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Old 01-10-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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I've always dug this car and not so much because of the great lines or subtle modifications or tasteful color, but because of the story. In 1955, Dave Burgarin was just a young man that, like a lot of us today, was totally enamored by the Hirohata Me...

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Old 01-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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That ain't a bad looking merc!!!
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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Nice story and a beautiful Merc!
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:44 AM   #4
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You can't get anywhere without determination and vision...looks like he succeeded.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:47 AM   #5
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Very cool story. Wonder where it is today.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:48 AM   #6
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Cool……
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:02 AM   #7
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That is a stinkin' beautiful car and I think it looks better than the Hirohata. Great story to go with it too.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #8
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Beautiful. One of my favorite rear taillight treatments ever. I think that's pretty much how the most of us build our cars today. Hurry & Hustle.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:12 AM   #9
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I take it there wasn't a Mrs. Burgarin.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:51 AM   #10
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Very nice Merc!
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:26 PM   #11
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Buick headlight doors, in my opinion either look great... or like shit. These are perfect. Great car.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:37 PM   #12
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Another custom (and a nice one too), Ryan. You're developing a pattern here. Is there a new avatar in the offing?
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:44 PM   #13
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Real nice car with grate lines WONDER WHERE ITS AT NOW ???
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:43 PM   #14
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Mighty fine ride!
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Old 01-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #15
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That has always been one of my favorite Mercs ever since I saw photos of it over 50 years ago.
I'd have to believe that there was a lot more pay as you go custom work done in those days than complete cars done at one shot.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #16
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Wasn't there a story a few years back that an unnamed builder wanted to build a clone and one automotive journalist did an article picking the car apart with drawings and diagrams showing what he thought was wrong with the car. All in an attempt to keep the builder from cloning a car he didn't like.

Dammit, now I have to go pull out my Custom Rodders and find the article to back up my hazy memory.
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:31 PM   #17
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That car has a great stance.

Thanks for sharing, Ryan
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:40 PM   #18
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I, also wonder what happened to the car. After reading the story there was some very unique window frame treatments done to the car, along with the grill and tail lights I would imagine that car would be fairly recognizeable even in modern trim and paint.

beautiful car, hopefully its still kicking around!


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Old 01-10-2012, 02:56 PM   #19
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Wasn't there a story a few years back that an unnamed builder wanted to build a clone and one automotive journalist did an article picking the car apart with drawings and diagrams showing what he thought was wrong with the car. All in an attempt to keep the builder from cloning a car he didn't like.

Dammit, now I have to go pull out my Custom Rodders and find the article to back up my hazy memory.
Harry Bradley was the one who did the article. I was unaware that it was tied to someone's build. I thought he was commenting/pointing out flaws on a couple of Barris builds.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:35 PM   #20
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Good thing Dave Burgarin never met Harry Bradley! I like it!
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