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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by GTfastbacker, Dec 12, 2021.

  1. E9BBEC6F-23C9-48D7-A642-5D96C118DDA3.jpeg BFF1D254-7D0F-43BC-9A0F-38ED75C0C456.jpeg Gentlemen,
    just got me a 51 Merc. It’s still stock, no modifications yet.
    Unfortunately i am very familiar with 60ies Fords and Mercs, but this is my first Flattie, so i am a bloody beginner there.

    I am a „originalo“, like stock or mild period correct customizing. And i love bling bling (sorry, i know.... )
    So the plan for the Merc is installing of:
    OD Trans
    Fender scirts
    Lake pipes
    AND LOWERING 2“ ???

    The car will be a Daylie driver, i don’t need a crazy low scratching car. And the costs for parts should be low. What should i do?

    A: blocks/ blocks
    B: moog aerostar springs/ blocks
    C: lower springs/ lower leaf springs
    D: dropped spindles / lower leaf springs

    Thank you so much for advice
  2. These are totally at odds!
    BITD people into bling bling loved the JC Whitney catalogues. But they were not customs. Bling bling and accessories = gook wagon. (a traditional term)
  3. Totally COOL, a stock '51 Merc, it is like a painter's canvas that has yet to be painted on.
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  4. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,962


    Heck of a starting point!
    Like X38 said above, gook wagons are an affront to customs. Less is more!
    *Edit - The term was discussed here on the HAMB, closed thread. Not appropriate these days probably. NOT used to describe people.
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  5. That thing is too nice to bugger up. A mild lowering is all it needs. Sweet merc.
  6. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 1,014


    Very nice 51, my favorite year. I'm with lothiandon1940 on this. Mild lowering, & skirts. A propperly rebuilt 255 Merc flatty with mild cam & 4 barrel will be dependable & sound GR8. A set of chrome 5 spoke mags wouldn't be a bad idea either.
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  7. 34Phil
    Joined: Sep 12, 2016
    Posts: 363


    visor is at odds with that smooth profile
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 51,241


    That car already has way too much bling bling.....
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  9. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,812

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool ride - Congrats -
    - x2
    no mags wheels - run '57 Caddy Hub Caps or put bolt on spinners of current caps
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  10. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,483


    No one actually answered his question. If you want low cost, use blocks.
  11. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    Blocks in rear Aerostar front easy. 7D8AC4A8-B9A9-4C4E-8639-F28C4B63B241.jpeg
  12. B

    From the Merc thread:
    A 50, but an example of simplicity being key.
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  13. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,530


    Loose the visor.:D
  14. No! No! It will fall off if you do so.

  15. GT, you will be led astray, in 360 directions if you depend on these guys! Do what YOU want! Then thumb your nose at anyone rude enough to get in your face.

    Gook wagon?? NEVER heard that before. Certainly not in the mid west where I came from.

  16. Beautiful!
    I love the 50 also very much, but i am crazy for these „overdone and way to much“ propeller like bumper horns.
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  17. EXACTLY what i like!
    How much inch are these?
    Thank you so much !
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  18. Blocks and Aerostar coils .

    loose the front bumper over rider

    no visor ( my opinion)

    And your golden

    Lakes pipes and Appleton spot lights if ya want some bling .
  19. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,751


    Wow! Nice Merc. Leave it, drive it and enjoy it! :)
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  20. No. No. They will fall off!

  21. Aerostar coils up front and blocks in the rear. Lake pipes will make it look a bit lower, so will skirts.

    You've got a great car there, less is more, in my opinion. Keep it uncluttered and enjoy. :cool:

  22. It that’s my point ! I want it to fall off ;)

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  23. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 6,693

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Aerostar coils are less than $100 and blocks are around $50-$60 plus a front end alignment.

    If it were mine, I would lower it, maybe do an OD transmission since you said you were going to drive it daily, maybe skirts, and call it good. That is one sweet 51 pretty much as-is and just a couple small changes could make it perfect in my mind.
  24. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,837


  25. That’s the way i will go.
    Thank you so much!

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  26. Nice ride.
    Lowered and skirts.
    Visor? ..... meeeh
  27. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,901


    Keep it simple- I agree with everyone above.
  28. No, follow me, I've got a new pack of sawzall blades :cool:
  29. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,116


    I imagine the gas door trim and them gee-gaws on the front fender are bolted on with the attendant holes drilled in the fenders. I'd check, just on the chance you may get lucky.

    Also, "gook wagon" was a common term in Minnesota, at least in the fifties and sixties.
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  30. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,266


    to chop or not to chop , that is the question...

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