CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR APRIL 2015
By Doug Bithell
OWNERS: DON & COOKIE FORD
YEAR: 1953 MAKE & MODEL: MERCURY MONTEREY
COLOR: YOSEMITE YELLOW UPHOLSTERY: DEEP BROWN TWEED
INDIA BLACK TOP
ENGINE: STOCK FLATHEAD TRANS: STOCK AUTOMATIC
REAR END: STOCK FRONT END: STOCK WHEELS: STOCK
When is a Ford car not a Ford? When it’s the Mercury of Don & Cookie Ford. This car is no April-fools’ joke. It looks like it was just driven off the showroom floor in 1953.
Well in 1953, there was another Mercury that looked just like it & it was driven by a young girl named Cookie. Seems her dad had bought it for her from a service man from Camp Cook (now Vandenberg AFB). Cookie & Don raised a couple of kids with that car & drove it till the wheels fell off. In 1999 Don started rebuilding a 1953 Mercury to replace the one Cookie once had. After about 7 years Cookie’s car was done, so he thought. It seems he had forgotten the original one had that India Black top. So, back to the paint shop.
Don kept it all stock except he let Cookie do what she wanted for the interior & she did a great job with that gorgeous tweed.
They have taken the Mercury to lots of shows including Dana Point, Solvang, Santa Maria, Palm Springs, Canyon Cruise, Santa Anita, & others. I have personally watched them walk away with the trophies. The fine old Mercury looks great in Cal-Rods.