Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

Recommended Posts

Here are some pictures of the blower motor all ready to go. I also included pictures of the heater housing. After doing the reapir I spray painted the housing with a dark grey primer that was very close to the original fiberglass color. Then I used a acid brush and fanned out the bristles so I can duplicate the light color fiberglass strands in the housing. I used white craft paint. After I did the faux strands I then lightly hit areas with the primer again to knock down the brightness of it. Once dried I applied a semi gloss poly clear to give it that factory sheen and bring the darker color back. Then I painted the rivets with silver model paint and then assembled the back panel. Just have to work the heater core and water control valve and it's off my list. Now onto the emergency brake assy.

post-96233-143142333394_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333083_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333089_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333095_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333102_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333108_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333114_thumb.jpg

post-96233-14314233312_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333375_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333382_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142333388_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I finally got the rear seats pulled and was able to see what was hiding under there. Just your typical loose change, gum wrappers, and more beer can openers. I cleaned it out and wiped everything down so I can see what I will need to do for the back half of the floor. Not too much rust, at least not as bad as the trunk. Still has good metal except for the left passenger side floor pan which has a few bad spots. I guess I will be doing another pan job. At least it's not as big as the trunk. I will fabricate this one from scratch. I know they have after market ones, but they don't look the same. I also pulled the parking brake assembly and drivers side fresh air vent. I sandblasted them and gave them a fresh coat of paint. I will post some photos tomorrow.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And a free wrench! Bonus! This car is bringing back memories... most of them good. One of my friends had a later slant back. 352 4V under the hood?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys. Having a blast doing this restore. I know some of the pictures are not that great, but a cell phone and a dim lit garage doesn't help. I got the foam material for the internal heater box doors. Got it from McMaster Carr. It's 1/4" thick and has an adhesive backing to it. A 24" x 24" sheet was $12.00. Just like the factory foam padding. Works great. The number for it is 86225K53. I also attached the photos of the back half of the inside of the car. Not much excitement to it. I will try to start to fab up a new pan in a day or so. I'm shooting for early February to have the floor all coated and done. I will post the progress of the floor pan as I go. I can't wait to get it a done and drive it.

post-96233-14314234029_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142340262_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142340268_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142340272_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142340276_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142340281_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142340285_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I made my template and fabricated the new floor patch pan. I know it's not a OEM Ford replacement part, but you can't beat the price.:D Now just have to set some time aside to start cutting and preping to install it. Hope to have it all in in a few weeks and ready to seal it up.

post-96233-143142342205_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142342192_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142342197_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142342201_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, a few hours of shaping and we have a pan. You're right Roger, the after market ones just didn't look all that good. Wanted to keep it looking like a factory stamping. As far as making it Landman. I made a simple die and form. Then used my neighbors 20 ton press and made a good inprint. Then I used some round bar and a shot bag and pounded away to get it where I wanted it. A bead roller would be nice. Thought of buying one, but would have to do more of this work to make it a worth while investment.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I decided to start the pan next week. I took the power booster of the firewall to check it out and it's not bad, but a rebuild will be in order for it. I also starting to work the drivers fresh air vent that was missing a louver and the bottom piece. Looked all over the place for a replacement and no luck. So I will fabricate a few pieces and mold in the rest and clean it up. Fresh coat of paint and that will be done.

post-96233-143142344465_thumb.jpg

post-96233-14314234446_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like I'm not going to have much time this week to tackle the pan repair. Worked on some smaller parts. I was able to get the master cylinder cleaned up. Sand blasted it and put a coat of clear on it to seal it up. I will be blasting the outsides of the power booster so that will be ready for the rebuild kit when I get it. I also finished the fresh air vent and voltage regulator. Just waiting for the decals so I can put the final clear on it and put in the done pile with everything else so far.

post-96233-143142348598_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142348574_thumb.jpg

post-96233-14314234858_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142348584_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142348588_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142348591_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142348594_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today I had to make another little patch panel that will have to go on the side area of the pan I have to replace. At least it was a simple one. Since I had the steering wheel pulled I cleaned it up and started to repair the cracks. I had a friend of mine get me some good adhesive they use in the aviation world. Needless to say if it works on a jet that does 9 g's then I think it will work on a steering wheel. I also took my heater core to a radiator shop and had them double check it. It's shot and I can't find replacement. So I figured if it's no good I would de-solder the ends and try to find a new core blank. Just have to do some research. I'm sure someone makes them.

post-96233-143142351934_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142351922_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142351927_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142351931_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's been a busy week last week so I didn't get much car time. I did manage to change out 6 body rubber mounts and got the pan clipprd in. Now I just have to pull it back out, clean it up and weld it in. Then I can do the side patch and get ready to re-seal all the seams in the floor and getting looking pretty again. The adhesive I used on the steering wheel is all cured and ready to start sanding on it. Still have a bunch to seal up.

post-96233-143142358553_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142358546_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mr. Buelow, regarding the radiator core, you might want to call the radiator shop in my town, Salinas, CA (area code 831). Salinas Radiator is the shop I use and they were able to either get my core rebuilt or find a new one. My car was a 1962 Rambler Classic. Your radiator core should be even more common than mine. Good Luck, Joe.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pacerman,

I found the exact blank from a company in Canada for $130 plus shipping. I also have another source that another member found and they have the complete core for $195 plus shipping. They do not have any in stock at this time. I had a radiator shop check it out and it's way to gone insde. Had pubbles coming out everywhere when they checked it. I can call them and see if they have any blanks or a complete one. Thanks for the info. Like any restorer, trying to keep costs down if possible.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

More progress on the old Merc. Finally had time to get the pan in and sealed up. Just have one little hole to patch and the floor will be ready for a scub down and some rust proofing paint. I also have to chip off the old seam sealer and clean the seams and reseal. My buddy got the regulator decals made up for me so I go that finished and was able to prime and paint the brake booster.

post-96233-143142365296_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142365266_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142365271_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142365275_thumb.jpg

post-96233-14314236528_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142365284_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142365288_thumb.jpg

post-96233-143142365292_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi there, I am new to AACA & this is my first Post. It is great to see another Mercury saved. I own 2 Mercurys, a 1956 Monterey 2 door hardtop & a 1967 Mercury Park Lane convertible. For something different to hang on my wall, I have a collection of FoMoCo Hubcaps. While I was assembling this collection, I had a friend in the USA buy me a 1960 model, as it was the last one that I needed. When it arrived, to my horror, it was a 1961 model, which I already had in my collection. It was after this that I noticed that Hollanders incorrectly list the 1960 Mercury Full Wheel Covers as 61 models, & they then list the 1961 Mercury Full Wheel Covers as 1960 models. They have these 2 years around the wrong way. If you are going to retain the original look, complete with the correct Wheel Covers, make sure that you get the correct ones. There is a Hubcap Dealer in Southern California who picture all the different Hubcaps on their excellent Web Site, however, they have accepted what Hollanders have listed & therefore have repeated this error for 1960 & 1961 Mercury Hubcaps. If you search out eBay, you will also notice that these 2 year Mercury Hubcaps, 1960 & 1961 are mostly listed as the wrong years. It is obvious that these eBay Seller refer to this Californian Web Page for help in identifying the Hubcap that they wish to sell. So, when you get around to needing Hubcaps, do the research & get the correct ones for your lovely 1961 Mercury.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I woder how they do those decals. I have old licence plates that are not embossed and I would like to redo them. The detail is too fine for hand painting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Landman, I think that you have the wrong person to ask this question about Decals?

My only comment on this Post was to mention that he make sure & buy the correct Hubcaps for his car, as Hollanders got it wrong in the first place & the error continues to this day, as Hubcaps.com repeat this error.

Regards Mercman <><

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually I have four friends that do custom decals, graphics, and signs. There is two types of decals. You can just have vinyl letters cut out in many different colors or you can have a decal made with multiple colors. The decal my friend made was on clear vinyl with silver ink. It's like a color printer, but for each color you change out a cassette of the color you are using and then it burns it onto the base vinyl. The computer programs tells you what color to swap out each time. If you would like to have something done Landman just PM me and we can discuss your project. As for the hubcaps I do have the original ones that came off of the car from 1961. The car was complete with everything when I purchased it. They just need to be shined up and repainted in the centers. I will be putting the correct whitewall tires on also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Keiser31. I love doing this kind of stuff. Bringing back old items to new again. About a week ago I decided to build a sandblasting cabinet. So I cut all the cabinet pieces out on the CNC plasma table and took them today to my buddy's place and had him bend the edges up. Now I'm ready to start building it. I could use my neighbors, but I wanted to have one anyway. I will post pictures of that project as it progresses too.

post-96233-143142365993_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Thanks Keiser31. I love doing this kind of stuff. Bringing back old items to new again. About a week ago I decided to build a sandblasting cabinet. So I cut all the cabinet pieces out on the CNC plasma table and took them today to my buddy's place and had him bend the edges up. Now I'm ready to start building it. I could use my neighbors, but I wanted to have one anyway. I will post pictures of that project as it progresses too.

[ATTACH=CONFIG]232207[/ATTACH]

But it's too small for the frame of the car......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now