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Projects 1949 Mercury factory kustom

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

  1. cmarcus
    Joined: May 23, 2012
    Posts: 911


    Amazing. Already looks killer!
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  2. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,541

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Wow, that's some incredible workmanship and execution! I've always been fascinated with watching a chop materialize and all the different cut methods and techniques used to accomplish the task. Seen a lot of Merc chop tutorials but never one like yours where the quarter windows are cut out and slid back. I've seen the technique, just not on a Merc. It should really help the Merc not lose too much of it's quarter window size, which can be an issue on hammered Merc's along with the rear window roof dip which you've addressed.
    Great work in going the extra mile with all the hand shaped roof panels. Merc chops are a lot of labor, plus you did all the extra forming work to make it perfect. Curious to know how many hours you have into it?
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  3. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 5,417


    While surfing the web, I found this 2" chopped Fleetline built along the same basic theme, with spectacular results.

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  4. vilanar
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 48

    from Finland

    Dam , you are good ....
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  5. Kenneth31coupe
    Joined: Feb 24, 2010
    Posts: 670

    from Sweden
    1. Traditional Kustom Cars

    Thanks Hennie.

    Thanks Karl. Fleetlines are a tough task to chop

    Thank you Marcus
    Thanks. Up to this stage I have somewhere around 130 hours. Estimate around 300 hours before it´s done.

    That´s a really nice fleetline. Thanks for sharing

    Thanks a lot man

    Now it´s time to start on the window trim and garnish moldings. Making all new stainless trim from half round D-shaped bar. P1030605.JPG P1030617.JPG P1030604.JPG
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  6. the owner must have a smile on his face. great job.
  7. jose gonzalez
    Joined: Dec 24, 2016
    Posts: 8

    jose gonzalez

    wow nice chop so much work
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  8. jose gonzalez
    Joined: Dec 24, 2016
    Posts: 8

    jose gonzalez

    i just noticed some national flippers any interest in selling any of them been looking
  9. This is OUTSTANDING WORKMANSHIP !!!!! I really like the look when you set it out side.....I always do that as you just can not see the over all image setting in the shop.
    Well done!
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  10. sanfordsotherson
    Joined: Mar 21, 2005
    Posts: 946

    from So. Cal.

  11. 54delray
    Joined: Dec 18, 2004
    Posts: 578

    from Fremont NE

    Going from concept to reality in 2 short pages so far .... pretty cool!! I really would like to see more detail than 3 pics in post #35. Thats where so many chopped Mercs fall short. Too many ugly rubber gaskets or cheesy plastic door edge guard material. Your homemade stainless deserves it's own tech article. Keep up the great work.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2016
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  12. Devin
    Joined: Dec 28, 2004
    Posts: 2,352

    from Napa, CA

    This is really excellent workmanship and your documentation ain't too shabby either! Could you explain your process with the window trim and D channel as well as how you attach the trim once completed?

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  13. Kenneth31coupe
    Joined: Feb 24, 2010
    Posts: 670

    from Sweden
    1. Traditional Kustom Cars

    Thanks. Just tries to make his vision of how he wants it.

    Thank you. Yeah your right. A lot of labor going going in to this


    Thanks. A good outside look from a distance is necessary. It´s impossible to do that inside a garage unless it´s a big warehouse


    Thanks guys. Sorry but I don´t have any better pics of the trim process. I start making a paper template of the windowopening as big as the trim will be on the outer perimeter. Then I cut off 1/2"(the same amount as the bar is wide ) and makes a steel template from that. Then I heat and shape the stainless bar around the steel template and weld it together. The backside I drill and tapp with M4 thread 4mm deep. Weld some small tabs on to the small edge in the window opening to get some more material to drill in, drills holes in it matching the holes in the trim and mounts the trim with small countersunk allenhead screws. Attached is a pic from the backside of door to get an idea of it.
    Hope it makes sence.
  14. Kenneth31coupe
    Joined: Feb 24, 2010
    Posts: 670

    from Sweden
    1. Traditional Kustom Cars

    Have got all the window trim and ventwindows done and testfitting with rubberseals. Also made an extension to make the fenderskirts higher just as Sam Barris did on his 49.


  15. ampsbad41
    Joined: Jun 7, 2009
    Posts: 5

    from Texas

    Great project one of my favorite custom and you are doing a great job
  16. A nice tasteful chop.
  17. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,830

    rd martin
    from indiana

    wow! i wish i had your talent and patience! thats going to be outstanding. its got the look.
  18. dclark
    Joined: Jan 27, 2013
    Posts: 3

    from So-Cal

    Nice, very tasteful. I always thought 2” was perfect. Most Merc chops are way too much. Great work, I can’t bring myself to chop mine.
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    Joined: Oct 21, 2013
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  20. Sweet & Low
    Joined: Feb 13, 2014
    Posts: 207

    Sweet & Low

    There's a guy that comes to Santa Maria that has a stock bodied 51 Merc that is lowered and chopped and looks dynamite. The Mercaholics just look at each other and smile with a nod of approval. Look's Cool Man. Funny thing is that Merc's look cool just lowered and clean. I had a nice stock bodied 50 that was just lowered w nice paint and I was surprised how many time I was asked how much it was chopped.
    Always amazed by the old saying that there is ""more than one way to skin a cat"" and that saying sure could apply to how many way's you see Merc's chopped.
    Very nice work on the 49.

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