Larry & Pam Mize
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The color of the engine depended on the date produced and also the horsepower. There were two variations. One variation was all yellow and the other was cream colored valve covers and air cleaner and a tan block. There was a Lincoln/Mercury service bulletin dated 12-17-54 #237 that described the differences. It had something to do with which heads were used on the engine and the dates.
You can get more info. from Mr. Merle Fourez at Classic Mercury Parts in California. He is the one that supplied me with the above info. His number is 805-646-3345. I had seen pictures of 55 Mercs with the cream valve covers and some with the all yellow motors and wondered what the difference was.
Hope all goes well with the restoration!!
Welcome to the Club!! Would love to hear what you find out about the chrome headlight bezels. I’m working on my Dad’s 55 Merc Montclair that he purchased new!
thanks! I will.
Are they still selling any parts or anything?
For anyone interested, I have also discovered that the stamped pattern in the front passenger side toe board of the 1955 Mercury is different than that of a 1955 Ford. A Ford has a stamping resembling an upside down V while my Dad’s 1955 Montclair has something that looks more like a reversed capital N. I am hopefully going to be able to locate floors and toeboard sections from a rustfree 1955 Mercury for replacement since no one is making the specific Mercury reproductions. I have contacted some of the western salvage yards in Hemmings and may have a line on some although they are rather expensive. Anyone have any suggestions who to contact?
I’ve thought the same thing Jerry. I check in every now and then just to see whats new and haven’t seen much lately.