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Customs Another ugly East Coast custom: The Ferreira '49 Merc coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by UnIOnViLLEHauNT, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2004
    Posts: 4,824


    I had to laugh when reading the Lead East thread this year. Every year it's a similar spread, and every year it's the same mixed reactions from this board. The guys on the east working off their 4 day benders say "what a great time, helluva party", and the guys on the west scoff at the custom cars. I guess it's something that's been brewing longer than paper vs. plastic, and even Clapton vs. Hendrix. Maaaaybe Billie vs. Ella.

    Anyway, so that was the idea with the title of this thread, hoping it doesn't get grouped into the cars you guys scoff at! The story behind this car began a year or two ago, I judge that by what crappy tow vehicle I had at the time, being an 80s one ton Chevy that huffed crazy oil, that was two trucks ago. I got this car in a package of two Mercs from Mazdaslam, and really only bought this one for the bumpers/grill/turn signals and rear lights as they were in pretty amazing shape for such a poor car, plus the other Merc yielded perfect rear quarters for a '50 coupe I had that needed them. It was a huge score, and if you ever deal with him, Kevin is the man! I pulled all the trim and whatnot, and finally having a decent piece of land, just put it in the back of the yard for a someday project, or more realistically, for just the roof. The car was rocked.

    So, a while passes and Edgar contacts me, he has another 50 Merc 4 door I tooled around with a few years ago (the thread is here ) and he said he is now stationed in Japan for a while and wants me to look into building him a daily driver. He has a pretty limited budget, so he was automatically thinking a shoebox as a Merc would be totally out of reach. I started a thread looking for a clean car, nothing really came of it lead wise, and I got to thinking. Edgar is a great guy, and since about 18 has been serving our country, been overseas to the "sandbox" as he called it I dont know, 5 times or better? I knew he really wanted a Merc but couldn't afford it, and I knew I had a really really shitty Merc that I didn't want to build, but figured eh...what the hell right? So we talk, and he's of course uber thrilled, and we go forward.

    This car sucked. I ended up getting it in here and there to start doing work and the more I saw he worse it got. So, started cutting the floors out, replaced them as well as inner rockers/yadi yadi, and then some of the fun work began. Here are some pics of the journey thusfar. The drip rails are shaved as the direction we are taking it is really, really early 50's SoCal look, the tail lights are filled and going to be relocated to the bumper guards, and either 49 or 54 Merc headlights are going to be used. Its going to sit lower in the rear, but eventually be bagged (rear only) if we decide to go that route and need more drop or adjustment. Door tops and bottoms radiused, as well as hood corners. Its got a Chevy in it (still need to adjust the final position of it when the car is sitting where it should) and getting an 8.8 rear out of some kinda 80s full size Mercury. It's going to be a driver in black primer but hopefully as time allows in a year or so, be a dark color gloss, but that is neither here nor there.

    Well, dats about it. Here goes.

    Here she is without the pretty chrome on it, started pulling the front end off. Ended up using mostly a sawzall, very little rust.


    Right after the Chevy went in, here is my friend Ryan's ex four door leaving and Edgar's Merc going in to get taken apart.


    Lets see how bad it could be?


    Badness. I am involved, we're all involved. A Merc died tonight.


    Mo' betta. New inner rockers, floors, blah blah. Lower a pillars were wiped out, halfway up to be exact. Lower b pillar area etc. Redo all that.


    Then comes the process....cut the doors apart, do undersides, mad rot. Don't really have much in the way of pics, but you get the idea. Then the fun part, chop chop!

    The chop is 3 3/4" up front (taped), 4" rear , so all in all it will yield a little over a 1/2" slope to the roof. The quarter window radiuses are tighter out back since I kinda like to mimic whats going on opposing it (roof side) and it squeeks out some extra length in the quarter window overall. The rear window is just tipped forward, not moved up, and the roof is paneled with two shoebox Ford roof patches, as I donated my last 4 door Merc roof to Ryan's chop.





    Then some more fun stuff, finding all the little rot areas and dealing with em one by one.

    A pillar where it meets the roof.



    The a pillars fell apart when I started the chop. Heres why. Rot rot.


    This is why I tell my woman it is of the utmost importance we purchase beer, I of course don't like the taste, yet need the bendable boxes for my studies.


    Fill some tail lights, fill some gas door. The panel has some surface rust, but the whole car is getting stripped and probably parts blasted before body/prime, and this gas door is a helluva curve to work with. It was more roof and some hammer action, fit really really well.


    You get the idea. Hoping to have this done soon, mixing this up with my '51 coupe project. Im hoping to finish stripping a 79 Olds 98 today, been working a few hours here and there, and my Merc is going to go on that soon. What a friggin job that's been so far, but it keeps both projects fresh.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2010
  2. freebird101
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,203


    looks like its gonna be one nice merc, after piles of rust are removed
  3. bobs66440
    Joined: Sep 7, 2010
    Posts: 183

    from New York

    WOW! Now THAT'S what I call bringing one back. Man, you are a braver man than me. Good work! :cool:
  4. madgrinder
    Joined: Feb 5, 2005
    Posts: 323


    Looks great so far!!!

    I like your beverage-box idea. I wonder if my wife would believe it?;)

  5. mazdaslam
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 2,524


    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    She is going to be nice.The floor and chop looks great.Looks like she needs to take a trip to the sand blaster guy to get rid of the nasty rust in those hard to get areas.Keep us posted on progress.
  7. WOAH! That chop is perfect! Man you nailed it, that is soooo sweet!

  8. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2004
    Posts: 4,824


  9. Thirdyfivepickup
    Joined: Nov 5, 2002
    Posts: 6,093


    geeze... when you tackle something you tackle something...
  10. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,148

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Ambitious project. Thanx for letting us in on it. Good luck.
  11. I am constantly amazed at your threads. You just put your head down and work. It looks great!
  12. Baron
    Joined: Aug 13, 2004
    Posts: 3,570


    Hi Chris. The roof line on your chop is absolutely perfect. The rear window is right where it needs to be. Most people don't push the window up high enough,so the roof line takes a dip behind the quarter window and trunk. A properly chopped Merc looks good from every angle and yours does. Keep up the good work. Car is going to look great.
  13. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,656

    from ohio

    and to think that other guy was complaining about his "rotted" merc LOL, wait until he sees this!! GREAT JOB CHRIS!
  14. rosco gordy
    Joined: Jun 8, 2010
    Posts: 648

    rosco gordy

    So big of a project wow but that roof cut PREFECT!!! keep up the good work lookin forward to see the progress most guys would have not even considered it cool
  15. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 741

    from Minnesota

    You sir, are an absolute surgeon !...that's some impressive hole patchin' right there !
  16. glassguy
    Joined: Feb 12, 2003
    Posts: 2,261


    jesus chris, your a madman!!!! you have this shit down to a science now.. extremely impressive! you are now the king of ugly east coast customs! ill be looking forward to the rest of this story...
  17. What rust.........?
  18. tjackson
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 164

    from Oregon

    Great job, but I'm don't like beer???? :)
  19. screwball
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,761


    You and koolkemp should open a shop together and restore old honda fenders back to 32 fords. Great work.
  20. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,065


    Very nice work. You certainly are bringing a car back from the dead that had little chance of ever seeing the road again.
  21. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    YES! another one is saved from the china scrap pile. That ''money shot" the one of the side profile is on fire!

    On the subject of ''ugly east coast kustoms'' the east coast doesn't have a corner on ugly kustom builds any longer, they're being reproduced at an alarming rate, here in the west to catch up to history!

    Great build you have, there!

    " The ice cream truck in his neighborhood plays Helter-Skelter "

    P.S. it's not Hendrix vs. Clapton, but Galager vs. Trower
  22. I need to link this thread to the listing for the one my buddy bought to flip, to try to inspire folks. It's not much better.
  23. Barn-core
    Joined: Jan 26, 2004
    Posts: 946


    You deserve kudos for saving that vintage tin. The chop is perfect!
  24. drflex
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 280


  25. enfieldjoe
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 839

    from Eustis, FL

    Wow Chris, that Merc had some rust. Now, I know that my 50 Merc is not enough close to being a problem for a skilled craftsman like you.

    Keep up the great work and informative threads.
  26. Sauli
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 499


    Wow! NICE Save!!! I quite like the flow on the roofline You just created! In fact, I like it a LOT!
    Glad it got saved and worked into something nice, it is a genuine 2dr Merc, after all.
  27. Stefan T
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 2,166

    Stefan T
    from Sweden

    Good work. I happy see pepole that fix cars bad as hell.
  28. mikhett
    Joined: Jan 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,412

    from jackson nj

    Looks Good,Chris! Good luck.I decided to keep the Merc,Mike
  29. Caddy-O
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,645


    You yanks are men when it comes to rust repair. I guess it's get tough or die if you want to work on cars up there.

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