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Old 02-20-2021, 07:55 AM   #1
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Hi Guys and Gals,

Iím in the UK and after 16 years of Mopar (48 Plymouth sedan) Iíve put a deposit to down on a 47 Mercury convertible.
Am I in the right place for help - Itís unlikely Iíll get to any meetings :-)
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:01 AM   #2
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Yes, you are in the proper place. There is a delousing process some may seek for non-Ford ownership, but that's a personal preference.

Tell us about the Merc.
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:10 AM   #3
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I hope to pick it up in April, itís in Scotland, Iím in England and weíre not allowed to cross borders under Covid restrictions.
It came into the UK in or around 2005, it had a ground up rebuild before it arrived. Sat in a museum and then a private collection. When they came to try and run it the oil had congealed and they promptly blew the engine. It was rebuilt, I am told with a French block and some nice hop ups.
Iíll post some photos soon.
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:15 AM   #4
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Welcome on board . . . sounds like you have a cool car (or will soon have). This is a great site for just about any kind of information related to early Fords - so you've come to the right place. Take some time to introduce yourself and post some pictures of your car when you get it. Take care and enjoy your new ride . . .
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:20 AM   #5
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You are in the right place . Welcome aboard ! - F F
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:00 AM   #7
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Iíve attached a couple of images of the engine.
If it is a French engine am I right in assuming itís 4.2 litre?
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:00 AM   #8
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Welcome to the Barn, congratulations on your purchase.
This book may help https://shop.efv8.org/collections/fo...book-softbound

Post pictures when you get the car.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:13 AM   #9
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Now I know Iím in the right place, a more formal introduction. My name is Garry and I live with my wife in the Midlands in the UK. Iím not retirement age but Iím getting perilously close 😳. I run my own (small) company Moulding polyurethane foam so I tend to be busy and my only real hobby is my car.
The pictures show my 48 Plymouth which I imported from South Africa in 2004.
I do all my own maintenance including an engine rebuild, the only other person whose been allowed to touch my Plymouth is the guy who line bored the king pins
Thank you for your welcome, I look forward to interacting with members although, as a complete Ford virgin, Iíll be asking more than Iíll be telling 😏
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:26 AM   #10
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Welcome to the Barn, looking at that engine, you are definitely in the right place. Your Plymouth is a nice looking car also, do you drive it often?
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:27 AM   #11
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Welcome aboard. If your new Ford is as nice as you're Mopar looks you've got a nice ride coming. I'm always amazed by what you guys in the UK (as well as the rest of Europe and really anywhere else non USA) have to go through to get cars and parts. Shipping, duties, fees, etc. make things difficult I'm sure. Looking forward to more photos when you get your new Ford.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:48 AM   #12
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Welcome friend. Nice engine. You will get all the help you need here. Enjoy.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:54 AM   #13
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Welcome Garry.

You have two really nice cars. Enjoy every mile with a smile.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:57 AM   #14
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Welcome as well! That Plymouth sure looks nice, but I have feeling that you'll like the Mercury better.
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:01 AM   #15
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Hello Garry, welcome to the barn. I'm in the midlands too, in Solihull so it will be nice to have someone closer to home on here.

The motor looks pretty dressed up. If you need any advice or help, the barn is a great resource. And like I say, I'm here in Solihull and can offer help and advice if you need it.

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Old 02-20-2021, 10:28 AM   #16
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Unfortunately I can’t keep both the Plymouth & the Mercury so it will be a whole new (Ford) world for me. The Plymouth has been a good car and I’ve not been afraid to go anywhere in it - it’s been all over the U.K.
In answer to 51504bat, parts can get a little expensive with shipping and duty but I think it’s worth paying, there is something about American cars you just don’t get with British cars - not just size but the American vehicles were built for a larger market and larger distances - it shows.
I think I will like the Mercury more. Plymouth was the bottom of the Chrysler range followed by Dodge, DeSoto and Chrysler at the top. I think the Mercury is a DeSoto equivalent.
Unlikely that I’ll be able to view it until April. I originally said no to the car - the top didn’t work and the car didn’t have a heater. He’s having the top rebuilt (new pump and pistons) and fitting a heater so I don’t think I’ll be coming home without it. Can’t wait!
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Welcome here. Sounds like you've found yourself a very nice car.
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:54 AM   #18
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Welcome, and you are already "attending a meeting"!
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Yes welcome! The Ford Barn is a great read with all these experts on here (not me!)
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Old 02-20-2021, 03:10 PM   #21
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Welcome to the ‘Barn. There’s a lot of “Mercury Guys” here...more pics when you can....Mark
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Old 02-20-2021, 04:18 PM   #22
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Welcome: Lots of folks here to help you with a great car. I have both a 49 and 50 Merc coupes "under construction". My ancestors were from the Western Midlands hamlet of Roden in Shropshire, not too far from you. They didn't drive Mercurys. Lefty Rodan
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I'll throw in my welcome as well.
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Welcome to the barn. Did you buy the new one without seeing it in person ?
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And another hearty welcome from the Upper Left Coast of the USA.
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Hi Zeke, yes, if the sun is shining the car is out. I look for any excuse to drive it and we even take it to the local supermarket. It's not concourse or anywhere near it so I don't have to worry too much about someone touching it.
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McMimmcs, I'm a risk taker - I bought the Plymouth unseen although I did speak to the previous owners in South Africa. I was lucky, the body you see in the photos is as I bought it 16 years ago - I have not touched it. Rebuilt engine, brakes and suspension but I don;t do bodywork - I don't have the space or experience. I will view the Mercury before handing over the rest of the money but I can't see me saying no to it. It's been converted to 12V which is a big plus for me as I want to tow a large teardrop.
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Once again thank you to everybody for the warm welcome. My knowledge of Ford is down to my first cars - MK1 Cortina, Escort, Mk3 Cortina and a Mk4 Cortina but I've never had a classic Ford. Initially I'll be lurking and asking lots of questions but, as I learn more I hope I can contribute to what looks like a friendly and informative Forum.
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Lefty Rodin, Roden is in a nice part of the country near the town of Shrewsbury and and the Welsh borders.
I don't get to that part of the country often but who knows, I might make a trip to meet Mart in Solihull which is on the way for me.
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Welcome aboard. LOTS of GR8 folks with good info & experience. They helped me ALOT when redoing my 8BA. Nice looking engine !
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I will add my welcome as well. I have had four Mercurys, and a bunch of Fords, and three Lincolns.
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Once again thank you to everybody for the warm welcome. My knowledge of Ford is down to my first cars - MK1 Cortina, Escort, Mk3 Cortina and a Mk4 Cortina but I've never had a classic Ford. Initially I'll be lurking and asking lots of questions but, as I learn more I hope I can contribute to what looks like a friendly and informative Forum.
And a warm welcome from a COLD Texas (finally beginning to thaw-out, though). As you can see, there are folks on this forum from all over the planet. And to give you an idea as to the audience on this wonderful old Ford forum, you are member Number 120,176. Glad to have you here. By the way, Mart in Solihull is quite the character...in a GOOD way! DD
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By the way, Mart in Solihull is quite the character...in a GOOD way! DD
And, I almost know the way back to his house, from watching all Mart's videos and taking video rides with him.
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Welcome to the Fordbarn! Great looking Flathead too!
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Welcome, this is a good place to be, the engine looks pretty spiffy!
Interesting that the car is in Scotland, I thought I knew of most of the flatheads in Scotland (I am in Edinburgh) this sounds like a rare one and is a new one to me.
Being in the midlands you are in good hands with Mart on your door step, a mine of practical and entertaining information (have a look at his You Tube "Marts Garage")
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Welcome to the barn! There's no place on the web that can match the knowledge on the forum. Please post more pics when the merc arrives home!

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If you are not a member of the Early Ford V8 Club you should join. There is a helpful forum there but not as active as this. You do not need to join to participate in the forum. They do have chapters in Europe and it's a fun magazine to read.
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35cab is my cousin, and I too have flatheads. So like him it is a surprise to see such a nice looking engine in such a desirable car in our backyard and not know about it. As has been said you should contact the Early Ford (UK) RG127, they have a web site, and sign up. Having Mart on your doorstep will be a great help as well.

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