Late 2013, I get a text from my dear friend Eddie, giving me a heads up, that the 40 Merc project, he had bought just a few years earlier, from Jon Fisher (Burbank Choppers) might become available. Eddie needed space in his garage in Burbank CA. I wasn't looking for a Merc but I always loved them, considering 40 Mercs and 36 Ford 3 window coupes the ultimate customs. But financially I couldn't justify it. A few month go by and I just couldn't let this one go. "When are you gonna find another one" I kept thinking. Finally a deal was struck. I was pretty broke, having just built a 2400 square foot shop in Austin TX, so a payment plan was negotiated. The car is in pretty good shape for being 75 year old, after all it spent many years in storage, at a aircraft hanger in Van Nuys CA, from 1952 on, until the 80's (correct me if I'm wrong, Jon). Some repair work was done to the body by an old timer later on, revealing some rocker panel and lower door repair. The guy knew his shit, as he gas welded everything, beautifully. I'm stoked. In Burbank: Eddie and I had to make it a roller again since the front axle and rear end where no longer attached to the car. I added some temporary front wheels. All loaded up in Hollywood CA, the night before leaving for Texas. Somewhere in Arizona.