Project 2 - Media
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1969 Mercury Montego MX Convertible
Kevin Pillsbury-Benicia, California

I purchased this Montego in 1999 after an extensive search. I was looking for some very specific things on any prospective Montego, including bucket seats, center console and disc brakes. The Montego I purchased had those options and more. Original options on this Mercury included air conditioning, a 351-cubic-inch V-8 with a four-barrel, power disc brakes, intermittent wipers, dual exhaust, power windows, power top, rim blow horn, remote mirror, deluxe wheel covers and power steering. As a bonus, the Montego was a California car ordered and sold in Southern California-which translates to a solid structure with no rust. The car was in driveable condition at the time of purchase, but far from perfect The suspension was sag\-ging, the power windows refused to work, the top would not come down, the fuel gauge was always on empty, and the rear brakes did not work, to name a few. After several years and countless hours, the Montego is as you see it today. The paint is original (burnt orange) but the engine has been rebuilt (and slightly modified), the interior redone, suspension replaced, brakes rebuilt, top replaced, and everything has been cleaned and detailed. Subtle modifications include the addition of a factory tachometer (donated from a '69 Mercury Cyclone) and a factory AM/FM stereo. The Montego now runs and drives great My wife and I enjoy putting the top down and driving down the highway where we often get the thumbs-up from other drivers. We have also been showing the Montego at local shows where it always generates questions and, on occasion, trophies. Thanks for the great magazine; I look forward to future issues.

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