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Projects 1949 Mercury factory kustom

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Kenneth31coupe, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Have this really nice 49 Merc in for a soft and subtile chop. My client whant something that could have been on the sales brochures when it was new.No shaved trim or handles and no frenched lights. It will appear as a stock car only a little lower in the profile. For references I had Rik Hoving to make his magic photo shop work.

    This is the rendering Rik made.2″ in front and 3″ in rear just behind the quarter window vertical meassurement.


    The object.






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  2. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,256

    jimmy six

    I'm going to love watching this...I like the idea of complete stock trim.
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  3. This is why I love customs,you don't always have to do a radical change. If all you do is chop the top, then it's enough. Great job and good luck with the rest of the build.

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  4. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,882


    I like it, but it looks to me like it's more than 2' and 3". I wouldn't argue with Rik's artistic skills, though, so 2 and 3 it is.

  5. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 8,108


    Kool ! Watching
  6. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,478


    Very pretty illustration and a very nice car to begin with. Will the car retain the louvered hood?
  7. Yea I think it will be cool too.

    Thanks. I agree with you. A well executed custom is about balance and harmony and not over done.
    Less is more.

    It might be the angle of the photo that fools the eye but it is 2 and 3.

    Stay tuned
    I think so .It´s the owners choice.
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  8. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,442


    SUBSCRIBED, You peaked my interest. Thanks.
  9. 30TudorSedan
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 382


    Subscribed, very clean and simple. Looking forward to this build!
  10. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    Very nice start...great idea to keep it simple !

    When I was a kid, about 7 or 8, my Dad & I were driving somewhere and I saw a Merc that was just so beautiful, and I thought was a '50. My Dad said "No, son, that's a '49". And, I replied, "How can you tell the difference, they look alike ?" And, he gave me the answer that covers BOTH '49-'50 Mercs, AND, '49-'50 Fords: "Son, you can tell the difference instantly if you look at the Door Handles. The '49's pull out to let you in. The '50's have push buttons."

    That was one of my first "easy car spotter" tricks I learned from my Personal Hero: my Dad.
  11. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,254


    hot damn, sweet
  12. Thanks for your interest guys.
    We discussed and agreed on that the rear window should not be moved forward and the quarter windows should not be too short.
    So when I pulled things back together I cut out the B-pillar and the top bow of the quarter window in one piece. Moved it back wards to where the B-pillar lined up and then the drip rail landed about 7/16 of an inch forward from its stock position.
    The roof I layed on the A-pillars and then lowered it to where the door window is parallel.The rear window I lowered 5/8″ in back and leaned it forward to where it have a nice slope with the roof.By cutting a relief in the roof all the way forward to the B-pillar I can adjust the roof skin up and down a bit and can get a nice slope all the way from the B-pillar and backwards to the trunk area. Many of chopped Mercs have a hump a bit above the rear window and I think it´s because they don´t do this and only lays the roof and window together.At this moment I do not care about if there´s a dip between the roof and window , think it´s better to get the over all flow. The dip will be adressed later on.


    Here you can see the relief cut in the roof and the sunken rear window


    Here you can see the dip in this case about 1/4″.


    B-post and quarterwindow back again.
    A view from a distance out in the sun is a must.

  13. Von Brush
    Joined: Nov 20, 2016
    Posts: 105

    Von Brush
    from Corfu, NY

  14. I made a new roof panel to cover the dip between roof and window frame.
    And new sailpanels all the way up towards the b-pillar.

  15. Beautiful work! It is always refreshing to see somebody put so much thought and research into a car before they even start to tear into it.
  16. Thanks El Hueso.

    Time to fix the belt line around the window.





  17. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,608

    Rusty O'Toole

    So, the customer wants a Hudson with a flathead V8 and a fender dip?
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  18. Nope! He wants this Merc. If he wanted a Hudson I think he would have bought one.
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  19. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,716


    Amazing skills
  20. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,965

    from Finland

    Great work as usually!
    I like the concept of this project.The hardcore restorers will be confused when its done!
  21. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,364


    An example of excellent execution of skills.
    It really looks nice.
    Just the way a Merc should look.
  22. Thanks to you all.

    Some more pics. Rear corner for the quarterwindow.


    Also have the top bowes for the doors done and rolled it outside for a final look before welding it all up again.



  23. Looks very nice. I agree that hump in many Merc chops always upsets the smooth flow. Nice work to make the new panels and creating the smooth flow. Thanks for sharing the pics of the process.
  24. dlandberg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2012
    Posts: 364

    from Sweden

  25. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 3,155

    The 39 guy

    Excellent work as always!
  26. Great Looking work if I was 20 years younger I would have Mine Choped
    but tis life & I will just Drive my Merc.
    and enjoy it.!
    Keep up the Great Work.!

    just my 3.5 cents
    or when the Cows
    Come Home.!
  27. Thanx folks.

    Time for a new update. Roof is welded,grinded and smoothed and inside quarter windows are done.




  28. Beautiful work, looking forward to see it finished

  29. Karl Schofield
    Joined: Mar 7, 2016
    Posts: 83

    Karl Schofield

  30. 54reno
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
    Posts: 115


    Awesome job. So cool to see the work.

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