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  1. i just clicked on the link about the radio resistor....which reminds me that my car is positive ground. can that ever be switched to be negative ground? what would need to be done. the original radio is missing so thats not an issue.
  2. about putting the 2nd battery in, i have read about that. people put the 2nd battery in and hook stuff up to it and the charge is good enough to run things occasionally like windows, radio, etc...and you just manually charge the battery. In my case I need to change to 12v now because i bought a new harness and 6v harnesses are more heavy duty wiring. If my stock harness was in good shape i would have never bought the new harness or probably had the desire to convert it to 12v. A reproduction 6v harness costs a lot for these cars, probably as much if not a little more for what this conversion will cost. I got a 20 circuit harness complete with the fuse box and flashers for $159 shipped. if anyone needs a wiring harness this one is comparable to the $400 Painless brand ones I see. All the wires are labeled, the instructions are questionable but the labeled wires help a lot.
  3. I am leaving my 50 Buick 6v if its any consolation. that one runs like a champ and doesn't need to be changed. the Merc is a mess and I want to put in too many 12v luxuries like seats, power windows, door poppers, etc as this one is getting the shaved door and chop top treatment. thanks for the info old-tank. as vast as the net is, I have had a hard time finding info about this conversion. I have found ones on tractors and VW's, thats about it
  4. thanks. that one about the 50 Mercury is perfect. nice step by step instructions on my exact car. too bad my stock harness is junk because now i have to add my new universal harness into the mix of figuring things out. thanks again.
  5. the wiring is all messed up, very old and unsafe. the car actually has an issue somewhere and it acts like there is no battery in it at all yet i can press the button on the relay next to the battery and it will crank the car so its not the battery. So rather than pay big money for a 6v repro harness I chose to go the 12v conversion route. plus i would like to be able to put a radio and some nice electric cadillac seats i have into it.
  6. I know this is the Buick site, I have always owned Buicks but this concerns doing a 12v conversion on my Mercury and I figure it would be about the same on any car and I have had good luck with the people on this forum versus the Ford forums. I am getting ready to a conversion on my Merc. I bought a universal wiring harness and would like to know what else I need before I get started, like how many of the 6v to 12v converters to buy and things like a new coil? I am thinking if I buy the alternator then I can take some of the regulators out of the loop? Anyone ever do this before or at least know of anywhere that has detailed instructions on how to do it?
  7. I am getting ready to a conversion on my Merc. I bought a universal wiring harness and would like to know what else I need before I get started, like how many of the 6v to 12v converters to buy and things like a new coil? I am thinking if I buy the alternator then I can take some of the regulators out of the loop? Anyone ever do this before or at least know of anywhere that has detailed instructions on how to do it?
  8. these guys have a few useful parts like rebuilt generators and water pumps. http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/catalog.php?carcode=1319970
  9. i wouldn't even know where to start on a price. it seems like a part no one needs to ever replace because they lost it so i have never seen one for sale to compare it to. if you want come up with an asking price and we will go from there.
  10. hey thanks. i can't believe i lost something like that. i must have just left it on the bench in the garage i had...man i miss that garage...
  11. anyone at least know a good junkyard that deals mailorder that might have it?
  12. thanks. its on my 56 with a 322. I just wasn't sure if you were supposed to use gasket sealer on them. I usually only use that on the paper gasket applications. One side that i took off was nothing but gasket maker. I couldn't believe it. I figure whoever did it must have spent more on a couple tubes of that stuff than if he just bought a new gasket.
  13. somehow i lost the catch for the hood latch to my 56. i need to replace this to keep the hood closed. i think i left it at my last apartment when i moved after having radiator out. its the piece that goes from the cross bar in front of the radiator down to the metal attached to the top of the grill. i am attempting to show what i mean in this picture of another 56.
  14. i just putnew valve cover gaskets on and both sides still leak a little, almost seems like the same spot on both sides. was i supposed to use that gasket sealer stuff along with the gasket or should the gasket be ok by itself?
  15. i just went through this myself and posted on the board. i rebuilt the starter. $20 kit from napa includes the drive gear. the gear is short so i need to put my old one back in which isn't even worn really. my brushes were so far gone that it didn't even try to crank. i have a temporary push button set up under the hood as well so bypass the carb one. you can also get a solenoid rebuild kit for $10 at napa. all these people on ebay selling ones for $30 saying they are rare and never gonna find another are full of it. so far i rebuilt the starter, put a new solenoid and voltage regulator on just to make me not have to worry. you can get regulators on ebay for cheap. got 2 for $6-9 each brand new. napa still might sell them as one i got was a echlin napa one. I would also recommend the pertronix ignitor. that thing works great. the car starts as quick as a new car does today. i got their matching coil and wires too. be warned though the ballast resistor smokes a little if you leave the car in the "on" position without starting it. once started all is fine. just a really powerful coil i guess.