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  1. stanlow69
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    The 2019-10-19_102233.jpg pic`s make it look easy. Here is a top that was put on by a professional. Maybe the top was defective or was a factory 2nd, but it came out horrible. The owner contacted me a couple years after it was put on. I had to go and look at it first to see what the problem was. I put one on that looked much better.
     
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    Just found this. Here is a scan from the January 1949 issue of 2019-10-19_110048.jpg Hot Rod that I have.
     
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    As posted on page 1, from Motor Trend 1950. The second one is from Hot Rod January 1950. Looks like they moved locations. 2019-10-11_220427.jpg 2019-10-19_204646.jpg
     
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    Hot Rod, 1950 in the November issue. 2019-10-19_205751.jpg
     
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    Then how could I miss this. 2019-10-19_210531.jpg
     
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    Here is a paid add for a 39 Ford Convertible that appeared in the Mrch 1951 Issue of Hot Rod. Notice the word Carson is in bold letters. 2019-10-19_213624.jpg
     
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    It's been said that the first 49-51 Mercury convertible chopped was the 50 Mercury of Ralph Testa (cannot be verified). Here is current picture with the restored top done by Bob Jasper of Tacoma, Wa. 20160905_104023.jpg
     
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    Thanks @Crayon Here are a couple pictures I found in my collection of books and magazines I have. I`m not good at posting pictures from other sites. The Barris book mentions the car was finished in early 52 but not when the top was done. 2019-10-20_093418.jpg 2019-10-20_093721.jpg
     
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    Found another picture of Ralph`s Merc in a Barris book. It shows the reflection of the white top. I mentions it is featured in Hop Up July of 52. Didn`t have that issue but I found it on a used car lot in the September 52 issue of Hop Up. 2019-10-20_183721.jpg 2019-10-20_183441.jpg
     
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    I really like the way the top flows on this car, one of my favorites .
     
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    Body work by Gil`s. Top by Carson, and interior by L and L. From the October 1952 Issue of Hop Up. And a close up shot. 2019-10-13_205929.jpg 2019-10-22_013515.jpg 2019-10-22_013648.jpg 2019-10-22_013947.jpg
     
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    It was invited to the Merc gathering a few years ago. It was also featured in American Rodder October of 97. Misplaced my issue. I have thousands of magazines in my collection. @Crayons 2019-10-22_212441.jpg 2019-10-22_212720.jpg
     
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    I found the article I have been looking for in Street Rodder 2019-10-23_151542.jpg 2019-10-23_151318.jpg 2019-10-23_151432.jpg . First I `ll break it down into segments. First, where did the name come from.
     
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    As you can see, they made jigs for production work. Another article I read said they did 10 2019-10-23_153544.jpg Scan0561.jpg a day. Around 1942.
     
  15. Gaylord did the top on George's Cadillac in exchange for chopping Bills 1949 Merc Convertible which is more widely considered the first chopped Merc as it was done in 1949.
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    Also in the same article. 2019-10-23_194621.jpg
     
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    This is a Buick. 2019-10-14_222909.jpg 2019-10-14_223022.jpg
     
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    K13.... Cadillac -Buick- Oldsmobile Have the same body floor pan on certain models
     
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    2019-10-13_204332.jpg 2019-10-27_094613.jpg Here is a pic of Joe Uritta`s Ford which also appeared in the same article. But we know the top wasn`t done by Marian Cattle`s. It was Cottles. Or was it.
     
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