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Customs My 1951 Mercury build.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KOTC, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. KOTC
    Joined: Aug 15, 2005
    Posts: 262


    No chop, glass is perfect, doors open and close like new, handles with like new, all seals are still soft and interior is all complete so I dont want to start over with all of that and a chop. - If I ever sell the car and the next guy wants to go that route, its all there for them to go at it.

    Might shave the doors but undecided, tails are getting changed. Picked up a set of dummy spots today. Might run them, might not. Also picked up a set of 59 lancer caps to try out. Looking for WWW now. Intentions were to paint it but season is over for paint ability, its cold out here!

    Skirts would complete the look but they have to be 1951 skirts, no bubble/cruiser skirts.

    So many options and so many decisions, there is a budget and during this build I pretty much killed it to get the car done to the point you now see it at so I could drive it this year and it might hold alot of this up.
  2. desotot
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,832


    Looking good! Looks like fun.
  3. J'st Wandering
    Joined: Jan 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,770

    J'st Wandering

    From my figuring, either the grill opening has to get bigger or the grille needs to get smaller. You will not need anymore teeth for the desoto if it is narrowed two teeth to fit in the mercury opening.

  4. Looking good!!!
  5. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,169

    51 mercules

    You're right.Here's mine shortened & 2 less teeth.Nice work.

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  6. Good work in short time! Jerry Titus (president of KKOA) had a merc way back when with a full 55 Desoto grille in it. Rather than trim the back of the turn signal sections on the grille like some folks do, he cut into the fenders and sank the grille into them....I always thought that looked kind of cool....

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  7. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,018

    Doctor Detroit

    I saw it at the Iron Invasion... I was surprised to see how far you had gotten, all back together and driving... Looks good, nice job.

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  8. dangulo
    Joined: Feb 11, 2012
    Posts: 56


    I really dig seeing all the pics. Inspiring, thanks for posting!
  9. I saw Joe's Merc in person last weekend, it's super clean, I mean really clean. I was comparing stuff on his car and mine and it's crazy how straight it is.

    I do hope he ditches the bumper guards, I think those gone + WWW's and the car will look really sick.

  10. ph8ed4life
    Joined: Dec 27, 2010
    Posts: 93

    from AZ

    Good work! That looked like a real solid starting platform, and even though I love them chopped I'm glad to hear you're keeping it stock since its so nice and solid.
  11. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280

    from Anoka. MN

    Solid start! It's my dream car, I hope to be able to afford one someday...

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  12. young51
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 27


    Car looks great. Can you tell me what motor mount kit you used or did you fab them yourself? they look to come off the stock flathead mounts, right?
  13. car looks great.....i like the yellow primer
  14. Missed this thread somehow. Looks great so far. Driving it..... that's the name of the game!
  15. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,123


    This was done originally done in Boyd Coddington's shop in the LA rea. Now it is in northern california. It had a Chev LT-1 and a 700R-4. Now it has a Ford 351 with a C-6 and it runs great. the GM stuff was not really sticking with the Ford concept nor history.

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  16. mikes51
    Joined: Oct 4, 2001
    Posts: 2,195



    I thought that radiator looked familiar, I have a 1974 Dodge van radiator 360 in my Merc. Looks just like it. I figured the van and truck radiators are similar. Looks like the pickup radiator is a better choice than the van. I could not run the transmission cooler in my van radiator. The coolant lines pointed right into the frame crossmember.
    I had to run an accessory tranny cooler unit behind the grill.

    Nice job!
  17. I bought the same radiator for my car, going in soon. Sadly Joe sold this Mercury but he's got a cool '49 Fleetline custom now.
  18. Hotrodhell35
    Joined: Oct 30, 2010
    Posts: 440


  19. A few guys PM'd me on this, bump. :)
  20. Bounder
    Joined: Oct 31, 2011
    Posts: 251


    need to save this for the future

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