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Trained Monkey

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  1. Looking for the mounting forks for a pair of gray and Davis b3 headlights. Working on reproductions for a 1920s car that the original forks look to have been forged rather than tapered on a lathe and then bent. The original part appears to have a parting line and is oval rather than round. There is also a flattened area for a clevis mounted spreader bar on one side. Sorry for the wrong angle of the photo but it's the only one I have at the moment. Thanks for any help.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Layden, I may have asked long ago but my profile say's i didn't. Do you still have that 23" rim?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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:
  15. As a matter of fact, I am in need of that pump, please PM me with your contact information. thanks. Eric
  16. 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
  17. Not certain if this will help but I recall a booth at Hershey that showed pictures of ring and pinions that they had made for a Mercer. As i have a tendancy to collect business cards for later use, I believe it was REMPCO out of Cadillac, Mi. 231-775-0108. I can't say with certainty that this was the place or not, but it stands to reason since this is the only card in my stack that lists gears as one of their products.
  18. Looking to put together a good set of 23" wheels for my Mercer. Spoke configuration is outer: 28/28 inner :14. I have a good set of hubs so I only need the outer rim part and the lockrings. Trouble is that I need 5 of them. I would also like to find a 6th wheel if possible. Needs to have an 80mm 124 spline rudge whitworth hub. PM me with offers/ leads please!
  19. Re: Fred I have him on speed dial, but he's a bussy guy and I'd rather do my due dilligence and gain knowledge, plus I like using forums like this to get the info into easy to access digital format (google-able) for future generations of Mercer fanatics.
  20. RansomEli, You might be barking up the wrong tree in the wrong language by asking that question here. I am an L-head owner myself but the Mercer Associates crew has taught me that the topic of the "correct" yellow on early mercers is a hot one. I would recommend that you log onto the yahoo group and re-ask your question there. Or you could contact Schaffer and Long Inc. for some expert advice. Good luck either way.
  21. Update on the oddball, some spare time, boredom, and curiosity hit me after getting back from Hershey. I decided to have a closer look at my carburetor only to discover that it was very much not correct for my car. insted of the Penberthy SV 22 updraft that belongs there I have a Juhasz side draft. So being the curious type I took it from its box and held it up to the oddball block and discovered that it is a perfect fit. A bit more prodding on the oddball revealed that not only are there two holes into the intake jacket there is also a divider between them! so it looks like the optomistic Mr. Smith had set the block up with a Juhasz side draft for each pair of cylinders. I am no engineer but it would seem to me that he was hoping to get greater volumetric efficiency by using a larger carburetor and preventing the sharing of the fuel-air charge during any overlap of valve timing between the front and rear cylinders.... Opinions? As for heating the fuel for atomization I have to assume that being attached to the exhaust side and in such close proximity to the manifold would have had the float bowls darn near explosive in short order.
  22. Stude8, Thanks for the drawing I am sure it will help in the next few days when i go to re-assemble the rear axle. Here is a photo of the "inner bearing retaining nut(s)" in question and the tool I made to remove/ install them. No drawing to go by since I only needed the one.
  23. I am looking for the all-knowing AACA judge who is the authority on Mercer particularly series 5. I am working on my axles and brake parts right now and would like advice as to which grease cups to use, the car was fitted with alemite 1/4 turn type fittings at some point but there are a variety of original grease and oil cups in the boxes that came with the car. The series 5 parts manual lists 5 different part numbers for grease cups but only shows photos of two of them. Thanks in advance for any help.
  24. I have a few rims that came with my Mercer that fit but do not belong, they are all rudge whitworth 80mm 124 spline lockring type wire wheels. 4 of them are matching 25 inch wheels and one is a 27" outer. I had a Model A Duesenberg front axle a while back that they fit but I don't think they went to that either. Mercers never used a 25" rim to my knoledge and I don't imagine anyone going to a larger wheel to make tires easier to find. I would also appreciate any leads on folks who might want to trade the 25" outer wheel and lockrings (and spokes) for a set of 23". I have no tires and would rather not buy tires for these just to turn around and buy more when I get the correct size for my car.
  25. hddennis, My 21 raceabout is sitting in pieces waiting for cleaning and paint. It would be very easy for me to get dimentions on virtually anything you need. If you are interested just drop me a PM. I just picked up my fenders last weekend so I think I have all the body pieces (and no need to worry about scratching the paint). TM
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