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  • Birthday 04/22/1980

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  1. Yes, I love the lines of this car as well. My previous project was a 1954 Lincoln Capri (its the yellow car in the garage in the photos). I loved the car and it was similar to the mercury in that it was straight as an arrow and virtually rust free, but the butter yellow color never really did it for me, and the lines just are just a little to bubbled. Oh well though, it's moved on. The continental kit on the car looks great, but I discovered it has caused some problems over the years. I don't know if it is a common issue, but the kit has two mounting bolts that attached where the license plate bracket goes. Over the years it looks like it flexed and stress fractured the steel. There are two, inch-long cracks going from the bolt holes down where it was tearing away. Luckily where it is torn is a flat panel and the gas tank is out of it right now so it's an easy fix, if I can ever get the time to do some welding that is!
  2. Well it's official, my wife hates me and hates my car even more. Just kidding, she just hates the car. Hello everyone, I have been lurking around the far corners of this forum for a few years reading about the magnificent work that everyone has done and marveling at the resident knowledge. I had another project that has moved on but in it's place I was given a new one. I thought it was about time that I tried to contribute to this great community that I have been enjoying for a while. So without further gilding the lily, here is the newest project that my wife wants to run me over with. Its a 1955 Mercury in Tropic Blue. I love the color and its all original with about 60k on the clock. The car was owned by the same family since new before it came to me. In 1979 the car had the engine rebuilt, new tires, and a few other things. Immediately after all that work it was parked. Fast forward a few decades and the original owner's daughter brought the car from California to the Seattle area. She decided to sell it and my dad bought it maybe a year ago? He worked with my uncle and completely rebuilt the front suspension before giving it to me. He gave it to me as my birthday present, or at least that was his excuse, I wasn't about to complain. So as you can see from the pictures, its in great shape. No rust at all, there are a few dings here and there, the woman who sold it admitted that every dent in the car she put there. Despite the patina and appearance though we have already made a really great discovery. We have the original receipts from the work done in 1979, included on the paperwork is the mileage of the car. If everything is correct, and so far there isn't any reason to suspect otherwise, the motor has only had about 400 miles put on it since. We also have the receipts for the tires showing that they only have about 400 miles, but unfortunately they are approaching 40 years old and the car was not raised off of them for all those years so they ride like you are going over speed bumps. So I'm not sure yet how far this will go, for now I am focusing on the few bits of mechanical that need attention, mostly suspension, checking that the long time idle didn't cause any other mechanical issues, then I will do the body work and interior. Oh and tires so my dentist doesn't have to replace rattled out fillings. I work full time, move every couple years, and have a toddler, so I know progress is going to be terribly slow, but I am determined that I will have this thing roadworthy soon and I'll post updates as I have them. I hope you all like! Adam
  3. Thanks for the thoughts. I have been doing some more homework and I am thinking that since 90% of my time will not be towing that an F150/1500 will probably be the better choice as they make more $$ sense to operate. I think that I am going to start hunting for one of the Ram 1500s with the diesel, I am already seeing them in the used car markets (I never understood why someone would buy a car, put 4500 miles on it and trade it in?). With the right setup it will tow well in excess of what I need and gets high teens MPG around town and 20+ highway, sounds like a winner for what I need. Though since Im not in a hurry I will likey be watching reviews and blogs about them to see if they are really all they are cracked up to be.
  4. Hello all, I had a couple questions that I wanted to get some input from folks that have some more experience. My situation in a nutshell is I am in the military, I move every 2-3 years. I also have a 1954 Lincoln that I am working on and need to transport with me. Currently the car is in the Seattle area but will be joining me this spring. Once it gets here I will need to trade-in my little sedan for something capable of towing the Lincoln. I have done some homework on the issue and I plan to tow an open trailer with the car, total weight should max between 7100 and 7500 lbs. I know pretty much any full size truck can accommodate that load. When I'm not towing, which will be the majority of the time, the truck will be my primary commuting vehicle. With that in mind my questions are: 1) Light truck vs. heavy duty (i.e. F150 vs. F250/350): As I said the weight I plan to tow is well within the limit of most F150/1500 series pickups, is the upgrade to the 3/4 or 1 ton chassis really worth the extra $$ for the use I am planning? 2) Used or New: I have purchased new and used vehicles, I was looking at diesels (mainly for longevity) but there is always the fear of getting a pig-in-a-poke. I have never owned a diesel truck so New is seemingly more tempting but cost being a driving factor; it is considerably cheaper to go with a used vehicle, so my question here is what would be a good age/mileage range to look at for a used diesel and what are the key items that you have to look at on them you wouldnt for a gas model? I know that this is a bit vague on some things and that experiences will vary greatly person to person with makes/models/year and equipment of specific vehicles, that just about any late-model can be a great or terrible vehicle simply based on the care and maintenance it has received, and that a thorough inspection prior to purchase is never a bad idea. As I said though, I am hoping that some of you who have many more years of experience hauling vehicles back and forth can help me narrow down what I should look for and what is important over what is just flashy. Thanks Adam
  5. What is it about that show that makes it so dang interesting? I can't help but watch for a few minutes, or until the wife complains..
  6. I am a little surprised that nobody has mentioned Velocity's "Graveyard Carz". While I have the personal opinion that reality TV is the death throes of western civilization, I think that show seems to be about the happiest middle-ground out there. There is plenty of angst within the crew to give the mass of viewers what they want to see and enough car to keep it interesting for the rest of us. I particularly enjoy the facts that they try to document the cars from new, find original owners, and talk about just how long the process really is (even if they edit it to seem shorter). I was wondering what others thoughts on that show are?
  7. Hi, I was looking for someone who could rebuild mine as well. I finally just did it myself with a rebuild kit from Kanter. The Treadle-Vac system is amazingly simple for what it is. The only time that you really need to have it professionally done is if the bore where the seals go in the back of the master cylinder itself are pitted or if the membrane in the vacuum can is torn. The membrane is about the only perishable part that you can not buy. If you do want it rebuilt, there are some places that do it but it is about $350 plus usually a $300 core deposit. I will look for the sites I had and post them when I find them again. Oh, and I cant speak for Buicks but most power/manual brake set-ups use different pedal ratios so you may have to change your pedals as well. Good luck!
  8. The car is about 63k and change for milage. We cant be 100% sure it hasnt rolled over but the man who sold the car to my dad swore that it was original milage and given the shape of the car it is likely the truth. Oh and by the way, I appologize to anyone reading my post for the poor grammar and sentence structure about the roof. That is what I get for trying to type with the wife, baby, and dogs all trying to get my attention.
  9. Hi, Anyone interested in a 99% survivor take a look at this car. I am listing this for my dad. I have crawled around this car in person and I believe it has close to every option that you could get in 1953 with the Cosmopolitan trim package including the optional fog lamps and back-up lights. The car is not perfect, but is exactly what you would expect for a well cared for 60 year old car. I believe that at some point the roof was re-painted at some point years back to the current color (I haven't had a chance to look at the data plate and find out if that was the stock color yet) and there is a wear in the top corner of the drivers seat (visible in the photo of the back seat) where it is worn through. The last flaw in the car is that I have been told the battery box under the passenger floorboard needs rebuilding/replacement. Other than that I have started the car myself and played with all the levers and switches. Everything works including the vacuum wipers and antenna, the trunk even has the original matting. I would love to help out my dad and move this car along, though I would love it even more if the car was still around come Easter so I can take it around the block a few times myself. If anyone is interested you can contact me for more information, or the car is on craigslist in the Seattle, WA area. $17,000
  10. I have driven the western part of that route a bunch of times. All of the places mentioned so far are great to stop at. The only ones that I would recomend adding are: The Lemay Museum - I know it was already mentioned but it is a great museum and if you are heading from Olympia to I-90 you are driving right past anyway. The Lincoln 10,000 Silver Dollar - its a tourist trap just inside the Montana/Idaho border, but fun to stop in and see all the silver dollars they have collected and hung on the walls over the years. Little Big Horn - Site of "Custer's Last Stand". It is in eastern Montana not far off of I-90 before you drop down into Wyoming. As you go into South Dakota, if the weather cooperates, drive the Spearfish Canyon scenic loop. It will take you to crazyhorse and rushmore before either dumping you out at Sturgis or Rapid City SD. Lastly, if you want a great place to eat in the Bozeman area of Montana, look up Sir Scott's Oasis Steakhouse & Lounge in Manhattan Montana. It is know throughout the area as being one of the best places to eat. There is also a legend about the owner being a vietnam vet who wouldnt allow Ted Turner to come in to a celebrity dinner with his then wife Jane Fonda. I am pretty sure that the legend is bunk, but it is a funny story and the food is outstanding. I highly recommend the steak fingers.
  11. Just cruising old posts and saw this... I can't resist... "Hey, hold my beer n' watch this!"
  12. I posted this under general as tredel vacs are very universal, but it was suggested I ask here as well. Does anyone know of a direct replacement dual brake mastercylinder that I can use to replace the single cylinder on a 1954 treadel vac power brake system? I do not want to modify my lincoln so if I can not find a bolt-on I will rebuild the stock unit, but a dual would be great for safety. Thanks Adam
  13. Luckily on my Lincoln I dont have the issue of mounting under the floor, it is on the firewall and actuated by a lever system similar to modern systems so the pedal is not directly connected as with some others. I will try and post this in the Lincoln group and see if they have any other take on it. I really am trying to maintain as much original equipment as possible but as I will want to take the family for a cruise at some point I am willing to make a concession or two to safety. I didnt figure that this was a quick or easy change as it is all one big assembly and the m/c three bolt mounting pattern is quite different than most but sometimes I have noticed that what I have been wracking my brain over is a simple "oh yeah" for someone else so I figured I would ask.
  14. Does anyone know of a direct replacement dual brake mastercylinder that I can use to replace the single cylinder on a 1954 treadel vac power brake system? I figured this would get some good responses here as many makes used these systems back in the day. I do not want to modify my lincoln so if I can not find a bolt-on I will rebuild the stock unit, but a dual would be great for safety. Thanks Adam
  15. Quick update in case anyone actually wanted to know. After this weekend I’m pretty sure I need to go make an offering of a quart of oil to the motor gods. After flushing the transmission and filling it back up I was going to try and adjust the bands to save having to do a rebuild. My uncle happened to be there when I was doing this and hopped in the running car. He worked the gear selector a bit before saying “Hey this thing is working”. Sure enough the flush of 1 part lacquer thinner to 2 parts ATF must have freed up a stuck valve. The transmission now locks into gear (drive and reverse) and shifts when it speeds up. I still need to fix the brakes but I am cautiously optimistic now that the transmission is functioning. We will see if it holds up.
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