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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by OzMerc39, Aug 11, 2020.
Just beautiful! Perfect!
Yeah, that is my Coupe. Haven't been to Cars and Coffee for a while as the flathead is running on 7 cylinders.... and yes, I have lots and lots of headroom. Chopped is much better.
Let me know when you are ready mate. Sharpening up the axe now.
Yeah, I know that it needs to be done.... But I am too scared cos it is in pretty good condition.
On another note, this blue Merc was one of the reasons I found mine in the states and brought it back. I saw it at the Nagambie Rod run a month or 2 before I left and I loved it. Congrats OzMerc, its a gorgeous car.
I have been thinking about making a much easier switch panel for the headlights, turn signal indicators, horn (as the horn ring does not work) and thermo fan. The way the car was configured when I got it was with toggle switches under the dash spread out from the left-hand side across to the centre, which are really awkward to reach while driving.
My initial thought is to relocate them together into a central position onto the dash. But I don't want to ruin the historic look and feel by drilling holes, but given it's a custom, I am happy to have something more functional but 'custom'.
Without drilling holes in the dash, I want to take the ashtray out and turn it into a switch panel. It is close to the steering wheel and easier to see and reach.
What have others here used to get something that looks and works better ?
Dash with drivers side ashtray removed.
I think it's possible to rewire up to here and have some retro switches running vertically.
An example of a retro headlight switch I am thinking of using (Top Centre)
I snapped this off the 'net ... Similar look except vertical and maybe without the lights?
Thoughts and pics for ideas welcome.
Cheers mate... I sure do appreciate the work that went into it and Kelly & I plan to enjoy it for a long time.
I just wonder how may good metal fabricators there are here in OZ that will go a good job on a Chop?
You could look into the headlight switch and turn signal switch from an old English car such as an MGTD. It's been a long time since I messed with English cars but IIRC the TD turn signal switch had a delay built into into that would cancel after a certain time so you weren't driving around with the signal on if you forgot to cancel it. However I don't know if you want to corrupt such a nice car with electrical parts from "The Prince of Darkness".
Great lookin custom , you just gotta love those Mercs !
I could chop it. Not for a while though. I’m a fabricator. Restoring several 53 Eldos presently and my Packard and Cadillac are my after hours fun .
I’m in Brisbane. Don’t know why it doubled up?!?
Because you're twice as good looking as people think.
I think you will find that your horn ring and headlight switch problem is related to your steering wheel. It seems to be an aftermarket wheel, and in the original Mercury configuration, the headlight switch and horn button is combined in the centre of the steering wheel. It's kind of hard to explain, hard to see on the wiring diagram, and kinda cool.
Getting a stock steering wheel may be difficult and it will depend if your steering column is stock as well or has been changed. I don't know if 39 Ford wheel is the same, I think it is.
It took me 2 months to figure the headlight switch out.... My wiring was butchered and had switches under the dash as well, and I had to ask an old guy with a 39 Ford how he did his headlights. He must have thought I was an idiot and he had to walk me to his car and point to where the headlight switch was until I understood what he was talking about.
OzMerc, I think maybe Daniel Cassar at the Fast Lane Speed Shop (Ballarat area I think) may have chopped yours.... Daniel or Ebony might give you some more info on the car.
Hey mate that is really handy knowledge. I had not considered at all that the light switch would be part of the horn ring. Just goes to show how new I am to cars older than 1950s. The car has an HQ steering box and may just have a different column in it. The wheel also is not the standard '39 wheel and ring. This might account for the separate switches for both of these functions. It's worth investigating that a little further and may just contact 'Fast Lane' to see what other info I can get.
At the moment I am committed to the switch panel but perhaps over time, I might be able to get the right wheel and horn ring.
Beautiful ride. Enjoy
Nothing like driving your dream car....Enjoy!
You have a 49-51 Crestliner accessory wheel (possibly a repro,) a popular custom addition.
The original column shaft was hollow to allow for horn etc wiring. If the steering box is HQ type it will need connection via a solid shaft, so no wires can come out, hence the situation you are in.
The ashtray is a good place to hide switches, etc. I have installed a temp. gauge in the ashtray spot of my daily driver (FB Holden), and the lid can still be closed and hides everything. I have heard of a remote control push button used in the middle of the steering wheel to operate a small receiver which is wired to the horn.
Yeah, OzMerc….. I think X38 nailed it.
Your switch plan sounds pretty good, should look good.
Switch panel cardboard mock-ups.
Getting ready for polished plates to take their place.
The passenger side will be made but not installed unless needed.
Driver side panel mock-up
Ash tray cavity
Good idea. Thought about switches that twist or pull to function instead of those toggles? They look a bit out of place on such a deco dash.
To me the switches)toggles look like pimples on a beautiful bum. I’d find a way hide them all behind a door or flap. Your car is smooth on the outside. Inside should be no different.
Glad to see a 39' done well. Great car.
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