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Technical 51 Mercury chopped rear window options. Show me some pics

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by jamcoupe, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. I've always preferred the 51 mercury back glass. They are available in clear green and grey tints made from laminated glass that allows you to trim as needed
    I did one last year where I took 2 inches of the top and changed the radius on the bottom so it could lay down and still use the original Chrome belt line

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  2. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,431


    I believe Paul Bragg did this '49, for Frank Livingston. If I recall, rear window may be a '51 Plymouth (business coupe?).

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  3. shoebox1950
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,204

    from California

    Here is a '51 Merc I chopped with a '50 rear window...

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  4. How about some pics of a 51 window in a 49 or 50.
  5. baremetal48
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 82


    Heres a pic of my 50. Stock rear window but take notice how it is slid up. Notice the big gap between the window and top of the trunk.
  6. baremetal48
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 82


    Sorry! Forgot the pics!

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  7. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,408


    If you don't like the '51 glass laid down (and I'm with you on that one even if a couple of those posted are really nice), the key is to find one that is not too narrow. To my eyes the '41 Chevy and '51 Plymouth rear windows look too small, making the roof look fat. Might I suggest you start looking at photos of 1949-52 cars and when you find a window that looks good to you, do some measuring to see how it looks on the Merc roof and go from there?
    I know 1949 or so Packard (the bathtub/elephant model) has a nice back glass, but not sure it's wide enough to look good on a Merc roof.

    I have a photo somewhere of a '59 Merc with a '40 Ford split back glass. It looks terrible! Way too small.

    The safest bet is the '50 Merc glass, but I for one would love to see you find something unusual that looks "right" on there!
  8. Any old photos from back in the day of 50 Windows in 51 s ?
  9. SpeedRacer2002
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
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  10. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,020

    Doctor Detroit

    Somewhere in the Bible I recall reading "The perfect '51 Merc chop includes a '51 rear window"... it's right after the part where they talk about "give a man a chop versus teach a man to chop..."

  11. I think Mercury Charlie's car maybe the best '51 rear window chop:


  12. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,352

    51 mercules

    Me too!
  13. 5559
    Joined: Oct 25, 2012
    Posts: 362

    from tn

    put in a 49-50 merc window
  14. jamcoupe
    Joined: Sep 5, 2006
    Posts: 483


    This thread is over 2 years old.... I have since sold the windowless Mercury. For what its worth if i would have kept it i would found a 51 back glass to put back in it.
  15. GreaserGav
    Joined: Apr 24, 2008
    Posts: 27


    That's handy to know! can you cut the original glass? I was thinking of shaving a bit off the corners when I chop it.
  16. There is a glass supply guy on ebay that sells them.

    See here.
  17. Krash Vegas
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 476

    Krash Vegas

    mine is a little newer, 56 with a 50 back window

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  18. FunnyCar65
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,075

    from Colorado

    Sorry for bring this thread back from the dead. Was the glass cut or just the stainless sharp corner trimmed and radiused?
  19. don daddyo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 229

    don daddyo

    Have you guys,ever tried the back glass of a Hudson Hornet 51,upside down,cool design and large window???
  20. don daddyo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 229

    don daddyo

  21. cretin
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,973


    The stainless corner has definitely been trimmed.

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