Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

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Hello all,

I thought I would start a thread for the 61 Merc project that I'm starting to tackle. I have allready started tearing into it and I will post pics as I go. The car has 89000 original miles on it and 100% all there. Hope you enjoy the progress.

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Thanks Roger,

Yes it's not that bad of a project. A lot of disassembly, clean, paint and shine. The only bad rust is the trunk pan. Started working that area first, then the under side and go up.

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Here's some more pictures of the progress. Rebuilt the power steering pump, generator and radiator tank. I took apart a new lift lever radiator cap and used my old original top and lever so I can keep the original cap. You can see how bad the rust was in the trunk. I did a rough cut on the rust, but have to cut more out.

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Well, been working on the trunk patch panels that go on the sides so far. Had to make templates and hand hammer them to fit the curve of the floor sides. Used a shot bag and body hammers to do this. They fit pretty nice. Now I just have to paint the fuel tank support bar and get ready to start welding in the patch panels and clean them up. Then start on the back half of the trunk. I also pulled off the drivers door and rear panels and they still had the original plastic on it. I also included some before and after pictures of the rear ashtrays. Will post more as it progresses.

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I know Roger. The rust ate into the sides pretty bad and the replacement pan won't go that far to cover. It's proven to be a challenge but making progress. Once the sides are all finished then the pan will be fitted, welded and ready to seal and undercoat. As for the ashtrays, I used a buffer with hard and soft buffing wheels. Used a medium buffing compound on the hard wheel and a fine compound on the soft wheel. They came out pretty good. The insides I used a small wire brush to knock of the heavy stuff. Then came back in with 400 grit sandpaper and got it as smooth as I could. Then a green scotch brite pad and a final wipe down with laquer thinner. Then I sprayed the inside with Rust Oleum "chrome" spray paint. I know its not real chrome, but it looks really nice and it actually has a good reflection after it dries. Not like the bright silver paint that they say is chrome. The secret is to get it area smooth just like you are painting a car and it lays down nice and give a good finish. I'm using it just to bring back a luster in areas that aren't really going to be seen unless you look.

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Thanks GaWajn,

You have a nice project going yourself. I should have some more pictures coming next week. Hope to have the trunk pan all finished inside and out by Xmas.:rolleyes: Here are some pictures of one of my earlier project. Never built a bike before. Watched a lot of those bike shows and figured if they can do it I can too. Had it for a couple of years and enjoyed it and then decided to move on to a car. That way the whole family can go some where.

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Been working the trunk side pieces still.:rolleyes: One side is starting to take shape and not look to bad. It's been a challange to get the curve to flow right. I undercoated the fuel tank support bar on the inside and drilled holes for spot welding for when the pan goes in. I just have to work the worst side and be ready for the pan fit and finish.

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Hope all you folks had a nice Turkey day. I got back on the trunk and got all the side trim pieces done and trimed out for the pan. I have it all posistioned where it's going to go now I just have some final trimming and will be ready to weld it in. Hope to be seam seeling it in a week and then the final coating.

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Roger,

Thanks, but I have more to do to get to the final result. The gold looking pegs are called "Clecos" They are used alot in the aircraft sheetmetal industry. They are like having little hands holding everything in place why your working. I will attach a video of how they work (hopefully it works). You can buy them on Ebay for about $20 a set. Hope this answered your question.

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Landman    6
It's looking good! You are using some device to fix the sheet metal prior welding, can you explain me how it works?

Those things work great Roger. I used them when I installed the roof corner on my car.

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I got the trunk pan all welded in and cleaned up this past weekend. Now I have to clean the old trunk coating and get everything de greased and ready for the seam seeler. Once that sets up then its time for the final texture coat. After that's all cured then I will be rolling the old girl out and get it up on stands and power wash the under side to get it cleaned. Then back in and garage and start getting ready to undercoat and paint the frame and body pan.

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The trunk repair is coming along and all I have left to do is the final seal coating of the trunk and I will be done. I cleaned the trunk area and pan, then seam sealed it and sprayed a coat of undercoating on it to give the final sealer a rough surface to bond with. Should be ready to do that this weekend if the weather stays some what warm.

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The trunk pan repair is now completed. Finished it out with a bed liner coating to give it the texture like the original spray in coating. I also attached a before and after picture of the horns. I also had my neighbor who is a electronics whizz check out the radio. He found one bad tube and decided to change out just about every capacitor since it was 50+ years old. Basicly redid the entire radio. He also made a modification so I can hook up an MP3 player with out changing the look or any other parts of the radio. Just had to add a few wires and resistors and now I can listen to updated tunes or just AM. Works like new. I hope to start to tear into the rear differential shortly.

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Well I have been picking at different parts on the car and I decided to pull out the heater fan motor since it was easy picking and not alot of work to remove it. Went to check it out and no go. Disassembled it and found the the board that holds the brushes was broken. I repaired the board and reassembled it and it works nice now. Cleaned it up and repainted it. Looks like new. I also pulled the heater housing of the fire wall. It had a good size hole where some on kicked it. I repaired that and in the process of the final detailing of the housing. I will post the pictures of the progress. Found alot of goodies in the defroster vents too. Suprised they even blew out any air with all the stuff in them.

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