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Projects COVID Custom Acquisition -'39 Mercury

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by OzMerc39, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. For many years I yearned for a '30s car, long before I even realised what it would take to own, work and run one. I went through various phases of car ownership from 1st car to reliable street V8, across to the necessary family wagon people mover then my first classic a '64 Falcon Coupe in 1996. With a long run with the Coupe (20 something years) and various modifications, the realisation came that a '30s car was a possibility arrived earlier this year.

    Then...BANG COVID hit, and the market for available cars changed completely. So the dream of a '32 Roadster or coupe began to shake...getting a little misty from week to week. Then, the reality of my strict criteria set in, and the realisation of this pushed the dream out the side door.

    The Roadster had to be original Henry steel all the way through !!

    A '32 Roadster? hard to find...change to a '34 Coupe, also hard to find, especially good ones with traditional running gear and all steel. Well, my finances it seemed would not go that far for the coveted dream of a Rod with a history (at least not in this country). What I did find was way out of $$$ reach. A solid talk to myself about what was important in that car made me recalibrate away from 20+ years of it had to be a '32 - had to be a hi-boy Roadster (John Milner). "Where were you in '62?

    The one absolute essential criteria remained! Original steel body car.

    Enter the cool custom look of a custom sled. After a few weeks of searching the COVID affected classified a few possibilities emerged. I have always been a Ford guy, so Mercury's or single spinners were the right flavours. Advice from a mate was..." don't build one as it may take one close and make it yours through putting your own touches to it"

    So the challenge of getting one with the right look was on. I'll know it when I see it I said to my wife. A traditional looking sled from the era '30s through to '50s with a Flathead...maybe? After much COVID market research and classifieds, searching enters the right car. A car imported into Australia from the USA A Maryland car, chopped and customised here in Australia (inside & out) with the period stance and motor. Still left had drive (bonus)

    1939 Mercury 8
    Jefferson Blue
    Original dash patina
    239 cid Flathead V8
    C4 transmission
    9" differential
    Fenton alloy heads
    Offenhauser tri-power intake
    Stromberg 97's
    Fenton headers
    Wide five rims
    Firestone cross-ply tyres
    Cadilac hub caps
    4 wheel drum brakes (boosted)


    Enter the OZMERC !!

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  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,628


    That car would make any Hamber drool. Looks great, drive the wheels off of it.
  3. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 4,719


    Congrats ! Enjoy !
  4. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,935

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Congratulations..that car has "the look".

  5. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,324


    When I was 16, I had a paper route in our little town that I walked every morning. Every Saturday, an old man on my route would pull his '39 Merc Coupe out of his garage, dust it off, open the door for his wife and off they would go to the grocery store. I watched that for 2 years and finally asked the old man if he would consider selling his car. The answer was an emphatic NO. I've always wondered what happened to it. I'm glad you got yours, congratulations

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  6. Beautiful car, perfect.
    It's nice to hear that this shitty year caused something good for someone.

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  7. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,847


    That is about as perfect as you can get.

  8. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 679


    Is that the one featured in Hop Up a couple of years ago? Love the Pillar treatment.
    Best thing about Canberra surely?
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  9. Hey CadMaD ... Having done a little research since owning the Merc I believe the car was featured in a few magazine articles. Hop Up could have been one of them. The car passed through at least one other set of hands before me. I am pleased to say that it will be with me for a long time before I consider anything but owning and cruising very regularly.

    You could be very close to what is the best thing about Canberra. Suffice to say we could be heading north to our new home in the near future.
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  10. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,441


    Wow. Great car. Congrats!
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  11. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,745


    Outstanding car
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  12. lilmann
    Joined: Apr 13, 2017
    Posts: 145


    Beautiful, good find
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  13. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,085

    from Ok

    Who wouldn't want that, congrats.
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  14. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,435


    See, that wasn't all that hard!
    Congrats and enjoy! :)
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  15. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    Great score. Enjoy.
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  16. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,313


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  17. That's a beauty, now you should remove that ugly steering wheel and get it out of your country, I can forward you my address and rid Australia of a Ford steering wheel that should be in a Mercury! :D HRP
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  18. 50 Merc Man
    Joined: Aug 2, 2020
    Posts: 135

    50 Merc Man

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  19. 39-40 Merc is on my want list, too. Looks like you picked a up a beauty!
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  20. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,121

    from Indiana

    Beautiful! IMHO, I wouldn't consider that a step down from a '32 roadster!
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  21. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 733



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  22. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,695

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Nice! What is the law for LH drive cars? I thought I read that they had to be converted to RH? This was quite a few years ago.
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  23. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,893

    from DFW USA

    You can't do any better than that! Congratulations, enjoy it!
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  24. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,543


    Crickey, that is one beautiful car! Love the colour. One teeny tiny thing I have to say needs changing are the plug wires. Get some more nostalgic looking ones for the complete look. I think we all need more pics!!!
  25. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 679


    How far north are you coming up?
    Come on up to beautiful Queensland. Though the car may have to Covid quarantine at my place for a couple of weeks.
    Yes it looks to be the same car. I’d lose all the unnecessary stickers and the pinstriping . It doesn’t need a bad girl, tramp stamp. She’s a sleek, elegant beauty.
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  26. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 606


    Holy Merc-a-troid Merc Man, that is one fine 39 and i sure wish it was mine......
    Alan Jackson shuold have been singing about your fine!
    You are blessed, congrats !!!
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  27. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 17,570


    @OzMerc39, Congrats on this elegant acquisition...Welcome to the Hamb and may you enjoy taildragging into the Wild Blue Yonder Oh Yeah!!
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  28. Hey everyone ... Thanks for all the supportive comments.
    I sure intend to do a lot of cruising once events start to crank up again. There will be some individual touches as time goes by, but for now, I'm mostly happy with the look and feel.

    And, just because fortunate son asked... here are a few more pics !
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  29. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,625


    That's a great car, with the right stuff. Very nice.
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