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History Found 52 Mercury Kustom Convertible

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by I Like Tacos, Oct 29, 2022.

  1. I Like Tacos
    Joined: Sep 12, 2017
    Posts: 290

    I Like Tacos

    Weekend bump for fresh eyes!
  2. gtokid70
    Joined: Jul 30, 2015
    Posts: 167


    As a Edsel owner I totally agree. That car is one of a kind and not for everyone's taste. Cool car just the way it is. Nice score
    41 coupe, Spooky, drdave and 5 others like this.
  3. Piewagn
    Joined: Mar 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,433


    This one....all day! upload_2022-11-13_18-7-44.png upload_2022-11-13_18-7-44.png
  4. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 16,266


    I don't hate the current grille but I'd love to see what it looks like with the squared-off hood scoop of the first photoshop. The V shaped pink hood piece with the clown nose on the end just doesn't go with the very boxy grille/front bumper treatment.

    I do like the '58 Ford front bumper as well, but I'm curious to know what the current setup would look like polished up and with a revised hood. I certainly don't hate it, and I think it would clean up surprisingly nice with a full day of careful cleaning and polishing. Won't cost much other than time to try.
  5. Woogeroo
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 1,184

    from USA

    Interesting ride... it will be fun to see what ya'll do with it.
  6. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,652

    Stan Back
    from California

    Right behind the doors -- three styling ideas in a crash mode. What's going on here and what's supporting it?
  7. I Like Tacos
    Joined: Sep 12, 2017
    Posts: 290

    I Like Tacos

    It's 55 Royal Lancer trim with a second rear piece turned upside-down to create the cover effect.

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  8. trevorsworth
    Joined: Aug 3, 2020
    Posts: 1,177


    I wouldn't do a damn thing except shine it up and drive it. "Needs to look more like this other car..." words that should never be said of kustoms. If your buddy makes any changes they should be to his taste & only his.
  9. I Like Tacos
    Joined: Sep 12, 2017
    Posts: 290

    I Like Tacos

    We are East Coast through and through, don't give a hoot how or what they do in California.

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  10. I Like Tacos
    Joined: Sep 12, 2017
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    I Like Tacos

    Says it all...

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  11. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,868

    1. 1940 Ford

    The Merc in post 28 is a definition of “ good taste,” beautiful custom.
  12. thewishartkid
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 891


    I would not change a thing.This is my 54 Mercury 40235649_268926077275493_346291337491906560_n.jpg
    40two, Movinman, LOST ANGEL and 5 others like this.
  13. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,943


    As an experiment, maybe lose the grille teeth and that strange hood "pimple'. I bet that will clean it up a bunch.
  14. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 1,108

    Bob Lowry

    Maybe an early Mary Kay rep. car?
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  15. rudestude
    Joined: Mar 23, 2016
    Posts: 2,937


    The shot of the 57 Chev the "California Gold Nugget" is perfect example of a car that spent its life on the show circuit and the changes that were made to keep the car competitive and winning .
    This is from a article in Customs Illustrated September 1963 20221125_000300~2.jpg
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  16. rudestude
    Joined: Mar 23, 2016
    Posts: 2,937


    Interesting and enjoy it.
    I have been looking through my collection of "Little Pages" found this car that I posted , it's got some of the features your car, or who ever it belongs to, but after looking at the car you posted I would guess it was built in the 80's to the style of a late 50's early 60's build...thats when the customs were becoming popular again ,late 70's 80's , it's a cool car and someone has done alot of work , check to see if bondo or lead was used in the body work, but just the way its put together and the side mirrors ,70's after market ...I know you can put mirrors on any time but them and the way they are fitted with the chrome strip ,I would say that they were installed at the same time..I will switch over to my 80's/early 90's custom car magazines and see what I find. 20221125_015901~2.jpg 20221125_020001~2.jpg 20221125_020011~2.jpg
  17. Nothing built in the 90’s needs to be considered sacred it would seem. The grille is an opportunity to make the car your own. I think the dagmars fight with the headlights for attention, and I would lose them. The turn signals look like an afterthought. Possibly a recessed dark background with some mid century modern drawer pulls in a sort of twinkling light motive would work and be cost effective. Some sort of period appropriate turn signals, or something muted/disappearing. Are you keeping the survivor paint? If so your chrome doesn’t need to be perfect, maybe what you have will shine up. I wasn’t around in the custom heyday, but they are starting to grow on me.
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