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Just acquired a mercury tug but can't find many pictures or information!

I believe it has a ford E93a engine and was produced in 1943 for towing bomb trollies on the bases

dont have a picture of the exact one I've got but have a picture of an identical one

any help would be amazing!

Thanks

lee g

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Hi guys

the green one in the picture above is from Sywell Aviation Museum, Sywell, UK

it says it was made by the mercury car company?

The petrol tank on mine is under the passenger seat like in this picture I have found!

any ideas how I can find the age out? I have been guaranteed by the guy I bought it off that it's a 1943 as that is what his grandad was told when he bought it in about 1968 from a military auction near Nottingham!

what is the difference between the mertrak and mercury truck and tractor company?

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Was also told that they used to tow the bomb trollies?

Struggling without any pictures to reference it!

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that website is really irritating

 

[ATTACH=CONFIG]98282[/ATTACH]

 

looks like they say this was a 39 model

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that website is really irritating

 

[ATTACH=CONFIG]98282[/ATTACH]

 

looks like they say this was a 39 model

 

That one belongs to a friend of mine. I'll ask hime for more details on it. I know it is currently sitting in a garage. Though there is a picture of a similar truck driven by a WREN, pulling trailers loaded with naval ordernace.

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Hello, There are a few of these airport tugs around, one like yours but with a cab is at Brooklands race track. See: BEA Mercury Truck & Tractor Co Ltd aircraft tug.  Brooklands 18/09/11. as the owner of CSJ 655 (pictured above) I can offer the following information. Firstly, it is interesting to note that CSJ 655 is larger than the other Mercurys pictured here. It has the same running gear but has larger wheels and a drop side body of about 6’ in length making the vehicle about10’ 6” overall. The engine is a Ford sidevalve 10hp (1172cc) but would have originally have been an 8hp 6 volt engine. The gearbox is a Ford 3 speed, the same as fitted in the Ford model ‘Y’ car and some Ford sidevalve commercial derivatives.The rear axle is a massive worm drive unit shortened to practically the width of the differential housing. It is much heavier than the engine. It is a 15 to 1 worm drive and gives CSJ 655 a ‘cruising speed’ of about 12mph and a terminal velocity of about 15 if you really put your foot down. This is more than enough with only rear wheel rod operated brakes to stop you! Years ago someone told me that the axle was a cut down Leyland Lion bus axle but I have never been able to confirm this. As the smaller wheeled trucks all seem to share the same running gear they must be rather slower. I think CSJ 655 was probably made in the mid 1930s as there are a few tell tale signs such as the centre accelerator pedal. The chassis number is 3288. I wonder what the chassis numbers are on the other trucks? Not that Mercury necessarily used consecutive chassis numbers though. By the way, I gather the Mercury Truck and Tractor Co. lasted well in to the 1960s until being taken over by Reliance and then Dennis Specialist Vehicles. One of their main fabrication contractors towards the end was FMW who, I’m told started making complete vehicles after Mercury folded in the 60s.

With regards,

Adrian

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hi Adrian

many thanks for the information

I'm hoping to take delivery next week and start the work asap!

could you send me some pictures of the switches and dials and also any of the driving compartment so I have a reference to go by!

this would be a great hell and much appreciated

many thanks

Lee

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Hi Lee, The next time I am at my garage I shall take some photos for you although CSJ 655 was a complete wreck when I acquired it and it only has two holes for gauges in the dash. I have fitted a 30 ampere gauge in one and an hour counter in the other, mainly because I had one that was the right size. It almost certainly wouldn't have had an hour counter originally though, I would have thought an oil pressure gauge would have been more likely. Switch wise, again everything was missing and I have a key operated ignition switch, which whilst not original is a good idea on the rally circuit as the whole vehicle is open and very attractive for children to climb on. It also has a foot operated starter switch mounted through the driver's footplate which is an original feature and for this reason I have fitted a kill switch on the battery. Everything by the way was fitted in to existing holes, and because I ran out of original holes I fitted a lamp switch on the new seat box. Interestingly, I did acquire the remains of another Mercury truck years ago to help with the restoration of this one which not only had front wheel brakes but also a speedo rated to 15mph, driven from one of the front hubs. It was from this truck that I got the radiator and numerous other parts like the double rear wheels all of which were missing from mine. What were you expecting gauge wise? Pictures to follow, although you will have to give me time to get them as the vehicle is stored near my parents house in Kent. At least I will be able to tell you what is original on mine and what isn't. Did you find a chassis number? Mine is on a brass plate on the front left hand of the chassis. You can see it in the photo above.

All the best,

Adrian

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Hi Adrian

I just thought there would be fuel, water temp, oil pressure, speedo and maybe ammeter? Presume they would be identical to the ones on the early fords?

cheers

lee

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Many years ago the engineering yard I worked in had a WW2 era David Brown ex-aircraft tractor as their yard 'dumper'...

it looked a lot like a normal 1940s farm tractor except that it had full set of cast iron 'mudguards' on the back ...maybe nothing that weird about that you may say ? :) .

except that the mudguards were at least an 1" thick :)

and yes that tractor was mighty heavy too ! :)

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The engine has seized up but head is off and one of the cylinders is full of water!

need a new gasket set, ammeter, radiator needs a new core, ignition/light switch, carb has siezed so not sure if it can be fixed? Just missed out on one on eBay for £25! :-( some of the tin wear needs re fabricating and a new tyre! Not sure if anything else needs sorting yet?

I bought it to keep and use at shows but then I just acquired a mk1 universal carrier that needs restoration so this may have to be sold to fund that?

Lee

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