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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. Dakota
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 1,522

    from Beulah, ND

    a good friend of mine and older restorer type, has a completely restored 54 mercury Sun Valley.. Creamy Yellow with a Dark Green metllic top.. Absolutely gorgeous car...
  3. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,213


    A heck of a way to see your car going down the road!! Did your Dad get it back? Cat
  4. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,034


    I always wondered how well the tinting worked and if you would still get boiled out of the car under a direct sun after a while.
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  5. haychrishay
    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 920


    I hate it when that happens! and we do need to know "the rest of the story".....did he get it back?
  6. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,067


    Cool story. The first car I got with a glass sunroof, I did the same thing. Sat in it during a rain storm to see what it looks like. It looks like....water hitting glass. Your dads adventure was much cooler!
  7. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 5,344


    Big rig truck drivers loved them too.
  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 21,461


    Quite the story on you dad and his car. Those Mercs were reputed to get pretty warm inside on a hot summer day back when I was a ten year old kid drooling over them. My step father at the time had two or three 52/54 Mercs in the mid 50's but didn't want that model.
  9. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Hilarious. Not likely to forget that story.

    As a teenager I saw a crazy, fat-tired, fender flared, pearl white VW bug (I know, I know) with tinted plexi replacing the sunroof as I was riding my bicycle through a parking lot. Naturally I stopped and gawked. The lack of crown REALLY stood out, not to mention the GOBS of silicone around the perimeter. First time I saw cobwebbing, too. It was on the dashboard.

    Years later I saw it again as a friend drove up in it. He just bought it for $200 and I got a better look at it. What a pile it turned out to be.
  10. Great story. Thanks for that!
  11. CanUFelix
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 494

    from venice CA

  12. Farmer
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,069


    there's one of these mint restored somewhere around Concord, Ca. they used to park it out in front of "rosies diner" when it was a it's a mexican disco place or something like it.....the car was the same yellow as the one above with a full glass top canopy....i mustve stopped to look at that car a dozen times....very cool.
  13. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,481


    J.B., what a great story. I drove from the time I was 12, small towns had some advantages. ~sololobo~
  14. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    That's a really cool and funny story.
  15. It seems like they are all yellow or the ones I see. My dad said when they were new it was always strange to see them riding around. He said the people in them always looked sick because of the green tint.
  16. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,076


    I had a '54 Sun Valley back in the late 80s,but mine was even more unique.It had a plexi-glass hood from the factory to display the all new V-8.There isn't a day that goes by that the Merc doesn't cross my mind
  17. fms427
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 831


    I remember being in the local Ford dealer with new transparent top "Skyliner". My dad was sitting in the drivers seat, while the salesman demonstrated how your hair stands on end as he rubs the outside of the top...........yep - try it !!:D
  18. Cali4niaCruiser
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 486


    What a beautiful car! That would be neat on a custom too, with a pull shade underneath so you don't bake like a 7-11 hot dog. hmmmm....
  19. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
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    haha, love the story-had a feeling there was some sort of twist at the end.... :) good job!
  20. Don Lyon
    Joined: Jan 18, 2007
    Posts: 275

    Don Lyon

    Had one, light green bottom / dark green top. Found it on a Ford dealers lot in Yakima WA, (Buirrows motors) 1958,rear main was out. Got it for $200 and towed it home. Friend had wrecked his 49 Merc and had a built 312 / 3 speed available. A week of cussing and on the road. Body / interior was IMMACULATE. Not REAL fast, but adequate. dropped her down in the weeds, and I gaurantee she was a 100% pantie dropper. Oh how I wish......:cool:
  21. When I was 12, I mowed the yard for a young divorcee two doors down. She owned one just like the one above, same yellow with green top. In my dreams, she was the first 'older woman' in my life. I got to ride in that car a couple of times that summer. I remember it would get damn warm in there if it was in the sun.
  22. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,076


    My sentiments exactly...
  23. koolmercuryman
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
    Posts: 114

    from iowa

    I have owned mine for over 40 years, its all white with green and white interior. I added air and still won't drive it on a sunny day.
  24. swissmike
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,242


    That's hilarious. Would probably work even better if you use a cat to rub the top. I remember that from physics class...haha Just imagine if you had to scrape off the dandruff from inside the roof every day
  25. There's no rest of the story, it's all in the title. Look at it like this, it was not clear (transparent) to the 13 year old that he had made a mistake (error) parking where he did.
  26. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,890


    Am I mistaken, or didn't these have a "zip out liner" made of leather? It seems to me that it came stock, and the liner was made of leather. Am I wrong? Won't be the first time! :confused:
  27. sunvalley54
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
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    Alliance Vendor

    The equivalent Mercury Sun Valley first appeared in 1954, and sold 9,761 copies. Little known is that there were also 1,787 Sun Valleys built with the Plexiglas roof for 1955. While the Merc carried the same body code as the 1955 and 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, the glass top was somewhat larger than Ford's, and there was no tiara. It has also been rumored that one or two 1956 Mercury Sun Valleys were produced, but none have ever surfaced.

    While not expensive -- only $70 more for a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria with the Plexiglas top -- it wasn't a very brilliant idea as it cooked the passengers on even mildly warm, sunny days, and was intolerable in the Southwest. The top had a neutral blue-green tint that theoretically filtered out 60 percent of the sun's heat rays and 72 percent of the glare, to further keep out heat and glare. Ford added a nylon headliner that zippered in place. While optional on the Skyliner late in 1954, it was standard on the 1955-1956 Crown Vics. But, of course, it made little sense to order the see-through top only to zipper it up.
  28. Chebby belair
    Joined: Apr 17, 2006
    Posts: 780

    Chebby belair
    from Australia

    Needs stronger goose grease in his hair.
  29. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,890


    I knew there was something to that! Thanks sunvalley!
  30. Up here in the Pacific Northwest rainbelt, it would have bee a nice option. Till the rust took hold and it started to leak.:eek::D Thats why most all the T-top trans ams around here are gone.

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