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Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) Today, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 155
Posted By RalphG
Re: Drive through Chicago in the early Forties

Seemed like every driver just went where they wanted without signal lights or hand signals.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-24-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 3,949
Posted By RalphG
Re: WHO Is the Oldest Early V8 Forum Member?

I am just a year younger than my favourite Mercury. I think I have changed a little more than the Merc has in the 61 years it has been in the family.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-21-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 603
Posted By RalphG
Re: Here's a Flathead water pump. Let's rebuild it. Sunday tech quickie

Mart, very interesting video of the water pump. The pumps I needed on the 52 Merc are a little different. I think they have a narrow cast pulley and pretty sure I"d break them if I tried any kind of...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-20-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 436
Posted By RalphG
Re: 255 mercury carb rebuild kit

I got mine for the 52 Merc through Mikes Carburetor Shop. He has a youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/MikesCarburetor/videos
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-19-2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Posted By RalphG
Re: Their still out there

He is using the term original loosely. That engine is much later than 40. I've never used pressure wash on the old vehicles. It pushes water into places you can't get at to dry and will mix with dirt...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-17-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 675
Posted By RalphG
Re: Fuele Mileage question....

My 52 Merc did 15 to 16 mpg combined town and gravel road/pavement driving last time I checked. Canadian gallons of course so do your .83 conversion to U.S. I thought it was not bad for an automatic...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-17-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By RalphG
Re: New guy intro - 1952 Customline

The old Ford/Mercomatic seems pretty durable on my 52 as its original and never had any work done that I know of. Yes, the kickdown rod is important. If its working I'd leave it alone. I think mine...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-10-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By RalphG
Re: 53 merc holly carb.

If this link will work for you it tells you everything you need to know about fixing a Holley 1901 like the 52-53 Mercs had originally....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-10-2021, 01:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By RalphG
Re: 53 merc holly carb.

I can live with it but mine has a hesitation when I step on the gas and will stall unless I give it two or three quick pumps on the pedal. It also leaks gas out of the float somewhere when left...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-10-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 437
Posted By RalphG
Re: 53 merc holly carb.

I'm pretty sure the linkage pulls the throttle butterflies to open on my 52 Merc with original Holley "teapot".
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-09-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 824
Posted By RalphG
Re: Fumes in the cabin

Actually Bon Ami was a factory approved method of seating the rings on Case model 500 diesel tractors in the 1950s. I have the original service bulletin describing the procedure.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-09-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,144
Posted By RalphG
Re: My old red tonner on a music video.

Quite a well made video. And the "jailbar Ford" looks great. Reminds me of the one my dad taught me to drive on. ONly the bigger two ton version. I have it's grille hanging on the shed door to remind...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-07-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 636
Posted By RalphG
Re: External oil filter - question on oil lines

It was not cheap but I got a hydraulic shop to make an oil line for my 52 Merc. Something over $70. Its surprising how fast the oil pumps out of an engine when one of those brittle old lines breaks.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-07-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By RalphG
Re: Gearboxes a mystery? Mart lifts the lid on the 39 Ford 3 speed. A Sunday quickie.

Looks familiar Mart. I remember opening up the top of my 39 transmission right about 50 years ago. It was a learning experience for a clueless teen ager with crude tools in an unheated workshop in...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-04-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 481
Posted By RalphG
Re: Merc Out In The Snow

Thanks Mark. Glad I seized the day. We dropped into the "polar vortex" yesterday and will be there awhile according to the forecast. So the Merc will be resting indoors for a while.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-03-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 481
Posted By RalphG
Re: Merc Out In The Snow

Thanks Bill. That is a freeze frame from the drone video. The Merc is not great in snow but it can get by with a little skillful driving. Big advantage I have here is no other traffic to get in my...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-03-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 481
Posted By RalphG
Re: Merc Out In The Snow

Mart, the drone can pretty well fly itself as long as I figure out the right buttons to push. How technology has advanced since the day my dad bought the Merc in 1959.
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-03-2021, 01:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 857
Posted By RalphG
Re: Nice day to drive my 32 in the snow?

Its actually the bigger M68. A 3/4 ton. Mercs were unique to Canada and they sold about as well as Fords did here. It was my uncle's truck for years and sat with a seized engine. I brought it home at...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-02-2021, 11:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 481
Posted By RalphG
Merc Out In The Snow

Got up to +30F today but the old flathead was a little reluctant to start. Carb had drained as usual since I last drove it in November. A little priming with chain saw mix got it to fire up and keep...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-02-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 857
Posted By RalphG
Re: Nice day to drive my 32 in the snow?

Thanks for stretching the photo a little. I did get the Merc out for a few miles this afternoon but the sun disappeared behind the clouds so lighting was not ideal. Got some driving video that will...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 02-02-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 857
Posted By RalphG
Re: Nice day to drive my 32 in the snow?

I don't think I would. That snow looks dirty indicating the possible presence of road salt. I won't get near that stuff with the Merc but I'll go out on our clean white snow here in the country....
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-24-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,826
Posted By RalphG
Re: Canadian 1946-1948 Mercury 114

You are right Bill. And the person who did the caption on that photo was wrong. Like so many others who seem to think Meteor and Mercury go together. True enough a couple of years later the...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-23-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,826
Posted By RalphG
Re: Canadian 1946-1948 Mercury 114

Just spotted what appears to be a 46 Monarch in this video shot in Alberta recently. At the 10:43 mark. https://youtu.be/7YEEjEaWmSE
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-23-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,826
Posted By RalphG
Re: Canadian 1946-1948 Mercury 114

Those numbers are listed in the R.Perry Zavitz book.
You never know when a new photo will turn up. I just found this one of a Lincoln Mercury dealership in Holdfast, Sask. Looks like the second...
Forum: Early V8 (1932-53) 01-21-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,826
Posted By RalphG
Re: Canadian 1946-1948 Mercury 114

Ford and Monarch were quite similar in those years but by 1949 there was no mistaking a Monarch for a Ford.
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