1972 Mercury Montego GT – N code 429
My new project….
1972 Montego GT
Purchased July 24, 2013.
This is a true"N" code 429.
According to the Montego GT registry, only 202 were made with the 429. Only 11 are currently known to still be around
The Montego GT (all are fastbacks) is best known from David Pearson's #21 Winston Cup car (1973 – Wood Brothers)
When I bought it, I took it back to the shop and that same day, I changed the fluids and plugs, dumped the old gas, put fresh gas in, installed a new battery and yes, it fired up.
Doesn't even smoke. Drove it around our complex and it drove great. Runs excellent!
As it was when I went to look at the car for the first time
Notice the perfect chrome around the gauges
Backseat is perfect – Tear in the headliner
Seats are excellent except a rip in the drivers seat
At my shop – July 24
Almost perfect passenger seat
Montego GT emblems
Great looking bumper and grills – Need to replace the GT insert on the medallion
Perfect gauges and lenses. Notice the factory radio and the perfect simulated chrome
Perfect right door pane. Just need to replace the armrest.
Great looking back seat
Well…not so great original 429. Got it to run after all those years. Ran great! Will still rebuild it though.
Both my 1972 Montego GT 429 and my 1973 Montego MX 400
My inspiration – This is a 1973 Montego (same as my brown Montego). ALL GT's were fastbacks
Only difference between the 72 and 73 was the grill, header, bumper area. The rear bumper also stuck out slightly more on the 1973.
The first federal bumper standard started with 1973 models when 5 mph front-into-flat-barrier and 2.5 mph rear-into-barrier requirements were introduced. The following year rear impact speed was increased to 5 mph.
The RESTORATION begins
July 27, 2013
Hood pulled, stripped, bodywork, Ospho – then came in July 28, resanded and primed.
NO DINGS on this hood!!!
Had to get the 73 Montego MX in the pic
The above pics were taken July 2013…. Look on the top of the page for the "Monthly Updates"