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  1. svodoc
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    My dad bought the Merc that he has been after for the last 40+ years. It sat in a pole barn since 1966, we rescued it last summer. My dad has been working on the car replacing brakes and fuel tank & lines trying to get it ready for the road. I rebuilt the flathead and now it's finally all coming together...slowly ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377485927.863404.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377486120.315170.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377486211.113545.jpg

    These are from the day we got it home.


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  2. 51 Leadsled
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    That is great!! I am happy for you. What are your plans for it?



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  3. Ford blue blood
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    Saw that bad boy the day they got it out of the barn! Solid! Perfect! Ryan you guys going to repaint or leave it with the patina?
     
  4. gatz
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    NICE !!
    that'll clean up real good
     

  5. Jim J
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    subscribed!
     
  6. svodoc
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    The engine was seized, after we got it out we started collecting parts for the rebuild, with the help of my son I have it back together ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377486819.896688.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377486991.312558.jpg
    More to come...


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  7. belair
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    Already looks like a winner
     
  8. svodoc
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    Right now we are leaving the patina, it earned it. We will make it shiny one day, just not anytime soon


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  9. svodoc
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    The Auburn could be bought, I'm trying to get a price out of the owner. View attachment 2014982 ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377487549.578798.jpg

    It could be a beautiful car it's all there.


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  10. 1951Streamliner
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    Awesome!!

    Can't wait to see progress.
     
  11. ss34coupe
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    Good for your Dad to be staying on this for so long. Nice job on the flathead motor!
     
  12. 32ford5
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    ...plus two Cobras!
     
  13. That Auburn is beautiful.
    Engine for the Merc looks mean...what kind of exhaust are you putting on it? Something loud and flashy? Or cool and smooth...
     
  14. slddnmatt
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    Awesome on the merc, the flatty looks perfect...ill take the bronco!
     
  15. Doctor Detroit
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    Wow, that is a nice looking Flathead.
     
  16. svodoc
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    It is going to have 2 inch stainless with a set of stainless porters


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  17. RR496
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    Nice, can't wait to see the progress!
     
  18. svodoc
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    Here are a few more, I stuffed the flatty in yesterday. Now it's time to empty the trunk full of new stuff and put it together, hopefully we can make a few cruise ins this year ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377538798.852888.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377538830.705664.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377538852.824302.jpg


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  19. svodoc
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    The plan right now is to get it running and drive it like it is. The original seats are pretty nice, they were hiding under covers that were put on when it was new, under the rotten carpet was the most perfect floors in a merc that I have ever seen. My dad wanted to take it all apart and paint it as soon as we got it on the trailer, but I convinced him to leave it alone and just get it driving with its original running gear . ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377564278.073776.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377564221.655990.jpg


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  20. Great find! That is gonna be kickass. The engine is nicely dressed for sure.
     
  21. bobby_Socks
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    really like the engine
     
  22. svodoc
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1377564651.322524.jpg

    Check out the matches I found in the glove box.

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  23. 296ardun
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    That top matchbook looks like a Vargas painting, really cool!

    Great thread, just proves that they are still out there waiting to be rescued, like your plans for the Merc
     
  24. Great job looks awesome
     
  25. cederholm
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  26. Outstanding car as is. Happy for you guys.
     
  27. Nighthawk756
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    I'm excited for you and your Dad Ryan! I'm just glad I live close enough to experience it in person!! Congrats brother!! :cool::cool:

    Pictures don't do that flatty justice. It's a work of art!!

    Love the matchbook!! :D:D
     
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  28. A late friend Sid Marlow and i built a nice driver for him out of a parts car. I have to say it was great. Sids son now owns the car and is fineshing it the way dad couldnt afford to. and Sid smiles. injoy this with your dad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  29. B.Sharp
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    That is one awesome looking Merc, no way I would paint that car. Get it up and running and drive the wheels off it. :)...
     
  30. That car looks amazing! I would just drive it the way it is. I want a stock '49 so bad. I probably have to wait til I retire.
    The motor is a thing of beauty!
     

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