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Projects Unfinished Business: A 1951 Mercury Build Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Doctor Detroit, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Doctor Detroit
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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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    Continued...
     

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    And more pictures...
     

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    And the Flathead 8BA from the Milwaukee area, and the Merc-O-Matic from outside Detroit...
     

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    I was waiting to begin this build thread until I had the engine in the chassis....
     

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  6. metal surgeon
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    Doc, that engine colour is blooming beautiful... looks great withe the black frame

    Aaron MS
     
  7. farmer12
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    AWESOME!! Wow, great car, great progress. Why doesn't my build go this fast...:rolleyes: What are the plans?
     
  8. Red Foreman
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    Nice work! the Diff looks identical to whats in my 56 GMC...Spicer 45??
     
  9. damagedduck
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    or mine???:confused: -------nice build,
     
  10. jfrolka
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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
     
  11. hombres ruin
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    Very nice engine. The color is awesome
     
  12. 51 mercules
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    Nice build.I'll be following this thread.Thanks for posting.
     
  13. Stefan T
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  14. Doctor Detroit
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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/showthread.php?t=331564

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

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

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

    1949, 1950, 1951 Mercury Pictures:
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=192705
     
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  15. LeftCoastErik
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    Very nice start, looking beautiful! That engine color is perfect too! Keep it up
     
  16. Tony
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    Very nice.
    love the attention to detail, and 51 Mercs! :D


    Tony
     
  17. captainjunk#2
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    damn that shop looks pretty big in size , and the frame and drivetrane look awesome , keep up the good work
     
  18. Looks real good ,glad to see your choice in engines.:)
     
  19. Lookin' DAMN fine!!!

    Thank you for sharing your progress with us!
     
  20. HomemadeHardtop57
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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
     
  21. desotot
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    looking good , don't lose momentum.
     
  22. magnificient 7-1/2
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    your car is crazy sick, love it and keep up the great work.
     
  23. 1950-mercury
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    Looks good!!! Keep up the good work!!!
     
  24. Pro Stock John
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    Awesome. Maybe I should swing by there in mine some time.
     
  25. shiftervic
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    Very detailed, I like it !...
     
  26. RPW
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    Very nice! This gives inspiration.
     
  27. enfieldjoe
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    Looks reall nice. Keep it up, I have lost some inspiration on my 51 Merc build. It is great to see someone else making progress!
     
  28. 49 lincoln
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    Wow! Love the color accents in the chassis!
     
  29. Doctor Detroit
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    I've been taking pictures of everything... documenting inventory of parts, condition, disassembly, reassembly, etc... 1400+ pictures and counting....
    Here are more:
     

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    More pictures, including the rear brake drum modifications necessary to make the NAPA drum work. Part number in the picture.
     

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