Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

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Thanks Scott.  I plan on moving on it more this year than last.  Just got to keep focused on what part I want to get done and do it.  I will post pictures of the items I get back.

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Since the weather has warmed up a bit and dried out I was able to get my hood hinges cleaned up and painted.  I also received the new springs for them too.  Had to put a coat of red paint on them.  That's the color on the old springs that came on the car and I had some pictures of the exact same car with 18K on the clock.  So I would say they are suppose to be red. ;)  The booster has been shipped out along with the heater core.  Can't wait to get them back.  Then off the transmission goes to get checked out.

 

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According to your picture, the hood and front fenders are spryed before installation. I like the red springs, it makes some life in the engine compartment!

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Yes Roger they add a little pop of color.  I received my power brake booster earlier this week and it looks great.  Power brake booster exchange in Portland OR. rebuilt it for me. There number is 503-238-8882 if anyone is looking for a booster rebuild source.  I also cleaned up my wiper cowl and put a coat of primer on it.  Waiting for the heater core to come back so I can finish up with the heater box that I took out and refinished a while back.  Got to get back on cleaning the under side of the body so I can get that part done.  

 

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Well I have decided to pull the frame out from under the body and get it sand blasted.  I already pulled the wheels and started to tear into it.  The lower ball joints have been unseated and the springs are ready to come out and then I can tear down the entire front suspension.  Have to get a spring compressor since all the weight is out of the front of the car.  The rear diff is just about ready to come out also.  The weather has been great.  In the mid 80's (sorry to rub it in for the folks that are in the cold parts of the country).  I should have it all out in a week or two.  I have a little project to do for the powder coater so I'm hoping we can work it out in a trade deal.  I'm also in the process of putting in a 400 sq ft garden.  Want to try growing some good natural veggies.  So, needless to say I'm very busy all the way around.

I guess that keeps me out of trouble. ;)  

 

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Those pictures are remembering me when I did the same for my 3 cars (not together, of course!). I lifted the body as high as I could, and, because the rear of the frame was interfering with the body, I just removed the wheels and let roll the frame on the drums.

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I'm glad it's not covered in heavy undercoating or rusted badly Kieser.  Once the frame is out of the way I can get it done easier.

 

Roger. I'm going to strip the frame of what I can and then roll it out from under the car with wheeled flat carts.  Did some more demo on the frame today.  Getting closer to getting it down to just the frame.  The rear differential and leafs are ready to come out too.  A lot going on now.  Can't wait to get it blasted and painted.  Once it's out I have to hunt for any markings so I can re add them after paint.  The coils have some nice ones on them still.  Got to get them cleaned up and see what the colors are.  It's all in the details.  

 

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I love the work you are doing on the Mercury. I enjoy the fact that you take the time to make it perfect one part at a time. The Merc is going to be quite the car when it is done. 

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Thanks John.  I got the differential pulled out after 50+ years.  Still has the original shocks and they still work good.  Now I have plenty of room to work under there.  I sand blasted and painted the shock perches and U bolts.  The rear spring shackles are all cleaned up and painted too.  Will be pulling the frame next week.  Moving right along now.  The warm weather makes it nice.  My neighbor is going to hot tank the front drums and backing plates.  They're pretty greasy from the wheel cylinders leaking.

 

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I know I said I was going to pull the frame next week.  I guess it's next week already.  I decided to just get it done since everything was off of it that needed to be.  Didn't take much.  Now I have to do some light scrubbing to see what I can see for markings.  I will be taking off the last of the pieces later on in the week so it will be ready for sand blasting. 

 

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LC, I always enjoy reading about updates on your car. It's amazing how well preserved your dry climate car is. Going by the firewall photo was it originally yellow?

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It sure looks more yellow in the photo so I guess lighting has something to do with it. Are you planning to repaint it the same color?

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Yes.  The car will retain all the original colors.  The only thing I will be doing different is adding dual exhaust instead of the single.  I like the engine to breath.

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Duals will definitely make it breath and sound better.

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Today I took the drums and front backing plates to my neighbors so he can hot tank them.  I included a picture of some of the parts that I have already blasted and painted.  I found some marking on the outside of the frame rail so I have to measure and document them so I can recreate them once it's been painted.  I will be loading the frame on his flat bed trailer until it's time to take it to the powder coater.  

 

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The frame is on the trailer and have been stripped of everything.  It's ready to go when I am.  After hot washing the drums I had a outer bearing race fall out.  I thought, "Well that's not suppose to happen".  So after a closer look I found out that the one hub was about .030 bigger than the race.  You could see where it wore a grove right in it.  I bet that had a vibration issue.  I pressed off the drums which wasn't to fun.  They were on the hubs pretty good.  Once off I decided to bore it out enough to clean up the ID and put in a sleeve.  I machined a sleeve for it and pressed it in.  After that turned the ID to the final size.  Now it's just like repaired new.  Waiting to get my new bearings in for them and that will be done.  Put a nice coat of cast paint on them.  

 

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Martin, great work.  I have been keeping track all along.  It has me motivated to get working on my 600 this summer.    Been swamped with life items (move, work, family issues, etc.) but hope to have time soon.    

 

I just wanted to comment on your hood springs.   Based on my unrestored, been my wife's family since new, Meteor 600 the springs were in fact red from the factory.  Surprised me the first time I wiped the dirt off of them but look cool (imho) with black hinges.

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Hey flyermark,

I know the pains of life you're dealing with too.  I told myself this year I got to get moving on it.. Was getting tired of looking at it and nothing getting done.  Thanks for following the progress.  I spoke with the owner of the powder coaters and she said she we can do some horse trading on the blast job of the frame.  I will probably give her some cash to cover the blasters time and their media.  I have been running into an issue with the lower control arm bushings.  The car came with the anti harsh front and rear suspension and there is one big oval bushing that no one carries.  So this posses a problem.  I will have to do a lot of research and see what my options are.  I may have to change out the lower control arm with a 1961 Galaxie and use standard bushings.  I hope this doesn't put a wrench in it my progress.  :(

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Martin, good to see you back hard on your project!

What is the 'anti-harsh' front and rear suspension? Was this a Mercury-only design, or an option?

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Thanks Paul,

It was factory on the 61 and 62 from what I have found in some research and they did away with it in 63.  It's designed to allow the lower control arm to flex back a little to absorb impacts in the road (like big bumps and pot holes)  The rear leaf springs have a rubber block that helps do the same thing.  I will post some images tonight.  The rear blocks I'm going to have made by the same company that did my trans mount and brake pedal pad.  

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Here is some pictures of the anti harsh ride suspension and a picture of the frame waiting for it's big day.  Other than that I have been ordering replacement parts and doing cleaning and blasting of parts.  Should have more pictures to post next week.

 

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Didn't the Lincolns have something like this? Might be worth looking into if it's the same.

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