Locating a 1953 Mercury Fresh Air Duct

Mercury Air Duct

Q.

I am trying to find for my 1953 Mercury Monterey two door hardtop is the rubber connector between the hood hinge bracket and the fresh air inlet vent. Do you know where I could find some? Thanks Jim

A.

The ‘53 Mercury Monterey Two Door Hardtop is a great car, and fortunately many others share your passion for these cars, making it easier to locate restoration parts. After a quick check with our friends at the Lincoln/Mercury Old Parts Store, we discovered they had just the parts you’re looking for, and at $55 a pair, they’re a bargain compared to many restoration rubber parts. Here is a link to the product in their online store.

While you’re there check out the hundreds of other great restoration products they have for your car.

Best of luck with your restoration, and don’t forget to send us some photos of your ride…. Even if it’s not done yet.

Wrench Safe

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3 Responses to “Locating a 1953 Mercury Fresh Air Duct”
  1. David Maguire

    I am from Canada and I am looking for the chrome side pieces for a 1962 Pontiac Bonneville 4 door!! The ones I have on my car now are badly pitted!! Help?!

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      In 1962 GM used a mix of stainless trim and cast pot metal trim. It sound like you’re having issues with cast trim parts as the stainless holds up very well and can often be professionally polished to like new condition. When it comes to dealing with pitted cast parts, I have seen many attempt other methods of reconditioning them over the years including: Chrome paints, Vinyl wraps, etc. Although nothing is a substitute for having them re-plated. However the expense of plating die-cast parts will give most sticker shock. Personally I will spend some time looking for good used or NOS (New Old Stock) parts first. Often NOS parts can be found and purchased for less than the cost to re-plate cast metal parts.

      The hunt for those “hidden treasures” is one aspect of the hobby that never gets old for me, and even online auction sites can have their own strategies for success. For example: Try searching for part numbers or more general terms like “GM trim”, as many parts are discovered in old garages and warehouses and listed on auction sites with no idea of what car they actually fit. All the seller knows is what’s listed on the package, which is often the manufacturer and part number. Personally, I have purchased many parts that the owner had no clue what it fit, and was able to acquire them at a fraction of the price I would expect to pay.

      You may also want to check with salvage yards in dry southern areas like the folks at Desert Valley Auto Parts (http://www.dvap.com/). These cars often have some of the best-used pot metal parts you can find.

      Wrench Safe, Mark

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