PO Box 2453
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729
CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR APRIL 2015
written by Doug Bithell
Owners: Don & Cookie Ford
YEAR: 1953 MAKE AND MODEL: MERCURY MONTEREY
COLOR: YOSEMITE YELLOW UPHOLSTERY: DEEP BROWN TWEED
INDIA BLACK TOP
ENGINE: STOCK FLATHEAD TRANS: STOCK AUTOMATIC
REAR END: STOCK WHEELS: STOCK
FRONT END: STOCK
When is a Ford car not a Ford? When it’s the Mercury of Don and 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 and 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 and Don raised a couple of kids with that car and drove it till the wheels fell off so 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, and she did a great job with that gorgeous tweed.
They have taken it to lots of shows including Dana Point, Solvang, Santa Maria, Palm Springs, Canyon Cruise, Santa Anita, and others. I have personally watched them walk away with the trophies. The fine old Merc looks great in CAL-RODS.