Long overdue update on the Montego Project.

For those of you who don’t know about my project car it’s a 1968 Mercury Montego MX with a Ford 302 V8. To recap the upgrades: I’ve upped to a 4 barrel Holley from the stock 2 barrel, added an Edelbrock Performer RPM Intake Manifold, True Dual Flowmaster Super 44 2.5” exhaust, dropped the thermostat 10*, new Super Cool waterpump.

If you notice those last 2 were about keeping it cool. This has been a challenge since I took it to the Woodward Dream Cruise my first year owning the car, frankly it’s been overheating ever since. It’s been 4 years.

With the waterpump and my 3rd thermostat in it, I finally caved and bought a new radiator. I got a great deal on a custom 4 core radiator and if this doesn’t fix the problem I’m in big trouble haha.

So we ripped out the old stock 2 core radiator and I of course snapped a trans line, why not right? If anyone has pics of how the trans lines hook up in a 68-70 Torino with a 302 and C4 auto trans please provide!!!!! I need to confirm the Torino ones are the same so I can order replacements. I did a temp fix with some rubber trans hose and hose clamps for the time being.

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That was the only major issue, I also replaced the old heater hoses with period correct Autolite hoses....why? Because the Autolite onces are black with red stripes and that’s PERFECT for my engine compartment.

So I drove it around the block, and it did great, I’m going to have to take a longer drive to make sure it’s doing well, but it sure as hell looks nicer under there! Check it out!

New radiator first, and then I’m going to do an image progression from the day I got it to now, it’s amazing how much it’s changed.

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(yeah I need a new radiator cap, this one looks ROUGH on that nice new radiator)


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Get that giant air cleaner out of there, free chrome Edelbrock:

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Free chrome one was way too tiny and I have no interest in Chrome under the hood:

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Black was much better, it’s time to remove the Blue Powered by Ford valve covers though:

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See those rust orange hoses? That shit’s gotta go! As it sits today:

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PROGRESS!