Laughing Coyote

1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

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Still waiting to get back on the Merc, but work has still been crazy and I'm still working on the house. I have also been working on the tractor my neighbor gave me in the evening hours. Been working on that to get it repaired, repainted and functioning properly. Not long after he bought it new he decided to pull out a small tree with it. Being a 25 hp 4 wheel drive import tractor he thought it would do well, but the front drive line didn't fair to well.  It broke something and the 4wd wouldn't work anymore.  It still drove and did what we needed it to do so he just left it.  Now that he gave it to me I have been repairing it.  I wanted to see what broke, so after dropping the entire front axle I now know what happened.  All the spider gears are gone.  Pieces everywhere. So I have been disassembling, cleaning and waiting for the new parts to show up so I can get it back together and get to finish the painting.  I all ready painted the hood with a single stage poly the paint shop had as an oops mix.  Still have the main body to do. Got a good deal on it. I have one new tire mounted and 3 more to go.  I still have to pull the rear rims to clean and paint them before the new tires go on.  There's plenty to do right now.

 

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😳 Ouch! Those spiders sure got hammered.......

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Just do like a lot of the back woods guys do and weld it all together! OK, just kidding, but I’ve seen stuff like that fixed that very way. 

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Its funny you say that chistech.  I had one bevel gear that drives one of the wheels that had some of the tips broken off.  I got out the TIG welder and used some hasteolly rod and welded it up.  Did some delicate grinding on it and repaired.  Saved me another $50.  Besides the Chinese steel wasn't that hard so it worked well.  It's finally got it all painted, repaired and new shoes.  Just have to get some info stickers made and it's ready for work.  The front loader is next for a clean up and paint.  It's been windy every day around here so it's been hard to work the car let alone to do anything else outside.  The weather has been strange this year.  Haven't got to 100 yet and last year it was well over 100.

 

 

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I think we got your 100 degree heat :(  Wonderful job on the tractor!

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Thanks guys. Jeff, I saw that it was getting hot out your way and I bet with the humidity it's real toasty. We've been in the mid 80's, but windy.  I just wish I was able to take that kind of time on the Mercury and get some progress made on it instead of a tractor, but I guess I can't complain about a free tractor.  Just needed a bit of TLC and repair. I'm sure I will be getting some other items as my neighbor down sizes his shop.

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Martin,  miss the post on the '61 Merc. Any updates coming soon? Hope all is well. John

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I know John. I miss getting to work on it too.  I tell myself every time I walk past it, "It's not going to get done unless you do something to it."  I've been doing a lot of little repairs around the house on the weekend so I don't get much time to devote to the Merc.  My wife and I are looking to move in the near future to an area with more land and a bigger shop so I can have more room to do my business and work on the car too. We found one place that has a nice house with an in door pool and spa on 12 acres, green house, shed, and the big kicker is there is a 5000 sq ft free span metal building. :D Plenty of room for everything. So things have been really busy with the business and house stuff. Hoping to do something really soon.

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Careful! You'll turn into a farmer and there will still be no time for the car.

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I should probably be posting this in a Farm and Garden Forum instead of here, but I finally got the tractor all finished.  Had to prep and paint the loader and re install.  I also purchased a blade off a guy on CL for a good price.  I should of took some before pictures of it.  It was rusty and the holes were worn a bit.  I had the powder coater blast everything and I re bushed the worn holes and added new paint and stencils. All ready used it for the neighbor.  I also installed some LED front lights to give me more light.  Installed all the new stencils and painted the bucket this morning.  Now that's off my list it's time to see if I can get moving on the car again.  Good thing that there are several great restorations going on right now.  As far as the house with the big shop it got an offer a day just before we were planning to go see it.  I guess the search continues.

 

 

 

 

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He's 78 and told me his knees wouldn't let him get in and out of it anymore.  If he needs work done he will just get a hold of me.  That's fine with me, he's always let me use what ever tools I need that I don't have.

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Thanks for the comments guys.  Having an acre and quarter of land you kind of need one.  Looking for a 3 point chipper for all the tree rimming between me and the neighbor.

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1 hour ago, Laughing Coyote said:

3 point chipper

Get one that feeds itself, if you have the hydraulics at the back of the tractor.

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I picked myself up a nice used 4wd Kubota B7510 just about a year ago. 1.88 acres here, my wife loves her landscaping and flower beds. Moving mulch and anything else is so much easier now. Wheeling wheel barrows full of dirt and mulch is something I told her was no longer “good exercise” for me. I said if you want the exercise, go ahead. Needless to say she agreed to the purchase and learned to operate it pretty quickly! Made an oversized bucket box for moving yard debris.

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