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Customs 39 Merc Carson top removed for the first time in 50 years!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Sledge, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Sledge
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    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!
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  2. Ryan
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    Wow... That is cooler than hell.
     
  3. Keith
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    Way cool! Jay take motes.
     
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  5. Dak Rat
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    Why isn't that inside out of the weather?
     
  6. Rikster
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    That is so great Kevan!
     
  7. Midwest Rodder
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  8. willbe
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    Get 'er outa the weather and rod it 'for it's too late. What a neat car!!
     
  9. sparkydeluxe
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    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??
     
  10. Sledge
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    Here's a few more pics
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    The trunk had a recessed license plate at one time, which it will again!
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    method of lowering back in the 40's!
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  11. LANCE-SPEED
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    Do you know the cars history? I'm thinking that might be an old Gaylord Top not a Carson?
     
  12. cactus1
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    A Carson topped '39 or '40 Merc is uber high on my list of dream cars. You sir are blessed.
     
  13. Sledge
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    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!!!
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  14. cactus1
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    ^^^^ Fuck.^^^^

    Rad.
     
  15. gassercrazy41
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  16. seesko
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    Wish the top would come off my 40 Merc coupe.
     
  17. 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
     
  18. Dirtyest Devil
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  19. J.B.
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    Looks great, Kevan. That sure is a nice piece of history there.
    Got more background on the original build now?
     
  20. Silvair
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    Wow, you have one nice ride!
     
  21. Sledge
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    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.
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  22. 60galaxieJJ
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    Thats a pretty sweet ride
     
  23. bubba67
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    Looks great Kevan ! This has been one of my favorite cars since '08 LARS...
     

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  24. DJLATIN
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    Very nice ride
     
  25. 69f100
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    :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
     
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  27. cleatus
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    My thoughts exactly

    damn

    The pinnacle of early customs right there
     
  28. sanfordsotherson
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    "Was told it was the very first merc every chopped..."
    Oh no, here we go again! :eek::D Very coool car! Looks perfect already.


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  29. hombres ruin
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    An amazing ride straight out of the history books. I am happy to see it in good hands.
     
  30. OLLIN
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    NIce car man! Im sure you'll do it justice..
     

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