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Old 02-27-2021, 08:06 AM   #1
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Hi, my name is Jim and I live in Northeast Iowa along The River. I was born into a Fordaholic family. I have strayed from the Ford line of great cars at times but always returned. I am also afflicted with MMS (multiple motorcycle syndrome). My current condition finds me with 2 Fords and 12 motorcycles.

Iím here after five years fighting a desire for an old Ford, Specifically a 1939 Tudor Standard. It took along time for this to develop. My first encounter with an old Ford was a mid thirties hump back sedan rust heap on my paper route in 1959. My Dad, a Ford parts man did not give his blessing. Four years later when I earned a drivers license he found me a Ď55 Victoria.

The need for an old Ford returned several years ago when I found a photo of my late father with his first car, a Ď40 Deluxe Tudor. Before this car he was on two wheels as in bicycle or Indian MC. Doing a little searching on the web I fell for the lines of the Ď39 Standard.

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Old 02-27-2021, 08:16 AM   #2
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Jim...Welcome to the 'Barn! Great place to "hang out" for questions, answers and general "tire kicking!"

We like pictures also!

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Welcome Jim!
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Welcome to the barn, post some pictures of your collection. Somewhere I have a picture of me at age 13 wearing my Uncles black leather jacket sitting on his Ď47 Indian itís one of my favorite bikes.
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But wait there’s more! Waiting for the ‘puter to update.
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hi jim minicepter86, welcome to the forum. i havnent been here long my self. my son and i have ridden are harleys in your area a few times.beautiful.my wife and i as well have been to McGregor. i dont have bikes any more. i am now driving and wrenching on a "37 ford fordor. good luck,jim. tom.
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Welcome to the barn Jim
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Old 02-27-2021, 10:39 AM   #10
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Welcome, Jim! You are among friends here
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Old 02-27-2021, 10:57 AM   #11
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YUP, McGREGOR. that's me.
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Welcome. I am sure you will find a nice 39 to your liking.
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Thanks for the welcomes!
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Welcome Jim, great to have you here.
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I have put some pictures in my album
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Old 02-27-2021, 12:00 PM   #17
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Jim's '39



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Welcome to the Barn, nice car!
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Old 02-27-2021, 01:51 PM   #19
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Thanks for the kind comments. I flew out and drove it the 800 miles home over 2 1/2 days. It’s on 15” American Racing Torque Thrust wheels and radial tires. The flathead seems to run great, starts, idles nice no unusual noises that I recognize. Still running the 3sp on the floor, torque tube and 3.73? Rear axle. Headlights have been converted to sealed beams. Mis-matched bumpers.

As I have found out on this forum you can’t judge the displacement by the outside appearance. I was told it has a ‘53 Mercury in it, it has Merc heads with an 8RT 9510 F carb tag and 8RT/8BA manifold. On the block intake deck it has a stamped 4 inside a square. Cast into the block at the 12 o’clock position where the bell housing attaches is a M, at 10-11 it has M2824. So what is it??? I guess I’ll find out when I get around to the leaky pan.


So far I have rewired it using a Painless fuse panel. Everything is grounded back to the battery via a buss bar. I installed a rear sway bar and shocks and Woodward series speedo and gauges. I replaced the radiator with one from Wizard cooling as the old one was too far gone for a simple fix. Future projects include fixing the leaky pan, getting the windshield roll out fixed. I’d like to replace the dash panel as the po butchered it with a modern radio install. I need to explore the wipers, the screeching rear windows when rolled down or up. The banjo steering wheel has the usual cracks but no missing chunks. I don’t like the diameter of the rim so maybe a leather padded cover is in line. And a little lift to the front.

More later if you care!
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Nice car... and welcome to the Barn!

You must be close to Pikes Peak? My dad's family was from Clayton County...
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Late Mercury heads are a poor choice for performance purposes, as they have larger chambers to allow them to have the same compression ratio as contemporary Fords that had a shorter stroke. I think someone has already mentioned EAB heads.
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I was Pikes Peak, as the Ranger anyway. There and Yellow River Forest. Retired in ‘03. Live just a couple miles south of the park now.
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Hello Jim welcome to the Barn.

Lots of good folks here.

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Welcome Jim, these are some really great guys on here and I like old Fords and motorcycles too.
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Welcome to the Barn. Lots of information here.
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Late Mercury heads are a poor choice for performance purposes, as they have larger chambers to allow them to have the same compression ratio as contemporary Fords that had a shorter stroke. I think someone has already mentioned EAB heads.
Thanks for the info. I was told by the po that it was a ‘53 Merc so I assume it’s 255cid, but haven’t confirmed the 4” stroke. If it is 255 cid would the EAB heads still be preferred?
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Welcome, Jim - nice car!

What kind of rear swaybar & shock setup did you use? Could you post some pictures if you have any, I have a 1941 basket case pickup under construction & I want to address that issue.
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Welcome , Jim and nice car!
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What kind of rear swaybar & shock setup did you use? Could you post some pictures if you have any, I have a 1941 basket case pickup under construction & I want to address that issue.

it was HR-18000-K from Bob Drake. It required a little trimming of the cross member for the shocks and doesnít leave much room for exhaust. I havenít got that part figured out, I cut the pipes off just before the axle and thatís were it stands now.
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What kind of rear swaybar & shock setup did you use? Could you post some pictures if you have any, I have a 1941 basket case pickup under construction & I want to address that issue.
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it was HR-18000-K from Bob Drake. It required a little trimming of the cross member for the shocks and doesnít leave much room for exhaust. I havenít got that part figured out, I cut the pipes off just before the axle and thatís were it stands now.
I have added a few more photos to my album. Iím not having much luck posting them.
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Thanks for the info. I was told by the po that it was a Ď53 Merc so I assume itís 255cid, but havenít confirmed the 4Ē stroke. If it is 255 cid would the EAB heads still be preferred?
These engines can always use a little more compression. If it was a '53 Merc, it originally had 7.2:1 compression and the EAB's would probably push that close to 8:1. Increasing compression adds to both performance and economy, so it is a "win-win" situation. As you become more acquainted with this site, you can find out there are modifications that can be made to the cylinder heads (both stock and aftermarket) to increase the efficiency of these engines with little cost.

If the engine has not been repainted (and even if it has), traces of bluish-green paint is a good indication of a Mercury engine. Also, see if it has a 3 bolt or 4 bolt carburetor (the Mercury's had 4 bolt carbs).
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Welcome Jim just to let you know there are some people here that will try and get you interested in all kinds of things again Welcome and be careful
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I do a good job of getting myself interested in all kinds of things!
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Welcome to the ford barn! I have been on for a few years but mostly just enjoy the reading. We own the white springs supper club property but live in Wisconsin. Nice car!! Enjoy it, one of fords best!
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