Eric’s Brilliant Merlyn Formula Ford Restoration

Eric's Merlyn: Finished.
My dear friend Eric Dean spent his winter restoring his Merlyn Formula Ford and it looks absolutely marvelous. The car wasn’t in desperate need of the full restoration job either, and I swear I left it in as good a shape as I got it when he graciously let me squeeze behind the wheel for a few laps of Road America last fall. Compare the photo from my post on that weekend with the series of photos below. They tell the tale better than I ever could of the quality of his craftsmanship in a restoration project that saw every hole in the frame patched and ground down, powdercoated, supplied with new hardware from nose to tail, and meticulously prepared. I must admit I was nervous about his livery choice until I saw these photos of the tremendous quality of the paint, which looks much more like a perfectly preserved 30-year-old paint job than it does a new respray.

Enough of my rambling, I’ll let the photos tell the story. I think it’s absolutely perfect. Something tells me Eric won’t be so quick to hand over the wheel this year, nor should he. Congratulations, Eric, on a job very well done.

(click on each for a larger view)
Merlyn Restoration: Ready for DisassemblyMerlyn Restoration: and the Jigsaw Puzzle BeginsMerlyn Restoration: Frame Powdercoated and a New FloorMerlyn Restoration: Recovered Dash. The story of sifting through thrift-store leather jackets to match the color of the old dash is a funny one.Merlyn Restoration: Front Suspension ReassembledMerlyn Restoration: The paint looks well worn, even though it's fresh.Merlyn Restoration: The black wheels look perfect with the new livery.Merlyn Restoration: Here's the Garage Envy shot, ready for her debut.

6 responses to “Eric’s Brilliant Merlyn Formula Ford Restoration”

  1. Just bought a 11A (69)….. Saw some photos of your car on the track…. Looking really good…

  2. […] Friend of the blog, Eric Dean sent me some video from last weekend’s VSCDA Spring Brake at Gingerman raceway; where he took his first-ever victory in the Formula Ford class at the wheel of his ’72 Merlyn 20A. […]

  3. […] Dean—who’s magnificent Merlyn Formula Ford restoration remains one of the most popular posts here on The Chicane—is nearly finished with the restoration […]

  4. cortes says:

    hi eric i see your pic on the chicane news ! you’ve got an amazing garage !!! how long you take to restor your car ??? pierre cortes a fcbk fan off oldtimer cars

  5. […] attracted to though. Maybe it’s just the time I’ve spent helping my buddy Eric with his, but there’s something in particular about the Merlyns that I really love. Granted, […]

  6. […] Racer and occasional Chicane contributor Eric Dean is no stranger to stunning Formula Ford and Formula Vee restorations. For his most recent project, Eric has virtually opened up his garage […]

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