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Old 09-11-2016, 12:59 PM   #21
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Great looking car. You might think about joining your nearest Early Ford V8 Club Regional group. There will be plenty of guys there willing to assist you with any help you may need in the future. For now enjoy driving that Merc in the nice fall weather. You will have lots of fun.
Already looking into that. Looks like there there are a few within a reasonable distance. A little hard to tell which ones are actually active. I think I need to make a few calls. You have any connections in northern IL?
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:23 PM   #22
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Get a bigger steering wheel.
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Old 09-11-2016, 01:48 PM   #23
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Get a bigger steering wheel.
Not quite sure I'm tracking. . .
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:28 AM   #24
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That's got Betty Davis written all over it! Beautiful Merc!
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:04 AM   #25
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Already looking into that. Looks like there there are a few within a reasonable distance. A little hard to tell which ones are actually active. I think I need to make a few calls. You have any connections in northern IL?
I know the Northern Illinois Regional Group #8 is very active and has recently hosted a National Meet in Springfield. Rockford regional group #105, Knoxville regional group #113 and Pekin regional group #51 are all close to you. You're pretty lucky to have that many so close. The National Club President, Ken Bounds, is a member of the Northern Illinois group in Arlington Heights. I have meet Ken at a few National Meets. Very nice man.

I'm from Southern Illinois, 50 miles east of St. Louis. Nashville, Illinois is where I live. I drive an hour and a half to attend meetings in Chesterfield, Missouri.

You could email each club and ask them questions about how active they are and what kinds of tours and activities they host.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:43 AM   #26
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I know the Northern Illinois Regional Group #8 is very active and has recently hosted a National Meet in Springfield. Rockford regional group #105, Knoxville regional group #113 and Pekin regional group #51 are all close to you. You're pretty lucky to have that many so close. The National Club President, Ken Bounds, is a member of the Northern Illinois group in Arlington Heights. I have meet Ken at a few National Meets. Very nice man.

I'm from Southern Illinois, 50 miles east of St. Louis. Nashville, Illinois is where I live. I drive an hour and a half to attend meetings in Chesterfield, Missouri.

You could email each club and ask them questions about how active they are and what kinds of tours and activities they host.
Yes, I noticed that the Arlington Heights group seems to be very active, but not very close. Of the others, Knoxville is the closest, at only about 50 miles. I need to try to call the listed leader of that group. The directory doesn't list an e-mail.

I know well where Nashville is. I was stationed at Scott AFB for three years in the late 90s. We enjoyed our time in the area.
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very nice....have fun....Mike
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:27 AM   #28
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What a lovely car. Love these Mercury Convertibles.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:43 AM   #29
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That Merc is outstanding! As others have provided excellent suggestions re the steering components and steering box, I will offer only this; I used STP in the steering box however, I've switched to using John Deere Corn Head Grease in the steering box and every drivetrain and suspension component that has a Zert fitting on it, on all my Flatheads
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The Gemmer II steering box was a good design in that day and age. They wear more rapidly than the more modern units but generally last at least the expected 100K miles for that time frame. When you check the box for adjustment, the straight ahead centered position is the only place where the play should be minimal for this design. This is also where they tend to wear the most. If the gear gets notchy after adjusting to minimum play, there may be some pittiing wear in the center of the worm gear. If it is still smooth to rotate after adjusting, you will get a reprieve from further work and it will be good to go for the time being. John Deere corn head grease is a good lubricant for these units but with a good sector shaft seal, the heavy gear lube will work OK.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:38 AM   #31
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Thanks for those suggestions, gentlemen. I'm looking forward to actually getting the car and seeing what works.
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Yes, I noticed that the Arlington Heights group seems to be very active, but not very close. Of the others, Knoxville is the closest, at only about 50 miles. I need to try to call the listed leader of that group. The directory doesn't list an e-mail.

I know well where Nashville is. I was stationed at Scott AFB for three years in the late 90s. We enjoyed our time in the area.
My wife works at Scott AFB at US TRANSCOM in Acquisition. Hopefully we can meet up some time at a V8 club meet. They are a lot of fun. There was a rumor and it's only a rumor thus far, that there could be another central national meet in Springfield, Il this year. I believe they need volunteers to step forward to make it happen. If it does, I'll see you there.
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My wife works at Scott AFB at US TRANSCOM in Acquisition. Hopefully we can meet up some time at a V8 club meet. They are a lot of fun. There was a rumor and it's only a rumor thus far, that there could be another central national meet in Springfield, Il this year. I believe they need volunteers to step forward to make it happen. If it does, I'll see you there.
Excellent. I'm sort of in acquisition at Rock Island Arsenal (acquisition lawyer).

When you say "this year" do you mean 2017 or yet this fall? Seems like we're pretty close to snow season.
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Excellent. I'm sort of in acquisition at Rock Island Arsenal (acquisition lawyer).

When you say "this year" do you mean 2017 or yet this fall? Seems like we're pretty close to snow season.
Sorry, I meant 2017. Not sure why I thought "this year". The wife has been to the Rock Island Arsenal for training in years past.
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