. Had some dust on it from sitting around the shop. I’ve had the frame ready for about 2 months now.

32 mounts
Here are the mounts before putting them on the body. I used
6W1Z-5400396-A (upper mount) AND (lower mount) 6W1Z-5C155-AA
I cut off 1/8″ off the mount along with 1/4″ off the steel part of the bushing. No pics of the lower bushings
These were new. I did use the original bolts

Video posted on Youtube (2-7-2014)

33 frame body
Sliding the frame under the body.

34 frame under lifted body
Right before putting the body on

35 siliconing mounts
Here I’m applying silicone to each bushing. JUST to make sure they do not squeak.

36 wheres scotto
Yep, you can see me at the very back lol

37 frontend down
1/2 way home.

38 body mounted
Done! All 10 mounts are bolted on. The complete process took about 2 hours. Sure wish I had a lift as that would have cut the time in half.

39a body mounted
I’ve been looking at the front of this for 6 months. Decided to turn it around to look at the back for awhile 🙂
Good idea to do this to since the new gas tank will be going in this week.

50 new gas tank

Getting ready to install the new fuel tank (F48)
The piece at the top is the original fitting that releases fuel vapors. The vapors then go through a hose and tube that go up to the front of the car to the evap canister..
I also installed a new fuel sending unit (purchased from Dearborne Classics)

51 new gas tank installed

Here I almost have the tank installed. Those tank straps were originally caked with undercoating. We sandblasted them. Then painted them in a satin black. You can also see the new rear body mounts.
Still waiting on the tank seal that the filler tube goes through (currently on back-order)

52 new gas tank installed
You can see the new sending unit in this pic

53 new gas tank installed
Everything brand new

54 new trunk gasket installed

56 nuts&bolts
Jody just wanted to take some pics of some of the nut and bolt bags I had made up. This pic shows the unused bags.
I had already emptied at least 20 other bags.

57 new carpet

My new carpet arrived!!! I’m very pleased with it. I had ordered 2 ‘inserts’, but didn’t realize those inserts would be exactly like the originals. The inserts they were referring to were the ‘built in floor mats’. These are an exact match to my original. They were also ‘sewn’ in like the originals. The carpet is 80/20 loop like the original. The carpet is also preformed to the contour of the floorpans.
I ordered the carpet from Vark Motors. The offered free shipping! Pretty good considering this carpet probably weighed about 25lbs with the special “mass backing” mat on the backside.

Thinking ahead, I went ahead earlier in the week and ordered an ‘amp installation kit’. I plan on installing an amp in the trunk. So I ran all the cables along the floorpans before installing the carpeting. I will be going with a new dash speaker and 6×9 speakers in the rear.
I’ll keep the AM radio and install a AM/FM/CD in the glovebox.
I ran the RCA cables from the trunk, under the drivers seat, across the trans hump, under the passenger seat, then up the right kick panel area to the glovebox.
I ran  set of speaker wires up the left side, up through the left kick panel, and up through the dash (this will be for the dash speaker).
I also ran two extra sets of wires to the right and left side of the car just in case I went with ‘door speakers’ which highly doubt I will do since I really don’t want to hack up perfectly good door panels….but…just in case. These extra door speaker wires will be hidden behind each kick panel.

The main wire for the amp (4 gauge) runs from the trunk, under the drivers seat, across the trans hump, under the passenger seat, up the floor pan (agains the kick panel area) to the firewall, through a grommet. This will be hidden behind the wheel well once the wheel well is installed.
The of course it will go to the battery.

I ordered the amp install kit from Sonic Electronix. I had ordered quite a bit of my stereo/speaker/amp for my brown Montego MX from them

60 021414 speakers installed
Speakers installed

61 021414 backing installed
Rear cargo deck – painted satin black urethane

62 021414 backing installed

63 021414 seat backing
Original jute backing installed

64 021414 topside decklid painted
2-14 Deck lid painted


65 021414 topside decklid painted

66 021414 dash installed
Dash pad (not a cover) carpeting installed – original style built in floor mats. This carpeting also had the ‘mass backing’

67 dash installed

68 021614 console before install
Chrome/silver hand painted on the console

69 console and carpet installed
2-15 Console installed

69a console and dash installed

69b console and dash installed

2-18 – Deck lid installed
I had trouble getting the deck lid to close….come to find out the gasket was correct, but it’s just plain too thick. When I compared the gasket to the one on my Montego MX, it proved to be too firm and too thick. The brown MX deck lid closes perfect. So I need to order another gasket.
2-21 Headliner installed – Advanced Interiors – Clearwater did the headliner installation (headliner was pre-made)
Installed trunk lock cylinder.

71 scott installing headliner moldings
Installing the headliner moldings

72 headliner installed
Pic of the new headliner

73 headliner installed
Another pic of the headliner. That is not rust in the drip rail channel

74 rear window iinstalled
Deck lid installed.

75 rear window
2-23 Rear glass installed

76 rear window
Another pic of the rear glass installed

77 rear window
3/4 shot – noticed the fuel filler tube is installed. The tube grommet that goes into the fuel tank hole was on backorder


Onto March…. 🙂