Hi all, I posted earlier in the year about my Mercury project that I had started, so it has been just over twelve months build time, so thought it was time to do a quick up date as I have a looming finish date in 9 days for a major event over here in Western Australia.
The project is a replica Mercury Body speedster on a 1920 Model T frame
I am using the original patent drawings and have hand beaten steel sheet to form the body work as close as possible to the way it was made. the drive train has been modified using period accessories including a Model A crank and rods and a Chev four head OHV. Thanks to members from this forum for there support and technical knowledge I hope to end up with a unique and fun car. see you on the road Graeme
You show a great talent, thanks for the pictures - we would love to see more from the build and of the finished car
The Model A crank / Chevy head conversion is also interesting - what rods and pistons are you using?
Do you have a Jern Thunderbolt conversion for the head?
Hi all just some more pics , the chassis is on all fours, lowered overall by moving front spring forward and using a rear crossmember and zeding the rear fram members and boxing them.
engine will be finished this weekend and hopefully in the frame and running next week.
Thanks Rodger, The A crank has been shortened and I used A T model Trans shaft , pressed through and welded, Machined and Balanced. The bearing caps are modified A caps with the bolt holes milled and bronze thrusts fitted. The rods are new forged A Rods with slipper shells and I have had a set of Pistons Made by Ross's they are a work of art.
The adaptor is a Neal Jern plate I have made all the rest of the conversion gear. It will run a set of headers , Twin stomberg down draughts and a distributor.
The trans is a late 26 T with all new bushes, kevlar bands and a set of turbo 400 plates and a fourth main bearing.
I will put up some pics of the journey , I am kind of doing it a bit backwards I know as lots of members really tell a story , Hopefully I will spark some interest in this project and happy to show that with some very basic skills and tools anything is possible .
Good looking job, very interesting, keep it up. Dave in Bellingham,WA, USA
Great looking job!
Wonderful work. Looks really beautiful.
Has Jarvis seen these photos?
Good. Looking forward to more pictures.
That is a better place to mount the spare wheel.
I never thought the spare mounted on the tip of the rear looked good.
How in the world isn't EVER going to work with the steering wheel way over there??? ;-)
Looks great! Is that leather edging around the cockpit... copper, or ???
Amazing work Graeme! I recently learned the history of the Mercury bodied speedsters when I transported this one for a customer from Washington to Southern California. I have always been a fan of the more rare & odd! Good luck meeting your show deadline.
Here are a few photos from Lincoln Nebraska Speedway motors speedster reunion.