Tips to Maintain Your Classic Mercury Marquis
Just as the age proves a man's experience, mileage speaks of a car's long service. But just like any other man who was once strong and nimble, your Mercury Marquis is an old buddy that is already showing some frailness, and thus requires extra care. The care it would need also depends as to whether you still use it for everyday drives, or you are trying to preserve the original parts as being a classic. Here are some ways to best keep a classic car:
- Do not alter the performance parts.
The value of a classic car gets higher as it stretches mileage. Altering the performance parts, however, will result in depreciation mainly because a classic car is considered classic based on its worth of being a collectable. Its essence is defeated when the vital performance parts, such as the engine, brakes, and suspension system, are given modern upgrades by replacing the original ones and then adding the enhancers. That will make restoration almost impossible for car enthusiasts or collectors. Should you customize, keep the original parts for future restoration.
- Improve power and performance with minimal upgrades.
Modern upgrades benefit personal use, basically improving performance and efficiency for the satisfaction of the owner. If you choose to customize, keep it minimal. For improved fuel economy, as an example, you may have an electric cooling fan. This one is installed to the radiator instead of being mechanically attached to the engine using a belt, freeing the engine from the burden of having to directly power the cooling system. A reduced engine load also means better fuel economy—a good way to save some bucks through minimal investment.
If you are planning to improve your vehicle's power to weight ratio without having to customize the engine itself, an aftermarket aluminum intake manifold will do. Its material is lightweight, thus making a major weight reduction. That is on top of the capability of a high-performance intake manifold to improve power through better intake and exhaust strokes. Should you install one, carefully inspect the inner surfaces for smoothness so as to ensure that airflow is optimized.
Whether or not you want to retain your Mercury Marquis' classic value, minding rust is a must. Expect aging to take toll on your steel parts up to some degree because of rust. Most often than not, rust buildup starts under the paint, thus a careful inspection is necessary. This is the very reason why you need to check your car's chassis, as well as its steel body panels, as frequently as checking the engine oil. Any bubbles popping out of the paint are signs of rust underneath. They usually form on portions with cracks, nicks, and scratches, and they radically increase when the car is exposed to moisture, water, acid, and low temperatures. If rust buildup is noticed early on, you'll be able to deal with it before it gets worse. Some owners store their classic cars in carcoons to prevent moisture from triggering oxidation that ends with rust buildup, especially during winter.
Mercury Marquis and Its Two-Decade Life in the Auto Industry
Produced by Ford Motor Company’s Mercury marquee, the Marquis ran from 1967 to 1986. At the early stage of its industry life, it was slotted above the Monterey and alongside the Park Lane in Mercury’s lineup to fill in the gap of the discontinued Montclair. Indeed, it served as Mercury’s counterpart to the full-size Ford cars. It was in 1983 when the Marquis was turned into a mid-size car, although its highest trim level, called Grand Marquis, remained as a full-size car in Mercury’s lineup.
1967-1968: The first Mercury Marquis
Launched for the 1967 model year as a member of Mercury’s full-size line, the Marquis came with a plush interior trim and a long list of high-level standard equipment. For this generation, the Marquis was offered in a single two-door hardtop body style. It was initially powered by the standard 330 hp 410 cubic-inch Mercury-exclusive big-block V8 engine. For the 1968 model year, the 410 powertrain was replaced by the 315 hp 390 big-block engine with a two-barrel carburetor. For 1967 and 1968, Mercury offered an optional 345 hp 428 cubic-inch "Super Marauder" engine featuring a four-barrel carburetor.
1969-1978: The completely redesigned Mercury Marquis
For 1969, Mercury redesigned the Marquis in such a way that it had become more of an affordable Lincoln than a pricier Ford. For this generation, the Marquis was offered as a 2-door hardtop coupe, 4-door sedan, 4-door hardtop sedan, convertible, and Colonial Park Station Wagon. On the outside, the most significant change was the introduction of hidden headlights, which were a trademark of Mercury and Lincoln since the ‘70s. In 1973, the Marquis also received a minor restyling, giving it a boxier look with a new protruding 5-mph energy-absorbing bumpers and a new roofline.
1979-1982: The downsized Mercury Marquis
When Ford decided to downsize its models in 1979, the full-size Marquis also became shorter and lighter. Since 1955, it was the first time a full-size station wagon from Mercury’s lineup weighed less than 4,000 pounds. This lighter Marquis was based on the all-new Panther platform, so the engine had to be downsized as well. For this generation, the 302 cubic-inch V8 became the standard engine; the optional powertrain was a 351 Windsor V8. For the 1979 model year, both engines were paired with a 3-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. A year after, the Marquis got the optional 4-speed AOD overdrive automatic transmission.
1983-1986: The mid-size Mercury Marquis
When Ford did an update on the styling of the Fox platform station wagons and sedans, there were several product lines that shifted. As a result, Mercury put the Cougar back into its original slot in the market as a two-door personal luxury coupe. Mercury also shifted the Marquis from the full-size to the mid-size lineup. The mid-size sedan was powered by the 2.3L SOHC four-cylinder base engine while the wagon was fitted with a standard six cylinder. After the 1986 model year, the Marquis was phased out to give way to the Mercury Sable. However, its highest trim level—the Grand Marquis—remained in Mercury’s full-size product line.