Isaac Mion
September 1, 2009

The driveshaft tunnel actually had to be raised to accommodate the new ride height supplied by the rebuilt stock Ford suspension with Air Ride Technologies air bags. As you can see from the photos, this Monterey can really get down as a result of these. Work on the body started with pulling the unnecessary body items like the trim below the door and all the various emblems. "We kept the side trim," said Ulrich. "That's the one that adds character to the car. Then, my buddy modified the doorjambs for Bear Claw latches before we took it to his house for paint."

At this point we should mention that Ulrich did the majority of the work on this car himself except for the painting. For this he got help from his good buddy of 20 years Stu Waldron. After they got the body together and finished the first prime at Ulrich's house, they took it to Waldron's to get the '03 VW Passat colors sprayed on. "My wife and I picked out the green, then I saw the gold later," said Ulrich of the titillating two-tone paint scheme.

With Goodguys Kansas fast approaching in December 2004, the race was on to make the debut date. "We spent a lot of late nights together in August," said Ulrich. "And Steve lives all the way across town, so there was a lot of driving involved." The interior is one of the remain-ing chores they finished during these slumber parties. And the cabin is no afterthought. The stock seats have been upholstered in sand-colored Ultraleather with ostrich inserts. One of the most notable aspects of this project is the floral patterned headliner and rear deck. "My wife found the pattern at a fabric store," said Ulrich. "The rear deck was supposed to be leather but the guy made the speaker trays in the wrong place so we had to improvise. The floral cabin and the smoothed dash is one of the aspects that make this mercury Monterey more memorable than most.

Forming a precise plan, then executing that plan to its fullest is a feat that is more often carried out by military personnel or ninjas, rather than car builders. But in the case of this Merc, Tom Ulrich has done just that. Although, we doubt that when he first saw that '62 Merc on sagging springs he envisioned a version with a floral interior.

The Details
Tom Ulrich's '62 Mercury Monterey S-55

'93 4.6L Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) from a Lincoln Mark VIII, Stock Mark VIII radiator and electric fan Custom air intake tube, All engine wiring from The Detail Zone (panel mounted in the trunk)'03 Mustang Cobra radiator coolant tank, Custom engine mounts Modified crossmember, Lincoln Continental front sump oil pan

4R70W electronic overdrive four-speed automaticShift linkage modified to work via cable with the stock console shift selector

9-inch3.89 gears

'03 Mustang Cobra headers

Front: Rebuilt stock Ford suspension with Air Ride Technologies air bags
Rear: Rebuilt stock Ford suspension with Air Ride Technologies air bags

Front: Baer 14-inch two-piece slotted and drilled rotor, with polished caliper
Rear: Baer 13-inch two-piece slotted and drilled rotor, with polished caliper

Front: Intro Pentia, 18x8 inch
Rear: Intro Pentia, 20x10 inch

Front: Nitto NT-555, P225/40ZR18
Rear: Nitto NT-555, P255/35ZR20

Stock seats upholstered in sand-colored Ultraleather with ostrich inserts, custom door panels, dash smoothed and painted two tone to match the interior, floral headliner and package tray, custom trunk panels (hide battery, air ride, CD changer, wiring, engine control modules), Secret Audio hidden stereo system with two amplifiers, 10 inch subwoofer, Infinity speakers, custom-made front speaker pods and custom-made rear speaker and subwoofer grilles, carpet from Auto Custom Carpet, upholstery work by Crusin' Comfort

Fresco Green pearl and Mojave Storm beige ('03 VW colors) Standox base/clear, paint and body by Stu Waldron, shaved door handles, removal of most side trim, Bear Claw latches, outside mirrors removed