mercman from oz

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About mercman from oz

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    Ford a Hobby, I am Queensland Contributing Editor for Restored Cars Magazine which is published in Australia. I own a pair of Australian built 1934 Ford Phaetons, as well as a 1956 Mercury Monterey Hardtop. I am a Member of the Early Ford V8 Club of America & attended the Golden Jubilee V8 Nationals held at Lake Tahoe in 2013. I have an extensive Library on American Cars. I also collect Model Cars & Licence Plates.

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  1. mercman from oz

    What is this Ford Hubcap off?

    Problem solved. I got the answer from a guy in New Zealand on Ford Barn. They were fitted to the 1932 to 1934 British Y Model Fords, similar to the one in the attached picture. Thanks everyone for your help.
  2. mercman from oz

    What is this Ford Hubcap off?

    A friend of mine sent me this picture of an unusual Ford Hubcap. My suspicion is that it is European. Can anyone out there correctly identify this Ford Hubcap, so that I can an answer to my mate. Thanks for your help Regards Mercman <><
  3. mercman from oz

    1940 Hudson Utes

    Hi John, I am glad that you liked this Web Site. It is only in existence because people like you are willing to scan their brochures and contribute to it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of mean people out there that want to take but not give. I introduced this Web Site to a car person I met, and months later when i met him again, I asked him how he liked it? He said that he loved the site and looked at it nearly every day. I then heard that he had a brochure that was not listed and he said that he would scan it for me to send to the Web Master. Months later, I mentioned that I had not received the promised Scans, and he said that he changed his mind. He said that the Brochure cost him good money, and he was not going to share it for everybody to look at it. I also pay good money for the brochures in my collection, but when I get them, the first thing I do is scan them and send the scans off. This way, automotive history is being preserved. So, many thanks for helping continue adding brochures to this great Web Site. If you have any other brochures that are not shown, I am sure that the Web Master would appreciate receiving them. Any other AACA Club Members that have brochures that they willing to share, please do. Regards Mercman <><
  4. mercman from oz

    1940 Hudson Utes

    Hi John, Thanks for helping out this Web Site.l What the Web Master needs is good High Resolution Scans of the brochure. If you have to Scan it is sections, that is OK, so long as you leave an overlap. That way, when the Web Master "stitches" the brochure together, there are no gaps along the join. You may need to send just 2 Scans at a time. Would also like to know what the overall measurements of the brochure is when closed. If it is a complicated brochure, an overall photograph of the brochure open would help the Web Master know exactly how all the Scans fit together. This Web Site has been closed for over a month now, but is gradually getting restored. If any other Members have Brochures that are not listed, I know that the Web Master would really appreciate any help filling in the gaps, not just in Hudsons, but other makes also. Check out this Web Site on http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com/ Once you open this Link, click onto Brochures, then Country. You will see that Brochures from USA, Canada and Australia are all listed for enjoyment and education. You can email me on tpou8669@bigpond.net.au Thank you to anyone who can contribute a Brochure Scan to this great Web Site. Personally, I have contributed hundreds of Brochures to this Web Site. I don't make any money out of this, in fact, it costs me money, as I bought an A3 Scanner so that I could scan larger brochures. I do it because I love cars, and this is one way our hobby can be preserved, as once older collectors die, may times, these old brochures are simply dumped by the family, and are lost forever. Regards Mercman from OZ <><
  5. mercman from oz

    1940 Hudson Utes

    Hi John, If I gave you my email address, are you able to send me good quality scans, so that I can forward them to the Web Site I mentioned above? They have the 1935 to 1938 and 1940 Brochures, but are missing 1939 and 1941. Can you help? Regards Mercman <><
  6. mercman from oz

    1940 Hudson Utes

    Do any readers have a USA Sales Brochure on the 1939 Hudsons? I would like to see if they used the same illustrations. If so, I would like good Scans, so that I can send to Old Car Manual Project to add to their great listings of Brochures. Can anyone help? Check out their Web Site. They don't have any on the 1939 Hudsons at this stage, except the Australian one that is shown above. http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com/
  7. mercman from oz

    1940 Hudson Utes

    My mistakes guys, I listed this as a 1940 model, when in fact it is a 39 model. I have just corrected my first post to the correct date, 1939. Below are the pages from the Australian Hudson Sales Brochure. What is unusual is that the vehicles shown in Colour are Left Hand Drive, while the ones in Black and White are Right Hand Drive. Only Right Hand Drive vehicles were able to be registered in Australia, so it is obvious that they used illustrations from the USA Brochure?
  8. mercman from oz

    1940 Hudson Utes

    Now, just when you Hudson Buffs thought you knew everything that was top know about Hudsons, take a look at this Australian Sales Brochure advertising the new 1939 Hudson 3 Passenger Coupe Utility and the 3 passenger Roadster Utility. I don't know how many were made, and I have not seen one, but they were advertised in the Sales Brochure, as you can see.
  9. mercman from oz

    Ford Utes

    That 1956 Ford Mainline at Hershey was priced at $7450. Whoever took it to the States made a mistake, as they bring more than that in Australia How they expected to make a profit when the shipping cost to get it overseas to be added on to the original purchase price. The 1955 Ford Mainline pictured is presently for sale in Australia for $17,000. See what I mean? They are worth more money than that in Australia. Now, you might think that an Aussie should buy the one seen at Hershey and bring it back home. The cost of this would be totally unrealistic. While it was easy to ship the car from Australia to the USA, bringing it back home would be another matter altogether. Australia has a ruling that you cannot import Asbestos. To prepare this Ute for shipment back home,. firstly, you would have to remove all brake linings. Then you would have to remove the motor so that you could remove the Clutch Plate. Then the Head Gaskets, and Exhaust Gaskets, and you get the picture. You guys in the USA don't know how well off you are when it comes to old cars. You have such a variety to choose from, and mostly would be in better condition to what you would find here.
  10. mercman from oz

    Ford Utes

    MAOK, Thanks for the compliment. I have had a life long interest in old Fords and have 1000's of photos of same stored in my External Hard Drive. Pity that they didn't introduce Digital Photography earlier, as I have thousands of colour slides that need to be scanned and converted to Digital, so that I can share them. Regards Mercman <><
  11. mercman from oz

    Ford Utes

    Regarding 1934 Ford Utes, they were offered in two body styles. This one is the Well-Type Ute, as it has Side Boards. When new, the Well-Type was very popular with builders, as they could carry long lengths of material, It was not uncommon to see a steel carrier attached to the front bumper with the same profile as the rear side. That way, builders could carry lengths longer than the vehicle, however, access to the passenger door was restricted. this restored Well-Type shows the different style rear body. These days, the Straight Side is the more desirable, and it is not unusual to see the owner convert his Well-Type for a Straight Side look. Both body styles were also available in Roadster Ute form up until 1938.
  12. mercman from oz

    Ford Utes

    Here are pictures of yet another 1934 Ford Coupe Ute that was rescued from a property out west. As you can see, these old Utes were really worked very hard, carrying heavy loads and driving on mainly unsealed roads. They were used until they just wore out, and were then left. A mate found this one is turning it into a street rod, as many of the original parts like running gear and interior was missing. Nevertheless, it will be saved. Enjoy the photos.
  13. mercman from oz

    Ford Utes

    The Ute that you saw at Hershey is a 1956 Ford Mainline Coupe Utility. The photos are from the original Sales Brochure. These also are getting hard to obtain over here and are fetching good money.
  14. mercman from oz

    Ford Utes

    Here is another 1934 Ford Coupe Ute that a friend had found. These photos were taken back in 2009. So, even 10 years ago, these were hard to find, and you had to take what you saw and not be fussy.
  15. mercman from oz

    Ford Utes

    These Utes are very sought after these days. I was just sent this picture of one that was just purchased. The new owner has his work cut out for him bringing this one back to life. You would be extra lucky to find an unmolested one these days, and it would not be cheap.