1954 MERCURY MONTEREY CONVERTIBLE found its way to me from the Ramshead Collection Museum located in Sacramento, California. A few years back it was the Ramshead Collection 'Car of the Month'. The Ramshead Collection is a private Museum in Sacramento designed by Sherman Warren. After a complete mechanical rebuild and an original repaint and re-chrome of all the trim this car was displayed in the Museum. This car remains listed in the Ramshead Collection web site under “View the Collection-Gone But Not Forgotten” sub title. The California “Black Plate” remains on the car. I was unable to trace the plate back to the original owner but it appears that we were the second private owner of the car. It came to us in beautiful condition with not a trace of rust or previous damage history. A true Museum Piece of automobile history.
We removed the under powered 256 CI, 161 HP for a new 1957 Ford Thunderbird 312 CI, which delivers 278.5 HP at 5500 rpm as dyno tested on pump gas at Wheeler Dyno Service (Test papers available) This adds 117.5 HP or a 73% gain in power. The 312 CI engine fits nicely in the same motor mounts as the 256 CI. The engine and has been recently totally rebuilt by Headquarters Machine and Restoration. We added a new chrome Edelbrock 4 barrel carburetor and a John Mummert intake manifold. This Mercury Monterrey Convertible is a very rare American Classic; only 7293 were produced and this is the 2880th car built in Los Angeles. This car has an in-dash clock (resists keeping time in spite of two new quartz replacements), a working original push button radio, a working heater and defroster/ventilator controlled by air craft style levers. The fuel, amps, temperature and oil pressure gauges and 110 mph speedometer all work well. The in-dash instruments are nicely illuminated by a rheostat knob. Turn signals are operative.
This Mercury Monterey Convertible has;
New Viking Performance Front Power Disc brakes & Viking Performance Coil-over front shocks.
Rebuilt Power Assisted Master Cylinder
New rear shocks
Power seats-all new motors
Power Windows-new or rebuilt motors
New Power Convertible top.
New Top motor.
Original working Push button radio
Brand new Diamond Back Radials-Front: 215/75R15 DB II 3.25" extra wide white walls with DB Beauty Bars; Rear: 235/75R/15 DB II 3.75" extra wide white walls with DB Beauty Bars rear. Purchased 01 July 2018
Classic Mercury Monterey full wheel covers.
Recent overhaul of the Mercomatic Transmission
New Edelbrock Chrome 4 Barrel Carburetor
Pertronix Electronic Ignition System and Flame Thrower Coil.
Thunderbird Valve Covers and Timing Covers Polished CAD Intake Manifold, John Mummert.
Install new Red German velour carpet and pad. Adjust snaps on convertible boot.
All new exhaust system-New speedo cable
All the 1954 restoration invoice files are available for inspection
Delightful highway driving as well as in town street driving; the car seems like it’s on rails. It is common to have several verbal admirers daily who often come up with "...it is the most beautiful car I've ever seen!" Most take pictures of the car and ask me to take photos of them with the car---often sitting in the drivers position.
It drives straight and smooth. It is a genuine pleasure to drive. This 1954 Mercury Monterey Convertible can dual as a Trophy Pulling Show car or a daily driver. It is indeed a genuine joy to drive and it acquits itself well in town or highway driving. All the restoration invoices are available for your inspection.