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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by not that one guy, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. TomWar
    Joined: Jun 11, 2006
    Posts: 727


    The Merc is a nice looking old car for sure, it is a shame that it is not flat black like all the other cars from that era. :rolleyes:

    What makes you think all the other cars of that era were flat black??
  2. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,053

    from Quincy, IL

    Very nice video.........good build........and a fine tribute to your Dad. Congratulations all around.

  3. Sphynx
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
    Posts: 1,142

    from Central Fl

    Most likely long gone. Just for fun I ran the plate on the car I drove in high school (1995) and it doesnt come back to anything. Would be awsome if you could. My grandfather was in Korea.
  4. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 323


    I also think it would be later than May '53. Your Dad looks way saltier than a new recruit. This guy's got some rocks in his boot soles. Check out the perfectly bloused jump boots and the jaunty old c**t cap. Definitely a Vet and a very cool dude.
  5. my uncle was in korea........ awesome video, really cool congrats on getting the truck back and restoring it......
  6. not that one guy
    Joined: Mar 28, 2011
    Posts: 291

    not that one guy
    from So NV

    Thanks for the comments, I really appreciate it

    I was wondering about the Merc pic and Dads boots/pants being bloused, the pic in front of the gate he's wearing regular shoes.

    Well I did get a little information from the Camp Roberts museum curator.
    It is a all volunteer staff there. The historical pics are not searchable by computer yet. He's is also interested in my Dad's Merc pic and said as time permits they will search to see if the Merc is in any other pics.

    The curator stated that the buildings in the back ground are not Barracks but maybe admin buildings or mess halls around the eastern or western edge of the parade field.

    The curator also asked if he could use the pics for display at the museum. Of course I said yes and would be honored.

    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013
  7. not that one guy
    Joined: Mar 28, 2011
    Posts: 291

    not that one guy
    from So NV

    instead of scanning the picture my wife was able to use her digital camera and snapped a pic, and we got a better look at the plaque under the plate. Its diffidently a base plate, not a club plaque as I initially thought.

    The merc was a So Cal car in 53 or 55

    Last edited: Apr 22, 2018
  8. See if the musieum has any reccords of who the plate was issued to.
  9. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,544


    Damn nice video outstanding work on the truck tribute to your Dad! My Dad was in Korea too like so many other's here I'm sure. The trip to get the Christmas tree is so COOL!
  10. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,167

    Deuce Daddy Don

    My old '41 Chev. club coupe in the USN at Amphibious Base in Coronado,Ca. in May,1951---Shipped out to Korea in June 1953.

    Attached Files:

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  11. Great story, video and family.
  12. Michelley
    Joined: May 6, 2011
    Posts: 104


    Quiúbole, Tavo!
    That is distinctively a 1950 Mercury coupe (two-door sedan).
    The trunk insignia medallion is '50,
    & the rear window is one piece
    (some late production ‘49’s did have this rear window style),
    ‘49’s have three pieces.
    Not particularly customized…yet,
    slightly lowered,
    with a crushed tail pipe from bottoming out…
    The extra stamped metal plate is a Camp Roberts
    base-issued license plate
    for distinguishing civilian cars while stationed on-base.
    Your Father is a swingin’ machín,
    & that adorable son of yours
    is a chip off the ol’ chock!

    Attached Files:

  13. not that one guy
    Joined: Mar 28, 2011
    Posts: 291

    not that one guy
    from So NV

    Thanks for the information on the Merc

    Special thanks to Michelley, she will be showing Jesse Lopez the pic of the Merc. He was at Camp Roberts a few years earlier.

    I did enhance the licence plate and can make out the tag as 53

    Deuce Daddy Don<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> vbmenu_register("postmenu_8731520", true); </SCRIPT>
    cool 41, I didnt realize troops were having thier vehicles shipped to Korea at that time.
  14. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,894


    I wonder if you could get back to the VIN number by looking up that plate, then run the VIN....I know in ohio they dont keep records that long though...not sure about cali....
  15. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    I had a good laugh at the flat black crack....Seems everybody nowadays actually does think all cool cars were flat black back then!
    Didn't anybody else pick up on the smiley at the end of that post?
  16. slimpick
    Joined: Aug 4, 2008
    Posts: 97


  17. not that one guy
    Joined: Mar 28, 2011
    Posts: 291

    not that one guy
    from So NV

    Thanks for the comments on the video

    Interesting comment on the tail pipe, I had not noticed it.
    thanks for the help so far
  18. MoparJoel
    Joined: May 21, 2012
    Posts: 860


    I will keep an eye out for the Merc here in Korea. dont think I will have much luck though I havent seen anything older than 1985 here and they are all Kia's and Hyandai's. :( Korea is not for Hotrodders.
  19. not that one guy
    Joined: Mar 28, 2011
    Posts: 291

    not that one guy
    from So NV

    Thanks MoparJoel
    and thank you for your service over there.

    I'm going to be visiting Camp Roberts on May 4th or 5th
    Going to take a few pictures around the Camp and visit the museum

    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
  20. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    I know tons of guys have commented on the video of your build, family and dad. Just had to say how great it is. Ya made my day dude.
  21. whisky runner
    Joined: Feb 11, 2008
    Posts: 799

    whisky runner

    great video.. you did a great job...both on the truck and son..your dad would be proud
  22. firingorder1
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,147


    Good one. Flat black. The new 2013 traditional, period correct gloss black.
  23. it was a joke and a darn good one at that :) I chuckled and possibly chortled slightly
  24. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,131

    from Texas

    Wonderful video

  25. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,033

    from Dublin, OH

    Your Son is a Chick Magnet!
  26. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    I don't have any info on the Merc, but man, like everyone else is saying, that is a great video! Good luck on your search!
  27. not that one guy
    Joined: Mar 28, 2011
    Posts: 291

    not that one guy
    from So NV

    thanks for the positive comments
    I appriciate them.

    I have not given up on the search for the original merc in the 1953 pic.

    Looking forward to visiting the area

  28. 26Troadster
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 628

    from Texas

    i got to watch your video, and it is just too cool. good luck on your search.
  29. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    Amazing video!
  30. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,639

    Atwater Mike

    When my cousin Ronny Parker came home from Korea, he bought a '50 Merc. He lowered it with 2 or 3" blocks, dual exhausts, flare skirts, original paint: a light pea green.
    My cousins lived out on the West side of Santa Clara valley, had a prune ranch on Saratoga Rd.
    That pic took me right back to Saratoga Rd., post Korea...Reminded me of some of those old black-and-white films.

    A picture from before. Slowly, it becomes hazy...then focuses in on the movie, and suddenly the audience is whisked away to a previous time when everything seemed better...

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