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Features The Least Likely Custom?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Least Likely Custom?


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  2. You are correct. And with that sleek, wide front end and hooded quad lights the front would lend itself well to being customized.

    I vaguely remember a "restyling" illustration of the 1959 Mercury in one of the little mags.....
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  3. I almost forgot about @Kommuter's wagon.
    Wagon 1.jpg
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  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    Have seen many early customs use those tail lights, usually along with a generous portion of quarter panel, and a few that used that cool rectangle grille to fill in an opening.

    I'm sitting on a complete set of the woody trim from a '59 Colony Park just hoping a wagon comes along that I could put it on. These cars have a super cool dash in them, and gigantic MEL motors too!
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    These type of designed autos of this period were better known as "Flat Boats". Wide, long, and flat.
  7. Spex84
    Joined: Mar 12, 2015
    Posts: 136

    from Canada

    A few years ago I encountered a derelict car that I couldn't quite identify. The overall shape and detailing said "Mercury" but the trim was wrong. Sure enough, a quick online search revealed it was Canadian, a '59 Monarch Sceptre. With the golden crown badging and gothic "Sceptre" script on the front fenders, it seemed like perfect material for a sled. That car was the only example I've ever run across, but I'd love to see one customized!
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  8. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
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    Some cars lend themselves to be customized, others to be accentuated or highlighted. The Merc fits the latter category.
  9. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    It's a lower trim lever example, but..
  10. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
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    Like the Continental Mark II. Only needs some subtle touches. It would be easy to go too far.
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  11. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    I never heard of a Monarch Sceptre, so I had to look it up. Holy shit, did they actually come like this? 8 tail lights, none of which are reverse lights, 6 shared with the '59 Edsel? Gold Rolex crowns stacked up like cordwood? This thing is WILD!

    Mercury Monarch (35).jpg
  12. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
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    The Shift Wizard

    The early 50's Mercurys were a young man's dream but by the end of the decade, for some reason, they seemed to become associated with a generally older crowd. This is just my unscientific opinion of what might be a reason for fewer 1959 customs. Whatever the reason, they are certainly good fodder for custom treatments. Keep the pictures coming.

    I wonder if there were fewer '59 Merc 2-door hardtops produced than other makes.(?)
  13. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
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    Reminds me of a (60?) Impala I saw in a salvage yard with TEN taillights spread across the rear end! What would have been killer would have been if the owner had used the relays like the T-bird and Cougar did to make them flash sequentially!
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  14. Critical Mass
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
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    Critical Mass

    I think there would be a LOT of cars more unlikely than the Mercury. For instance: Tucker 48s, Nash Metropolitans, Frasiers, Jeep station wagons, Nash Healeys, and Powell pickups. I'm sure this thread could go on for a long time if other people added to this list.
  15. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Lower it, shave the excess chrome, and apply panel paint... Your done.

  16. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 780


    My dad bought one new. A mordoor turnpike cruiser, orchid and cream color combo. He out of the blue offered it to me for the prom. It blew me away that he did and I did take it. Not to the prom though like he thought. Only squares and spares went to proms. Guys went cruisn with a little drag race'n. It went pretty good, pushbutton shift as I recall. All went well, I didn't wreck it, and the word I got the prom was a bore. But to turn that boat into a custom would have been monumental.
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  17. From all the searching I did, I don't think any Monarch came from the factory looking like this. Those are just Edsel tail lights someone added as well as the extra crown.
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  18. Fuel to burn
    Joined: Jul 17, 2009
    Posts: 261

    Fuel to burn

    I've got one not custom just bone stock put about five thousand miles on it in the five years I've had it.

    Just for fun I took side by side pics with my 2003. 20170527_171948.jpg 20170527_171928.jpg
  19. Even though I have an '01 Crown Vic Interceptor and should be partial to the '03 Merc, I'd take that '59 anytime.
  20. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,201


    The guys that bought them new were older guys who either couldn't swing a Lincoln or bought the Mercury even though they could afford a Lincoln because the Mercury wasn't seen as showing off. Pretty much the same as guys who bought Buicks rather than Cadillacs. They weren't much into customizing. Mom had a few early 50's Mercuries then had a 57 Monterey 2 door that got traded for a 58 Colony park. She could wheel both of those. Car nut that I was in my early teens I never gave a thought to what either would look customized.
  21. Lou39
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 125

    from Cedar, MI

    I sold my '59 Parklane convert to collector in Sweden. He has since completed the restoration. He belongs to a club there that is exclusively '59 Mercs.

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