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Projects 1940 chopped Mercury Coupe Traditional Build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Blake84, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Blake84
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    Screenshot_20181211-161334_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20181211-161314_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20181211-161326_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20181211-161305_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20181211-161410_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20181211-161251_Instagram.jpg Well my dream car has been a 39 or 40 Mercury coupe forever. I finally came across a nice coupe at a good price to start the build. I bought the car on Dec 22 2018 and have been collecting some parts for the build. I decided to have Mengestwinspeedshop in Paso Robles do the the build and they are beginning at the end of May. Normally I would do alot of the work myself but my fiance gave birth to our son on Dec 2 so I have zero time. Here are some pics of the Merc the day I bought it.
     
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  2. Looks like a clean start. Can you share any details as to what your plans are for it?
     
  3. Blake84
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    20190227_143203.jpg 20190301_134640.jpg IMG_20190306_155009_524.jpg 20190307_161903.jpg Screenshot_20190308-181613_Message+.jpg 20190325_164608.jpg 20190325_164629.jpg Screenshot_20190308-094025_Message+.jpg I plan on doing a traditional build chopped Mercury Kustom. I will obviously be leaving the original flathead 8 and putting some old speed equipment. I have collected alot of parts for the engine.

    As of now I will be running Evan's polished heads and an Evan's intake manifold. I will be running 2 chrome stromberg 97s. I have some old finned radiator hoses I had polished and I have polished the chrome fuel pump, alternator bracket and several other parts. I have some handmade air filters by Pete's speedshop in Australia. Here are some pics and the look I am going for with the engine except i am not going for perfect show car in the engine but more like period correct that shows some age.
     
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    20181227_143135.jpg 20190210_072651.jpg 20190210_083539.jpg Here are some pics after the Firestone Whitewalls went on.
     
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  7. Blake84
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    Screenshot_20190430-072551_Instagram.jpg 20190222_160741.jpg Screenshot_20190430-072501_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190430-072514_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190430-072527_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190430-072539_Instagram.jpg Here are some pics of the car being dropped of at Menges Twins Speed Shop.
     
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    Screenshot_20181109-194908_Instagram.jpg 4f12ab71.jpg 20181229_040039.jpg Screenshot_20181229-095224_Pinterest.jpg Screenshot_20181102-104633_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20181223-080335_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20181102-104633_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190308-094025_Message+.jpg Screenshot_20190228-093844_Instagram.jpg Here is the look I am going for with the build.
     
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    20190302_200447.jpg Screenshot_20190429-141433_Instagram.jpg 14952833-1940-lincoln-zephyr-std.jpg 1007sr-01-o-borg-warner-overdrive-bellhousing (1).jpg Picked up a great license plate frame for the car (I live in Long Beach) and also an old Pontiac bumper that's similar to a lincoln zephyr bumper I may use. I also found out the car has a Borg Warner Over Drive Transmission I plan on keeping and using as well. I wasnt aware it had that when I bought it.
     
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    from washington

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    Looks like those guys at Menges have a lot going on. Are they fast or do projects linger on for a while?
     
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    Sweet ride. It looks like your on the right track IMHO. Snowman
     
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    My favorite custom car.....by a mile!
     
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    You can lower it, and put on the speed equipment yourself. It will save you a ton of money, and frustration from a speed shop that promises you the world, and delivers a mutilated car that is half finished, months if not years later.
     
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    A few updated pics on the flow of the chop. Less is more and I do not want to over chop this car. I am going for elegant and classy kustom. The car is chopped 4.5 inches in the front and the rear window is sectioned 2 inches as well.

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    Update on chop. Stainless installed. Not the shape of the skirts but just for an idea. Screenshot_20190927-195412_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190927-195423_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190927-195435_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190927-164815_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190927-164837_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20190927-164826_Instagram.jpg
     
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    :rolleyes:...belated Congrats @Blake84 on your acquiring this awesome base for your Vision...it's really coming together nicely...
     
  20. Wow , you've done a great job on that chop , looks period correct ! Can't wait to see it finished .
     
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    Beautiful progress.
     
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  22. IronTrap
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    This rules! I'm taking notes! Can't wait to start on mine!
     
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  23. Beautiful!
     
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  24. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    Chop looks awesome. Height is spot on-too many of this are getting a bit too much taken out of them.
    Mengest' look to have a nice shop setup, out in the boonies.
     
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  25. Blake84
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    Flush skirts welded in Screenshot_20191101-153240_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20191104-105605_Instagram.jpg Screenshot_20191104-105618_Instagram.jpg
     
  26. Blake84
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    Screenshot_20191104-115508_Instagram.jpg a little before and after

    Next up is suspension work. Dropped axle with disc brakes and the rear dropped as well so it will have the correct stance, chop and skirts and then take it for a little cruise to see how it looks in motion.
     
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  27. brady1929
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    Dayum that's nice.
     
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  28. Awesome work....
     
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