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Buddy Ohanesian Merc over at Sacramento Vintage Ford

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oldmankohout, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. oldmankohout
    Joined: Feb 24, 2007
    Posts: 55


    Added VIDEO 4-18-11---We will be moving this very nice Mercury into our showroom later this week. Please stop by and check it out! We should be on display for several weeks with more pics to follow and it's own web page with plenty of photos. The stocker is for sale.

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  2. I always had a thing for this car:)
  3. 51wagon
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 169

    from northwoods

    The Ohanesian Merc is one of my favorites, too. That 3/4 rear view really does it for me.

    oldmankohout - What is the asking price for the stocker?
  4. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    My favorite car in the whole wide world.

  5. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    One of my favs as well...beautiful proportions and craftsmanship..
  6. Lazer5000
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 729


    Looks like Rickster is going to have to get himself to Sacramento.
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,252

    from California

    saw that car in the 70's at Lodi or Merced or some such event when I was young and handsome. probably the first real vintage "old school" custom car I ever saw. I haven't been the same since.
  8. I wish I was closer! I'd sure like to check that out...
  9. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,303

    hombres ruin

    Great custom it's .very well done. I would love to go and see it.For the shape that it has the custom look was so well achieved
  10. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,692

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    please some one run over there and take the top off it long enough to get a few pictures with it off....
  11. ill stop by be over in a week
  12. oldmankohout
    Joined: Feb 24, 2007
    Posts: 55


    For the 'very' stock stocker Ed is asking $47,500. That's the black 1940 Merc....NOT the red one. Ed was very specific -the red Merc is NOT for sale :)

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  13. oldmankohout
    Joined: Feb 24, 2007
    Posts: 55


    It's late...going home....I will get some better shots later!

    The Ohanesian 1940 Mercury had the two key ingredients of a winning custom car: good design sense and quality craftsmanship. In the early days of customizing, many cars had one but not the other.

    Some cars looked great from a distance, but close examination revealed slipshod metalwork with an excess of lead filler. These cars prompted the then-derogatory term "leadsled." Other cars had quality bodywork, but ungainly proportions and bizarre styling details.

    This breathtaking 1940 Mercury convertible sedan, originally built for Harold "Buddy" Ohanesian of Sacramento, gets it all right. The project was started in 1943, and progressed gradually as Ohanesian drove the car in between customizing sessions.

    Harry Westergard performed some of the restyling, then Ohanesian's high school buddy Dick Bertolucci took over.

    The hood and front fenders were reshaped to accept a 1946 Chevy grille. Initially, the stock Mercury headlight bezels were painted body color, but by the mid 1950s the car sported frenched headlights with an attractive "cove" on their lower edges.

    The windshield was chopped four inches, with the vent windows and trim cut down to match. All of the stock chrome trim was removed, along with the door handles. The door latches were modified to operate by pushbutton electric solenoids mounted in the running boards.

    A 1940 Packard provided the teardrop rear fender skirts. The rear fenders were molded to the body, along with the taillights and rear splash pan from a 1942 Ford.

    Both bumpers were sourced from a 1942 Chevy, and the rear one was modified with molded-in exhaust outlets. The rear license plate was frenched into the decklid and mounted behind a piece of glass -- a modification that police occasionally frowned upon at the time.

    All of the body modifications are impressive, but the highlight of the car is the beautifully contoured steel top. It was hand-formed by Bertolucci, who utilized the front half of a 1946 Chrysler top, the back half of a 1941 Buick roof, and his considerable hammer-welding and metal-fabrication skills.

    The top is removable, but the seams are so tight and the shapes so fluid that it appears to be a solid part of the car. The stock trunk opening was cut down and the rear of the body significantly revamped to accommodate the new top.

    The car was severely lowered in back with a C'd frame and de-arched rear spring with reversed eyes and long shackles. A steel plate was mounted under the gas tank to protect it from highway bumps. A dropped axle and straight spring brought the front ride height down.

    Inside, a 1947 Cadillac dashboard was installed, along with custom upholstery. Under the hood, a 1946 Mercury flathead was installed to supply the power.

    Buddy relied on the Merc as his daily driver for several years, even using it as a tow vehicle for his 1933 Ford coupe Bonneville racer. The car was then stored until the early 1970s, when it was acquired and partially refurbished by Louie Martin and Dennis Nash of Sacramento.

    Ed Hegarty bought the car in about 1975, and had a more thorough restoration performed in time for an exhibit of historic hot rods and customs at the Oakland Museum in 1996.

    The Mercury also appeared at the 50th Anniversary of the Sacramento Auto rama in 2000, where Bertolucci was an honored builder, and at the first showing of customs at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2005.

    Text courtesy How Stuff

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  14. MEDDLER1
    Joined: Jun 1, 2006
    Posts: 1,590


    I needed an excuse to head over there...........
  15. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
    Posts: 5,939

    Jimmy B

    Coolest, Bestest Merc Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Pre-K
    Joined: Jun 27, 2007
    Posts: 219

    from Ventura

    First custom car I ever saw, in front of Bertolucci's shop, revisited at Pebble Beach in 2005, and it will be the on the top of my "list" forever...
  17. Joe Kickass
    Joined: Sep 12, 2010
    Posts: 16

    Joe Kickass

    Wow. That's the best custom ever. That top is amazing. How long will it be there?
  18. oldmankohout
    Joined: Feb 24, 2007
    Posts: 55


    Pretty sure we will have it here through May......maybe June. Should head into the showroom Tuesday-Wednesday. Need to move the WILD CAD (full custom 59 Caddy) over to a new spot....

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  19. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,560


    The more you look at it, the more the details pop out, I agree, one of the best customs ever!
  20. oldmankohout
    Joined: Feb 24, 2007
    Posts: 55


    Just uploaded a short video moving Ed's Merc into the warehouse on the Sacramento Vintage Ford Facebook page.

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