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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote occupant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-August-2012 at 8:03AM
I have seen more New York plates here in Wichita Falls than any other state (except Oklahoma because it's 15 minutes north of here). Those look good, and the car looks FANTASTIC!!!
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All registered, insured, and finally inspected...working the weekend and going to pick it back up on Monday....told my resto guy to get it in for an alignment just for good measure....when I get her home, going to finish up the front seat, dash and minor trim and finally....finally.... Gonna get me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road.....



Sorry for the "small" pictures....front bumper on!!


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and back bumper too!!!! Will do some "proper photos with my g/fs Sony 11 mega-pixel camera when I get her home...






Edited by twintornados - 31-August-2012 at 5:56AM
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Looking GREAT!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gpd294 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-August-2012 at 7:18AM
Speaking from experience it's an AWESOME feeling "cruising on down the road"...especially after all the blood, sweat, and tears!
 
Hope you have a great time!!!!!!!
 
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Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
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Looks great. Love the color combo.
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Picked it up today and DROVE it back home...ahhhhhhhh, that is one sweet ride. Almost forgot the over-assisted steering to the point of numb and floating demeanor of a mid 70's near luxury automobile....got the front bench back in and will work on her some more tomorrow....then pictures...

Oh yeah....radiator sprung a leak at the bottom about near the middle....oh well, a new radiator is going in tomorrow....in for a penny, in for a pound....I always say.....
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looks good! need pictures...
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Overcast skies so no pictures yet....radiator is not to be found so for temporary, I used some Bars Leaks and will order a new radiator....worked like a champ and radiator is not currently leaking. Buttoned up the dash and got the seats in....front end is creaking and popping, resto guy states it could be from the springs being lowered "old school" with a torch (they will sometimes sit crooked in the spring pockets and make noise as the suspension moves) ...not a major problem and will order out some new springs and chop out a coil like it should be done...Overall....love the ride, she is fun to drive and the local Fastrac has premium fuel that does not have ethanol blended so got some fresh 91 octane today and just cruised around....had a lot of fun with her...now she is tucked safely into my garage.....
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Ok, well the "Bars Leaks" did not hold and the radiator blew while I was out for a ride...limped her home and after going nuts, found one on, of all places, Amazon.com. It is a Ready-Rad #433390, and I am telling ya, I damn near stole the thing. I got it for $137 dollars with free shipping and it is a brand new three core radiator. I just looked on Amazon and it is re-listed for $100 more...dropped it in today and she fits like a glove....Montego is now running at a proper temp...speaking of temp, I will try one last repair to my factory guage, if I cannot fix it (short somewhere, it 'pegs' to hot when you turn the key to on). I tried disconnecting it from the cluster but then the gas gauge stops working. So, I am going to run a wire direct from the (replaced) sending unit and try wiring it direct to the plug behind the cluster. If that doesn't work, I have a spare gauge face and will mount a digital gauge inside the cluster and run a new sensor and wire.

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My idea of mounting the digital gauge in the cluster was a bust. Didn't want to chop up the cluster, so I mounted the temp gauge in the clock blank. Looks kinda cool, you can see in the picture my "Retro-sound" stereo. Also, note that I blacked out the original temp gauge...just couldn't stand to see it sitting inoperative....


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Just back in from an ice cream run....



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Picked up a different front seat (1972 Torino bench) because I just wasn't pleased with the way the original bench was "sitting"....better, but I have been spoiled by my 2012 Fusion. May just keep looking for some buckets, either from a 77-79 T-Bird or go aftermarket...




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Man, that white on blue is beautiful.
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Thanks...the guy that I got the seat from says he has a power seat track for the bench seat option...never saw that before, I may buy it just to grab it. It sure looks cool....
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My wagon has the power bench seat. It is a nice addition to my otherwise flat bench.
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Does it just power forward and backward or does it tilt or recline?
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It is a 6 way power seat. up, down, front , back, front angle up/down, rear angle up/down.





Edited by unlovedford - 20-September-2012 at 8:46AM
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With that much adjustment it would make the bench fairly comfortable.
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That settles it... I am calling him tomorrow and grabbing the setup.
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You will enjoy it. My only complaint with the bench is a common issue. Weak spring action. You sit on it and it is not firm like a modern vehicle - very soft and non-supportive. However, the power adjustments help tremendously.
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