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  1. John Stimac
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    Thought I'd put a couple of photos of my Merc in the begining and how it looks now. Approaching 8,000 miles now and I love it 010.jpg IMG_0516.jpg
     
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  3. Baumi
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    Did this one as a daily driver for my girlfriend. Still in progress, but on the rooad for now.
     
  4. coilover
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    1954 Olds Starfire convertible before and after. Step by step pics available for non-believers.

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    My Nomad when it come home, then a Gasser, 14502027_10208314322029617_1890863665_n.jpg '56 nomad.jpg 100.JPG now back on standard frame going back on the street.
     
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  10. The day I brought it home, and today. 167.jpg 198.jpg
     
  11. Dusty roads
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    Truck on Trailer (Large).jpg

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  12. The day we picked Taboo up back in 2009. Car was complete, but very 1990's (that interior was horrid) and lots of mechanical issues.
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    Now:
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  13. wheeltramp brian
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    VERY nice blue on the merc!
     
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  14. 30 Sedan I did in the 70's

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    CONGRATS to all the folks above who transformed their
    projects into things of beauty. Great feeling of accomplishment
    and well earned.
     
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  18. Rickybop
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    Cool! Good idea, John.
    Love to see all the before and after pictures. Instant gratification... don't have to go through a whole thread LOL!

    Shoot... I could share a before picture. 54 Chrysler. Gonna take a while for the after picture.

    I'll be back. Hopefully.
     
  19. I started with a old amateur restoration, this truck was the quickest build I have ever done, start to finish in three months. HRP

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  20. Great thread! Amazing to see the difference in pretty much all cases. Hopefully, I can add one that we are working on now fairly soon, but so far, it is more apart and maybe looks worse than when we started. :eek:
     
  21. flatheadpete
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    That Merc really looks good. No chop, driveable ride height...I dig it!
     
  22. The Ranch Wagon was purchased brand smacking new here in Anderson, South Carolina at Blue Ridge Motors by Brenda's grandmother to use as a delivery car for her flower shop.

    This photo was taken when I drug the wagon out of the barn, this car took 7 long years to build.

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  23. John Stimac
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    Thanks IMG_0588.jpg
     
  24. Squablow
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    There was a thread like this years ago, and it was about 50/50 the cars that were improved over ruined, some you really weren't sure if they reversed the before and after, a few you really hoped they did. But these are quite good. And the Merc is a beauty! I can't remember the last time I liked a 49-51 Mercury with black wall tires, but I sure do like that one.
     
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    Not mine, but one i did for a customer... 37 Chevy Screenshot_20200501-122542_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20200501-122600_Gallery.jpg
     
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  26. My '32 sedan aka the old beater has been a 31 year driver and never will be a show winner but I love the old car.

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    I doubt the car will ever be a show piece. HRP
     
  27. Moriarity
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    My restoration of the Car Craft dream rod

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  28. Rickybop
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    I agree. Really looks good.
    Shows that a custom car doesn't have to sit on the ground to look good. And if it does sit up a little higher, the unchopped top doesn't look so tall.
    This is close to the look I want for my Chrysler. Definitely custom... but no chop for the top and a higher stance. Husky. Aggressive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Dark and shiny.
    Thanks for the inspiration, John.
     
  29. Moriarity
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    Nice car, but I don't really see a custom. What is custom about it? looks like a stock Mercury to me.
     
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    Nine years and $4800 later...……..

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