Montclair is a ‘Keeper’ |

Montclair is a ‘Keeper’

There’s an “old school” type of hot rodder that starts turning wrenches as a kid and never stops. Don Marrow is that kind of guy. As a teenager, he worked on his cars, trying to get the most horsepower and style from limited funds. Cars were often sold or traded to get one just a little better. So for one to be a “keeper,” it has to be just right.

Don’s ’56 Mercury Montclair is that car. When he found it nine years ago, it was a rat’s nest. Literally. With no windows, those rodents had made their home in the tattered upholstery.

But all his years of experience made Don equal to the task. He did a frame-on restoration, including new paint and upholstery, as well as rebuilding all the mechanics including the engine.

While he did not do the actual painting, he did all the prep work and the color sanding to get the deep, high-gloss finish.

Although basically stock, Don could not resist mildly customizing it by removing the chrome from the hood and trunk lid, termed “nosing and decking.”

To give it a bit of a rake, he lowered the front a little. The result was so nice that he has decided to sell his ’31 Ford street rod, ’51 Merc custom and stock ’52 Olds and just have the ’56 Merc. For he and his wife Sharlene, it’s a keeper.


For more information about the Roamin Angels Car Club, go to, call 432-8449 or write to Roamin Angels, PO Box 1616, Grass Valley, CA 95945

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