1973 Mercury Montego – December 2012

1973 Mercury Montego MX Frame-On Resto Project
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Parts purchased

Some of my other projects –
My 1966 GMC Suburban ” Custom” Project (started January 2021)
My 1963 GMC Suburban “Custom” (FOR SALE) Fauxtina/Patina paint job FS pageGalleryVideo
My 1972 Montego GT 429 / 521

My 1973 Montego MX (see monthly updates toward the top once you get to the page)
My 1966 Chevy C-10  (see monthly updates toward the top once you get to the page)

My 1977 Trans Am Buccaneer Red
My 1963 Pro Street C10 (back halved frame off I did this back in 1992) Video
Some of my other cars and trucks
My YouTube Channel (how-tos, projects, paint jobs…)

The Montego MX is painted!

2012 Sunset Bronze Pearl

Painted 12/1/12

Jams were cut in yesterday. Pics coming soon of the jams

Utilized both booths – Body in one booth and the hood, deck, front and rear fender along with the fender extensions in the other booth

12 01 car prepped for paint
Body ready for sealer

Fender extensions

12 01 hood decklid prep for paint

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12 01 basecoat
Body in the basecoat

12 01 basecoat2

12 01 decklid painted
Final clear

12 01 hood painted
Reflection off of the hood

12 01 left side painted

12 01 painted

12 01 painted2

12 01 rear painted
Trunk jam was painted the same time as the rest of the body




12 05 hood insulation
12/5 New hood insulation and clips

12 05 painted car outside
Sharp looking color in the sun!!!

12 05 trunk interior painted
New trunk paint

12 06 new trunk liner

12 06 new trunk liner2
New trunk mat and gasket. Also tire jack instructions decal on the underside of the deck lid.

12 06 new window motor

12 06 rear seat section before

12 06 right window motor
All 4 window motors are new. We cleaned out the insides of the quarters (just dirty – no rust) and undercoated the insides.
We also greased up the window tracks.

12 07 fillers painted
Painted fender fillers (between bumper and lower fender)

12 07 front end painted black
Painted the front satin black bc/cc

12 12 front grill headlights black
Front grills back on – painted satin black bc/cc – New Lincoln Mercury emblem
Front bumper back on. Also the fender extensions

12 12 front grill headlights black2

12 14 rightside lower molding after
Side view. Repainted brake drums and calipers black (instead of the red when I bought the car)

12 14 rightside lower molding before
12-14-2012 New NOS rocker moldings.


12 17 reflection01
No orange peel. Reflection off of the left quarter

12 17 reflection02
Another reflection pic

12 17 reflection03

Beautiful color in the sun!

12 18 rear bumper valance primed

12 18 rear bumper valance primed2

12 19 rear bumper valance painted

12 20 rear bumper valance painted

12 20 rear bumper valance painted2

12 20 jack
Redid the jack. This is the same color it came in.

12 20 moldings+before polishing
All vinyl top trim moldings before polishing. These will be stripped of the clearcoat, and polished.
The stripe will be repainted in a semi-gloss.
I also have both front and rear window trim being polished.

12 21 headed home

Had the rear glass installed. New rear gasket and clips.
Rear moldings are getting polished.

Driving home for the first time since repainted 12-21

The above pic  remind you of my first ride home with my 66 Chevy C10?
Posted on my October 2011 “Monthly Updates”

tailgate on


12 21 headed home2

12 22 first time home01
First time back home 12-22

12 22 first time home02

12 22 first time home03

12 22 first time home04
Home again. Still need the rear w/o moldings, and both window trim (which are getting polished). Also have the fender emblems to put on ” Montego MX “


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