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Gil Ayala 40 mercury

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 46fatford, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. 46fatford
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,038


    I was wondering if anyone has or is going to clone Gil Ayala's 40 mercury with the full fadeaway fenders and cad fish tails? I would really love to build a clone of it myself, but the cost of a 39-40 mercury coupe is just too high for it to come to fruition for me. Maybe there is someone else who would like to see one too. I know the fade away fenders would take some time as would the cad fish tails, but it would be really cool to see one done like this again, as it appears the original is gone.
  2. This is one of if not my favorite customs ever.I have talked about this car several times but much like your sinks quick on here.I don't think many people really like Gils old Merc.The car was as heavy as a custom that there could of been.

    Lets not forget,the car won best Custom in Oakland 1951 even beat out Sams newly finished 49 Merc.
  3. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
    Posts: 5,678

    Jimmy B

    I wasn't a fan of Gil's Merc because of the pics I saw of it in Hot Rod Magazine. While Gil raced it at the dry lakes it looked like a bulbous turd. Then I saw a pic of it finished it looked like a sleek classy panty dropper and I have liked it ever since. It definitely needs replicating. The world has too many Matranga Merc clones.





    1940 Mercury Coupe - Ayala
  4. steveabilly
    Joined: Apr 29, 2007
    Posts: 44


    Does anyone know what happened to Gil Ayala's Merc? did it get totaled? did it get parted out? is it resting in a garage of someone who doesn't know what it is? or did it go to a different country?
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  5. Man I would love to see this car recreated. It would not be cheap undertaking to do it right. The Merc is just the start of it you would have to drop some serious cash into recreating the race motor he had in the car as well.
  6. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,236

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    In those days, there was no value to customs once they became a few years older. For example, I believe that the Hirohata Merc was on a used car lot for $400 or so in the early 60's. Unless someone just accidentally stored something like that, chances are that sooner or later it was re-done, driven til it dropped or wrecked beyond repair. The more famous or iconic they are, the greater chance that if they still did exist, someone would have found them by now. The Ayala Merc was head and shoulders above every other custom of that era.
  7. mazdaslam
    Joined: Sep 9, 2004
    Posts: 2,525


    I love this car!!! It would blow my mind if it is still out there.

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  8. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 985


    Extremely classy custom.
    Maybe Rikster will chime in as I believe he had a thread on this one a while back.
    The fadeaways would be a major undertaking but would be the coolest....
  9. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,286

    hombres ruin

    That ride could never look bad it's a masterpiece. A friggin icon of kustom. His approach to this ride in its mods and style was genius. It is the ultimate tail dragger
  10. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,715

    from DFW USA

    One of my faves. Definitely deserves a clone.

  11. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,286

    hombres ruin

    That is such a killer pic,like the belly tank is being hunted
  12. 11 year old car winning best Custom in Oakland in 1951........Enough Said .

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