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Projects The Mexicali Merc, another 40 Custom in the works

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Sledge, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Baron
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    Bob. Yep. This trick works good on 49-51 Mercs also.
     
  2. Sledge
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    So after the windshield was fully tacked in place I decided the to shave the drip rails off!:eek: Drip rails are great for hot rods but for an early style custom they just dont belong in my opinion. Plus these roofs just look so much better without them.
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    Then I cut out the back window. I left about 3" all the way around so there would be plenty of meat to work with.
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    After the back window and drip rails were out of the way I decided it was time to finally cut the roof off! I cut 6" out of the A-Pillar and 7" out of the back. The C-pillar is going to be modified and reshaped so I left the entire height of it for now. It looks much better as a convertible.:D
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  3. jhutch713
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    Even with all the hassle it'll be worth it and its still a really nice car. All that headache is just part of the game, I think out of the last 5 or 6 cars I've bought, only 1 went totally smooth with no snags. Nice work. Anyway at least she's home now, yo estoy mucho jealioso, viva Mexicali Merc.
     
  4. 38zephyr
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  5. TheFrenZ
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    Cool.Others cars in your garage look really good too.What a nice place.
     
  6. Baron
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    I am envious of all the fun you are having. I love this part a of a project.Chop chop. :)
     
  7. Oh boy, here we go...

    So Kevan, on an unrelated note...what's the story with the 35/6 3w coupe I see lurking in the background? Yours / customers?
     
  8. big creep
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    man this merc is going to be beautiful!
     
  9. Sledge
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    Yeah the 36 in the background is mine. Sort of a long term project I've been piecing together for years.
     
  10. sled
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    Now we're talking bro...i could'nt stand anymore that ugly stock roof...things are getting interesting at this point....just take your time and dont rush on the chop..

    there are a number of chopped 39/40 Mercs that are messed up with the wrong roof and no flow....this has to be right ,but i sleep relaxed anyway with you takin care of the job...

    still pushin to find some rear fenders,no luck yet...

    keep the fun up...
     
  11. Sledge
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    So today was mostly trimming and fitting. The roof was on and off a few times but still needs a lot of work. I made some patterns off of my merc to get the same side window shape, so after I get the A-pillars set then I can reshape the C-pillars to have the same flow. But already a big improvement from the hideous stock top!:p

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  12. Perfect! So you're doing an exact copy of your chop then? It IS perfect, so...

    Better already!
     
  13. Sledge
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    Thanks Keith! Yeah that's what Reno wants so it's going to be nearly identical to mine. Plus it's been over 10 years since I chopped mine and I never took any pictures of the process, so it's kinda cool figuring it all out again.
     
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  14. Good stuff Kev!
     
  15. speters
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    You know you have a good attitude when "it's kinda cool figuring it all out again". Most people would be frustrated. Keep up the inspiring work!
     
  16. Baron
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    Hopefully you still have the jigs for the framework for the door and quarter windows. The ones on your car look/fit great.
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  17. big creep
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    wow already looking way better!!!
     
  18. koolkemp
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    Wow thats looking great!!
     
  19. Now your cookin with gas!!!
     
  20. Looks GREAT!
    Thanks for taking time to post pics & chop info.
     
  21. swissmike
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    x2! I am really excited about this thread. Can't wait to get started on mine. Are you going to leave the B-pillar or do the same side window treatment as yours?
     
  22. Why do you make it look so easy when I know its not. Clean.
     
  23. sled
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    I can answer on this one...B pillars will be removed...since i liked Kevan's Merc for so many years and im still firm on my opinion stating that's is the best roofline out there along with the J.B. Merc ..but i still rather prefer Kev's style for my car a bit more cause is little more chopped and especially the rear flow is perfect to me...so ,hard to improve it so i want an identical chop ,flow and windows style...no brainer here..hard to improve perfection...

    Also Rudy's Merc is something else (impressive car) but his goal was totally different...
     
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  24. sled
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    Yeah,i tought exactly the same..focused and super clean when we know its not....mmm,experience or Miguel's jungle punch beverage positive effect???ah,ah,ah

    Now i understand why he wanted to wait the chop after the Shifters 20th anniversary...i see
     
  25. swissmike
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    Sled - I hear ya, Kevan's roof treatment is hard to improve on.
     
  26. Royalshifter
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    Can't stop watching....looking great Kevan.
     
  27. thunderbirdesq
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  28. JeffreyJames
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    You make it look easy. Nice work!
     
  29. martin
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    Im in, fantastic thread and very good workmanship. Viva Miguel.
     
  30. devilscustom
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    Kevan locking really good ,i must get me some time to start chopping my 39
     

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