Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

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Martin, the Mercury is coming along nicely. The color on the fender, cowl ,  and firewall, match perfectly..  I  came across an earlier post  of the   1961 AMT Mercury that you built of your car. You're just a talented fellow. John

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Thanks for all the comments fellas.  The wife and I hung the front fender Monday after lunch and I finished up with adjustments and securing it in place today.  Everything lines up nice and has the right gap, and best of all I didn't scratch it. :(  This weekend I hope to paint the other fender so I can do a repeat.  Getting a little closer.  Part by part.  

 

 

 

 

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Thanks. The gap was really close. I just had to tug here and push there and tighten bolts down. The fenders had indentations where the bolts were and they lined back up in the same spot.  When you look in the paint can it looks tan with a rose tint to it. Then when it goes on it looks tan, and depending on the light it can have a yellow hue to it. 

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Don't worry Roger. I will be pulling the doors before doing any work on them. The way the hinges mount I can pull the door to the rear of the car to remove them. If I had a big enough shop area where I could do a whole car things would be different.  Just doing the best I can with what I got. It will all work out.

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I was able to make more progress today. The weather has been nice and warm (70's) so I decided to get the other front fender painted and cleared. It turned out just a nice as the other one. After talking with the auto paint guy I'm going to do a cut and buff after the car is completely painted. So if it sets until Christmas it should be cured enough to hang it. 

 

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Keep up the great work Martin. The paint looks great, and I second what Luv2Wrench said........that is a great color.

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Martin, love your work. Cut and buff when the car is all painted  and back together is the best way to do it. The Studebaker should be back on the road shortly after the New Year. Again, thanks for the inspiration. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas, and a Healthy New Year. John

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Thanks John. Hope to see some pictures of the Studebaker back on the road. Wishing you and your family and all the fine folks here a Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year!

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After a half day of work in the shop I had my lovely assistant help me hang the other front fender. Came out just like the other one.  Nice gaps and no scratches.  I'm pleased with everything so far.  Now the next phase will be the big roof.  

 

 

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Did you ever obtain that NOS accessory Cruise Control that I mentioned on page 15?  I never checked to see it if got listed on Ebay.

 

Craig

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Getting close to finished.  That engine color looks really good against the body color, too.  This will be one interesting and unique car when it's all back together.  You'll never see another one.

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Thanks for the comments guys.  I'm getting there a little at a time.  Hursst, I still have a ways to go yet. I think yours will be done before mine will be. I was hoping to get more done this week and next, but this cold weather that came in is killing me. Not use to it.

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The car really is turning out awesome! I just love the color...the paint job looks fantastic so far.

 

I have a question: What is the rectangular black metal enclosure sitting at an angle in the engine compartment forward of the master cylinder (on the fender well)? My '61 Monterey doesn't have one of those.

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Thanks James. It's a vacuum tank.  The car came with power brakes. Does yours have power brakes?  I figured the Monterey would since it was the top of the line model.  If so there is a Tee fitting on the back of the booster that has a line that goes to the tank.

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I do have power brakes, and I'm sure my car has a vacuum reserve tank, but not in that configuration. The car's in storage, but if I get a chance, I'll take a picture of what I've got and post it. I hate to admit it, but I can't exactly remember what the tank looks like.🙄

 

Hemmings won't let me post the exact picture, but here's a '61 Monterey that also doesn't have the tank. (Go to the engine bay pic.) Wish I could remember how mine's set up. I'm guessing Meteors maybe had a slightly different system, or maybe they sourced units from different suppliers during the model year. That's been the case for different parts on other cars I've owned.  And of course, despite my car's originality, it may have an aftermarket replacement.

 

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2018/12/29/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1961-mercury-monterey/

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That's a different style than mine.  The one I have is a Bendix brand.  Not sure what they went to after that.  Mine could be an earlier set up and they changed them in mid production which got rid of the can.  I'm not sure on that though.

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Okay, I plead ignorance on my own car. I was confusing it with the '63 Olds I sold a couple of years ago. It had a vacuum reserve tank. I looked and couldn't find one anywhere in the engine bay of my Mercury. I have the same type of vacuum power brake booster that was in that other Monterey convertible I posted pics of, and like that car, there seems to be no obvious vacuum tank. Maybe it's somewhere else(?) If anyone else knows, please let me know.

 

Sorry for the lack of cleanliness in my engine bay. I will clean it up. That's on my list. I put an aluminum radiator in the car - it's only non original component along with radial tires - and haven't had time to mess with other stuff. (I'm also rewiring a different car and I bought a T Bird.)

 

I did include another pic to give an indication of the overall condition of the car. It has 54,000 original miles. It's got a 352 and a two speed auto transmission. Oh, another non original item I have is a small tach so I could see how many RPM's my two speed is making my engine rev at highway speeds. Paint and interior are original, as is chrome. You might be able to tell from the photo that my interior upholstery still has the tight fighting clear plastic covers over the seats that came from the dealer when new. It's kept them in excellent shape. There is a sizable bumper ding and small piece of missing trim on the other side.

 

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That's nice!  Your booster is a Midland Ross style.  Both are cars were built around the same time in 1960.  It's got me thinking if the LA plant where mine was built was installing the older style boosters to use up stock and haven't yet received the newer ones that were being installed on the cars back east. 

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3 hours ago, Laughing Coyote said:

Your booster is a Midland Ross style.  Both are cars were built around the same time in 1960.

Thanks for the info. Very helpful.

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