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Old 08-11-2021, 12:03 PM
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Snopro, I'll check out the trim lines closely, because uneven lines bother me. Once the door is shut tight there can't be much wiggle room up and down. The problem was the door male striker plate was not engaging with the female part very well. Now they are playing nicely.
Laz, I can see the difference, it's only a couple of inches or less, but it sure looks better. Both my wife and I have to learn how to get in and out of this car without banging our heads.
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Old 08-11-2021, 04:58 PM
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Snopro, I'll check out the trim lines closely, because uneven lines bother me. Once the door is shut tight there can't be much wiggle room up and down. The problem was the door male striker plate was not engaging with the female part very well. Now they are playing nicely.
Laz, I can see the difference, it's only a couple of inches or less, but it sure looks better. Both my wife and I have to learn how to get in and out of this car without banging our heads.
I Love your car, Mac.
I had a 56 Mercury Montclair 2 door hardtop.
It was my main High school car.
I have had more then my share of cool cars but the Merc still holds a place in my heart.
Many many memories. Some happy. Some less so......
I still book mark everyone I see for sale in case I win the lotto.

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Old 08-17-2021, 09:57 PM
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Torchie, my story is similar to yours.
My main highschool car was a '56 Ford two door. [first pic]
I also had many memories in it,-- some of them good.
'56's have a place in my heart.
Snopro, I checked the line-up of the brightwork and it is pretty darn OK, so it's staying where it is.
I told you guys that I sensed another vibration in the clutch or flywheel, just recently. Also, the starter is sounding funny, [funny sheesh, not funny ha ha], and it was getting more noticeable lately. So I took the starter out and found that the Bendix drive gear was breaking up. What's worse is that I can't find half of the gear and I think it's stuck in the clutch somewhere, maybe broken into smaller pieces. This would account for the new vibration. Anyhow, the starter sounded really bad after showing off at the A&W, so I came home and pulled right onto the hoist. The gear was not only breaking up, it was breaking away from its base, so the car would not have started again, ever. I don't often have a serious breakdown, in the shop, on the hoist.
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Old 08-18-2021, 04:42 AM
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Luck was on your side. . On an unlucky day.
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Old 08-20-2021, 12:11 AM
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When I pulled the starter out, I dragged half of the Bendix gear out with four teeth on it. The half gear was not hooked to anything. There were three other gear teeth hidden in the bell housing, and finally one more fell out of the clutch as I turned it around. That's eight, but there's supposed to be nine. I turned the clutch around some more and dug in it with a wire, screwdriver and a pic, to no avail. I put her all back together, added in a new 'swapmeet' starter and went to town to a car show.
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Old 08-20-2021, 12:53 PM
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Those ole starters made great electric gokarts
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