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  1. Strangest thing we saw in the chocolate field south on Wednesday was one of those Amazon trucks driving through with a very confused looking driver trying to make a delivery.
  2. Fred Hoch runs the Schaeffer & Long restoration shop in Magnolia NJ. Fred was mentored early in his career by the great Mercer restorer Ralph Buckley. Many Mercer cars on the road today would not be running without Fred's help and advice.
  3. The 10th annual Mercer Associates meeting will take place at Hershey Fall Meet on Thursday, October 7th, at 3pm in the Red Field spaces RWM/RWN 21-26. This is the same location as our 2019 get together. As in the past, the meeting is an informal gathering for owners of Mercer automobiles and honorary members of the Mercer Associates. Looking forward to catching up with all of you on the news from the past year.
  4. Some other museums in the Northeast: Collings Foundation American Heritage Museum in Hudson MA (north of I-90, just east of I-495) has an interesting collection of antique autos including some large classics, military armor including US/British/German/Russian WWI thru Gulf war, and some aircraft. Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro NH (north side of Lake Winnipesaukee). Motorland a.k.a Maine Classic Car Museum in Arundel Maine, (Rte 1, next town north of K'Bunk) I would check the open hours on their websites before showing up. Enjoy your trip.
  5. This was Sam Bailey's L-head Raceabout. I don't think that is Sam behind the wheel in this photo. Based on the wood fence and tree tree line in the background, the photo was taken at the VMCCA annual meet at Framingham MA on September 20, 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor. I have similar photos of this car (along with comments) from this event that were given to me by the late Smith Hempstone Oliver. My records don't go back far enough to identify the S/N of this car to figure out where it is today. However, the fact that it did survive to 1941 suggests that it is probably still around today (now restored with full fenders). I will check with some other Mercer cognoscenti to see if they have any further info. Based on details in the photo, including number of louvres in the hood, height of the radiator, plain "Mercer" script in the radiator badge, style of hood latch, composite steering wheel and forked headlight mounts, I would venture to say that this is a 1918 Series 4 car. (Of course any of those parts may have been swapped with an earlier/later model car.) There are only 2 original Series 4 Raceabouts in existence today, one in CA and the other in TN.
  6. The 1915 C-25 uses a common pilot ring (P/N 10E830) for both intake and exhaust manifolds per the factory parts list. I suspect that the root cause of the exhaust manifold distortion is a metallurgical phenomena called creep. Creep is caused by mechanical and/or thermally induced stress (load) in the presence of elevated temperature (reduced strength). The stress could be caused by the difference in thermal expansion of the hot exhaust manifold vs the relatively cooler cylinder heads or exhaust system. It could also be caused by residual (internal) stresses in the exhaust manifold caused by differential solidification ("freezing") of the liquid iron during the casting process. It is unlikely the exhaust manifold went through a stress relief heat treat cycle back in the day given the state of metallurgical science at the time (e.g. fatigue cracks/fractures attributed to "crystallization"). Even today exhaust manifolds produced by some manufacturers have significant distortion issues such that they cannot be re-installed without creating oblong holes for the attachment studs.
  7. Olson's Gaskets has repro pilot rings.
  8. Some years ago a friend was restoring a Stutz DV32 for a client (which later got a 400/400 perfect score at a CCCA national meet). He sent the radiator cloisonne emblem to what was supposed to be a "professional" emblem restoration shop here in New England. They ruined it. The emblem was returned highly distorted and unusable; was clearly overheated or constrained when in the oven. I don't think they were in business very long. My takeaway was that it is possible to damage an emblem. If I were to try it at home I think I would use some sort of instrumentation to ensure temperatures are known, research temperatures are required, determine creep strength of backing material (copper, brass or bronze?) which may govern how the emblem should be supported in the oven, and finally develop the process on a less valuable piece.
  9. Hi Ikew, Ed Schillo was the Mercer agent in Chicago who likely sold your Sporting to Mr. Hertzman. Are you showing anything at the AACA Spring Nationals?
  10. Restoration Specialties in PA (www.restorationspecialties.com) also sells Tee rubber seals by the foot.
  11. Not a Buick but I suspect windshield might work the same way. To open for ventilation, the top and bottom panels rotate clockwise as viewed from the driver's side of car; in other words the bottom edges of both panels rotate forward like a venetian blind. The "h" shaped rubber seal between the top of the bottom panel and the bottom of the top panel is fitted to the top edge of the bottom panel with the lip (tall portion of the "h") towards the back. This makes sense in the event of accident that the passengers have whatever protection the rubber seal strip might provide instead of striking the edge of the glass (yes, this car has been retro-fitted with modern laminate glass). There is a handle on bottom center of the lower panel on the aft side. There is also rubber seal along the very bottom to seal against the body, which wouldn't seal if bottom panel rotated counter-clockwise.
  12. 21raceabout

    Brand of Axle

    Clearly wasting my time.
  13. 21raceabout

    Brand of Axle

    Get yourself a copy of the book "Mercer Magic" by Clifford Zink published in 2015 by the Roebling Museum. This book is by far the most accurate and complete history of the Mercer automobile. The book was thoroughly researched with the help of Tim Kuser (Mercer historian and grandson of the company treasurer) and Fred Hoch. Yes, Mercer did use Continental and Beaver engines - but only in the first few years of production cars. They used their own proprietary engine for the Type 35 Raceabouts, and Type 45 racers where they had so much racing success.
  14. I believe the original post said the car was owned by an individual who lived in Ohio. I don't see any other posts "below this one" discussing California...? In any case, neither chassis S/N 1287 nor engine S/N 1287 show up as a survivor in the roster.
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