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49 Merc 4 door chop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Krahnic, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Krahnic
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    Still trimming down the rear window panel for a perfect fit. Lots of little measurements and adjustments still needed before I can weld it together. Also 4 little openings to fill in. I think I'm going to run the roof skin all the way back to the window opening to hide the seam better and so I wont have to cut & flare the top of the window panel to line it up. It's all coming together nicely. DSC_0196a.JPG DSC_0197a.JPG DSC_0198a.JPG
     
  2. Very cool! I personally think chopped 4 door mercs have more flow about them compaired to coupes. Its rare if they (chopped coupes) ever "flow" properly.

    Keep up the top work!


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  3. 1950merc
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    from Butler, PA

    What are the differences in the rear bumper and jambs? I never realized there were any.


     
  4. Krahnic
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    The over rider betwewen the bumper guards had a center line rib on 49s. 50s (and my late 49) had "mercury" on the over rider with no rib. The 49 Merc sitting next to the 50 I cut the donor roof off of had some definite differences in the tail end of the door jambs compared to my 49 or the 50, a little more primative.
    I have noticed that at least 4 out of 5 Merc chops look like shit in the rear window area and the roof tapering to it. I think it is hard to get around without a donor roof. I felt bad killing a Merc that could have been rebuilt, but it was for a good cause.
     
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  5. Krahnic
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    After a lot of hammering, trimming, bending, measuring & adjustments, I have my rear window frame tacked in place. The roof skin & sides now need some hammer time until they all line up, then I can tack it in place & fill the openings at the front. Then I figure I will be finished with the cool part & almost half way done! The rest will design itself based on what I have built for door frames.
     
  6. Krahnic
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  7. That's an awesome looking more-door!
     
  8. Krahnic
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    Roof is all welded. Braces in place in front of rear window. Clean lines, messy garage. I like how it has turned out way better than all the others I have seen. I'm essentially finished chopping the top, it's all doors & windows from here on out. DSC_0338.JPG DSC_0339.JPG DSC_0340.JPG DSC_0341.JPG
     
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  9. Looks good Chris. Will you have it back on the road next spring?
     
  10. Krahnic
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    My next step is repaint the dash, steering column, heater, window surrounds etc. Then re-assemble the dash. I will get a custom headliner installed when the front & back windows are put in. Then I can drive it on nice days until the doors are done. I can't predict the future. It will be on the road as soon as it is ready.
     
  11. Krahnic
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    Passenger side outer door tops made & in place. These were a little tougher to do than I expected because of the slight curves vs the flat trim lip. I had extra rear door tops for the right extra pieces. Several adjustments were made & it all sits pretty sweet now. I will need to adjust the rain at the A pillar a little for an even gap. I'm going to do the driver's side and the inner door tops before I finish up my welds.

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  12. wicarnut
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    Lookin Good !
     
  13. Krahnic
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    Right side inner door tops pieced together. Vertical window rails cut to length & angled in to fit. I found that regular steel wire & CO2 /Argon welds the steel ends to the stainless just fine, but I am getting a Tri-gas & 308L stainless wire for the trim & vent window frames. I still need to mirror this on the driver's side as well as doing the windshield trim & the gap between the doors cover.
    My Father, Don Krahn, died Saturday, Nov 8 2014 in an ATV rollover accident while hunting. He was 81. The chopped 49 Mercury was always one of my Dad's favorite cars. He was a lot of the reason I bought this rusty shell 23 years ago & made it run a few years back. He was not much of a hot rod guy or mechanic, but he would have enjoyed riding in this car again with the chop completed.


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  14. junk
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    Damn sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts and Prayers to your family.
     
  15. wicarnut
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    Very Sorry for your loss.
     
  16. Sorry to hear of your loss Chris, I know it's never easy to lose a loved one. Take some solace in the fact that at 81 he was still out doing something he obviously loved. Many of us don't go nearly that long.
     
  17. bgbdlinc
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    ....been following along and what I think is really cool is the 'fastback' vibe that is evident in the side profile pics. So many Merc chops go a bit strange around the rear window area, as you say, but you aced it...... damn cool chop....damn cool
     
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  18. Krahnic
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    Here is a before/after of the inner window tops. Driver side door tops together with a few less cuts. I have some stainless mig wire for doing the trim & vent window frames. The upright window rails have stainless spot welded to steel & I found that steel wire welds these 2 together just fine. (Door tops are hard)
    I am looking for 2 more 49 Merc outer door handles. I have decided that shaving door handles makes suicide doors way less cool.
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  19. Mercman4life
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    Looking real good. Sorry to hear about your dad. He is still watching.
     
  20. The 39 guy
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    Great thread! I really like the look of your chop! I am also glad you figured out how to post the full size images:)
     
  21. Krahnic
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    DSC_0586.JPG All of the modified inside pieces nearly ready for primer. I did some leadwork for the first time on a few of the rougher seams.
     
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  22. Krahnic
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    Out of the garage in the daylight for the first time in over a year! Getting close DSCF0281[1].jpg DSCF0282[1].jpg
     
  23. Looks great Chris.
     
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  24. The side and rear 3/4 profiles look spot on, I think you have nailed it
     
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  25. Slopok
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    That has to be the most beautifully proportioned 4 door Merc chop I've ever seen. Looks perfect in every way. Excellent job.
     
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  26. brady1929
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    Looks great. Sweet merc.
     
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  27. choptop40
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    be proud....
     
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  28. gatz
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    nicely done !!

    waitin to see it in paint
     
  29. ebfabman
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    Nice chop on the moredoor. What are your plans for the suspension?
     
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  30. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    As a lover and chopper of mercs { and any thing else!!} I was a little concerned about the amount you chose to go . But I can honestly say with some authority that you nailed it perfectly!!! Great job. And keep the updates coming ! Larry
     
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