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Hi all:

I am new to the forum. I just got myself a new project with which I am very excited: a 1954 Mercury Sun Valley. I have been trying to find out some info in other fórums with no luck, so I am trying my luck here.

My car was originally assembled in Mexico (it has the MEX letters in the VIN) and it has it's original invoice.

First of all, I would love to check where can I find a chassis number and engine number in the car, to check that they correspond to the papers I have. I have checked the engine block with no luck so far.

Second, I would like to know about colors: I have read that Sun Valleys were supplied in two tone Green or in yellow body and Green top. My invoice states my car was White body and Green top. It was sold in March 1954, so I am guessing it is a rather late car. Would the color had to do with being a Mexican car or probably because it was a late model?

Third, in case anybody might have some spare parts to sell, I need many of them, but at least: carburetor, air cleaner, plexiglass top, mouldings for the top (yes, I only have a hole now), fender skirts, mercomatic emblem and the rest of the emblems.

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I've been told by a life-long Ford mechanic and '54 Sun Valley restorer that there were actually four color combinations including the white/green you have and an all white version.

Also, I have a correct '54 Merc manifold, carb & air cleaner that I would sell, and I have access to a number of the parts you need. You can email me @ roadqwesty914@comcast.net.

'54 Mercs are great cars, I've had mine for over 20 years now.

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'54 Ford and Mercury cars other than convertibles had VIN # stampings on three places on the frame, two of which are hidden. The one location that can be seen is on the top surface of the frame rail on the passenger side between the core support and the upper control arm. The two hidden numbers are on the upper surface of one of the crossmember, close to where the transmission mounts and on the upper passenger side surface of the frame crossmember at the very rear of the frame. The convertible models do not have the same crossmember as the other models and the factory did not stamp the VIN numbers on the "X" member so they only have the two VIN stampings at the front and rear. Alan S. Freeman
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'54 Fords and Mercurys do not have matching frame/engine numbers. The frame stamping # is the VIN. Alan S. Freeman
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If the frame VIN placement is similar to the 1955/1956 Fords, then one of the hidden VIN’s will be stamped on the top of the frame at the back frame brace on the right side. The body must be off the frame to see this particular number.



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Thanks guys! What about engine number? Is it stamped somewhere in the engine? I checked for it and could not see it.
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Hi Victor - I am about halfway through a Sun Valley restoration. As you proceed with your project and you have questions, you can email me at slderrick@live.com and I will try to help you. I do have some Sun Valley specific parts.

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The early engines did not have a vin number on them. For super accurate restoration they go with the date codes of production to see if that part was available on the date the car was completed. Unless you plan to build a "perfect" car for concourse judging its not necessary. Chuck

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Good to know on the engine not having numbers. That gives me the possibility to check which of my two cars has the most correct and best engine, and keep that one in the Sun Valley.

One of the cars, the Sun Valley, is an automatic transmission car and has the dual exhausts, while the Monterey has a regular standard transmission (no overdrive) and the manifold shows it originally had one exhaust but has been adapted now to two. Of course, whatever engine I use in the Sun Valley I will use the dual exhaust.

By the way, very active forum. I already emailed Marc and Bud. Thank you all for your help,

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The early ones were usually dearborne blocks so it would be by the disttributor!

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