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Original '40 Merc. Southern California Custom

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 32 Barn Car, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. 32 Barn Car
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    This is an Original Southern California Custom , purchased new by Gerry Huth (the muffler Huth) . Delivered in 1939 , Huth had the top chopped when it was less than 2 weeks old . Driven and used for years in Cali. , it changed hands several times , was owned by a Charlie Mars then ended up with its last owner , Carl Morton . Carl bought and owned Valley Customs , purchased from Clayton Jensen in about 1961 . The car is still titled in Carl's name at the Valley Customs address .

    A friend has owned the car for several years and is just finishing a complete rebuild . Carl ran the car with a Y block Ford motor , the current owner is returning it to the early '40's era . The Flathead is fresh with a Weiand 2 x 2 , Lincoln dual ignition , headers and chrome heads . The exhaust is routed through the trunk , due to the lowness of the car , just as it was in 1940 . Desoto bumpers , '41 Stude tail lights , molded fenders with skirts and a Columbia rear end .

    Thought it was worth posting in its current state , more to follow , should be killer when it's finished........ Z.D.

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  2. squigy
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    mama mia....sweet Merc.
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    Wow!!!

    Was the top a Carson top or a folding top?

    Thanks for sharing!!!!
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    With a white Carson top this would look like $$$$$$.
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    wow, that is gorgeous!! Do you know what was done to get it to sit sooo loooww?
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    Very nice!!!
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    Killer when it's done? Jeez!!! It's killer now! Will be absolutely stunning when it's done.


    (well, I guess "kill" is higher up the scale than "stun")
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    I must be dreamin
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    just aint no words
  12. Rikster
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    WOW... very nice.
    Do you know if there are any old photos of this car, how it used to look in the 40's and 50's? Would be nice to see those as well.
    I love the color, and all the period details.
    Looking forward to see it finished.
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    You have a PM !
  14. 32 Barn Car
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    It was done with axles and springs . Deep drop in front with de-arched spring , rear has de-arched spring with a C notch in the frame for the rear to clear..............Z.D.
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    WOW.....just awesome, can't wait to see it out & about.
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    wow. i think my jaw is still on the floor. that is sexy.
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    Awesome. Bring it to the Merc show in Sacramento...
  18. straykatkustoms
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    Very Kool!!

    Thank you for posting the pictures. I'm looking
    forward to seeing how the Merc turns out.

    Happy Trails,

    Mick
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    Very kool....
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    AMAZING!! Thanks for posting the pics! Keep us posted with progress.
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    zdiddy,
    very nice, it will be nice to see when it is back on the road.
    Al.
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    39-40 Mercs are one of my all time favorite early customs and this one has it nailed... Is it sectioned? Hard to tell with no hood but it looks like about 1 1/2 to 2" are out of the cowl... Could just be the angle of the pic. ;)
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    Taken this spring before paint , etc. Shows hood in place and the first mock up of a top........Z.D.

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    WOW! An early custom car lovers dream come true. The owner of this car is truely blessed. I cant wait to see it with the top done.
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    Nice ride! It would have been cool to see some old pics of it like rikster said earlier!
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    Thats amazing! Love the stude tailights!
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    Great car.
    Good inspiration for my 39 Merc coupe
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    that is without a doubt,,one of THE coolest cars ever posted on the hamb,,,,,
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    Had a couple of requests for a closer pic of the hub caps . They are originals from back in the day that the owner restored .............Z.D.

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    Rik:

    You mean there really is a custom out there that you don't have info or pics on. I don't believe it. Just kidding but it sure is strange to hear you asking for info instead of offering it.

    I agree that is a kick ass car.

    B:DB

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