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XR4TI Decals
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 25, 2004 4:55 PM
Does anyone know where I might find the MAC Tools decals(for an XR4TI) that I saw an advert for about a year ago? I have searched to no avail and can't remember for the life of me which mag I saw them in. I also believe that there may be a transkit for the Tamiya kits. Are there any bits of advise you might share?
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 25, 2004 7:58 PM

If I recall correctly, it wasn't an ad, it was a contest report. I can find it for you later.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:14 PM
Thanks Steve... I am quite sure that it was an add from a decal company, It may have been in the British publication 'Four Small Wheels'. On the other hand it might have been in a flyer , but definately not a contest report. Perhaps someone used the decals on a contest entry, and of course that would be helpful. Thank you for your kind attention!
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 25, 2004 8:35 PM

Ah, maybe you are right then if it's a different magazine. There was a yellow Merkur or something in a Scale Auto from a few years ago, but now that I think about it it may have been an STP-liveried car.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 25, 2004 10:37 PM
XR4TI? I have a Lincoln-Mercury manufacturers brochure for the Merkur XR4TI and Scorpio from the late '80's. It even has one of those cover letters from Edsel Ford. What a pile of junk that car turned out to be!


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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 26, 2004 6:34 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by paul59

XR4TI? I have a Lincoln-Mercury manufacturers brochure for the Merkur XR4TI and Scorpio from the late '80's. It even has one of those cover letters from Edsel Ford. What a pile of junk that car turned out to be!





Paul,

I would argue that point. I still have an 87 XR4Ti with a hot-rodded motor. Great road car, good handling and very comfortible. Ford did a poor job of marketing and as they always do with an import, they abandoned it. And keep in mind, I was a Ford Dealer! As the Merkur guys say, we aren't orphans, we are disowned chioldren!

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 26, 2004 6:56 AM
timely subject here! i am currently finishing up a "master" of the imsa roush/mac merkur and yes decals are still available for it.
now i have to defend the XR4Ti honor. i owned a 1987 5 spd for 8 years, 147,000 miles, original clutch! sure they had some issues (doesn't every car, i own a 1998 contour svt now, talk about a car with issues) but ford remedied most all of them. that was the best built ( tolerences, paint, materials), best riding, handling, suprisingly roomy car i have ever owned. i would go back to one in a heartbeat.Big Smile

swoodsum, email me o/t and i'll give you the info on the decals.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 26, 2004 12:24 PM
This kit was made by a company called penn-gwen and they made a trans kit of this Imsa / Trans-Am car that was to be used with a Revell Trans-Am Mustang kit. This kit came with MacTools ,Strohs, Secret, Mackenzie or Budget decals. Dave Curry who runs penn-gwen has a few of these trans kits left at $45.00 usd plus shipping. I ordered one from him and it's in the mails now. He says that when the last kits are gone thats it. No more. I saw the Merkurs race at Mosport in the late 80's Trans-Am series. Very nice looking cars and fast too. They had a 4 cyl. turbo under the hood and they just ran rings around the big V8's that every one else had. Big Smile
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 26, 2004 12:42 PM
Sorry, Blush I forgot the email address for penngwen. It's penngwen@sunlitsurf.com . There is also a Trans-Am model group that you should check out on yahoo ( yahoo.com/group/t-amg ) .Cool
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 26, 2004 4:48 PM
Thanks for the feedback everyone! By the way Paul... you must not have ever owned or driven a Merkur. I had a Scorpio and an XR4TI. They are perhaps the best cars I have ever owned. They were fast, luxurious,well built, and stunning to look at. Ford did screw up the marketing, they tried to sell them on lots next to Sables. The relatively unsophisticated American car buyers of the time could not understand why a car that looked a bit like a Sable would cost $15.000 more! Today I own a relatively new Audi A6 quatro and it does not ride or handle as well as my old Merkur!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 26, 2004 10:14 PM
No I never owned a Merkur. I was into those Euro coupes in the '80's after I got back from Europe. I liked the Rover SD1a lot but it was never offered stateside. I was also interested in the Sterling which was a Honda knockoff. Eventually I purchased a 1985 Mazda 626. I sold that a year later.

I haven't seen a Merkur in a lot of years. So it could have been the poor job of marketing. It wouldn't have been the first time Ford. Remember the Edsel.


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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 28, 2004 6:54 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by paul59

No I never owned a Merkur. I was into those Euro coupes in the '80's after I got back from Europe. I liked the Rover SD1a lot but it was never offered stateside. I was also interested in the Sterling which was a Honda knockoff. Eventually I purchased a 1985 Mazda 626. I sold that a year later.

I haven't seen a Merkur in a lot of years. So it could have been the poor job of marketing. It wouldn't have been the first time Ford. Remember the Edsel.





Yes, Paul,

And the gag is that Edsel Bryant Ford II was in charge of marketing the Merkur after the initial launch....

Good car, p!ss poor marketing job, pretty much clueless dealers...

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 2:59 PM


QUOTE: And the gag is that Edsel Bryant Ford II was in charge of marketing the Merkur after the initial launch....


No gag. The attached intro letter for Scorpio on my brochure package is from Edsel B. Ford II, General Marketing Manager, Lincoln-Mercury Division. Kind of ironic isn't it?




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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 1, 2004 11:19 AM
I just got my Merkur trans kit in the mail yesterday. Wow ! Good casting with only three or four pin holes in the resin ( on the underside of the body ) and very little flash. The decals are well printed and there are detailed instuctions and some photos of the real car for decal placment. It has vac. formed windows front and rear and clear sheet for the side windows. I'm going to build it as the Ron Fellows Mackenzie / AER car. I just need to find another mustang kit to use as the donor kit. Any one have an spare mustang kit that they would be willing to trade or sell? Let me know.Cool
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 1, 2004 4:45 PM
Hi Doug,
Is it the IMSA Mustang kit that you need? I think that I have one in Folgers markings or something. If that sounds right I'll dig it out and you can have it... as long as I get to see some pictures some day! Send me your mailing address and I'll send it along.
Happy Modelling,
Steve W.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, April 2, 2004 12:32 PM
Thanks for the kit swoodsum. When it's done I'll post pictures for all. Email me off line at my home address dgraves8@sympatico.ca and I'll give you my address. Again, many thanks for you kind offer. Modelers like you are the resson I love this hobby. BowBowBowBowBow

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