M Is For MontegoOwner: Armando Torres

Vehicle: '68 Mercury Montego

City/State: San Jacinto, California

Club: No affiliation

Engine/Drivetrain: The stock '68 390-c.i.d. Ford powerplant was cleaned by Armando and attached to a Flowmaster exhaust system by Advanced Mufflers.

Body/Paint: After shaving the door handles and smoothing the sheet metal, Joe Lopez of Lopez Enterprises in Hemet, California, broke out his spray gun and laid down a killer DuPont Blazing Copper paint job.

Interior: At Armando's Upholstery in San Jacinto, Armando stripped the old interior and prepared to transform it into a work of art. Armando took '94 Honda Accord seats and covered them with custom tan leather with lizard inserts. He dyed the lizard skin to match the paint on the body and it looks cool. Armando also created a custom fiberglass center console and armrests.

Sound System: The console holds two 7-inch Alpine monitors for front and rear passengers' viewing pleasure. An Alpine head unit is the "brain" for the Pioneer 6x9 midranges and 5.5-inch tweeters. Two-10-inch Rockford Fosgate subs bring up the rear and two Kicker amps regulate it all for some heavy duty ear-blowing jams.

Suspension: Max at Bio Kustoms in Hemet, California, lowered the mighty Merc utilizing drop coils and springs. He also added shortened shocks and tweaked it with new bushings.

Tires: P235/40-ZR18 (front) and P255/35-ZR20 (rear) Falken

Wheels: 18-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear) Boyds