Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

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Martin I like the work you are doing on the Meteor. I am just getting started on my 61 Meteor 600. It is a stick 6 bare bones car but I have a 460 and a toploader 4 speed for it.I am in need of a grille and info of hood interchanges.I need a hood and would like to put a fiberglass one from Crites that he makes for the Galaxie . He does't know if it will fit the Meteor.I have heard yes it will fit and from others no the ford hood will be 5" short.Do you have any knowledge on this or where I can get a positive answer. Thanks Mike

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Thanks 07fomoco,

So you have a 61 Meteor 600? I think those are even harder to find. Is it in pretty good shape? Missing alot of parts? I have been finding out that they only made this body style for 1961. Trying to find trim pieces, body panels and some interior items are very hard to locate. I have found some things on ebay. Actually there is a center grill on there now. You can search by 1961 mercury parts or 1961 Meteor. As far as the hood, that would be an iffy call. You may have to pull measurements on width and length of your hood now and have them give you the psecs on the other. I know the hood hinges are same. These cars are tough ones for crossing parts. Alot of full size fords will cross (driveline, engine, brakes, etc.) and some stuff doesn't. I know the 600 was the base model for that car and a 6cyl may not be all that fun, but my opinion would be to keep it stock. Just my opinion. Mine came with all the pieces so that's why I'm going the route to restoring it back to original. If it was missing alot (engine, trans, trim, etc.) then I would modernize it. All my friends wanted me to bag it, clear coat the rust and put a big V8 and update all the brakes and trans. The thing is they all have Chevelles, camaro's, and Nova's. Cars you see alot of in a car show or around town. The Meteor may not be as desireable as the more popular cars, but that's what turns the heads and makes it unique. Not everybody has one. Start up a thread on your project so we can see how it progresses.

I did manage to work the blasting cabinet today and got a good start. Actually looks like one. I also sanded on the steering wheel epoxy that I put on the cracks awhile ago. It sands like Bondo. Real powdery, but has a nice finish. I will post some pictures of that this week. Also the material that I used. Not sure if it can be purchased anywhere other than the company. Says industrial use only on the package. Never know unless you ask.

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Thanks r1Lark,

I own a metal fabrication business so I work with all types of metal all day long. Getting the metal isn't a problem, as far as the other parts I have found Ebay is a good source. I have found the gloves and gun fairly inexspensive. I can get the glass at a local glass shop. I designed the cabinet on my CNC plasma program and was able to print it out on paper and make a small paper cabinet before cutting it out of metal. Once the cabinet is done then I will fabricate the hopper part. It will be a must have for my restoration. Your restoration is looking pretty nice too.

www.laughingcoyoteironworks.com

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Martin,

Great work - the restoration threads that hold my interest are those that show steady progress, like yours. It's always great to follow a project that's being done by someone who 1) can make a decision and 2) execute!

Keep up the great work!

Geoff

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Thanks Geoff,

I like to do a little something everyday on the car. Even if I only get to pull a few bolts here and there or a small part. It may not be big strides in the project yet, but it gets me closer to the finished project. One piece at a time. I posted the pictures of the steering wheel so far. It's going to take a while with all the filling of the cracks, drying time and then all the sanding. So far it's looking pretty good. I sprayed some primer on the repair to see how it would look when I get to the final stage of paint. I also included the stuff I used. There are two types. One is grey in color and is thicker (paste) and the other stuff is pink and is more like a two part epoxy. Did some more work on the cabinet. Got the door made and hung and the bottom grate support in. Will be getting on the pan again this weekend. Have that little hole to patch. I would like to get it all wire wheeled and sealed up and ready to paint the floor.

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It's super bowl Sunday and I'm not much of a football guy so I decided to work the car today. This past Friday I put down the seem sealer and pulled the brake peadl linkage. After dis assembly I had two of the nylon sleeves break apart. I was going to order them until I saw the prices of them. I thought it's just nylon not gold plated. So I took a trip the the local hardware store and see if they had some in the hardware isle. Nope out of luck, so I looked around the store and the nylon barb fittings caught my eye. I went thru the selection until I found the right ones that would work. The hex was a little smaller, but good enough. Spent $8 in parts. Got home and got on the lathe and started turning. About 45 minutes later I had all my bushings. Then I got to put the brake linkage all bake together and off to the next project. I figured I would clean up the brake pedal mount bracket and paint it. Well one thing led to another and now the instrument cluster is out and I started to clean it. Then I pulled the steering column and then decided what the heck, pull everything. So out came the dash too. Have plenty of room to work now. This weekend I will be putting down the POR paint on the floor and the next weekend lay down some color. From under that dash all the way to the back seat area. :)

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It's been a busy week so didn't get to do much. I have all the brakets for the defrost vents, steering column and dash all cleaned up and painted and waiting to go back in after the inside gets painted. I also pulled the wiper motor and the arms. Got the arms all cleaned up, painted and lubed so they work like new again. Looks like I will be doing the rust treatment paint on the floor this Sunday. Then next weekend lay down the color. I managed to remove alot of surface rust and dirt from the wiper cowl area and undercoated it. That should help seal out the water if it gets washed or rained on. I will also be painting that area too next week. Can't wait to see a big area look like new again.

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Well I got the old girl out of her stall and let the sun warm her up a bit before I started. I was able to put two coats of the POR 15 product down to seal out all the areas that needed it. Basicly I did the whole floor. Went on really nice and had good coverage. I found a quick way to repair my rust spots on the door. Masking tape. Same color as the car and no mess. Stick it on and your done in seconds..... Yeah like that will fly. I also removed the passenger door panel since it was the last one to be remove and I had a nice suprise. A build sheet in prestine condition. Clear to read and nice and flat. I found one under the seat a while back, but it was pretty ripped and hard to read. Now as that coating hardens up I will be getting ready to lay some color over it next weeked. Cant wait.

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Thanks. I have all kinds of documents that came with the car that was in the glove box. At least I finally get to see some real progress from all the hard work. Yep it's warm. Actually it's going to be 85 by this Saturday. Hope it's not going to be a real hot one this year.:cool:

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Thanks. I have all kinds of documents that came with the car that was in the glove box. At least I finally get to see some real progress from all the hard work. Yep it's warm. Actually it's going to be 85 by this Saturday. Hope it's not going to be a real hot one this year.:cool:

Hey Martin, send us HALF of that 85, we'll be happy.:cool:

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I was able to paint the floor today. Pretty pleased with the results. I painted the wire loom clips a few days back and masked them off so they would look nice and new. I know, why waste the time and effort if it's going to be covered by a rug later? :rolleyes: I will give it a few days to cure out before I start haging some items back in the car. I also managed to get the inner cowling painted that I undercoated earlier. My neighbor made me a new speaker mount awhile back out of thin MDF like the factory one and it looks like it would work just fine. Then I decided that I would cut one out of 1/8" aluminum so it won't fall apart in another 50 years. I did find that under the old dash insulation they wrote the word "Gold." Figured they would have know that is was gold since it would have allready been painted before they put the insulation on.

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Thanks Paul,

Nice looking Buick. I think for my next car, sometime down the road I would like a late 30's early 40's year.

Well I had some time today so I hung a few items on the newly painted canvas. I installed the steering column mount, defrost brackets and vents. I also finished the dis-assembly on the dash. Pulled out the climate controls and cleaned them, inspected and made them all pretty again. I will have to go the the paint store and have them match the original gold paint so when I get ready I can paint all the interior metal pieces. In the mean time I will pick away at some smaller items. I will post more results as I go.

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