The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Mbartils, Oct 15, 2017.
Great look & craftsmanship !
Its been a while since any updates but work is still going on just slowly so here's a bit of an update. I got the roof done a while ago, basically after clecoing everything together I used the pullmax to make the center strip , then was just a matter of spending a couple days welding everything together. The reason I took so long to weld was because I knew the roof was going to shrink simply by welding on it. So to at-least save myself from more work later, I would just do 1-2 tacks then move about a foot away , a couple more , repeat that way the metal had plenty of time to cool and didn't build up excessive heat that would make later panel hitting harder.
It ain't a real shop unless you got a Crown Royal bag......lol.
So after getting the welding done i started doing some bodywork on the roof and that's alot of whats taking forever because honestly... i just don't enjoy doing it so its hard getting motivated..but the roof is almost done thankfully.
Looks great. I'm the same. Metal Fab is fun. Body work not.
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Nice job on the decrowned roof. I had considered something similar, with just a more laid-down rear window on an otherwise stock height roof, to take out the back seat head "bump". I'm not that far yet though, and your car looks really good, I like it.
So besides just taking my sweet time I've started to work on something a little more up my alley; back to doing something with metal.
The front bumper I'm using is a 51 mercury bumper which I prefer the look of over the 49's , and I like the bumper guards style.... just not the size of them. So that's what i'm working on now is getting them cut down a bit so they mesh better with the Desoto grill.
First I simply welded the bumper irons to the bench because its a little easier to work at a manageable height. and I used the drivers side as the reference whial I did the passenger side , and seeing as it was the worst condition it was a good testbed.
And so now one down, now all i have to do is match the other to fit the same way. But i think these will look a lot better than how tall the originals are
I was curious to see how it might look with a slight body section, and thought you might like to see the result.
Though only a couple of inches, it has quite an impact with the slimmer roof.
(PhotoShop by themoose)
Years ago, Sonny Daout told me of a Merc he was building for himself. In addition to the de-crowned roof, it was both sectioned and chopped. (I think the top looks great as you have it.) I have searched in vain for any photos, but it is sure to be awesome.
So basically just doing the same thing to the other sides bumperette.
Putting everything back on to see what it will somewhat look like , and personally i think it works well with the grille they don't overshadow it anymore.
That is a whole lot better looking. They were way to big before kind of like overpowering. Frank
Lots of great info in this thread! I plan on starting on a '49 Merc this summer, so I definitely appreciate how well you covered the front suspension etc... Dig that you're putting a flathead in it. Interesting way to do the roof, but I like the results! Keep up the good work!
Excellent work on the bumper guards... it's the little details that count!
I love this!
Very impressive metalwork that.
Very kool, thanks for keeping us updated with the progress.
Very nice. How about removing the bumperettes altogether?
So as far as current updates nothing really... picture worthy (just cleaning parts...but once i start putting it back together ill take photos), currently i'm pulling apart a 49 mercury transmission as well as a 50 ford... because I have to run the mercury case for the clutch mechanism, but unfortunately the mercury gears lost a couple teeth and because even thou the ford and mercury have the same part numbers... they are not infact the same parts... so that's where that's at. The long and short will be using all the good internals from the ford (which were really nice), machining the main drive bearing retainer from the ford to fit a Mercuries bearing , then using the fords output housing which is longer and the mounting is different so ill have to make a trans mount instead of using the stock location... slightly annoying but if this is the only way to get a working transmission to fit this is how it'll need to be.
@bradyl1929 So the bumperettes aren't a finalized thing yet, basically I plan on getting the car done atleast up to all the bodywork done then put the bumper on with them on , and with them off and seeing what looks the best. I knew I hated the stock look because they were too tall , but I like the shorted versions because it still looks like a 51 merc's stock bumper..just different.
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