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  1. According to the book Standard Catalog of Ford 1903-1998 2nd edition Kowalke, pg 272 and 275, an electric clock was a $14.60 Mercury option, meaning it wasn’t just Comet specific, but an available option across all Mercury series in 1962 and 1963. Matt.
  2. According to the book Standard Catalog of Ford 1903-1998 2nd edition by Kowalke, pg 268, both the Montclair and Park Lane series both had the 430 as standard equipment and optional on the Monterey and Commuter series. The 430 for 1960 was equipped with a 2 barrel Carter carburetor, 10:1 compression and a horsepower rating of 310 at 4100rpm. Air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes were just some of the convenience options. Matt
  3. Hey Gene, Motorcraft wires are good. What does the owners manual specify for plugs? If it's Motorcraft, I would install Motorcraft. The injectors may be something else to look at replacing. I have a '91 Grand Marquis and unless I use all Motorcraft parts the engine tends to be finicky with aftermarket plugs, wires, etc. Matt
  4. Referencing the Standard Catalog of Ford 1903-1998, 2nd edition, Kowalke, pg 131. "Popular Galaxie 500 and Galaxie 500XL options included the: 390 V8 ($246) Cruise-O-Matic auto transmission ($212) Four speed manual transmission ($188) Power steering ($81) Power brakes ($43) Two-tone paint ($22) White sidewall tires ($33) Windshield washers ($20) Backup lights ($10) Electric clock ($14) Radio ($58) AM/FM radio ($129) Matt
  5. I don't have any experience w/ the 2L Escort. Just thinking out loud here to maybe point you in the right direction. What kind of spark plugs are in it now? If they are not the factory ones I would reinstall factory spark plugs. Does the engine have the coil on plug design? If so, I would replace all of the coil packs w/ factory ones. If not I would replace the distributor cap/rotor/wires w/ factory ones. You could also try replacing the fuel injectors w/ OE ones. Matt
  6. Nice job fabricating those tube sets! You can adjust the tension of the choke spring by turning the black dial to your desired liking. How is it running? Matt
  7. Is the Scout currently running good with this carb? You have a 2V version (2Bbl). Are there any stampings/markings on the base of it where it bolts to the intake? The fitting in Pic 3 (screwdriver pointing to) is your threaded choke tube connection for the tube coming off of the exhaust manifold. That tube connected into the top of the exhaust manifold and had a brass female fitting that screwed into this port which fed hot air into the automatic choke housing which contains a wound spring that expands and compresses. You don't necessarily need this hooked up for it to run. The automatic choke assembly had a second tube that connected to the bottom of the exhaust manifold and ran parallel to the first tube and connected to the port that points down on the airhorn via a small vacuum hose. The port is pictured in pic 2 and 3. I'm not sure what the port next to the Motorcraft stamping is for. The zinc colored port to the left of your screwdriver is probably the anti-stall dashpot. Not sure where that would have gotten its vacuum from either. Being that its not a Ford engine you could probably fabricate some choke tubes to work or you could install an electric choke on it. Good luck and let us know how it goes. Matt
  8. Congratulations on your purchase! The '59 Ford's and Mercury's are very nice cars! A 3 speed manual transmission was standard on the Monterey with the Merc-O-Matic automatic being a $173.00 option. I believe the Merc-O-Matic is a 2 speed transmission using type F fluid, Dexron is for newer transmissions. I'm not sure of the refill capacity. The filter should be removeable to either clean or replace. I would recommend getting a '59 Shop Manual. Matt
  9. Bob/Tommy, The results have been posted to the ODMA site. Here is a link to the results http://odma.aaca.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/05/2018-ODMA-Meet-Results.pdf Matt
  10. The Tidewater Region held its 17th annual Square Car Tour yesterday. Nineteen antique vehicles participated, seven of which were pre-war including a 1914 Model T Ford Touring, a 1929 Buick Master, a 1929 Model A Ford, a 1931 Chevrolet Sport Coupe, a 1937 Pontiac Deluxe 6, a 1940 Oldsmobile Series 90, and a 1941 Packard Deluxe 110. We began the day by meeting at a club members home for coffee, donuts and socializing and after a brief driver’s meeting by Matt Doscher we departed and were on our way. Matt and Vickie Doscher served as road scouts in Vickie's '65 Mercury Comet driving several car lengths ahead of the group ensuring safe road conditions. The tour was officially led by Terry Bond in his 1914 Model T Ford Touring. Our route consisted of rural backroads through southern Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. We had a scheduled pit stop at Munden Point Park to allow for folks to stretch their legs and enjoy the scenery. Following our pit stop we motored in a northerly direction, dodging a few low lying spots in the road along our route containing standing water from nuisance tidal flooding from the Back Bay, and had to detour from the planned route due to a flooded out road. We all made it to Blue Pete's Restaurant in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach for our lunch stop. Everyone arrived safely and without incident and enjoyed a hearty lunch. Thankfully the weather held out allowing for a picture perfect day! A brief synopsis on what exactly a Square Car Tour is: Years ago, we began to notice that older cars were not touring like they once did, so we decided that Tidewater Region would create a special activity to help encourage use of the earlier vehicles. Thus the "Square Car" tour was born. The Tour is intended for good old fashioned "square" shaped vehicles, like the Model T's, A's, and cars that are generally more boxy and square shaped. Of course we do allow those with modern cars to participate, but our only rule is that they need to bring up the rear, and try to keep up if they can. (Terry Bond didn't have any problem keeping pace at almost 40MPH again this year)! It's a simple tour, laid out on beautiful farm country back roads with very little traffic, no traffic lights, and as few stop signs as possible. This corner of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach still have a lot of wide-open space and lots of scenic winding roads to choose from. We usually start at the home of a club member who has room to gather for coffee and donuts before we start. For those who wish to trailer in a vehicle we always ensure there is some room to park the rig. We've had a lot of fun doing this - it's as casual as can be, with a lunch stop at a local family restaurant for a good meal and more fellowship. We managed to get the weather arranged about right again this year, but except for some flooded roads that necessitated a slight detour, we did just fine. Some of these roads we've covered previously, but we discovered that if you just drive on them from the other direction, it's a different road with different things to see! It's great to slow down, enjoy the smell of the country (except where they were fertilizing a field), and enjoy the fellowship of our Tidewater Region members. Photo's courtesy of Matt Doscher and Bob Stein
  11. Registration has been extended until Monday April 16th. Matt
  12. The corral was like this last year too. New vehicles mixed in with old. The corral should be limited to AACA eligible vehicles only. There is a distinct line between Hershey and Charlotte, with Hershey catering more to the antique and brass folks while Charlotte caters more to the newer stuff. Both of these annual meets are well run and well attended, it's all a matter of what you're looking for and what you're expecting out of it. Matt
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