Merc taillights for my 47 Ford

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    kristopher hop
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    Hey everybody new to the group. I’ve been picking away at my 47 Ford coupe for a few years now. I snagged a set of 49 Merc taillights after seeing the Bill Ortega coupe on this site. I’m fairly new to this so I’m learning as I go, but what would be the best way to make the mounting platforms for these Merc taillights?

    #73639
    Larry Pointer
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    I’ll take a stab at this, Kristopher.

    I see two ways forward.

    Attach the stock Mercury units onto the fender.

    Or, french the lenses, recessed into the fender.

    Either way, starting with stiff paper templates, fashion a metal base plate with holes to accommodate attachment studs and wiring.

    Again, for both, shape a template, then probably 20 gauge into a surround.  By welding the surround to the plate, you then have a “bucket” to hold the Merc piece.

    The divergence comes in how deep you make the bucket.  For the stock Merc unit, option one, trim the bucket to the contour of the hole you cut in the fender.  For this option you can weld bucket to fender for a smooth opening.  Or, (always options), bend round rod as a surround to give the fender opening some definition.  (Rob Radcliffe recently demonstrated this on a 49-50 Ford tail light treatment.)

    The difference between the above, and a frenched lense only, would be to shape the bucket to the lense outline, and then shape the rod for the fender surface “frenching” to slightly smaller than the lense.  This time the bucket isn’t welded to either the fender or the round rod.  Instead, studs need to be welded onto the back side of the fender, and “ears” created onto the bucket, with holes matching the new fender studs, so the bucket can be bolted into place from the backside.

    Just my musings!

    Larry

    #73640
    kristopher hop
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    This is what I had in mind. I found the white car online

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    #73643
    Larry Pointer
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    If you check back through “Torchie’s new project” on  this forum, you can find how he used an aftermarket bucket…I believe made back in the day by Butch’s Rod Shop…to add intact original Mercury tail light assemblies to his 49 Dodge project car.

    #73644
    Torchie
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    This is how I did it on my 49 Dodge Coronet.

    I had the benefit of a set of pre made buckets. Not made any more as I understand it.

    But wouldn’t be hard to duplicate.

    I set the bucket to the depth I wanted then trimmed away the excess. 1/8 round rod to give them a bit of a lip to flare.

    I am running them horizontal. as the Mercs did.

    1 inch up from the gravel pan.

    I had some pics of them installed but can’t locate them right now.

    Follow Larry’s advice and you will be fine.

    Be sure to post up some pics.

    Torchie

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    #73651
    Torchie
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    Found some pics of the Merc tail lights mocked in.

    Mine are more recessed than the ones on the white car.

    You may have to make some sort of pods for them to attach too.

    Torchie.

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    #73656
    kristopher hop
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    Those pics help a lot thanks. I work at a sheet metal shop so getting something like that cut and bent up shouldn’t be too hard.

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