Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

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Thanks sebastien buick. Haven't had much time to work on the car for a while now. I've been pretty busy with the business. I bought some power steering hoses that will be needed for later on. I'm going to take the two dash trim pieces to the powder coater to get them powder coated along witht the front bumper brackets. They will use their big sandblaster to clean them up so I can give them a nice coat of paint. Nothing really exciting. Other than that just working away and hoping to get back on the car soon. :(

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Well I got the new water pump in the mail yesterday. It's all painted and has been installed. The engine is looking better every time I add something. Still have to get the rocker arm shafts, balancer, points, cap, wires and all the other fine detail pieces. I'm going to start to build the engine test stand so I can get it ready for when the engine is all done. Other than that just do the day to day stuff to keep on living.

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That is one sweet looking very meticulously assembled engine, as is everything you have done.

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Well it's been awhile since I posted any updates. Been busy painting the outside of the house and shop. Applying roof coating to both too.  The Mrs. is also having me do other painting inside.  I haven't worked much on the car, but I did get more goodies for the engine.  Have the plug wires, cap, rotor, clips, rocker arm rails, and some other little goodies.  I also managed to get the engine test stand just about ready to put the engine on.  It's going to be a big engine dolly until I get a radiator and all the gauges and wiring set up for it.  I'm hoping to put the engine on it the coming weekend.  If all goes well I will have some more pictures to post.  Thanks for the compliment on the engine edhd58.  Hope your project is coming along well.  :)

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Hope all is going well for you. I just was thinking about your project here and thought I'd throw a stone in the water to see what if any progress has been made the last couple months. Scott...

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Hey Scott!

yes, I'm still here.  I know I haven't posted in a while.  That life thing is really been taking over everything.  Plus it's been hot.  I have been working a little bit here and there on the old Merc.  I will be posting some more pictures of the engine shortly.  I finally got the balancer in. Just have to install it.  It was back ordered for a while.  I also got the starter all back together, just need to do an ops check.  I have been checking the forum regularly to keep up on the news.  Thanks for throwing the stone.

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As promised I have attached some more pictures of the engine.  I just need to get a 90 degree boot and connector for the coil wire.  The spakplug wires came with a straight one and it looks goofy sticking straight up.  All about the details.

 

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Martin, I'd never rush you or push you for more/quicker progress on this project as I really like the level of detail put into each area that you've addressed so far and look forward to the remainder of the project being completed in like fashion. You just do good proper work. You should have a really nice looking new old car when you get done. Scott...

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I know Scott.  Glad you got me to start moving on it again.  It's been pretty hot this summer so I get where I don't want to do much after a long day working in the heat.  I have to regroup on what I want to tackle next and just get to moving on it.

 

Thanks Roger.  Your Lincoln is coming along nicely.  Doing an great job on it as usual.

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Well I have the starter all done.  Still have to do a test run a few times to make sure it works.  I guess I will start work on the underside again to get that ready to be coated.  Should be ready by the time the weather cools down some.

 

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You do  great work. It is a pleasure seeing all the pieces coming together on the Mercury. Wonderful restoration.

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Well I finally took some time for the Mercury today.  It was a nice warm day and not windy so I pushed out the old girl and put her up on stands and got to work on the under side.  I used a drill and a wire wheel to see if I can speed it up some and get the old under coating and dirt off.  It worked pretty good.  Still have some areas where they put it on heavy, but I'm just going to leave it.  I went over the areas that I scraped and then continued to the back.  I had to stop just in front of where the front of the differential is.  My arms were killing me.  A 5 lb. drill gets pretty heavy holding it over your head.  I did wear one of my "bunny suits" and a full face respirator.  I could roll around and let everything fly and not get dirty or breath any of that nasty stuff.  I did have one other little rust spot that I had to cut out.  That went well and only took a few minutes to do.  Once I had some feeling back in my arms I wiped down the under side with laquer thinner and put a coat of sealer on all the patch seams.  I still have to add a little more in places so when I do the rhino coating that it doesn't show that it was patched. was a long day, but productive.  Not really the funnest part of the restore. Can't get the car done if I don't work on it.
 

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WOW! That is a LOT of work. That car is gonna look so great when you finish it.

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I did 3 cars that way, but the floors had some surface rust and I went much slower than you did. It was more than 20 years ago; I would no more do such a work now...

In fact, the condition of your floor is exceptional.

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While searching for items on Ebay I came across a neat little fuel filter for the carb.  It's actually a filter for a motorcycle, but it's the same diameter as one of those big silver or plastic ones.  It's very thin and streamline.  I hate big clunking things.  It's a little bit longer than an 1" so it doesn't take up much room.  The car had a plastic canister type on it when I bought it, but it was pushing the steel fuel line way out from where it needs to be.  Looked goofy.  I just wanted more filtration before the carb.  There is a filter on the tank sender, but one more shouldn't hurt.  The weather is suppose to be getting unsettled so I will wait for another day yo finish up the under side of the car.

 

 

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Martin - Your doing a great job! My first restoration took me 14 years to complete ( marriage, kids, job etc... you know story ) I promised myself that was it, never again...  BUT, it must be some type of sickness, because I decided to do another one, picked up a document '69 Impala SS last December. I read over your thread last night, definitely motivating to say the least, I'm really joying it!

 

 

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Thanks for the comments guys.  Steve, you are correct about the life story part.  I see so many nice cars that just need a little TLC and would make a nice restore, but cash flow is the biggest player in that game.  I'm hoping to have the Mercury done in 5 yrs, but that time line is not set in stone.  Sounds like you have a nice project to do.  Hope to see a restore thread on it if you haven't started one already.

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I haven't had much time to work on the car again.  Slammed with ironwork orders and everyone wants their stuff for the holidays.....of course.  Plus El Nino has been making things wet around here to where I can't get the car out and work on the under side again.  I did manage to get a new parking brake pad made.  The original one was falling apart and didn't have any part numbers on it.  One of those hard to find parts.  I sent the old one to Mike at Then and Now automotive.  H That was the company that did my transmission mount.  I just got it back today and looks great.  Fits nice too.  They do great work.  Hoping to get a break in the weather and schedule to get back on the car.  :(

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Martin, you've made some great progress!

Thanks for keeping us updated!!

Good luck on the rest of the project!!

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Thanks Tristan.  It's been a busy holiday season for me so far so I really haven't had much time to work on the car.  I did manage to put another coat of sealer on the areas that were repaired on the floor pan.  I've been picking up little things here and there on Ebay and other places.  I did manage to score another NOS "Meteor 800" door script.  Now I have two new ones for when the car gets done.  Can't have enough of those fragile script emblems.  ;)

I'm planning on shutting down between Christmas and New Years to work on the shop and do equipment maintenance.  Maybe I will have some time to finish up the under side and coat it.  :rolleyes:

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Well it's been a while since I posted anything on the Mercury front.  I ordered my starter drive and new hood hinge springs yesterday.  I'm also sending out the heater core to get rebuilt and the power brake booster as well. Those items will go out next week.  I'm also looking at taking the transmission down to the transmission shop in a week or two and get it checked out.  Other than that it's been really cold and wet. Doesn't make for a fun time to work on anything. 

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Martin, try not to let this project slide like I've let mine as I've really liked following along and was more than amazed at the progress you'd made and the quality that you put into what you do get done. Also, reading that you are taking your transmission in made me think that it was something that I could also do while my project is on hold. I've had a few people tell me that I could probably do it myself but I've never been inside one. I along with plenty of others will be watching for your updates. Scott...

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