Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

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Thanks DJ,

Roger,

The insulation I pulled out from uner the dash was thick and yellow. Looked like old stiff house insulation without the paper on one side. The dash is gold on both sides and the insulation didn't have any gold paint on it. I guess if they would have painted the dash with the insulation on it, it may have had glass shards getting stuck in the in the paint. That's my guess. :confused: Would of liked to see them build these old cars on back in the day.

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You are obviously missing some infos at how a car is built. Fortunately, I was chassis engineer at GM Suisse from 1970 to 72 or 73, so I know more or less well how a car is assembled: first the body is welded together (no matter if on frame or unibody), then the body is going to the paint to get the proper finish At that point, nothing is done except sealer on some joints. Sometimes (as I saw in my Cadillacs from the fifties, insulation is glued on the floor into the doors prior to painting). Once the car is painted it's getting the dash insulation (if that model had to have something like that) and then metal parts are added.

If you don't need again that fiberglass insulation, you should add some sound and thermal barrier. Otherwise, you car will make noises like a drum!

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I know I haven't posted in a bit, but things are getting crazy busy with the ironworking business this past week. Got more work than I can handle. Haven't had much time to work on the car. :( Did manage to install the wire loom from the dash area to the trunk and secure it. I also removed the drivers rear quarter window and track. Now that it's all out I can do the rust removal and patch work on the body in that area. Photos to come when I start to tackle that. Hopefully I will be able to get a break here and there for car time.

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Well I finally got to the auto paint store today and got the dash color matched. I matched it where the thickest part of the dash pad was. I will be picking up the paint later this week. I can't wait to spray it and start putting it back together. I will be preping the dash this week so I will be ready by next week to shoot it. I got the window actuator all cleaned up and the window tracks. I also installed the wiper motor. I seperated the rear quarter window from the frame and I got the glass all polished up. I will have to get the front part of the frame rechromed due to pitting and the rear stainless piece repolished. I got plenty of time for that.

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Martin,

Great project, I've been following along since your first post and really like the work that you've done. Using what's been done so far as the example of what is still to be done you're going to have a great looking car there. I do though have a question, with the amount of detail work that you've done so far has the rod for the gas pedal not bee cleaned up yet? It does look out of place against the clean floor and I'm thinking it will still be visible after the carpet and pedal are put in. Just asking. Scott...

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Thanks for following Scott. I know it looks ugly compared to the rest of the restore so far, but I will be removing everything off the firewall when I pull the motor and transmission. Everything that comes off the car gets blasted, sanded, checked and painted. Hopefully I will be removing the motor and transmission soon. :)

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Thanks DJ,

Roger,

The insulation I pulled out from uner the dash was thick and yellow. Looked like old stiff house insulation without the paper on one side. The dash is gold on both sides and the insulation didn't have any gold paint on it. I guess if they would have painted the dash with the insulation on it, it may have had glass shards getting stuck in the in the paint. That's my guess. :confused: Would of liked to see them build these old cars on back in the day.

There are some YouTube videos of 1962 Fords being built in Dearborn. I'm sure the body and assembly details will almost duplicate what was done on yours. Go to youtube.com and use the search function to find those videos if you are curious. And keep up the good work. My projects are have all been old AMCs so far so I like the uncommon projects. Joe

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Thanks for the info Joe. I will check it out. Always like learning about how the older things were made. Technology is nice, but something about the older stuff I like. It must be the style, simplicity and the quality that went into it.

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Well I got the paint and clear today for the interior metal parts. Getting excited to spray it. I have all the pieces that will be part of the dash as a whole when I do the first run on paint. Then will be doing the steering column and other interior metal trim after that. I have the pieces sanded, primed and ready for paint. Just have to clean out the paint shop so I can minimize the dust and dirt. They look good so far. I also put some insulation in under the dash. :D

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I got the dash and additional dash parts all painted. Looks great. The color looks a bronze gold color in the shade, but has a nice gold color in the sun. I'm starting to assemble the dash with some trim pieces, radio, glove box and etc. I can't put the upper trim pieces on until I get the new dash pad. That one is going to hurt a little ($300) from Mac's. In the meantime I will get what I can assembled and get the instrument cluster all ready. The chrome trim pieces make it pop. I can start on the steering column and steering wheel too.

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Hi, first of all I have to say that I love this project. My first car was a 61 Mercury Monterey convertible that I totally restored, and I also restored a Monterey 2d ht many years ago in the same color as yours. So I think I can say I know these cars pretty good. One thing I wonder about is the clear coat on the gold dash parts, the factory used a semi gloss paint, or almost flat. It is not easy to see in the pictures, but it looks like you have used a clear coat on your dash with more shine to it or is it just that the pictures were shot before the clear had time to cure?

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The clear does have a shine to it. I asked the paint guys about getting the semi gloss look and they gave me a flettening agent to put into the clear. Told me that it will flatten it out. They went over on how much to use per the amount of sprayable clear. I followed all the directions to the letter and it didn't flatten out very much. I even went back over it with more coats after it dried with more flattening agent and it still didn't flatten out. It still looks good. Just more shinny than what I expected, but at least the color is correct.

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Well I did some more dash assembly today and painted back the silver areas that where in the instrument housing. I started disassembly on the steering column. Should be able to assemble the guages as soon as I get a printed vinyl sheet my buddy is making up for behind the speedo lens. Have to order the glove box and rubber bumpers.

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61 Merc progress report. I have the steering column all painted and ready to put back together, but waiting on the rubber column boot so I can then put the steering shaft in and get it all secured back together. I finally got my line decals printed for the back panel on the dash. The panel goes between the plastic lens and it covers up all the gauge clusters. It looks pretty darn close to factory. They didn't have anymore chrome, but used bright silver instead. Now I have to wire up the whole thing again and set it aside until I can get a dash pad. In the mean time I'm going to remove the front windscreen and clean up all the area for the new seal. The steering wheel has a ways to go yet. Pick at it from time to time. Anyone know of a good source to find a "Mercury Man" dash emblem?

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The dashes of that era were some of the coolest of any modern day car. You really brought out the cool factor with your work.

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New to the forum but I am loving this thread. I started my latest project last year. It is a 1961 Mercury Meteor 600 2 dr. It is black with a red and black interior. For power it has a 292 V8 with three on the tree. The car is 100% complete but needs lower corner repair on both front fenders and wheel lip/lower quarter rust repair. The frame is good. The under body is good as well. The paint is aged with decent gloss considering it is still the original. It has 54000 original miles.

The car was purchased new in 1961 by my wife's grandfather. I have the original owners manual and invoice. Both are in very good condition. It has been in her family the entire time. When he passed away it sat in garages in PA and here in MI for 25 years.

Last year was solely focused on making it road worthy and cleaning it up. After that the only focus was to drive it. I just showed it at local gatherings as a sort of barn rescue and enjoyed the heck out of it. I put about 400 miles on it

I am starting to get a plan together for what to do first (body work) but will keep it in driving condition and enjoy it as I go along. All of my prior projects ( all Mustangs) were multi year projects in the garage without being able to drive them. This time I am trying something different. Spring Columbus is this weekend and I have my list ready to go.

Sorry for the long post but I am fired up after ready through this thread. I really look forward to the future updates.

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Welcome to the forum! A lot of nice folks around here and very knowledgeable. Cool that you have a 600. Those are really rare. I always thought they came with the 6 cylinder engine. Must of been an upgrade option. Great that you're restoring it and getting to enjoy driving it too. It's nice to have a car that has been in the family the whole time and you know the history of it. I can't wait to get mine finished so I can start driving it. Will be a while still. :( If you get a chance load up some pictures of the car and keep us informed of the progress. Liked to see how it comes along.

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Thanks. My fruit based tablet wouldn't let me upload pictures for some reason. Most are on our fruit based laptop anyway. I will try that tonight. From the invoice the car was built with the optional 292, optional defroster, and AM radio. According to my wife it must have been on the lot that way because her grandfather wouldn't have spent the extra money!

My biggest challenge will be the sheet metal. I am no where near as skilled as you are so it will take me a while. I may be able to use '62 sheetmetal since I don't need the full skin. There is also evidence of lapses in judgement of clearance to surrounding objects by her grandfather on the drivers side that I have to bump out (about 6 feet long!!). I wish he would have had side view mirros installed. This car never had any. Only the inside rearview.

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Here's one that is the most flattering picture of your car from your gallery.

Looks like you had some luck uploading them.

I'm almost thinking the lower sheet metal from a 61 Ford might also work but that is from only a casual glimpse.

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I believe you are right if I can find 61 Ford sheet metal. I have had little luck finding anything for the areas I need.

Regarding the pictures, I did get a few to go up into my gallery but 80% of the time it fails. Mostly and invalid file error or the files were too large. Trying one at a time is no luck so I guess that is all I can upload now. The picture shown is after a quick wash the first day I had it home. The front wheels are still locked up and it didn't run yet. It is also compressed in size.

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