Saturday, December 21, 2013

1947 Mercury Club Coupe

Santa's Sleigh

Santa's Reindeer get a break, the Econoline is doing the work!

1964 Mercury Marauder Montclair

1956 Mercury

1969 Mercury Cougar

1970 Mercury Cougar

1960 Ford Starliner

1961 Meteor

The '61 Meteor was not the final Meteor. The name was revived in '64, but based on the Mercury body. The unique Meteor trim returned and they also used many Ford parts, such as interiors and wheel covers. The Ford line-up of standard six and optional eight cylinder engines replaced the standard Mercury 390 V-8. Essentially, the Meteor was a combination of both Ford and Mercury. Production of the "second version" Meteor ended in 1976.

Canadian 1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner

In Canada the Meteor was just a slightly different trimmed Ford and the Monarch was a slightly different trimmed Mercury, both the normal Ford and Mercury and Lincoln models were sold in Canada at the same time. Also personally I don't see many Meteors or Monarchs in Canada, you do see them, but not very often, as their numbers were small originally, let alone our harsh winters have destroyed many of them.

Australia has had some very unique and cool cars, especially in the 1970's and the present day Falcon, but in reality we have had more cool cars in a higher volume in Canada and the U.S. than Australia has had *no hard feelings Aussie friends*, we have had Mustang, Cougar, LTD, Torino, Cyclone, Falcon, Comet, Marauder, Fairlane, Galaxie, Monterey, Continental, Mark Series Coupes, F-Series, M-Series, Ford and Mercury Econoline vans, Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Town Car, Cobra, and the list is even longer than that. So if anything the U.S. and even Canada has had more cool cars than the rest of the world has ever had, that is why they often import cars from here.

Ford really needs to sell the Aussie Falcon globally! and we can sell our Mustang globally as Ford has already announced that, maybe a even trade? we can send some Mustangs for some Falcons?

Cougar Eliminator

1950 Ford UTE From Australia

Mercury Cougar Fastback

What do you think? I've seen only a few rare photos of people who have built a Mercury Cougar fastback themselves, but have you ever seen any Cougar fastback project photos or in person?

1963 Mercury Monterey

1969 Mercury Marauder X-100

Custom '55 Mercury

1957 Monarch Richelieu

1957 Monarch Richelieu from Canada, basically a rebadged Montclair.

The Monarch was a Mercury in Canada, we had both Monarch and Mercury here at the time, the Monarch was sold at Ford dealers and the Meteor was a slightly design tweaked Ford sold at
Mercury-Lincoln dealerships in Canada. The Monarch Richelieu is basically the Mercury Montclair. They also sold Mercury M-Series trucks at Mercury-Lincoln dealerships, they did this because our dealers were often far apart in Canada back then, so a town or area might only have a single Ford or a single Mercury-Lincoln dealer, and they didn't wanna sell Fords beside higher end Mercury-Lincoln cars but they still wanted something priced under the Mercury, so they took the Ford and made it more upscale slightly in design and that was Meteor and they took a Mercury and slightly tweaked the design and that was a Monarch. The Monarch was sold along Fords at the Ford dealerships. So Monarch was based on the Mercury and the Meteor was based on a Ford.

1967 Mercury Cougar

1967 Mercury Cougar Dan Gurney Special! at the now torn down Beaman Lincoln Mercury dealer in Nashville, TN.

1949 Mercury

1970 Mercury Cyclone GT

1967 Mercury Cougar Trans Am Race Car Tribute

1967 Mercury Commuter Abbott And Hast Hearse

1958 Mercury Commuter

1957 Mercury Montclair

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas

The Wreath Is On The Door

The wreath is on the door
And the snow is on the tree
God has laid His holy hands
On all that we can see.

Be quick to raise your voice
And praise what He has brought.
Keep now His love in every choice
And Christmas in every thought.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Most Embarrassing Cars To Drive

In a recent survey, 1,500 licensed drivers were asked to look at photos of 12 vehicles made in the last decade and decide if they would be embarrassed to be seen in them. Then they were asked to rank the three most cringe-worthy.

The cars they singled out as the most embarrassing were, well, not that surprising. Almost all of the vehicles on this list employ some pretty strange exterior aesthetics or come with a well-known and negative stereotype -- some much more than others.

The company then gave the cars a "Cringe Score," which represents the relative weight of all votes cast for a particular vehicle, based on a 1 to 10 scale. A single vote meant the person would be embarrassed to drive the car.

 “All these cars are bold statements. You either love them or hate them,” said managing editor Des Toups.

Click through to see the cars that people actively avoid driving. Is yours on the list?

12. Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Cringe Score: 0.3

The Murano CrossCabriolet is ambitious, but it doesn't work. It looks ridiculous, is far too expensive and just doesn't make any sense. We've only ever seen a couple on the road (and we think those were owned or at least driven by Nissan employees). It's not surprising that people found this undesirable.

11. Chevrolet HHR

Cringe Score: 0.7

With a similar body style to the Chrysler PT Cruiser (yes, that's on the list, too), the Chevrolet HHR was either loved or hated before it was discontinued after the 2011 model year. Its plasticky look coupled with round lines and cheap-looking paint made it look like more of a toy than a legitimate vehicle.

10. Honda Element

Cringe Score: 0.9

Boxy and covered in plastic, it's not too shocking that people said they'd be embarrassed to drive the Honda Element. Although it's a highly versatile vehicle, especially for pet owners, there's just no getting past the fact that it looks pretty goofy. The Element was discontinued after the 2011 model year.

9. Chrysler PT Cruiser

Cringe Score: 1.0

The Chrysler PT Cruiser achieved infamy through its ability to wedge even the closest of friends and families apart with its odd retro design. Although many said they'd be embarrassed to drive it, the hatchback enjoyed a surprisingly long life and Chrysler sold more than a million of them. The Cruiser was scrapped in 2010, replaced by the Fiat 500 when the Italian company took over.

8. Pontiac Aztek

Cringe Score: 1.4

This is one of the ugliest cars ever made, plain and simple. In fact, we're surprised this isn't up higher on the list of cars people would be embarrassed to drive. Just look at it: Its bizarre headlights, awkward rear end and gag-inducing paint job combine to create a Frankenstein's Monster of a vehicle.

Unsurprisingly, the Aztek only lasted from 2001 to 2005.

7. Lincoln Town Car

Cringe Score: 1.6

Although it's a classic luxury vehicle, the Lincoln Town Car just screams "senior citizen," which factors in greatly in its place on the list of cars people would be embarrassed to drive. The Town Car may be one of the most comfortable cars on the planet, but it's understandable that not many people want to be associated with its reputation.

The Town Car was discontinued after the 2011 model year.

6. Subaru Baja

Cringe Score: 1.6

The Subaru Baja is pretty weird. Half-pickup, half-car, it looks like someone took a chainsaw to the back of an Outback. There's no question that it's a useful piece of machinery, but Baja owners should prepare to be subject to some pointing and laughing.

5. Volkswagen New Beetle

Cringe Score: 1.9

Volkswagen reintroduced the iconic Beetle in 1997, and it had a pretty good run, winning some awards and becoming one of the most recognizable cars on the road. The main problem was, and continues to be, the fact that many see it as being feminine, even in darker and more neutral colors. The redesigned Volkswagen Beetle has addressed these concerns, employing a much more aggressive look.

4. Chevrolet SSR

Cringe Score: 2.1

The Chevrolet SSR, which was discontinued back in 2006, is an open-top, hot rod truck that employs a giant 6.0L V8 engine along with some truly bizarre aesthetics. Sure, it's fast, but with a front end that looks like the face of an offended robot, it's easy to see that people would be embarrassed to drive it.

3. Hummer H2

Cringe Score: 3.5

The Hummer H2 is likely unloved due to the fact that it portrays a couple of undesirable qualities: disregard for the environment and, um, overcompensation. According to the survey, the H2 scored especially bad with women, likely because of its ludicrously overblown masculine design.

2. Nissan Cube

Cringe Score: 3.6

The Nissan Cube is pretty weird, and it's not surprising to see it on this list. What is surprising, however, is that the older you are, the less likely you are to consider it embarrassing to drive one, according to the study. That's bad news for Nissan, as the Japanese automaker designed and marketed this car for a younger generation.

1. smart fortwo

Cringe Score: 7.6

The poor smart fortwo can't get any love. Although it's a pretty good car in the city, it's really not well-suited to much else, including looking cool on the road. Participants in the survey thought the fortwo made drivers look "like they couldn't afford a full-size car," also calling the car "dorky" and "ugly." Apparently, the smart fortwo is the most embarrassing car to drive.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Car Care

Car safety is important. Try to follow these tips:
1. Conduct regular maintenance – follow a scheduled maintenance plan.
2. Take care of your tires – maintain proper air pressure and check tread depth.
3. Maintain your brakes – ensure your brakes are working properly in case you need to make a panic stop.
4. Make sure you can see where you are driving. Wipe (or scrape) the snow or ice off your windows. Ensure all of your lights are working properly. Make sure your wipers are working properly as well, and that you have the appropriate washer fluid.
5. Carry an emergency road kit – have jumper cables, blankets, matches, flares, water on hand.
Source: CarCareCanada

How To Get More For Your Money At The Gas Pump

By: Mike Collins
Gas prices have been spiraling out of control for months, and there is no end in sight. Increased gas prices do not just hit you when you fill up your tank though. Just think about it for a minute and you will realize how many other ways rising oil and gas prices will cost you. The price of airline travel and shipping services are likely to rise, as is the cost of many other goods as retailers are forced to pay more for delivery.

You may even see your property taxes increase as towns have to pay more to keep their police cars, fire engines, and garbage trucks on the road. During times like these it is important to get as much bang for you buck at the gas pump as possible.

So how can I save money on gas?

While there is little you can do about the market price of a barrel of oil, there are ways to keep down your own personal costs at the gas pump. Here are some suggestions:

Don't pay extra for premium gas if you don't need it. Consult your owners manual and stick to the recommended octane. Most cars run just fine on regular unleaded gas and you will get no extra performance by using premium gas.

Shop around. Keep a watchful eye and you'll be surprised at how much prices can vary from one gas station to the next. I've seen differences of eight to ten cents per gallon between gas stations directly across the street from one another. Seems like a small difference but it adds up over time.
Schedule your errands to minimize drive time, or if possible walk.

Travel light. Keeping your car and backseat loaded down wastes fuel as it requires more energy to move a heavier car. Take only the essentials (a spare tire, first-aid kit, jumper cables, etc.) with you.
Slow down. The faster you drive the fewer the miles you will get per gallon.

Drive steady. Avoid quick stops and accelerations that waste fuel. Anticipate braking ahead of time and ease onto the gas pedal rather than flooring it.

Maintenance is key. Keeping your engine tuned and tires inflated can make a difference in your fuel consumption. Under-inflated tires create drag which causes the engine to use more energy to propel the car. Plus, it is unsafe to drive on tires that have too little or too air in them.

If you are in the market for a new car, consider models that are more fuel efficient.

Use the air conditioner judiciously. There are two schools of thought on this one. The first says you will burn less fuel with the windows down and the AC off. The second says that driving with the windows open creates drag, which wastes more fuel than would be used if the AC was on and the windows up.

So which one is true? Well...both of them really. The car will consume more fuel with the air conditioner on and the windows down, up to about 45-50 miles per hour. As you drive faster, the drag caused my the open windows will actually cause high fuel consumption.

So the rule of thumb is this: keep the AC off and the windows down when you are cruising around town and on city streets. Once you reach the highway or about 50 mph, roll up the windows and turn the on the AC.

Using these tips will help you save money on gas. While you may not notice a huge difference with each fill up, the savings will compound with each fresh tank.

About the author:
Written by Mike Collins -

Oil – The Life Of Your Car

by: Samuel Murray
Oil cleans your car. It lubricates parts. It helps cool things down. Without it, your engine would be sitting squarely in the center of your local junkyard.

Scheduling regular oil changes is vital to the life of any vehicle.

The oil filter keeps little bits of dust and other contaminants out of your engine, and helps ensure the oil runs smoothly, so you want to change that every time you change the oil.

Imagine how your body would react if your kidneys and liver shut down. The impurities in your blood would build up continually, and it wouldn't take long for your body to completely break down.

Oil for your car can be likened to blood to your body. Your car needs clean oil to keep going. What would happen if you never changed your oil?

Well, you'd be lucky to get 30,000 miles out of the car before your engine would collapse.

Say you only change your oil once a year. Your car seems to be running fine, so no harm done, right? Not so fast! Your engine has been flooded with contaminants. It won't be long till you find yourself coming to a standstill.

Regular oil changes are as important to your car as daily trips to the bathroom are to you. Now, we won't take the analogy too far, but you get the idea. This one scheduled maintenance may help your vehicle avoid mechanical failures.

I actually heard two mechanics say that they figured you could run a car forever if you had the oil changed every 2000 miles. That may seem excessive to some folks. But it kept my baby humming nicely!

Now if you see any hint of an oil leak on the driveway after the car is parked, get to a service station. This could be ultra bad news and you need to have your car checked out immediately. Ditto if you detect a burning smell or smoke coming from around the engine!

You may not feel too comfortable changing your oil, but you can check it easily. It's best to check the oil when your engine is cold. Unscrew the cap and pull out the dipstick. Wipe it with a clean tissue or paper towel. Reinsert the stick all the way. Then pull it back out and check the dipstick. You'll see "add" and "full" lines clearly marked on it. If the oil film is between the "add" and "full" lines, you're good. If it's below the "add" line, you need a quart of oil. Make sure you use the kind recommended in your owner's manual. After adding the oil, repeat all the steps.

See, that wasn't too hard, was it?

Make sure you take the time to check the oil levels in your car, and have it changed regularly. It literally means the difference between life and death for your vehicle!

Source: ClassyCars

Sunday, September 1, 2013

What speed does and air bag open when hitting another car?

Airbags are designed to deploy only when they might be needed to prevent serious injury. In order for airbags to be effective they must deploy early in a crash; in a frontal crash this typically occurs within the first 50 milliseconds (0.05 seconds). A vehicle's airbag control module relies on feedback from crash sensors to predict whether an event is severe enough to warrant an airbag deployment.

Frontal airbags: Frontal airbags are designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal crashes. Among airbags with advanced features that include a safety belt sensor, there are different inflation thresholds depending on whether people are using their safety belts. One threshold used by airbag designers is "must deploy" which includes a situation such as an impact into a rigid wall of 10-12 mph for unbelted occupants. The "must deploy" threshold is slightly higher - about 16 mph - for belted occupants because the belts alone are likely to provide adequate protection up to these moderate speeds. Frontal airbags may deploy to help protect occupants in side impacts if there is sufficient forward deceleration during the crash. For example, if a vehicle is moving forward at the time of a side impact, frontal airbags can help prevent serious injuries.

Advanced airbags compliant with government crash performance standards have been required in all passenger vehicles effective with model year 2007. Advanced airbags are designed to suppress deployment if weight sensors in the seat detect that a front-seat passenger is small or in a child safety seat. Advanced airbags also can deploy at a lower energy level or pressure when passengers are small or out of position, or if the crash is of very low severity.

Side airbags: Because of the small space between an occupant and the side of the vehicle, side airbags must deploy very quickly to cushion occupants from intruding vehicles or objects. Some airbags typically deploy within the first 10-20 milliseconds of a side crash. "Must deploy" thresholds can be as low as 8 mph for narrow object crashes (e.g., trees and poles) and 18 mph for the more distributed side crashes (vehicle-to-vehicle crashes). Several auto manufacturers deploy the side airbags in frontal crashes to help control occupant movement during the rebound phase of a crash. Some curtain side airbags may stay inflated longer to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Allowing the airbags to remain inflated or triggering their deployment during a rollover can help prevent full or partial ejection of occupants.

Source: Institute for Highway Safety

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mercury Meta One

The Mercury Meta One was a concept car created by the Ford Motor Company brand, Mercury, first introduced at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. The Meta One was the first PZEV diesel-hybrid concept vehicle.

It featured a twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine that had an electric motor in the modular hybrid transmission. The torque of the Meta One achieved up to 431 lb·ft (584 N·m) and was 97% cleaner than the Tier I emissions standard for NOx .

Like other concept cars, the Meta One featured numerous futuristic gadgets. For instance, the vehicle's key doubled as a PDA; it was designed to also store emergency contacts. The Meta One also featured built-in Sirius Satellite Radio and a roaming always-on Wi-Fi connection to deliver to the driver updated traffic conditions and real-time reports.

The Meta One will not be released as production vehicle.

External links

Source: Internet

Monday, August 26, 2013

How do you set the key less entry code on the door?


Open The rear hatch door, not the glass but the complete rear door. Somewhere on the metal around the bottom you will find a five digit code on white tape. Take this code and enter it into your keyless entry. Immediately hit the 1/2 button on the entry and then put in your own five digit code, and you will hear a light sound. Lock the keyless entry with the last two buttons 7/8, 9/0 buttons. And then repeat the new code that you have entered, it will open the door.

The factory code will always stay in the memory of the keyless entry pad. It is best to remember this code but you can enter ant five digit code you want using the information listed above. However if you put in a code of your own and the battery goes dead or is disconnected the keyless entry will only use the original factory code.

Keyless Entry

1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 9/0  The buttons look like this on the key pad. Let's say that the factory code is: 12345.
You will touch with one finger the 1/2 twice, the 3/4 twice and the 5/6 once in less than three seconds. This will open the drivers door. Then press the 3/4 button if you want to open the other doors. And if you want to open the trunk press the 5/6 button.

If you have entered a code other than the factory code you will use that number instead. Let's say the number you put in was your birthdate: 08/26/1960, You can use only five numbers and you want to use a number that you can remember easier. So use 82660, and now when you punch in the code you will press these numbers. 7/8, 1/2, 5/6, 5/6, 9/0 and your driver door will unlock. To unlock the passenger door press the 3/4 button or if you want to open the trunk instead press the 5/6 button.

If you can't find the original factory code you can go to the Ford/Lincoln Dealer and they can get the original factory code for you. There will be a charge to you for this service. You can ask the Service Writer what the charge will be before the work is done.

How Rare Is A 1964 Mercury Monterey Convertible 25th Anniversary Edition?

Wow, you've got a 1964 Mercury Montery convertible? 25th anniversary edition!?

Source: Wiki Answers

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mercury Colony Park

Merucry Colony Park 1984.jpg
1984 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1957–1991
Class Full-size
Body style 4-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
The Mercury Colony Park was the top-of-the-line full-size station wagon offered by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company between 1957 and 1991. Following the demise of Edsel, the Colony Park became the Mercury equivalent of the Ford Country Squire and the station wagon version of the Marquis in 1969. It wore woodgrain paneling on the bodysides and tailgate, a feature also identified with station wagons such as the Chrysler Town & Country and the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser.


First generation
1957 Mercury Colony Park.jpg
Model years 1957–1958
Engine 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8
383 cu in (6.3 L) MEL V8
430 cu in (7.0 L) MEL V8
Transmission 3-speed manual
3-speed Merc-O-Matic automatic
Wheelbase 122.0 in (3,099 mm)
Length 1957: 211.1 in (5,362 mm)
1958: 214.2 in (5,441 mm)
Width 79.1 in (2,009 mm)
Height 58.3 in (1,481 mm)
Curb weight 4,400–4,800 lb (2,000–2,200 kg)
For 1957, Mercury followed the practice of Ford in creating a separate model series for its full-size station wagons; the Colony Park served as the top model. It came as a pillarless hardtop with simulated woodgrain siding as standard. Just as on the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser, the 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8 was standard equipment in 1957. An electric clock was also standard. A padded dash was optional.

This generation of the full-size Mercury station wagons, as with the non-wagon models, are noted for having a basic body and chassis shared with no other Ford make with the exception of the 1958 Edsel Citation and Corsair.


Second generation
1960 Mercury Colony Park.jpg
Model years 1959–1960
Engine 383 cu in (6.3 L) MEL V8
430 cu in (7.0 L) MEL V8
Transmission 3-speed Merc-O-Matic automatic
Wheelbase 126.0 in (3,200 mm)
Length 1959: 218.2 in (5,542 mm)
1960: 219.2 in (5,568 mm)
Width 1959: 80.7 in (2,050 mm)
1960: 81.5 in (2,070 mm)
Height 57.8 in (1,468 mm)
Curb weight 4,800–4,900 lb (2,200–2,200 kg)
Along with other full-size Mercurys, the station wagons were updated for the 1959 model year; however, the mid-line Voyager was discontinued. With the demise of the premium-model Edsels, the chassis for the Colony Park was now used solely by the Mercury division. An update to the chassis and the body gave the Colony Park a 4-inch wheelbase stretch, to 126 inches. With a curb weight of nearly 5000 pounds, Mercury specified the 315-hp 430 cubic-inch MEL engine that was shared with Lincoln and the Ford Thunderbird.

Mercury station wagons of this vintage had the longest wheelbase, the widest bodies and the most cargo space of any station wagon ever built by this make.
1960 to 1970 comparison 1960 Colony Park 1970 Colony Park
Wheelbase 126.0 in (3,200 mm) 121.0 in (3,073 mm)
Track Width (front/rear) 60.0 in (1,524 mm) 64.1 in (1,628 mm)/64.3 in (1,633 mm)
Overall Length 219.2 in (5,568 mm) 220.5 in (5,601 mm)
Width 81.5 in (2,070 mm) 79.8 in (2,027 mm)
Height 57.8 in (1,468 mm) 56.9 in (1,445 mm)
Top Front Seat to Top Tailgate (closed) 83.4 in (2,118 mm) 84.0 in (2,134 mm)
Top Second Seat to Top Tailgate (closed) 49.5 in (1,257 mm) 51.0 in (1,295 mm)
Width at Second Seat 60.8 in (1,544 mm) 62.0 in (1,575 mm)
Floor to Roof (over rear axle) 34.4 in (874 mm) 32.0 in (813 mm)
Total Cargo Capacity (behind front seat) 101.7 cu ft (2,880 L) 96.2 cu ft (2,724 L)
Total Cargo Capacity (behind rear seat) 60.4 cu ft (1,710 L) 58.4 cu ft (1,654 L)


Third generation
1963 Mercury Colony Park.jpg
Model years 1961–1964
Wheelbase 120.0 in (3,048 mm)
The 1961-64 Mercury station wagons were the first since 1956 to share a body and chassis with Ford. This move was made because of declining Mercury sales from 1957 to 1960, and despite the obvious Ford origins of this generation of Mercurys, buyers began to return to the make. Indeed, the Mercury division's best sales years came during the early years when the cars were seen as little more than "gussied-up Fords."


Fourth generation
1965 Mercury Colony Park.jpg
Production 1965–1968
Engine 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE V8
410 cu in (6.7 L) Marauder V8
Wheelbase 119.0 in (3,023 mm)
In 1965, Colony Park was promoted to "the Lincoln Continental of station wagons", when it was given the Lincoln Continental's suspension package (along with its cushy, floaterboat ride). It continued to enjoy this distinction through its final year.

The 1966 Colony Park was fitted with Ford's two-way "Magic Doorgate", which was designed to fold down like a conventional tailgate and also swing sideways like a door. Ford's dual-facing rear seats became available on the 1967 Colony Park. Mercury also introduced a feature where windflow was directed across the rear window through channels integrated and covered with the "D" pillar. This also allowed fresh air to enter into the rear of the vehicle if the rear window was retracted into the tailgate.
On third-generation Colony Parks, the standard engine was a 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE V8 with 270 horsepower (200 kW). From 1966 to 1967, the 410 cu in (6.7 L) FE "Marauder" V8 with 330 horsepower (250 kW) was an option.
1966 Colony Park
1966 2-way tailgate with side-swing door handle


Fifth generation
1974 Mercury Marquis Colony Park wagon.jpg
1974 Mercury Marquis Colony Park
Production 1969–1978
Engine 351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor V8
400 cu in (6.6 L) Cleveland V8
460 cu in (7.5 L) 385 V8
Wheelbase 121.0 in (3,073 mm)
When the full-size Mercury wagons were restyled for 1969, they were no longer a separate series, and the Colony Park became a member of the Marquis series. In contrast to the Marquis sedan, the Colony Park was based on the same 121-inch wheelbase as the Ford LTD. Also in 1969, the Magic Doorgate was reworked to that it could swing sideways without having to roll the window down.

Although narrower than the 1959–1960 generation, this generation of the Colony Park was the longest and heaviest of any before or after. Because of the car's sheer heft, Mercury equipped this generation with a 400-cubic-inch (6.6 liter) V-8 as standard, with a 460-cubic-inch (7.5 liter) optional. For the final model year of this generation, 1978, the 351-cubic-inch V-8 became standard except in California and 'High Altitude' areas where the 400 was required, although the 400-2V and 460 remained available as options (except that the 460 was not available in California after Model Year 1976 in any FoMoCo car line), although it was less than desirable. Most surviving examples carry either of the two larger engines, as they were far more popular—not to mention more capable of powering such a heavy vehicle.

Approximately 7,850,000 full-size Fords and Mercurys were sold over 1969-78. This makes it the second best selling Ford automobile platform after the Ford Model T.
1972 Colony Park
1976 Colony Park


Sixth generation
Production 1979–1991
Assembly Hazelwood, Missouri (St. Louis Assembly)
Talbotville, Ontario, (St. Thomas Assembly)
Platform Ford Panther platform
Engine 302 cu in (4.9 L) 5.0 Windsor V8
351 cu in (5.8 L) Windsor V8
Transmission 3-speed FMX automatic
4-speed AOD automatic
Wheelbase 114.3 in (2,903 mm)
Length 219 in (5,563 mm)
Width 79.3 in (2,014 mm)
Height 56.5 in (1,435 mm)
Curb weight 4,032 lb (1,829 kg)
For 1979, Mercury joined its Detroit rivals in downsizing its largest models. In comparison to its 1978 predecessor, the 1979 model lost slightly over 1,000 lbs in weight, 11 inches in length, 6.6 inches in wheelbase, and 0.4 inches in width; interestingly, the Colony Park was now taller (by 0.1 inches). With the downsizing, the former 400- and 460-cubic-inch engines were discontinued, and the 351-cubic-inch Windsor V8 became the largest available in the Colony Park. All Colony Parks were equipped with standard 8-passenger seating and exterior woodgrain siding.

The 351 would be dropped after 1982, as most customers deemed the 302 Windsor engine sufficiently powerful. To further enhance fuel economy, the 4-speed AOD overdrive transmission was paired with both engines starting in 1981. While the carbureted 351 would return in 1986, it would remain a rarely ordered option. From 1984 on, the Grand Marquis wagon was discontinued, leaving only the only the Colony Park in the Mercury lineup.

This generation of Colony Park would see few substantial changes during its 12-year lifespan, garnering only minor grille and trim revisions annually through 1987. In 1988, the entire front grille headlamp assembly (shared with the Grand Marquis) was redesigned for a more modern and aerodynamic appearance, and then in 1990, the instrument panel was revamped to allow the addition of a driver's side airbag.
1979–1987 Mercury Colony Park front 
1984 Mercury Colony Park rear 


When the Grand Marquis was redesigned with aero-styling for 1992, the Colony Park station wagon was dropped from Mercury's lineup. By that time, full-size station wagons were no longer popular due to the increasing popularity of minivans and SUVs. The last full-size station wagons, the Chevrolet Caprice, the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser and the Buick Roadmaster Estate ended production in 1996. In 2005, DaimlerChrysler briefly reintroduced the Dodge Magnum name on a full-size wagon, based on the LX platform Chrysler 300, but it was dropped in 2008.

Source: Internet

Mercury Commuter

1957 Mercury 2-door Commuter hardtop station wagon
Mercury Commuter
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Manufacturer Mercury
Production 1957–1968
Class Full-size
Body style 4-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
Engine 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8
1957 Mercury 4-door Commuter hardtop station wagon rear
The Mercury Commuter was Mercury's lowest-priced full-size station wagon from 1957 to 1968. When introduced for the 1957 model year it was priced below Mercury's other two new full size wagons, the Voyager and the Colony Park. In 1957 the same 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8 that was standard equipment on the Mercury Turnpike Cruiser was optional equipment on the Commuter. It was initially available as a two-door wagon and as a four-door wagon with the former discontinued after the 1959 model year. The Commuter was temporarily absent in 1963, in concession to the new Meteor station wagons, but was reinstated for 1964, when the Meteor was dropped. The Commuter was phased out for good, like the full-size Mercury Montclair and Park Lane, after the 1968 model year. On a collectible scale model note, a 1968 Commuter wagon was rendered in the form of a Matchbox scale die cast car, however, along with a companion Matchbox 1968 Park Lane sedan.

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Mercury Voyager

The Mercury Voyager was Mercury's mid-priced full-size station wagon from 1957 through 1958. When introduced for the 1957 model year it was priced between Mercury's other two new full size wagons, the Mercury Commuter and the Colony Park. It was available as both a 2-door (of which 2283 units were produced in 1957) and a 4-door.
Examples in today's market typically feature the combination of the optional 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8 with a push-button transmission and power steering.


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