- Color: Competition Orange
- Horsepower: 335
- Drivetrain: RWD
My Father purchased this car in December of 1968 at Downtown Lincoln-Mercury of Dallas Texas. It came equipped with the 428CJ, Ram Air, A/C and Traction Loc ( 3.00 gears and C6 automatic because of the A/C) Dad had the dealer replace the AM radio with AM/FM Stereo. I didn't see it until the following summer when he started dating my mom. But the 8 year old me was totally captivated with it. For several years it was the family car. I used to crawl back onto the back deck and look at the stars during long trips. We moved to rural Nebraska and it still wears the scars of those gravel roads. I was driving it to high school - right up to that first speeding ticket. And suddenly I was driving a 60 Beetle. I moved to other cars that I bought on my own and the Cyclone was stored and sat for decades on the farm. It was eventually gifted to me and in 2008 I was able to move it to where i live now. I made an attempt to drive it but the oil leak and consumption was so bad I elected to tow him after about 350 miles. After that, he had to wait until 2017 for me to begin the process of getting him back on the road. In September of 2018 my father and I took it for its first road trip, 533 miles to Mt Pocono, PA for the IMOA (International Mercury Owner's Association) national show. I even let him drive it on the way home! The car has been sitting far too long and the goal is to drive and enjoy it, making adjustments to promote driving enjoyment and not worrying about the body for now.. My son and I took it to the IMOA show in 2019 and when the show for 2020 was cancelled, my wife and I drove it to the Fairlane Club of America's National show in Springfield, MO. As long as I can remember He was called the "Orange Monster". I recently asked my dad if he remembered where the name came from and he told me that I came up with it as kid. I don't remember that but I'll run with it.
May-June 2017 - Cleaning the engine bay09/02/2020
During the engine pull It was discovered that the cross member had been bent at some point. I have always assumed it happened during an adventure in the Rocky Mountains but I'm now wondering if it is from another incident that happened one winter wh...
May 2017 - Engine is pulled08/14/2020
After the Orange Monsters trip to North Carolina I drove him on occasion but he never seemed to run quite to satisfaction. I mad attempts to adjust the timing but the distributor would not budge. Eventually that turned int a battle of wills and I b...
The Orange Monster hits the road08/13/2020
In September of 2008 dad and I headed to Nebraska to get him road worthy so I could drive him to North Carolina. The restored brake booster was installed, a new gas tank installed and the engine was tuned.And at times it got rather exciting...Later...
Back in the Barn08/12/2020
2007 found us traveling through the state and I stopped for a visit to see my old friend again.By this time the brake booster had been sent off to be restored. They are getting difficult to find.It was a quick trip to say hello but the next year thi...
In the summer of 2003 I returned to Nebraska to check on the progress and do some clean up work.My cousin had removed the entire interior but the residual mouse smell still lingered. Clean up consisted of using deodorant sprays and some fans. Progr...
The Journey Begins08/12/2020
This is where the journey started. July of 2002. Field mice have taken residence and left their residue everywhere. On this trip I was able to clean hm up and get him running around the farm.During this trip I was able to get him running under his...
I hope to work on the seating to make it more comfortable for long drives. I'm torn between reupholstering the original seats and installing something more modern say from a new Mustang, gaining power, reclining, heat and cooling in the process. I have installed a modern Holley when I had problems getting the original to work well but I can see me stuffing an EFI system under the air cleaner someday.