Four wheels hide more history than it appears. The body speaks of past time, logic and victory; of successes and failures; of fame, recognition and abandonment. John Vlahos was a noted screenwriter of the golden age of television, winner of an Emmy for writing an episode of The Defender, and one of the greatest exponents of the art of the 60s and 70s. He died at his home in 2004 and years later his wife passed away at the age of 93. The property was abandoned and the 1962 Mercury Montclair That she drove in her glorious years, stored in the garage for decades.
26 years later, Larry Kosilla, who runs a YouTube channel called AMMO NYC, spotted and proposed this historic vehicle Give it the first wash in a long time. What he found not only surprised him—and loathed him—but also allowed him to breathe new life into a car that had long been locked.
At first glance, the exterior shocked him, but didn’t completely surprise him: dust, occasional scratches, the passage of time and a little rust on the rims. The enamel was obviously worn, so after a thorough cleaning with detergent and pressurized water, Koscilla had to Re-wax the entire car. With success, he managed to restore the distinctive luster of this type of paint; However, scratches are here to stay, because some cracks can’t be removed if you want to preserve the original color.
However, the real problem came to the fore when The hood was opened. The water already falling under the vehicle gave a note: the hazelnuts were landing. The rodents had made that car their home. And opening the front lid of the Mercury Montclair revealed the first evidence. some little mouse nests and the remains of a food that passed through the entire digestive tract. “It’s too bad,” said Kosilla, looking up.
Due to time and the surprise of being home to rodents, he had to contact a mechanic to patch up every spot that could be damaged by water as best as possible. “Chances are, 50 and 50, that it will work again after a super wash”, explained the professional. Process faced, hands to work. Soap, water and disinfectant.
If it were the interior of the hood, the seats would be no exception. After removing each seat, carpet and floor, wipe off the residue Mice, Insects and Other Debris Nest and wash with all the pressure that the pressure washer allowed, it was time Disinfect inside. To do this, he used a powerful acid pill that worked for several days. Eliminate all types of viruses and bacteria and then applied sodium bicarbonate More water to give the finishing touch.
After three days of fighting against the rat’s paradise and abandonment, Kosila achieved his goal. car was spotless And the fall was hardly noticeable. mechanics didn’t work So restoration and tuning was the next step, But this was not going to happen in his workshop. Via Instagram, he contacted a couple from Washington DC, USA, who in turn agreed to take the vehicle US$1000 donated to charitable causes Found a new home named after Vlahos and the legendary and historical Mercuy Montclair. According to the words of the youtuber, it is estimated that in a few months this classic will be re-airing on American streets.