Virgil & Sue Klein

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  • Thanks to everyone who brought their Mercs out to Arapahoe Park this past Sunday in Golden, CO. There were about 30 Mercurys at the show. Many thanks to Carlos Vera who helped organize the event.

    Access is easier if you turn the wheels completely to the right. The steering linkage will then be out of the way.

    in reply to: ’55 Montclair Chrome Headlight Bezels #4131

    Check with C&G Early Ford Parts in Escondido, CA. They show a worm gear for your car with the same part number for the ’56. Good luck with your repair.

    in reply to: ’55 Montclair Chrome Headlight Bezels #4108

    Welcome to IMOA Simon. Glad to have you as a member especially with a ’55. Mine is a two door hardtop. I have never seen the headlight bezels on a ’55 with the chrome finish as on the Freemans. That is not to say they are not correct. I would suggest you contact the Freemans using the contact information in the membership directory on the website. That car is so perfect that I cannot imagine Mercury not having those bezels available. Are you making the very long trek from Orlando to our show in Spearfish, SD in August? It would be great to see you there.

    in reply to: 55 Monclair back up lights! #4104


    Assuming you have an automatic transmission the back up light switch is part of the neutral (safety/start) switch located on top of the steering column just toward the fire wall from where the wires exit the column from the steering wheel area. There should be a curved fixture screwed to the steering column. I believe the fixture is made of “bakelite”. The two female connectors on that fixture toward the passenger side are for the neutral safety switch. There should be two female connectors on the driver’s side of the fixture that are for the back up lights. There should be a hot wire to one side and then the other side’s wire runs to the back up lights. When you move the shift lever it lines up contacts with the contacts on the fixture on the steering column and the circuit is completed. It is actually a very simple system. Not to confuse things but some folks have rotated the fixture so that the back up lite contacts line up with the Park shift position so the car will start in Park and then the old neutral start contacts become the back up light contacts.

    in reply to: Need Rubber Mirror Gasket for 60 thru 63 Mercury Monterey #4068

    Should have also mentioned Dennis Carpenter. They advertise in Quicksilver. Check out their website for your mirror parts as well.

    in reply to: Need Rubber Mirror Gasket for 60 thru 63 Mercury Monterey #4067


    Check with Dearborn Classics. They seem to specialize in the cars from the 60s especially Galaxie (big Merc). I looked on their website and did see an outside mirror that came with the gasket. Don’t know if that would meet your needs but you can certainly check it out. I have worked with them in the past and they are very helpful. Phone is 800-252-7427. Good luck.

    in reply to: Question about 390 FE Engine Oil Dipstick #4064

    First thing I would be sure of is that this is the dipstick original to the car. Don’t know exactly why your dipstick shows so differently based on the way you “stick it in”. I think I would use some middle point between the two readings as the oil level. Certainly by following the refill recommendations in the BOOK you won’t be hurting anything. The dipstick in my ’55 with a 292 isn’t the most accurate thing either.

    in reply to: 63 Mercury Monterey 390 FE Engine Question about Lifters #4050

    I contacted my nephew, Eddie Klein, who is quite familiar with these engines for help with this. The hydraulic lifters are not adjustable and will be noisy if the engine has been sitting for awhile. The “ticking” noise is not uncommon in this situation. He suggests using Rislone oil treatment and a lighter weight (thinner) oil for awhile. Assume you have changed the oil and filter.

    in reply to: Upholstery for 1963 Mercury Monterey #3967

    Try the folks at

    in reply to: new seat covers for 1964 marauder. #3965

    Give the folks at SMS Auto Fabrics a call at 503 263 3535 or go to their website at They were able to help me with leather for my ’87 Cougar and I know they have material for older cars as well. Good luck.

    in reply to: Original Cloth Reproduction Red Chromatex #3963

    Contact Gary Richards in Southern California. You can look up his contact info on the member directory on this website. Best to phone him. I don’t want to post his info for the general public.

    in reply to: Help needed with my 54 Monterey Differential #3957

    My shop manual for ’54 shows that only the station wagons have the Dana 44 rear end. All of the others have a standard Ford differential. The gear ratios for the Monterey with overdrive would be 4.09 (45-11) as the standard rear gear or 3.91 (43-11) for the optional rear gear. You no doubt have the Ford differential as they remove the entire assembly from the front of the housing once you remove the axles. Don’t know why the bibliography would show anything different.

    in reply to: 55 Mercury Lower Quarter Patch Panels #3953

    I would suggest you call one of the vendors and ask them. I looked at C&G Early Ford Parts website and they show only a single number for each patch panel and do not differentiate by Ford or Mercury. They seem to know what works on each brand and how they interchange. Give them a call, or give the guys at Macs a call. They will know the answer to your question. Good luck.

    in reply to: 1949 Transmission Removal #3833

    Let me begin by saying that I have no personal knowledge of transmission removal on an X frame ’49 Merc. I did speak to someone who is experienced with ’40 Ford (also X frame) transmission removal. You do not need to remove the engine to remove the trans. When you take the transmission rear mount from the cross member you will find that the transmission can be jacked up and the trans mount (cross member) can be removed. The mount must come out the top so lift one side up and rotate to clear the output shaft. You can then lower the engine/trans assembly down so the transmission can clear the X frame. Be sure to support the back of the engine in this process. Good luck.

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