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2017 Ford Focus ST A hatchback for the times

By Jerry Robbin The 2017 Ford Focus ST  can be used as a daily driver while still providing an exhilarating ride. The new Focus ST has a sporty and stylish bold new look that should help it find its niche in the hatchback market. It handles well around corners and the steering is very responsive. […]

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Installing A Cell Phone Charger Into A Classic

By Roy Lange This is for all of the people that have cell phones and want to charge them while driving their classic Mercury. If your car is 12 volt, it is not an issue, because all you need to do is get a cigarette lighter adaptor (pictured at right), plug it in and you […]

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2017 Ford Super Duty leaves competition in dust

By Jerry Robbin The impressive all-new Ford Super Duty F250 takes after its sibling the F-150. The 2017 Super Duty has adopted the F150 all-aluminum body in an effort to cut weight and strengthen its frame. The 2017 F250 Platinum is capable of an all-new tow experience that is better than its predecessor. This all-new […]

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2016 IMOA Annual Show Roundup

  By Pat Eager and Virgil Klein The IMOA 25th Anniversary Show was held in Louisville, Ky., July 28-30. IMOA members from many states were in attendance, with the longest distance traveled by Dave and Corrinne Carlson from Port Charlotte, Fla. Other members came from Canada, Texas, New York, Iowa, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska […]

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2016 Louisville IMOA Annual Show

The following is of a video posted to Youtube by IMOA member Galynn Ferris of the 2016 IMOA annual show held in Louisville, Ky., July 27-30.

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Chet Krause was pioneer in classic car publishing

By John Gunnell Automotive publisher Chet Krause, 92, died June 25 of complications of congestive heart failure, in Iola. Wis. He was best known as the founder of Krause Publications Iola, and its publications such as Old Cars Weekly, Standard Catalog of American Cars, Numismatic News and numerous other hobby magazines and books. He was […]

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Getting creative with your Mercury

By Todd Haefer New IMOA member Harry Hartman, of Ridgeley, W.V., has combined his love of classic vehicles and photography to keep a historical record of his cherished Mercurys. “We are always looking for new and unusual places to photograph our antiques,” he said. “We enjoy taking our Mercurys to different scenic spots.” Harry and […]

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2017 Ford Escape features updated turbocharged engine

By Jerry Robbin The 2017 Ford Escape has been freshened with some major updates for the model year. It features a new Sync 3 interface, revised exterior styling, some minor interior improvements and a newly available 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new 1.5 gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) with four-wheel drive. FWD and […]

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IMOA president still presides over club he started in 1991

By Todd Haefer Jerry Robbin, president of the International Mercury Owners’ Association, is unique in that he still holds his title 25 years after founding the club in 1991. “Our club is trying to keep the Mercury marquee alive, just like a museum,” he said. “Mercury had an identity crisis when it started and it […]

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2016 Ford Edge Sport drives like a car

By Jerry Robbin The interior of the 2016 Ford Edge has been completely redesigned and feels more spacious and luxurious than previous models. Driving impression Driving the 2016 Ford Edge was exhilaratiing and it handled just like a car. The vehicle performed superbly in the city and on the road. The Edge had almost no […]

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Best of Show at Spearfish 2015

Tom Gerrard, of Big Sky, Mont., received the award for Best of Show at the annual IMOA car show that was held Aug. 21 in Spearfish, S.D. Tom also received Best in Class awards for his 1956 Montclair and 1966 S-55 convertible. Tom said he bought his Parklane in 2006 from IMOA member Jerry Capizzi and finished […]

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2015 Ford Transit triggers new generation of vans

Ford has once again started a revolution by creating a new generation of commercial vans. The Transit is multi-purpose, and more maneuverable and  economical than its competition. It’s  a new area for commercial van buyers that comes in two wheelbase sizes, three roof heights, three engine choices and three different body lengths. Driving impression The 2015 […]

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Interested in a Canadian Regional IMOA Club?

Calling All Cars…eh! To all our members North of the Border, you now have a Canadian representative for the IMOA who is interested in starting a Canadian regional IMOA chapter. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brian Sinkarsin, a Mercury lover from the very heart of Canada. While I am new to […]

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Remembering Al Delessio

By Tim Cleary Way too soon. Long-time IMOA member Al Delessio passed away Aug. 27 at the age of 58. He lived his whole life in northern Pennsylvania and worked for one company his entire career. He had battled the big C and dealt with all the related junk. When he had to go through […]

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Jerry Clor Obituary

Long-time IMOA member Gerald Edward “Jerry” Clor died Oct. 24, 2015, while at home with his wife, Cecelia, in Dallas, Ga., at the age of 66. Jerry lost his courageous battle with cancer after being diagnosed earlier in the year. He was born in Detroit, Mich., on March 4, 1949, as the second of five […]

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IMOA Classifieds Fall 2015

CARS WANTED 1940 Mercury four-door convertible. New canvas top, engine converted to 12 volts. Needs paint job. Four Firestone whitewall tires. $30,000. Contact Simeon Dunlap-Smith at simeondunlapsmith@ gmail.com. 1953 Mercury Custom, two-door post sedan, Black/Grey/Red interior, numbers match with 1 re-paint,79,000 miles, 3-speed, last flathead, excellent stainless, good chrome, clock, radio, heater, new exhaust and […]

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You know you’re crazy ’bout a Mercury if …

Cruisin’ Caskets is a Sun City, Calif., casket fabricating company that specializes in automotive coffins. “It enables the car aficionado to rest in a true piece of art with personality and style,” is the way owner Danny Mendez describes his business. The cars may embody any make and style of car, ranging from 1950s classics, […]

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Barn find is the real deal

    By Rich Anderson On a wintry December night in 2009, I opened my issue of a local farm and ranch magazine and started to thumb through it. There in the classifieds, buried in the back pages, was an ad that stated simply, “original 1947 Mercury convertible for sale,” followed only by a phone […]

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2015 Fusion Continues To Be A Contender

  By Jerry Robbin The Fusion only has minor changes for the 2015 model year, but remains a unique vehicle with its eye-catching design. The 2015 Fusion provides a very smooth ride and the electronic power steering gives you a real feel of the road. Driving the Fusion on the highway is exciting with its […]

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2015 Ford Mustang excels in performance and looks

  By Jerry Robbin Ford has successfully reinvented the pony car after 50 years of production. The all-new independent rear suspension and interior are just a few of the highlights for the 2015 Mustang. The 2015 Mustang looks fantastic. Even though you don’t see dramatic changes from the previous generation at first glance, a side-by-side […]

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2015 Lincoln MKC AWD escapes being derivative

  The all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC is now the second distinctive vehicle Lincoln has added to its line of totally new vehicles. The MKC is a derivative of the Ford Escape, but the all-new sheet metal makes it hard to detect. One of the highlights of the MKC is the unique wrap-around tailgate that highlights […]

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2014 Mustang Ponies Up The Ante

  By Jerry Robbin The 2014 Ford Mustang is a blend of retro and contemporary styling cues that harmonizes the two eras. It has a late 1960’s interior with modern features. The Mustang GT is a true muscle car with superb and exhilarating driving dynamics. When you hit the accelerator, the adrenaline rush is just […]

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IMOA Invites Merc Owners to the Carlisle Ford Nationals

By Cy Schmidt The Carlisle Ford Nationals keeps getting closer and I am getting more excited by the day. This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mercury and the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. The event is held every year on the first weekend of June in Carlisle, Pa. The dates this year are June […]

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Return of the Real Wagon

The 2014 Transit Connect is a versatile wagon that is worth stopping by your Ford dealer for a test drive. It features exceptional 22 mpg city/ 29 mpg hwy. gas mileage. The Transit Connect Wagon has been completely restyled inside and outside. A new longer wheelbase has been added, making the wagon available as a […]

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The Perfect Valentine Gift

by George Shearouse In February 1967, my mother had no idea that Dad was about to surprise her with a Valentine gift she would have for more than 40 years. It was my father’s intention to surprise her with a new Mustang. My uncle owned a Ford dealership in Lakeland, Fla., and I remember his […]

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2014 Edge offers 5-passenger comfort

  By Jerry Robbin The 2014 Ford Edge will have a complete redesign for 2015, but the current model still stands out from the rest of its competitors. The Edge sports a chrome-intensive front grille that flows into its narrowed headlights. LED running light bars are located where most crossovers would have fog lights, providing […]

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Drive-In Theaters Taking A Hit

By John Harvey There was an article in my local paper recently about how drive-in movie theaters are taking another hit to their existence. This time, it is the need to convert from 35mm film reels to digital systems that require an investment of something in the neighborhood of $70,000 per screen for the new […]

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IMOA Gets Its Kicks During Annual Show

By Pat Eager As the song goes, “Get your kicks on Route 66,” and that’s exactly what IMOA did at its national meet in Springfield, Ill., Sept. 27-29. Members began checking in at the Northfield Inn on Thursday. It was great to see old friends and renew acquaintances while “oohing and aahing” over the beautiful […]

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Today’s teens don’t know what they missed

By John Harvey I sure miss my teenager. He left 12 years ago when he got a government job by joining the Navy. I rediscovered all of the services he performed while he lived here. The lawn, the snow, the garbage cans, hauling the water-softener salt to the basement – he was another set of […]

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Ford Fiesta a contender

By Jerry Robbin With gasoline prices hovering at around $4.50 per gallon, Ford has the perfect vehicle for great gas economy and transportation. Ford has raised the bar for entry-level vehicles with the Fiesta. The competition, such as Kia, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota, should definitely be concerned, as the Fiesta is  a contender for the […]

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“Ode” To Mercury (RIP 1939-2011)

“Ode” To Mercury (RIP 1939-2011) By  Jerry Robbin What say you Ford Motor on the demise of the Mercury Brand? Will this act make you (Ford Motor) stronger and able to exist in these times of peril? Will the heritage of this exhilarating brand finally be understood by your legions? Oh Mercury, for 72 years […]

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Replacing A 1962 Mercury Master Cylinder

John Gunnell demonstrates through 12 photos, how to replace the 1962 Mercury master cyclinder that he located at B.S. Wisniewski (Wizzy’s) auto parts store.

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