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Hot Rods Like weird/rare stuff? I found this '40 Merc 4-door convertible...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Abomination, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. Abomination
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    So, I was poking around on Lincoln, NE Craigslist, just because, and found this rare little gem:

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    I'd never seen one before, or even knew something like this existed!

    And no, I didn't post the link. It's kind of a faux-pas, I guess. But y'all are smart people. There's more than enough info here for folks to track it down if they want to see it for themselves. I just thought it was cool.
     
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  2. Abomination
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    The guy says it's a one-year-only body, and of the 879 made, probably 24 still exist.

    The late Merc flatty is rebuilt and it's had a 12v conversion done, but the Weiland "FR" (Full Race) long stud heads, SP oval top 97s, Harmon and Collins dual-point distributor, and Fentons just sweeten the deal.

    It was awesome enough to post it here. Hell, it was awesome enough for me to wonder where I could get $39k for 10 whole minutes...
     
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  3. Abomination
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    It's some dude named Alton in Hastings, Ne. Anybody know him/seen the car in person?
     
  4. partssaloon
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    We have one here in town, very nice!
     
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  5. Abomination
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    I have kids, and have become a fan of the "Shut up and get your own door" advantage more-doors provide of late. Hence, the appeal.
     
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  7. Abomination
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    The old Merc brochures are really cool. So are their ads.

    That's quite the modern looking cowboy in '40... he probably smokes Marlboros.

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  9. When I moved to San Francisco in 1956, I saw a white chopped Mercury 4 door convertible coming out of the Stockton Tunnel in San Francisco. I will always remember that because it was the first custom / hot rod that I saw in California.
     
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  10. Jalopy Joker
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    yep
     
  11. The Harold Ohanesian is my favourite custom ever, that roof, wow!

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  12. stanlow69
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    from red oak

    I`m thinking a few more than 24 exist. I have to finish a top on one for a guy who lives notrh of Auburn Nebraska when the Top manufacture opens back up(Corona shut down) so I can order more material. It`s been a fun car to work on.
     
  13. Hnstray
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    The car brochures from that era all had ‘artwork’ vs photos......and all the people were about half-size.....really made the cars look big and roomy....:D

    That “estimated 24 still exist” is typically based on a Club registry for people who are joiners and usually restorers as well. The hot rod cars won’t show up there.

    No matter....this looks like a really nice car!

    Ray
     
  14. brady1929
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    Damn, that's beautiful.
     
  15. There was a fellow in the northwest suburbs of Philly who had one (Bala Cynwyd area) back in the 80's- always enjoyed seeing him tooling around in it!
     

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