Merc Wagon Update:
Well the summer is half over and I have not been nearly as productive as I had hoped. The engine assembly hit a bit of a snag. On doing the initial turn over (by hand - thankfully), it became readily apparent that those big exhaust valves I was so proud of are hitting the cylinder wall. Not a big deal, but the block and heads are back up at Hultgren's waiting there turn on the milling machine. It is not a huge interference ( < 0.020"), but the block will get relieved, similar to big block Chebbies.
However, with no engine around, it was back to body work. The headers above the windshield and tailgate were both rusted out really bad due to mice nests. I ordered some replacement roof sections from Arizona and started chopping.
First, we need to add some extra support.
Next came the grinder. Look Mom - No Roof.
This is the good end, the tailgate header is even worse.
All is well that ends well.
And this is part of the reason for not getting much of anything done this year. But, I can now say I have ridden snowmobile on snow in July. Some times my job isn't all that bad.