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Projects '51 Merc Kustom Project

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by michaelvz51, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. sunvalley54
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
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    sunvalley54
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    The real question is how much spool wire have you guys used on this project? LoL! Love all the detail and pictures of the process and the fact that your a FORD guy! Keep up the good work.
     
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  2. michaelvz51
    Joined: May 24, 2011
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    Last count was 1 10lb spool of .030 and 2 10lb spools of .023! Thanks for the kind words!
     
  3. michaelvz51
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    2019-08-01 Final Block .jpeg
    Once we got the car in the best shape we could, I needed to find an option for primer and paint. I was introduced to Canoga Auto Works in Canoga Park, CA and met with the crew there: Khalil, Amir, Steven, Beto and Joel. Khalil and Amir with Steven run this shop and Beto and Joel work on special projects like this car after hours which worked out well! Although it took some time, Beto's fine tuning of the body and Joel's paint skills were simply awesome to me and I am more than thrilled at the final outcome. This pic is during the final block out process just before final primer.
     
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  4. michaelvz51
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    2019-05-17 Final Primer (2).jpeg 2019-05-17 Final Primer (1).jpeg 2019-05-17 Final Primer (4).jpeg
    I 2019-05-17 Final Primer (3).jpeg
    I know that bodywork pics may not be exciting to some, BUT, look at how crisp the lines on the car are taking shape after tuning and primer is applied by artists...…….
     
  5. michaelvz51
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    2019-08-24 In The Booth.jpeg 2019-09-04 Final Trim Fit.jpeg 2019-09-04 Final Trim Fit2.jpeg
    Here's a booth primer pic and two important step pics: final trim fitment to make sure it will all fit AFTER paint. This was a step I was not expecting but am very grateful that it was done this way! Next will be paint and trim installation etc. Getting exciting after all this time Hambers!
     
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  6. michaelvz51
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    2019-09-14 Painted 1.jpeg 2019-09-14 Painted 2 .jpeg 2019-09-14 Painted 3 .jpeg
    Fresh out of the paint booth! Finally, the color is revealed and its unbelievable in the sun as it literally changes color before your eyes! Look at the pics carefully and notice the depth of color change, exactly what we were planning for. I'm not excited here NOT! The boys at Canoga Auto Works made this man's dream come to life. Now, wait a week or two for the clear to properly dry and gas off before color sand and buff.
     
  7. michaelvz51
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    2019-09-26 Painted 1.jpeg 2019-09-26 Painted 2.jpeg
    FINALLY back home for all the details to be installed. Next up will be polishing all the Stainless Steel trim and putting this jewelry back on her-More to come soon
     
  8. michaelvz51
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    2019-09-28 Trim 2.jpeg 2019-09-28 Trim 1.jpeg
    Polished Stainless Trim beginning to be installed. I have learned so much throughout this project and will again thank the HAMB for guidance. I have recently learned to how to restore, repair and polish this Stainless Trim and so far its going well. I'll be posting more as the project continues!
     
  9. KandN Kustoms
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  10. michaelvz51
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    Thank you KandN! More to come soon as I continue to add jewelery!
     
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  11. michaelvz51
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    2019-10-05 Passenger Side Trim And Antenna.jpeg
    Update:
    Passenger Trim polished and installed and the Antenna too, starting to see what the vision is becoming...
     
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  12. michaelvz51
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    2019-10-05 Grill Teeth (1).jpeg 2019-10-05 Grille Teeth (2).jpeg Grille Teeth installed and the one year only, extremely hard to find 1949 Mercury Hood Letters. I am putting some trim pieces back on the car as this would have been done later in the show circuit in the late 50's. Plus, I just like the extra bling...........
     
  13. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
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    Very Kool! I don't know how this thread got by my Kustom Mercury filter. Sweet ride! I cant wait to watch it come together.
     
  14. michaelvz51
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    Mister Straykatkustoms………...What a compliment, especially coming from you! Thank you so much, it means a lot. I have been addicted to your "Kustoms Blues" thread for many years and have garnered many of the ideas I am incorporating into this car from the posts. Between you and the Riksters websites, one can become very educated on what a Kustom should try to become as a finished or continuing rolling project. I have lots more Kool features (at least I think so) that I am going to install on this car soon-man, it takes time to install everything without hammering the paint and/or chrome but worth the extra time to do so. By the way, this car WILL NOT be trailered, it is being built to drive the white walls off it! Be on the lookout in the near future for it.
     
  15. michaelvz51
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    2019-10-09 Passenger Door Handle 2.jpeg 2019-10-09 Passenger Side Door Handle Install 1.jpeg
    For those who have been watching, did you notice the "door pockets" I worked my ass of to weld into the doors? Well, now you see what is filling that space...…….How about some 54' Chevy Door Handles with the DeeeeeeeeLuxe Knuckle Guards that happen to be "spear" shaped? Yes, the spear shape on this car is a theme and you will see more as it comes to life. I know you are asking "What the heck did he put "Chevy" door handles on a Merc"? The same reason I am putting a bunch of Desoto parts on it, because I believe these parts enhance the overall appearance and theme I designed while studying all the pics of Kustoms on the HAMB for several years. Also, these are very user friendly as they lock the doors too without having an extra hole in the door for the original keyed lock of the Merc. Look closely at the sunken antenna mount in previous posts and check the lead work we did to make, you guessed it, a spear or teardrop shape. You can also see the teaser of the full on Wide Whitewalls being installed on the rear. Next up will be the Skirts...………..
     
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  16. straykatkustoms
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    Thanks for the kind words. It is good to see all of the kustom projects being built. Yours is a kool example of someone brave enough to try new ideas. Kustoms are a lot of work and fun to build, they are rolling pieces of art and a lot more fun than carrying around a painting.

    Love that you are going to run door handles. You couldn't tell by looking at my Merc but I think kustoms need some chrome to break up the smooth. I'm looking into running door handles as well, just hadn't got there yet. Kool how your cut outs for the handles match the Pontiac trim. Very Kool!
     
  17. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    I totally get why you put the Chevy handles on the car. Smart thinking!
     
  18. Shanemade
    Joined: Aug 23, 2018
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    This thing is awesome!! Nice work!!
     
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  19. michaelvz51
    Joined: May 24, 2011
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    Thanks for the positive words Shanemade, more pics soon!
     
  20. michaelvz51
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    Hi Peanut, wait till you see the Lark trim I’m using inside in the door panels!
     
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  21. mercman@bulldog
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
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    Yep coming to this site late. But “to drive the whitewalls off it” is my kinda of builder.[​IMG]


    Sent from my iPad using H.A.M.B.
     
  22. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    Oooooh, intriguing! I bet I know what year and trim level, but I'll wait to see for myself. :)
     
  23. michaelvz51
    Joined: May 24, 2011
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    2019-10-12 Skirt Pic 1.jpeg 2019-10-12 Skirt Pic 2.jpeg
    Here are a few of the Driver Side Skirt installed and completed with the 54' Merc modified spears. I had to "shave" down the spears so they would not hit the body and I did this using different coarseness files. I used good quality masking tape to mark off how much to shave and also to help keep the chrome in place once they were completed. I used "Camper Installation Tape" for the weather stripping and to act as a barrier between the body and the skirt. I believe all the work to build these was worth it-Thanks again to the HAMB for the ideas and guidance. (The front tire is just a roller and will be replaced with the wide whites like in the rear once I get the front end straightened out)
     
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  24. michaelvz51
    Joined: May 24, 2011
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    Mercman, that's a bad ass Merc and it looks like you too like too drive the whitewalls off it! Looks like we got us some matching rear view mirrors too!
     

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