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  1. Thanks Franklin, Fred and I have actually met a few times. :cool: He did find a source for the valves that was considerably less than I had previously been told to expect. The stems were in fact the greater issue with my original parts, they were horribly corroded in the area of the guides. TM
  2. Does anyone know of a manufacturer who is still willing to make valves for an L-head mercer? I have been told that mine are far too thin to reuse.
  3. Layden, I may have asked long ago but my profile say's i didn't. Do you still have that 23" rim?
  4. If Layden is correct i would like to know what the spoke count is and type of center that they have. I am in search of some 23" wheels.
  5. If any of you happen across any further recognizable photos of my Mercer Like the one Stan had at hershey in 2011 I would love to see it. attached photo is the one Stan had. The cowl lights are a dead giveaway.
  6. What is that monster wrench in the center top of the photo?:confused: It looks more like a tool to stamp new hubcaps than it does the wrench to remove them (13210). Could it be for a pre L-head year? My 13210 is much less substantial and is forged with the words Rudge Whitworth in the handle. Your 10578 looks very nice, you can thank Mr. Galitin for that if I recall Joe's story correctly. Both of mine took a lot of hammer blows back in the day, one actually delaminated down the middle of the handle.:eek: Those "over-restored" hub nuts that the guy on TV complained about did it some good.
  7. You are correct! I had completely forgotten that. there is a Sporting owner in California who has a complete set. Other info, for manufacturers of mercer parts. Cock: Waltham (opinions vary as to which model) according to Waltham historians it should be a 15 jewel with a wind indicator (red dot). Acording to the 1921 series 5 parts catalog the writing on the face should say "Waltham USA" above the six the wind indicator is difficult to discern in the photo but does look to be there. Springs: Perfection Top materials: Pantisote except for 1922-1923 Bumper: (1931) U.S.E. Cooling Fan: Sparton Horn: Stewart Paint: Valentine & Company Crankshafts: Automobile Crankshaft Corp (Detroit) Front axle grease cups: Michigan Marine Battery: Prest-O-Lite (1921) Tires: Goodyear (1921) Rims: Firestone (outer only) Ignition: Eiseman (1921) Start & Lighting: Westinghouse (1921) Carburetor: Penberthy (ball & Ball) Bearings: Various (depends on year, model, and duty) All of the above info gathered through data sheets and advertisements from 1920's periodicals, and Mercer publications.
  8. Maybe I'm resurecting a dead thread here but I just wanted to explain to those who debate the paint that a Mercer Raceabout with a two tone paintjob frame/ body or body/ fenders is not only acceptable (AACA Judging) it is common. In fact under Hares motors command it was the rule, not the exception. My unrestored 21 has remnants of the same layout as Mr. V's car, though with other colors, and has stripling on the body that matches the frame and running gear. Original documents from Mercer Motors advertised the Raceabouts in Yellow, Grey, Blue or Gunmetal. But Hares motors advertising states that if specifications were funished two months prior to shipping date one could get their car painted in any of the standard colors at no extra charge. I have viewed Mr. V's photos taken during the work and would say that what he did was by no means a restoration, but more a preservation, in the military we call it a "clean and treat" which is done to stop corrosion from running rampant. By the by, he has lowered his asking price online recently, but it's still higher than the auction price that the Libaire car went for.
  9. Wow, looking nice so far! That rear axle is strikingly similar to the S5, had to look very closely to note the brake setup is S6.
  10. Hagley Digital Archives Compound Object Viewer on the off chance you hadn't seen this ^ yet... the bottom of page 18 may be particularly telling when you consider that yours has the latest serial number on the roster. (barring the 1931 cars)
  11. I was going to ask about the exact location of the part but then i realized that I have photos of that car back when it was known as the Burrows Mercer. After squinting at them for a bit i found one that shows the top mounting bolt in place. Sorry for the blurry pic but I don't have my scanner with me.
  12. Found it! After countless hours thumbing through old information I have come to the conclusion that it is from a Mercer Runabout. The stitching lines, trim, side curtains, mounting points, swing out arms, and notches in the back (for the rumble seat foot pads) match up . Please refer to the attached photo, from febuary 5, 1918 "horseless age" If anyone happens by the Gilmore CCCA museum please inquire as to the pattern used on their car and any pre-restoration photos that may exist that would help confirm/ deny this.
  13. The series 6 carried a new 3/4 floating axle configuration as listed in mercer-ganda appearing in several 1922 magazines. 3.77:1 was the ratio for open cars/ 4.08:1 for closed cars. Digital copies have been sent to your e-mail. :cool:
  14. As a matter of fact, I am in need of that pump, please PM me with your contact information. thanks. Eric
  15. At long last a digital photo of the car... by the licence plate (still attached to the bracket in my garage) and the background, I have to assume this photo was taken by my grandfather the day he bought the car from Otto Johnson. If anyone has more photos of the car I would love to see them. I know they are out there because Stan Smith gave me one that he had bought on ebay that shows it with a 1932 New York license plate. Stans photo shows me that the car has not had the right side oil pump for a very long time and that the top and drum head and cowl lights were on it since some time before 32. Mr Libaire told me that he may have some, because his father and my grandfather were friends back in the early days of the SCCA. Any further info on the car or photos would be greatly appreciated. Eric