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 Post subject: Greetings!
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:49 pm 
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Hey there guys! New to the world of Merkur here. I recently picked up a fairly solid 86 XR comp rolling chassis to play with. Always liked Merkur since they were pretty unique and have an affinity with odd automobiles.

I'll post up pictures later when I have a bit more time but in the meantime I'll just describe what I've got. To my knowledge the car was originally an auto but was converted to a manual at some point. Prior to my ownership the engine and trans was removed and the car was stored away inside. I ended up getting a fairly clean car for $400 in the end. Not sure what I'm gonna do but time will tell.

Thanks for having me!

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 2:17 pm 
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Welcome, this is a great place to learn and get all the help you need to modify and keep the Merkur running. Cant wait to see the pics

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 2:38 pm 
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Welcome aboard! :cheers

Curious to know what ECU and rear diff you're running: the PK1 from the auto, or something else? Also, ditto on the rear diff, which was 3.36 for autos, and 3.64 for the manuals.

Also looking forward to pix and more info on the car.

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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Welcome and congrats on the purchase! :cheers

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

Well a little more about the car, I was told by the fellow I bought it from that it's owner before him (2 owners back) had about seven XR's and was well cared for. Now the guy I bought it from was a 20 something year old who didn't seem to appreciate what he had and he tore out the little 2.3 turbo, ECU, A/C, heater blower motor and manual trans conversion and had intended to do a V8 swap but he never got done. I ended up with a full interior (other than a missing headliner and trim from the lower side of the steering column) and decent exterior. I know it may upset some of you fellows but I will likely go V8 as its just easier than trying to track down the correct power train. I hope I'm not stepping on toes by doing this. I am actually genuinely excited about this little car!

These are the only pictures on my phone right now. I'll add as I get

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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Looks clean! Put whatever engine in it you want and enjoy :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:29 am 
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Looks clean! Put whatever engine in it you want and enjoy :wink:


What Mike said! Just don't do a V8 conversion like this!
http://forum.merkurclub.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=9364&hilit=V8&sid=c574e814016da67e9d09e262661a20e5

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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Haha absolutely no way I'll be doing it as poorly as that guy had. I'd rather be proud of my work than that.

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:54 am 
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Email me your MCA “User Name”, name, postal address, phone number, model, and year of the Merkur. Also include from whom and when you bought it.

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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Thanks Bob! Glad to be part of something and hope I can become more active as time goes on!

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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The closest I got to your neck of the woods was thru Iowa City on my way to Kalona.
But I am planning on attending at least one of the Friday ClassyChassy cruise ins at the Coralville Mall this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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Well let me know and I'll try to venture out that way! Car will not be there but I can make the drive!

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Well let me know and I'll try to venture out that way! Car will not be there but I can make the drive!


Actually looking at June 30 because there aren't many events on the 4th of July weekend. Will confirm when it gets closer.

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Weather forecast is rain Wednesday & Thursday, so Friday is looking like a go!

https://www.classychassycruisers.com/cruises-in-on-fridays

Just look for the Big Blue Merkur Flag.

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings!
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Nice car welcome !

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