View Full Version : Customs 39 Merc Carson top removed for the first time in 50 years!


Sledge
09-27-2011, 03:06 PM
So I've had this old 39 merc custom for a few years and finally decided to take the top off and see how she looks as a convertible. Plus the old Carson top was just getting beat up being out in the weather so I figured it was time to hang it up in the garage. Judging by the amount of rust on the bolts I would say this top has not been off for at least 50 years or more!
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6817.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6825.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6829.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6834.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6847.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6859.jpg

Ryan
09-27-2011, 03:07 PM
Wow... That is cooler than hell.

Keith
09-27-2011, 03:10 PM
Way cool! Jay take motes.

Keith
09-27-2011, 03:12 PM
Notes

Dak Rat
09-27-2011, 03:21 PM
Why isn't that inside out of the weather?

Rikster
09-27-2011, 03:29 PM
That is so great Kevan!

Midwest Rodder
09-27-2011, 03:34 PM
Very cool!

willbe
09-27-2011, 03:41 PM
Get 'er outa the weather and rod it 'for it's too late. What a neat car!!

sparkydeluxe
09-27-2011, 03:43 PM
Why isn't that inside out of the weather?


I was thinking the same thing when I first opened this. Killer car, an absolute dream of mine to own one someday, but is it really being kept outside??

Sledge
09-27-2011, 03:47 PM
Here's a few more pics
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6848.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6855.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6849.jpg

The trunk had a recessed license plate at one time, which it will again!
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6903.jpg

method of lowering back in the 40's!
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6885.jpg

LANCE-SPEED
09-27-2011, 04:02 PM
Do you know the cars history? I'm thinking that might be an old Gaylord Top not a Carson?

cactus1
09-27-2011, 04:08 PM
A Carson topped '39 or '40 Merc is uber high on my list of dream cars. You sir are blessed.

Sledge
09-27-2011, 04:08 PM
It's only been outside for a few months but it will be getting a nice warm spot in the garage for the winter! Most of the wear on the car happened before I owned it. The top got a little more shredded from the wind when I moved but the upholstery was already wasted when I got it. I've gotta do a little welding on the top then eventually it will be going to Dave Martinez for a full re-do!

I removed the 4X4 radials and install some 600 16" and skirts. Still needs to be a just little lower for my liking but much better!!!
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6895.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6915.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6917.jpg

cactus1
09-27-2011, 04:10 PM
^^^^ Fuck.^^^^

Rad.

gassercrazy41
09-27-2011, 04:11 PM
Nicee!

seesko
09-27-2011, 04:12 PM
Wish the top would come off my 40 Merc coupe.

53chevy
09-27-2011, 04:15 PM
Wow! Are those the flippers you told me about, the Deco looking type? I wanna make mine a convertible so bad, but it wouldn't be right. That 'ol Custom cleaned up nicely too!

Note: I think I saw Bigfoot in the background....

Ken

Dirtyest Devil
09-27-2011, 04:17 PM
Oh wow!

J.B.
09-27-2011, 04:17 PM
Looks great, Kevan. That sure is a nice piece of history there.
Got more background on the original build now?

Silvair
09-27-2011, 04:19 PM
Wow, you have one nice ride!

Sledge
09-27-2011, 04:22 PM
Im still trying to find the history on the car. Was told it was the very first merc every chopped but who knows for sure. I guess the old man who knew all the history on it passed a away a few years ago. He told a few people the story on the car but as of yet I cant find anyone to tell me shit! If anyone on here knows anything about it I would appreciate the info!

This is about how it will sit after a little spring reworking. Actually maybe a little higher in the front with a taller white wall.
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6963.jpg

60galaxieJJ
09-27-2011, 04:27 PM
Thats a pretty sweet ride

bubba67
09-27-2011, 04:27 PM
Looks great Kevan ! This has been one of my favorite cars since '08 LARS...

DJLATIN
09-27-2011, 04:27 PM
Very nice ride

69f100
09-27-2011, 04:30 PM
:Di vote for a new carson top! maybe its just because i love them. dont really think theres any way to really go wrong with this car though

Gambino_Kustoms
09-27-2011, 04:46 PM
lucky f%$k

painkiller
09-27-2011, 04:47 PM
How is the top of the windshield frame finished off?

cleatus
09-27-2011, 04:53 PM
lucky f%$k

My thoughts exactly

damn

The pinnacle of early customs right there

sanfordsotherson
09-27-2011, 05:16 PM
"Was told it was the very first merc every chopped..."
Oh no, here we go again! :eek::D Very coool car! Looks perfect already.

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6963.jpg[/QUOTE]

hombres ruin
09-27-2011, 05:19 PM
An amazing ride straight out of the history books. I am happy to see it in good hands.

OLLIN
09-27-2011, 05:38 PM
NIce car man! Im sure you'll do it justice..

heavychevyboy
09-27-2011, 05:40 PM
I also say stick with the carson top. I would kill to have one on ANY thing I drive. But whats up with the tail lights... nice but not quite right in my opinion (which count for jack shit) anyways its lookin good

couverkid
09-27-2011, 05:45 PM
Great car Kevin. Got to loose those stock taillights. I have always thought that was a 39 merc. afterthought. The rest of the car is so stylish then the taillights stick out the side of the fender. Love the car and top.

Emperor Chris
09-27-2011, 05:48 PM
Kevan,

Without a doubt this car is a perfect candidate for 27 inch billet wheels and hydraulics. It would also look sweet with a pampass grass tiki roof........BTW....make sure your little dog keeps that pink torpedo holstered....it scares me. :o.....man I love that car.

1951Streamliner
09-27-2011, 05:50 PM
Great car, and good idea going to dave martinez, definately a master at building those padded tops. Cant wait to see it come together!!

JeffreyJames
09-27-2011, 05:50 PM
Well between you and Chris you guys are making me extremely jealous. Both of you know your shit so I can rest assure that this one is in great hands. I can't wait to see it man.

Chris
09-27-2011, 06:02 PM
Awesome man, what a great ol car. Whats the bumper gaurds on the back off of?

Smokey2
09-27-2011, 06:22 PM
You got'a Good Piece There, Hope you plan to Bring it back,
You Lucky "Som-of _____ch "

Happy Motoring, Starts at THE ESSO SIGN........ Smoke'

Evel
09-27-2011, 06:26 PM
Damn thats cool..... When did you move to Nor Cal?

hudsoncustom
09-27-2011, 06:29 PM
Kevan - VERY cool! Your car rules me! I LOVE that the headliner seams ran front to back. Also, it looks like snaps along the body edge under the top? I wonder if it ran a tonneau?


Keith

Raven53
09-27-2011, 08:41 PM
That is cool as hell, I love it without the top time to get the welder out and make some sparks

JeffSled
09-27-2011, 11:02 PM
So cool Kevan,I spent plenty of time at that fathers day show around this car.I am fascinated by untouched customs.There is just some serious energy coming from cars like this when you see them in person.Especially this car because it is such a early custom and I will never forget the bitchen red & white interior that was still there after all these years.This custom has probably been drivin to all the places we read about everyday lakebeds,dragstrips,etc.I really hope someone comes forward with some info on this livinig piece of history.
I would do almost anything for this car and it is a good thing you have it.The car is in great hands.

Okie Pete
09-27-2011, 11:07 PM
Wow. Great car. Like the new ride hight.

RUDOG
09-27-2011, 11:38 PM
Congrats Kevan!! that's a great score. Can't wait to see what you do with it

resqd37Zep
09-27-2011, 11:52 PM
Very nice ride!

desotot
09-28-2011, 12:02 AM
way to cool, I covet your car!

radio_king
09-28-2011, 01:14 AM
lucky f%$k


What he said...:D

I sure hope you can find some history of this car.Too cool.

pilelish
09-28-2011, 01:23 AM
Bad ass ride, what the heck are those tailights ??

junkmanjr
09-28-2011, 01:27 AM
Im speechless.......................no really I am..................bad ass ride

shoebox1950
09-28-2011, 01:50 AM
Nice, Kevan! That car still has a fantastic look with the top off...I wonder if the A pillars have been leaned back just a bit? Can't wait to see what you do with it next...that car just looks like it's been there, done that...a seasoned kustom for sure with a fascinating history!

vonpahrkur
09-28-2011, 02:13 AM
Love that car, glad you ended up with it.

SuperFleye
09-28-2011, 02:49 AM
What a killer car! Take good care of her :)

47Plym
09-28-2011, 03:17 AM
Here's one with a stock top......maybe the windshield is a bit higher too.

http://forums.aaca.org/attachments/f119/20330d1214326829-sale-excellent-1939-mercury-convertible-coupe-25398.jpg

This one has been chopped......

http://assets.hemmings.com/story_image/53082-500-0.jpg?rev=1

And also this one........

http://ts3.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=1232112061974&id=ff69dbba1346db2f14cb6ad5fe5eae7d&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.kumberamotors.com%2finventory %2f388%2f13981.jpg

bonez
09-28-2011, 04:36 AM
Toatally cool car...but im really curious on the taillights/turn signal thingies. were they aftermarket "universal" pieces? must be hella rare.

Rikster
09-28-2011, 05:11 AM
Toatally cool car...but im really curious on the taillights/turn signal thingies. were they aftermarket "universal" pieces? must be hella rare.

Not any rarer than the 1939 Mercury... factory stock 1939 Mercury taillights.

http://images59.fotki.com/v255/photos/2/223020/7172172/39MercuryTaillights-vi.jpg

zibo
09-28-2011, 06:06 AM
Yeah you are a lucky guy.
Would be neat to see if the paint buffs out.
(obviously where there still is paint!)

Those tail lights look like lobster or crab eyes!

TP

RoadFarmer
09-28-2011, 06:25 AM
Awesome score! Goodmluck with the project. Are you going tom do a full resto, or just clean her up and make it road worthy?

Dusters swe
09-28-2011, 06:29 AM
WOW thats is the´ ride!

bonez
09-28-2011, 06:33 AM
Not any rarer than the 1939 Mercury... factory stock 1939 Mercury taillights.

http://images59.fotki.com/v255/photos/2/223020/7172172/39MercuryTaillights-vi.jpg

Now this! incredible how i have (and many other too apparently) never sen those.
Stock is possibly the best option i guess, nobody wll know what they are! ahah:cool:

1950ChevySuburban
09-28-2011, 06:43 AM
That's just too cool!

RAY With
09-28-2011, 06:50 AM
What a project and got to be some good history on the car.Good luck on the restoration.

biggeorge
09-28-2011, 06:52 AM
Damn Now that's a score!!

BCR
09-28-2011, 07:33 AM
Now this! incredible how i have (and many other too apparently) never sen those.
Stock is possibly the best option i guess, nobody wll know what they are! ahah:cool:


One old timer that stopped by the shop called them beer can tailights.

Thought about running them on the 39 I did but man they are weird.

Neat car, love the stock dash!

couverkid
09-28-2011, 07:39 AM
Awesome man, what a great ol car. Whats the bumper gaurds on the back off of?

1937 desoto

hotrodladycrusr
09-28-2011, 07:44 AM
Love, love, LOVE that car!:cool:

Bad Bob
09-28-2011, 08:13 AM
I remember that car too! Glad to see it went to a guy with great taste. Considering your other Merc.....Lucky dog!!!

notrod13
09-28-2011, 08:25 AM
leave it ti sledge jesus .. now next time i come up ill have to stop by !!!

Bodger45
09-28-2011, 08:44 AM
I think there needs to be a limit to how much cool shit one person can have! I can't wait to see what it looks like when you finish it.

Chris
09-28-2011, 09:30 AM
1937 desoto



Thanks Steve, I see most of Bill Ross' stuff runs em, too...always wondered about em

couverkid
09-28-2011, 10:36 AM
Thanks Steve, I see most of Bill Ross' stuff runs em, too...always wondered about em

Just had the bumpers chromed and installed desoto guards on the phaeton.

RDP
09-28-2011, 11:24 AM
That is a cool car!! It has to be pretty rare.

'Mo
09-28-2011, 01:59 PM
I am surprised by the lack of vent wings. Are those one piece windows still on tracks?

toolman1967
09-28-2011, 02:11 PM
Very cool car!

shoebox1950
09-28-2011, 02:11 PM
^1940 was the first year for vent windows for Mercury

Sledge
09-28-2011, 02:13 PM
Thanks for all the kind words about the car! I'm happy to be the current care taker of it and hopefully I can eventually get it back to it's former glory! but I'm going to get it running and drive it the way it is for a while. I don't know when it will be on the road because I've got another project in the works right now, but hopefully soon!

So here are some details about the car...
The windshield has been chopped about 2" and the posts are not leaned back. Mercury windshields were just more leaned back than fords. Also, the 39 merc didn't have wind wings but the 40 merc did. And I think the window frames might be custom made.

The top is either a Hall or Carson. I've been looking at a lot of pictures of old customs and the top and interior looks just like the work that was done at Carson.

The hood was was nosed and the side spears shortened. The trunk was decked and had a recessed plate. All the original work is excellent quality and I think it was definitely done by a professional shop.

The Bumpers and bumper guards are 37 Desoto. The gas filler has been shaved and moved into the trunk. The taillights are stock 39 merc and It's been slightly lowered with long shackles.

Original factory paint is blue which most mercury's were. Then it was painted a shade of a green that was very similar to the Jimmy summers merc. The top coat of paint that's on it now I guess would be maroon? Sort of a purple-ish brown with a slight metallic. And yes it does polish up very nice!

All in all it's a fairly mild looking custom (for today's standards) but is typical of pre-war custom cars, which I believe this car is.

On second thought, I may not lower this car much more. Maybe just and inch or two.

teddyp
09-28-2011, 02:31 PM
great car it,s in good hands let us know if you find more history about it

40FordGuy
09-28-2011, 02:38 PM
Bitchin" Ride !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope it's indoors now...... Keep us posted !!!!!!!

4TTRUK

Aaron Kahan
09-28-2011, 02:38 PM
Im still trying to find the history on the car. Was told it was the very first merc every chopped but who knows for sure. I guess the old man who knew all the history on it passed a away a few years ago. He told a few people the story on the car but as of yet I cant find anyone to tell me shit! If anyone on here knows anything about it I would appreciate the info!

This is about how it will sit after a little spring reworking. Actually maybe a little higher in the front with a taller white wall.
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6963.jpg


Hey Kevan,
I just about fell over when I first saw this old '39 Merc custom for sale at the '08 LA Roadster Show. It is one of the coolest survivors I've ever laid eyes on. Michael Lightborn brought it to the show that weekend to sell for the owner he had recently brokered a deal for.

Michael told me that day he had located and bought at least two cars somewhere in Texas for an undisclosed client. One of the cars was supposedly a super famous old hot rod that I have yet to see surface. The client wanted the hot rod and had no interest in this old custom. The deal could only go down if the cars came as a packaged deal.

So Michael brought the custom out to the LA Roadster Show from Texas to sell for the owner. He said the car had been driven from California to Texas back in the "Old Days" (probably by a serviceman) and ended up sitting for a really long time where it was found.

I tried to get the car mid day and offered to trade my Starliner plus Cash but the owner only wanted "Cash." I talked to him at the end of the day and he still wasn't interested in a partial trade. I got his card and called him on the following Tuesday to find out our buddy Squeak had bought it at the very end of the show.

The next time I saw it was at Squeak's shop up on the rack and he told me you bought it. Good to see it's moving along. Such a neat car with a mysterious history! I took this photo from earlier in the thread, but that's still the image of it that was burned into my brain. It sure looks a shit ton better with the skirts and wheel/Tire/hubcap combo you added!

-Aaron

johnboy13
09-28-2011, 02:44 PM
cool

dutch deuce
09-28-2011, 05:13 PM
Great car, hope to start my 39 Merc coupe soon

shoprat
09-28-2011, 05:50 PM
Love your Merc. I remember it from lars also. Hell, shackles were the only way
my friends could afford to lower the old Fords. I remember taking the 6" off
the rear and putting them on the front around 56 or so. NICE car.

couverkid
09-28-2011, 05:56 PM
Also Kevin did you know that 39 and 40 mercs have a 2 inch thick spacer block riveted to the rear crossmember between crossmember and spring. Check it out quick way to drop it a couple inchs.

big creep
09-28-2011, 05:56 PM
wow shes sitting perfect! damn you are only lucky fucker!

haroldd1963
09-28-2011, 06:27 PM
Cant wait to see it resurrected!

LANCE-SPEED
09-28-2011, 07:28 PM
I spend a large part of my life working with and for GAYLORD, He was THE first to do the "padded soft tops" back in the late 40's. The Carson bros worked for him for a short time and then started their own gig. "Carson Tops" have become synonymous with the padded soft tops even though they may have been Gaylord tops.
Anyways, I am still in touch with Gaylords son and I sent him your pics to show his dad to see if he can help ID your ride. I'll let you know when I hear back.
PS, I love the car just the way it sits, congrats!!

motoandy
09-28-2011, 07:53 PM
Awesome. I have a few pairs of those tail lights. 1 year only. My grandpa had a 39 for a while. Good luck!

Harms Way
09-28-2011, 08:01 PM
DANG !!!!!
How cool is that ? !!!!!!:D
Very cool Merc.!

296ardun
09-28-2011, 08:32 PM
I spend a large part of my life working with and for GAYLORD, He was THE first to do the "padded soft tops" back in the late 40's. The Carson bros worked for him for a short time and then started their own gig. "Carson Tops" have become synonymous with the padded soft tops even though they may have been Gaylord tops.
Anyways, I am still in touch with Gaylords son and I sent him your pics to show his dad to see if he can help ID your ride. I'll let you know when I hear back.
PS, I love the car just the way it sits, congrats!!
I have never heard this before, great information, maybe we should start calling them Gaylord tops....(I think that Rikster has a folder on Gaylord on his website)

Pete
09-28-2011, 08:44 PM
Kevan,

You suck!

Love Pete-

31whitey
09-28-2011, 09:02 PM
Man, What an amazing car to have and get to mess with.

Im curious about the famous old rod part of the story too...hmmmm.

Nice to see things moving along.

hiboy32
09-28-2011, 10:24 PM
A Carson topped '39 or '40 Merc is uber high on my list of dream cars. You sir are blessed.

you sir are speaking my kinda lanuage....

40 & 61 Fords
09-28-2011, 10:39 PM
If it was green, maybe it's old Sam Barris' mercury convert!?!?!?!

Sledge
09-28-2011, 11:56 PM
Hey Kevan,
I just about fell over when I first saw this old '39 Merc custom for sale at the '08 LA Roadster Show. It is one of the coolest survivors I've ever laid eyes on. Michael Lightborn brought it to the show that weekend to sell for the owner he had recently brokered a deal for.

Michael told me that day he had located and bought at least two cars somewhere in Texas for an undisclosed client. One of the cars was supposedly a super famous old hot rod that I have yet to see surface. The client wanted the hot rod and had no interest in this old custom. The deal could only go down if the cars came as a packaged deal.

So Michael brought the custom out to the LA Roadster Show from Texas to sell for the owner. He said the car had been driven from California to Texas back in the "Old Days" (probably by a serviceman) and ended up sitting for a really long time where it was found.

I tried to get the car mid day and offered to trade my Starliner plus Cash but the owner only wanted "Cash." I talked to him at the end of the day and he still wasn't interested in a partial trade. I got his card and called him on the following Tuesday to find out our buddy Squeak had bought it at the very end of the show.

The next time I saw it was at Squeak's shop up on the rack and he told me you bought it. Good to see it's moving along. Such a neat car with a mysterious history! I took this photo from earlier in the thread, but that's still the image of it that was burned into my brain. It sure looks a shit ton better with the skirts and wheel/Tire/hubcap combo you added!

-Aaron

Hey Aaron, thanks for the info! man you got me thinking about what famous hot rod it could be? Yeah I heard that the car was in Texas for most of it's life but was originally a California built car. So I wonder if Michael or the former owner knows any more history about it?

I remember Squeak telling me you were interested in the car but I didn't realize you were so serious about it. Thats cool! sounds like it would have been in good hands either way. If I ever have to let it go (God forbid) you'll be the first person I call! But dont hold your breath!:D

Thanks again for the info!

Sledge
09-29-2011, 12:07 AM
I spend a large part of my life working with and for GAYLORD, He was THE first to do the "padded soft tops" back in the late 40's. The Carson bros worked for him for a short time and then started their own gig. "Carson Tops" have become synonymous with the padded soft tops even though they may have been Gaylord tops.
Anyways, I am still in touch with Gaylords son and I sent him your pics to show his dad to see if he can help ID your ride. I'll let you know when I hear back.
PS, I love the car just the way it sits, congrats!!

Hey Lance, thanks for sending the pics to Gaylord!!! It definitely could have been done at his shop. It would be so cool if he remembered the car!

El KaMiNo KiD
09-29-2011, 12:27 AM
awesome merc..can't wait to see what you do with it...

merc-o-madness
09-29-2011, 01:09 AM
daymn!

Sledge
09-29-2011, 01:22 AM
Also Kevin did you know that 39 and 40 mercs have a 2 inch thick spacer block riveted to the rear crossmember between crossmember and spring. Check it out quick way to drop it a couple inchs.

Thats right, I forgot about that! Thanks, couverkid!

OahuEli
09-29-2011, 02:05 AM
Man oh man what a jewel! I gotta watch this old beauty come back to life!

youngster_'52
09-29-2011, 02:59 AM
damn, what a cool addition to your fleet :)

subscribed!

Sledge
09-29-2011, 10:48 PM
And the Icing on the cake for when the tops all done! Original Carson top tag courtesy of David Zivot. Thanks again David!

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_7005.jpg

Gaters
09-29-2011, 11:01 PM
Nice ride!

nickk
09-29-2011, 11:16 PM
haha jealous

ConceptVehicleDesign
09-30-2011, 01:27 AM
Wow! What an incredible piece of equipment!

I know you will do it justice.

...Don't let us down!!! :o


Sent from my iPhone using TJJ!!!

Benzine440
09-30-2011, 02:16 AM
The trunk had a recessed license plate at one time, which it will again!
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6903.jpg



:eek: Brutal machete work. Nice car.

Sledge
09-30-2011, 04:51 PM
Yeah it's a little nasty under the deck but I'll make it pretty again!

Theo Douglas
09-30-2011, 11:25 PM
Kevan,

That's awesome!

Keep up the good work, man.

Sledge
10-03-2011, 08:26 PM
Thanks Theo! Hows your Shoebox coming along?

51 mercules
10-03-2011, 08:27 PM
Awesome!Really like it!

billylo
10-03-2011, 09:20 PM
Now that will be cool....

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_7005.jpg

hiboy32
10-03-2011, 09:38 PM
I cant believe how cool this car is. I want one soooo bad, just have room and finances for 1 special interest car and right now it is my coupe. But if I came across a merc like that, the coupe is down the road!

David Zivot
10-04-2011, 03:29 PM
Hello Kevan!
I too have acute memories of seeing that ’39 Merc at Father’s Day a few years ago. Thoughts of its acquisition beat a path through my mind. It had a haunting presence. I wondered exactly as you did regarding the car’s past and hoped that the person who obtained this car would do proper research concerning its provenance. I’m glad it was you who ended up with this car, as it will certainly be handled in a correct manner. I will pursue my connections in helping to establish that history. Irrespective of any proven past glories, it indeed is representative of the period and can stand alone on those merits. David Martinez is definitely the sage choice in sticking to all the early details and workmanship of Carson, Hall, or Gaylord style tops. Enclosed are two photos of my ’36 Ford period custom, with side curtains (I know you have roll up windows) painstakingly made by Martinez Industries from my design based upon era examples, and in primer at his shop. Remember, lead, lacquer primer, lacquer color coats…Who cares about longevity?!
Best of Luck in Your Endeavors!<O:p</O:p

r2c1
10-04-2011, 09:40 PM
Kevan

Squeak had told me he had sold the Merc. Glad to see it is in good hands. I took the Merc to LARS along with a Woodie to sell for my then boss (Im recently retired). The owner has several hi profile cars.

Aaron had talked to me about the car earlier in the day and wanted to trade, but the boss said no trades. I know he really wanted the Merc but what the boss says I had to do. Sorry man. I spoke with Squeak later in the day and he asked if I would bring to his place he would buy it.

I went to a little run in Ruidoso N. M. this weekend and ran into David Lightbourn and mentioned to him the Merc. He said he had some info and would get back to me.

He called yesterday and said he ran into the prevoius owners cousin there and was told that the Merc had belonged to his cousin for a very long time and told David where he lived. I have names and an address but no telephone number. I will pursue this further and talk to Michael because I had asked Michael and he said he could help. Supposedly this is on the up and up from David. Anyway I hope we can find out more about the Merc. I'll help in any way I can because the Merc sat outside the shop fo r a couple years and I wanted it but I had too many projects.

MEDDLER1
10-04-2011, 10:04 PM
You need to buy a lottery ticket man. To be able to get those cars is just plain awesome and I am jealous as hell. Rad cars man I am subscribing now so I can see the outcome!

Sledge
10-05-2011, 12:30 AM
Hello Kevan!
I too have acute memories of seeing that ’39 Merc at Father’s Day a few years ago. Thoughts of its acquisition beat a path through my mind. It had a haunting presence. I wondered exactly as you did regarding the car’s past and hoped that the person who obtained this car would do proper research concerning its provenance. I’m glad it was you who ended up with this car, as it will certainly be handled in a correct manner. I will pursue my connections in helping to establish that history. Irrespective of any proven past glories, it indeed is representative of the period and can stand alone on those merits. David Martinez is definitely the sage choice in sticking to all the early details and workmanship of Carson, Hall, or Gaylord style tops. Enclosed are two photos of my ’36 Ford period custom, with side curtains (I know you have roll up windows) painstakingly made by Martinez Industries from my design based upon era examples, and in primer at his shop. Remember, lead, lacquer primer, lacquer color coats…Who cares about longevity?!
Best of Luck in Your Endeavors!<o>:p</o>:p


Thanks David, your '36 is incredible! Definitely an inspiration! And yes this 39 will be all finished in lead and lacquer!!!

Sledge
10-05-2011, 12:42 AM
Kevan

Squeak had told me he had sold the Merc. Glad to see it is in good hands. I took the Merc to LARS along with a Woodie to sell for my then boss (Im recently retired). The owner has several hi profile cars.

Aaron had talked to me about the car earlier in the day and wanted to trade, but the boss said no trades. I know he really wanted the Merc but what the boss says I had to do. Sorry man. I spoke with Squeak later in the day and he asked if I would bring to his place he would buy it.

I went to a little run in Ruidoso N. M. this weekend and ran into David Lightbourn and mentioned to him the Merc. He said he had some info and would get back to me.

He called yesterday and said he ran into the prevoius owners cousin there and was told that the Merc had belonged to his cousin for a very long time and told David where he lived. I have names and an address but no telephone number. I will pursue this further and talk to Michael because I had asked Michael and he said he could help. Supposedly this is on the up and up from David. Anyway I hope we can find out more about the Merc. I'll help in any way I can because the Merc sat outside the shop fo r a couple years and I wanted it but I had too many projects.

Oh man, you just made my day! Thank you so much for pursuing this!!!! Any info would be greatly appreciated!!! I can't wait to hear what you find out and please let me know if I can do anything on my end to help, letters, phone calls, etc...

Kind Regards,
Kevan Sledge

shiftervic
10-05-2011, 12:13 PM
[QUOTE=Sledge;6994893]It's only been outside for a few months but it will be getting a nice warm spot in the garage for the winter! Most of the wear on the car happened before I owned it. The top got a little more shredded from the wind when I moved but the upholstery was already wasted when I got it. I've gotta do a little welding on the top then eventually it will be going to Dave Martinez for a full re-do!

I removed the 4X4 radials and install some 600 16" and skirts. Still needs to be a just little lower for my liking but much better!!!
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6895.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6915.jpg
It looks great!!!! clean it up,and drive it, just like that...http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6917.jpg

shiftervic
10-05-2011, 12:17 PM
It looks great!!! Clean it up, and drive it just like that....

emiliedk
10-23-2011, 12:59 PM
looks great Kevan..i am glad the car is in your hands!
-palle

rob-redm
10-23-2011, 01:27 PM
Wow, How did I miss this thread... Kevan, great looking car..congrats.. I must have been a sleep at the key board .. Rob

glendale
10-23-2011, 05:44 PM
wow amazing!

hotrod-kenny
08-28-2012, 12:58 PM
Hi Kevan! any updates?

lowpunk
08-28-2012, 01:14 PM
method of lowering back in the 40's!
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn274/kevansledge/1939%20Merc%20Convert/100_6885.jpg

What i think is so cool is that they even finished the ends of the shackles. Times and tools were totally different but they still took the time to put a nice radius on the end.

Just flat out cool. Can't wait to see more!

LONGBOARD BRETT
01-08-2013, 11:35 AM
looks great!

Smokey2
01-08-2013, 11:58 AM
Sledge, Happines is................A '39/ '40 Merc coupe or Conv, I sure do miss Mine.

Don't see too many DeSota bumpers w/ Guards on'em !
And, those Looong Shackles Were thew Way back then..........Made It corner very nicely (ha) ...........
You "A Lucky Smitch,
Keep Us Posted, And Thanks for the Pics

Smoke'em
(If U Got'em, Don't got'em........Bum One off your Buddy !)

rodncustomdreams
01-08-2013, 09:39 PM
I don't know how I missed this 'til now, but it's on my subscription list.. I think I will just nose around your account and subscribe to every thread you've started! ;)

Yet another beautiful 1st generation Mercury custom in the Sledge collection!

-Dave

hotrod1940
01-08-2013, 09:43 PM
Wish the top would come off my 40 Merc coupe.

Look close, it may surprise you.

itsmee
01-09-2013, 01:00 AM
couldn't be in better hands in my opinion :)

Sledge
01-09-2013, 01:20 AM
Thanks guys. Not much happening with this one right now, just collecting parts. I did manage to get the motor running so with a little work I should be able to get it driving. The plan is just to drive it the way it is for a while then eventually do a full restoration!

itsmee
01-09-2013, 01:33 AM
nah........drive it that way forever :) :)

Dusters swe
01-09-2013, 06:24 AM
Kevan
This is mine Merc lowered 6 in rear and 3 in front. And choppt 3inc. I´m have started with the carson top. And I hope it will be there before the summer. Pleas post some more photos on your top.

NONAME
01-09-2013, 09:23 AM
Wish the top would come off my 40 Merc coupe.

oh it can come off :D

nifty
01-11-2013, 02:59 AM
Kevan
This is mine Merc lowered 6 in rear and 3 in front. And choppt 3inc. I´m have started with the carson top. And I hope it will be there before the summer. Pleas post some more photos on your top.

It's no good Kevan we're going have to get over to Sweden! That convertible is sooo sweet

30FordNerd
01-11-2013, 03:37 AM
This one did pop to mind

Dirtyest Devil
01-11-2013, 05:37 AM
I'm loving this thread... keep it up Sledgey boy!!!!