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Old 11-06-2011, 02:04 AM   #1
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When I think about my Merc that I am currently building, it's something I've wanted for a long time. In fact, it's not even my first Mercury. When I was 19 years old, I bought my first 1951 Mercury - a four door from Detroit, with the original Mercury flathead, that was in reasonable condition. I had grand visions of what that car would be, despite my lack of skills or finances. Ten years passed and it never was the car I dreamed of. I sold the car and then regretted it. I've had other muscle cars from the early 70's, a few street bikes, but that Mercury was the one that got away. Last April, Nearly 20 years after I purchased my first Mercury, I purchased my second 1951 Mercury - an Arizona car, two door, missing engine and transmission - and only minor rust issues. This time, the car that's been in my mind for twenty years is becoming reality - and when it's done - I'm gonna drive the hell out of it.

If you're around the Detroit area, possibly Port Huron, and you purchased a 1951 Mercury four door from a guy named Jerry about 5-8 years ago, you just might have my old Merc. It was originally dark green with a white top, but I had rattle canned it flat black. I'd like to know what happened to it.

I've had an opportunity to meet some great people during this build. I'd like to say thanks to all of you - people I've purchased parts from, people who've shared knowledge, people who've provided encouragement - Thank you.
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My 1951 Mercury Build Thread:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=641282

1949-1951 Mercury Parts & Reproduction Parts List:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=331564

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:10 AM   #2
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Continued...
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My 1951 Mercury Build Thread:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=641282

1949-1951 Mercury Parts & Reproduction Parts List:
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:19 AM   #3
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And more pictures...
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My 1951 Mercury Build Thread:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=641282

1949-1951 Mercury Parts & Reproduction Parts List:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=331564

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:21 AM   #4
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Default Re: Unfinished Business - My '51 Merc Build Thread

And the Flathead 8BA from the Milwaukee area, and the Merc-O-Matic from outside Detroit...
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My 1951 Mercury Build Thread:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=641282

1949-1951 Mercury Parts & Reproduction Parts List:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=331564

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:23 AM   #5
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I was waiting to begin this build thread until I had the engine in the chassis....
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My 1951 Mercury Build Thread:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=641282

1949-1951 Mercury Parts & Reproduction Parts List:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=331564

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:38 AM   #6
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Doc, that engine colour is blooming beautiful... looks great withe the black frame

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:46 AM   #7
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AWESOME!! Wow, great car, great progress. Why doesn't my build go this fast... What are the plans?
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:00 AM   #8
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Nice work! the Diff looks identical to whats in my 56 GMC...Spicer 45??
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:14 AM   #9
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AWESOME!! Wow, great car, great progress. Why doesn't my build go this fast...

or mine??? -------nice build,
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:18 AM   #10
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couple questions for ya.... are those the astro coils up front? and with the coil pocket spacers whats your mid frame to ground clearance? lookin good, flathead looks great in orange
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:53 AM   #11
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Very nice engine. The color is awesome
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:57 AM   #12
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Nice build.I'll be following this thread.Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-06-2011, 12:41 PM   #13
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:31 PM   #14
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Here are great Mercury related threads on the HAMB:

1949 - 1951 Mercury Parts/ Reproduction Parts List:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=331564

HAMB Merc Club! who's in?????:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=308494

How are everyone's Mercury projects coming along?:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=379656

CHEAP and Great Alternative Coil Springs '49 thru '59 Ford and Merc:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=260795

1949, 1950, 1951 Mercury Pictures:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=192705
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:43 PM   #15
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Very nice start, looking beautiful! That engine color is perfect too! Keep it up
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:46 PM   #16
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Very nice.
love the attention to detail, and 51 Mercs!


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Old 11-06-2011, 02:50 PM   #17
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damn that shop looks pretty big in size , and the frame and drivetrane look awesome , keep up the good work
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Old 11-06-2011, 02:58 PM   #18
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Looks real good ,glad to see your choice in engines.
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Lookin' DAMN fine!!!

Thank you for sharing your progress with us!
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:04 PM   #20
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looks great..you're doing it the right way..cleaning everything up ..starting with good parts...Looks like a super solid body you found too..Keep up the great work
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