Howdy from a Newbie
Afternoon all......thought I'd take a moment to say hi and introduce myself. I'm Tim, and as the screenname suggests, I'm not specifically a Galaxie guy, but more like a weird cousin.
I've got two '65 Mercurys.....the first is a Montclair Marauder, and the other is a Monterey Marauder, both of which are two door fastbacks. The Montclair is the one that I'm currently in the planning stages of building, and the Monterey is the parts car in support of that plan. To be honest, they're both in pretty rough shape, but you have to start someplace. I figured since the 65 Galaxie and the 65 Marauder are essentially the same car underneath, it might be in my best interest to join this board.
Granted, there are Mercury Marauder boards out there, and I'm a member of a couple of them, but to be honest, they don't have the membership necessary to support a wide database of information, and enough people to have constructive discourse on the subject on a regular basis. Heck, one of the Marauder sites seems to all but forget that the Marauder nameplate came a long time before the reincarnated version in 2003. Since that's the case, finding helpful information on that site for the original Marauders has been somewhat challenging.
Now, I know this is a Galaxie site, and I will try to keep my questions about Marauder specific issues to a minimum (emblems, body panels, etc.), but since the rest of the car is nearly identical to a Galaxie in a mechanical sense, I figure I'll have plenty to read up on for a while. So, as a result, I'll probably be lurking in the background most of the time, reading what's already been said so that I can find the answers I might need.
I suppose I should at least relay the plan I have for my Mercury........ever since I became aware of that movie "Hit and Run" where they build Dax Shepard's '67 Lincoln into a beast, I started looking at my Mercury in a different way. I had one of these Marauders before, and to be fair, it handled like the USS Nimitz. So, while it was fun as a cruiser, it wasn't all that much fun as a corner capable vehicle. Well, time passes, and suspension componentry has improved drastically over the years, and I started to have the thought "I wonder if I can build something akin to a pro-touring Mercury?" So, that has been where my plan has been going. I want the car to be nearly stock in appearance, but I want it to be ultra capable in the areas that count.....engine, suspension, braking. I've been doing a bit of reading on the subject, and I know it's somewhat of an uphill battle, but I still think this car has the potential to become something really cool.
I just finished another project a little while back. For those of you that hang out on the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum, my name there is Behemoth, and my truck "Buford" was my project there. He's a '79 F250 Ranger XLT 4X4 Supercab Trailer Special (yes, Ford went nutty with the badging on that one). Buford was an exercise in what enough money, time, a healthy amount of obsessive/compulsive disorder, and just plain weirdness could produce. He's my big baby now, but I'm already getting the itch to start another project.
Anyway, I won't get into details about the Merc.....I've already blathered on quite long enough for a 'meet and greet'. Just thought I'd say howdy.......so, "howdy"!