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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-29-2010, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

I got this from my Father in 1994. It has been a work in progress ever since. I use to drag race it when I was in high school, but it has been sitting in garage since 2002. I've been trying to work on it a little lately. I know some will disagree but I'm putting a 4.6l with 5 speed in it. I had a 1996 mustang gt that became the donor. I'm using everything from the mustang that I can, heater box, cruise, etc. I'm converting the front end to coilovers right now but am finding it difficult to get the right ball joints to fit the 71 lower control arm and the 96 spindle. Will update as car progresses.
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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

Making a little progress on the coilovers. This is a nice hole in the cowl that I need to take care of. I also have the mustang heater box in place now. I need to relocate the fresh air inlet to match the new box. It was rusted out anyway so not really any extra work. Coming along slowly, but eventually it will get there.
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That's awesome! Looks like plenty of room for that wide mod motor.

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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

Once I get the coilovers mounted I will clearing the shock towers to make more room. I need more space for the air conditioner lines and the hydroboost brake setup.
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I decided to go with the 96 balljoints. I will be making a sleeve for the ball joints to press into and attaching them to the existing lower control arms. I think I will also be boxing the arms once everything is fitted.
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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

I've got no problem with the Mod motor. Keep going and good you held on to it after HS, and now that you're revisiting it…. even better.
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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

I got one of the lower control arms done yesterday. Now it's on to the other side.
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Awesome. I love projects that make some others shake their heads. Keep it up!

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Was doing a little work on the cowl today. It's a little rustier than I had expected. Anyone know where I might be able to find a new or at least a better used one. I know parts for these cars are rare. If not I will be in for some serious metal work. Here are some pics of what I'm dealing with.
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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

I also have both of the new coilovers mounted. Once I made the plate for the balljoints it was as easy as just bolting them in. This is a pic with the fender just sitting on it. I'm not sure I'll leave it that low. I'll decide once it is together and on the ground.
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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

Cool car and cool build. I used to own 71 Cyclone GT so I'm soft ( in the head) about these cars. But I know about cowl rot.

A Torino cowl would be the same if you can find a donour car; Fords are bit more plentiful than Mercs


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Thanks for the input. I'll keep looking, but will see what I can do with this cowl.
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I got the upper piece of the cowl off today. The bottom isn't too bad besides the rusted fresh air inlets.
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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

I'd just patch what you got, a little tig welding and some inlays it will be fine. Most of what you'll fine isn't going to be that much better.

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Re: My 1971 Mercury Montego Mx

Just going to throw this out there. I plan on using the 1996 mustang wiring for this engine swap. I have the pats bypassed with a module for a remote start. I would like to completely disable the pats. Is there anyone out there that knows how this can be done? I've been looking online but have yet to come across a definitive answer. Thanks in advance.
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