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O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 09:13AM

I like to have several projects going on as I seem to have ADD and get bored and lose focus often so I bounce around from project to project. I have been building this car for the last few years and is pretty much done, only a few little details to finish. Thought I would share a few pictures.

Other than re-keying the locks I have done all the work on this one, engineering, fabrication, body, paint, and interior.

A few of the highlights.

1998 Lincoln 4.6L DOHC V8
4R70W overdrive transmission
3.70 rear end gear (in the OEM 9”)
1978 T Bird front disk brakes
2.5” dual Magnafow exhaust
All new suspension front and rear
Rear air bags (for towing)
Hidden Reese hitch

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled




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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 09:14AM

Now I have moved my V6 Corvair back in the shop and will get it on the road soon!

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled




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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 09:22AM

Fabrication and frame repair

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 09:23AM

Underside details and Body work

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled




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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 09:25AM

Paint work, including hand Painting faux wood for the fiberglass trim

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 09:26AM

Lots of wiring with the modern power train. Haha I guess 1998 isn’t really modern anymore.

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled




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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 15, 2020 10:06AM

Finished up nicely! And usefull as well! You can play "Lucy & Desi" GGG

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 15, 2020 10:11AM

Big project! Looks great! Is the rear suspension more or less stock? Trailing arms, coil springs, panhard rod are a bit of a surprise. I was expecting leaf springs.

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 10:12AM

Ha. My trailer is long, but not that long!

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 10:15AM

Craig, it is stock. I have beefed it up however to over compensate for the airbag placement.

1965 full size Mercury’s shared suspension with the Lincoln’s of the time for that true land yacht experience.

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: November 15, 2020 10:20AM

Hi VK,
We chatted at the homecoming last year where you were showing the Eichstadt car, admired your work then, and here with the Colony Park. I ricochet between projects, too, one of the reasons I'm divorced now. I wouldn't mind that so much, but she took half my pension, so less money to play with toys.

I included a picture of my '66 Galaxie into which I tried installing a '65 Mercury dash, with '66 bezel; just like the black and chrome better than the silver. Thought I had everything for a plug and play, but turned out vendor sold me a harness for a Comet instead of full size Merc. Think I've got the right one now, but haven't found anyone with advice on making the electro-vacuum wipers work. Looks like they're still installed in your car, are they working on yours? I was about ready to revert to a two speed wiper.

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa basket case
'66 Monza coupe
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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 10:30AM

My wipers work. I don’t know anything about them. I don’t think mine use vacuum though as I tested them without the car running.

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: FoiledAgain ()
Date: November 15, 2020 10:34AM

Sweeet! That is one rare Mercury. Looks like several metric tonnes of work.

Lots of curb appeal. Well done!

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: alphasud ()
Date: November 15, 2020 12:28PM

Awesome job! Wagons are cool and have really gained in popularity lately. Was the engine from a Navigator? I heard that’s one of the better engines. What are you doing for fuel management? Running the factory ECU or something else?

David North Idaho
1965 Corsa Turbo converted to 140
1971 Super Beetle with 2.5L Subaru engine
1965 Corsa mid engine project
1973 Mercedes 280 project

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: NMCarNut ()
Date: November 15, 2020 02:26PM

Hey VairKing - nice looking wagon! I've also got a weak spot for mid 60s full-sized Fords.

And since this thread is OT, scottymac, the vacuum portion of the wiper system is only for the intermittent wiper control portion, intermittent wipers being optional at the time on Mercurys and probably not too common. You got all the components? If so here are the vacuum and electrical diagrams:

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: November 15, 2020 04:46PM

Thanks very much, NMCarNut, that will surely help! Yes, have all NOS components for the interval wipers. I think they were only used 1965-67, so nut much info. Dash came from a '65 Park Lane convertible, loaded with rally clock, trip odo, and tach. Sorry for hijacking your thread, Ryan.

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa basket case
'66 Monza coupe
[corvaircenter.com]

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 05:32PM

No worries, mine might have the vacuum controlled intermittent wipers, I only tried turning them on and they moved so I moved to the next task. Will dive into that plus the A/C plus the cruise control later in the future.

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 05:37PM

Is this the vacuum part of the wipers? This car is very complicated compared to similar vintage Corvairs.

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled

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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: November 15, 2020 06:25PM

Yes, that should be the vacuum governor, Ryan. If your car has the interval wipers, the main switch will have an inner portion which rotates to vary the speed. I have a small number of used parts, but no idea of their condition. Your car has cruise control? Wow!. I looked for 30 years, and coast to coast before I finally found one. Just parts on a shelf right now, but IIRC, a ton of speedo cables to make it work. Would probably be easier to use aftermarket, or adapt the Lincoln unit. Compounding my problem, Mercury only used FE big blocks in their full size cars, so'd have to fabricate brackets to mount the cruise regulator on my 289 Gal.

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa basket case
'66 Monza coupe
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Re: O/T 1965 Mercury Colony Park Station Wagon Resto-Mod
Posted by: VairKing ()
Date: November 15, 2020 06:51PM

This car didn’t have cruise (very rare option) but I installed the cruise module from the donor 1998 Lincoln so I think I should be able to get it going. I will mess with the wipers more in the spring. And also all the hvac stuff.

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1965 Corsa Kelmark V8 400 HP ///1965 Monza Sedan 110/PG /// Ultimate Corvair Hauler/// Don Eichstaedt's 1965 Corsa Racecar
West Michigan Corvair Club /// 1966 Corsa GTP Convertible Mid Engine 3.8L Supercharged project stalled




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