'51 Mercury custom cars

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'51 Mercury customs
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    1951 Mercury - Joe Figueroa

    Original Body work by Bob Cota
    Finish body work by South End Kustoms/Keith Dean

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    1951 Mercury Candy Red Convertible

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    Rarely Does A Car Come Along That Displays Such Design, Grace And Taste.
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    This 1951 Mercury Is What Customizers Everywhere Try To Capture In Their One Of A Kind Show Pieces.
    The Owner Wanted The Clean, Simple Styling Of An Early 50’s Custom And He Kept His Car True To This Tradition.
    This Custom Build Involved Cutting The Window Pillars Down 4-Inches Vertically And Fitting It With A One Piece Removable Top.
    The Windshield Glass Was V-Butted Together At The Seam. The Top Was Constructed Out Of 1/2” x 1/2” Steel Stock, Hand-Formed And Rolled To The Desired Contours. Built Up With Layers Of Aviation Wire, Padding And Burlap, The Top Was Then Covered With White Convertible Top Material The Same As A Carson Style Top.

    The Rear Quarter Windows Slide Into A Small Channel Located In The Body. The Hood Was Then Filled And The Peak Extended Down Into The Hand-Formed Grill Opening. The Upper Lip Of The Grill Opening Was Formed By Rolling A Piece Of Stock Steel, Then Welding It Into Place.

    An Extensive Amount Of Molding Work Was Done Around The Hood And Grill Opening To Smooth And Blend The Contours. The Floating Grill Bar Was Made From Two Halves Of An Early Chevy Bumper Guard Which Were Welded Together And Chromed.

    The Front Fenders Were Extended 5” To Accommodate ’54 Buick Headlight Units And Slanted Slightly Forward To Visually Peak The Fender Lines. A ’53 Chrysler Front Bumper Was Smoothed And A ’52 Kaiser Bumper Guard Incorporated.

    A Bold Move Was Made By Removing The Stock Dog Leg In The Mercury’s Door. This Created The Long And Sweeping Fade-away Fender Line That Is Such A Strong Element Of The Car. This Involved Hand Rolling Sheet Metal To Perfection To Achieve The Desired Horizontal Slant While Still Maintaining The contour Of The Body. Then, The Section Was Welded Into Place You’ll Notice That The Fender Line Continues To Slant Downward Towards The Rear Of The Car. This Required The Reworking Of The Entire Rear Quarter Panel. This Design Feature Creates The Tapering Swoop That Has Come to Define The Mercury’s “Speedboat” Stance.

    Following The Classic Tradition With A Very Subtle Touch, ’54 Mercury Fender Openings Were Grafted Onto The Car Adding A Rolled Lip To The Wheel Opening. This Visually Lowers The Car And Creates A Leading Edge For The Side Molding to Follow.

    The Door Handles Were Removed And Fitted Electric Solenoids. Push Buttons Are Operated By The Touch Of A Shoe Located In The Lower Rocker Panel. The Gas Door Was Filled, Smoothed And The Filler Tube Rerouted Into The Trunk. The Antenna Was Frenched Into The Rear Fender to Keep Lines Clean. A Piece Of Sheet Metal Was Formed And Fitted to Fill The Opening Between The Rear Deck Lid And The Rear Seat to Keep Surfaces Smooth With The Top Off.

    The Builder Incorporated ’53 Buick Side Trim Into The Design. The Fender Skirts Were Hand Built To Accept The Rear Portion Of The Buick Trim And To Follow The Fender Lines Slope Rear Ward. Visually, this Creates A Line Beginning With The Front Fender Opening, Continuing Through The Tapering Side Trim And Ending Rear Ward Of The Skirt.

    The Tail End Of The Car Was Finished By Removing All Trim From The Trunk.

    The Rear Fenders Were Extended to Accept The ’54 Mercury Taillights. The Rear Bumper Comes From a ’54 Lincoln With The Addition Of A Kaiser Bumper Guard. A Handmade License Frame Is Attached To The Bumper. Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipes Were Frenched Into The Lower Edge Of The Bumper.

    This Masterpiece Is Painted House Of colors, Candy Brandywine Over A Gold Underbase. The Color Is Reminiscent Of A Candy Apple.

    An Extensive Amount Of Molding And Shaping Took Place Under The Hood. A New Smooth Firewall Was Fitted Along With Hand-Built Inner Fender Wells.

    The Car Is Powered By A 1957 Chevrolet 283. Completely Rebuilt And Blueprinted. Custom Fabricates Headers Route The Exhaust. Chromed Water Pump, Alternator Fuel Pump Were Used to Dress Up The Engine. The Block Is Ground Smooth And Painted Candy Brandywine. There Is No Better Way To Top Off An Early Small-Block Then With Six Stromberg’s Sitting On Top Of An Offenhauser Intake Manifold.

    A ’58 Oldsmobile Shifter Was Adapted To The 350 Turbo Hydramatic Transmission. A ’58 Olds Steering Wheel And Column Are Also Used.

    A ’69 Chevrolet Z-28 Front Clip with Disc Brakes Was Sub Framed To The Original ’51 Mercury Chassis. The Rear Clip From A ’76 Monte Carlo Was Grafted In Place Then C-Notched To Achieve The Low Stance. The Car Rides On 205/75R15 Diamond Back AS4 With 2-3/4 White Walls. Cadillac Sombrero Wheel Covers Are Signatures Of The Era.

    The Upholstery Is Pleated White Leather Tuck Accented In Wine Colored Piping. The Front Seat Is From An Early Cadillac, While The Rear Seat Was Custom Made To Fit. Leather Pleats Continue On the Door Panels And Inside The Trunk.

    The Craftsmanship Throughout This Car Was Never Compromised.

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    1951 Mercury Dave Bugarin Clone
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    1951 Mercury HT–Watson Striped

    This one of a kind 1951 Mercury Custom is what James dean would drive if he were here today; it is o ...more

    ne of the best custom mercs available anywhere.
    Built in the mid 90’s it is one of the last cars that has been striped by Larry Watson, the paint is a 10 it is a Concourse job including all door and trunk jams. The roof has been chopped three and half inches, the rear glass lays down nice and the rear windows go down all windows operate with power.There are many other body mods such as the Frenched Headlights and taillights, the drip rails have all been smoothed. Body work was done all in lead, lazer straight on every body panel, the doors, windows align like a new mercedes, all trim on inside as well as outside such as chrome and stainless is Show quality. The body has been Channeled on a late model Oldsmobile and does have Power steering with a tilt wheel, Power disc brakes, Power windows, Power seats, Remote Doors to open both driver and passenger, Original dash that has been restored to new condition.

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    1951 Mercury Sectioned Convertible - Sam

    The windshield frame and operational chopped convertible top where done by Bill Hines. Sam... did the rest of the built on this custom.

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    Buck Owens 1951 Mercury Convertible

    Front Bumper is two '51 Mercury Bumpers weded together to eliminate flat section in center, all bump ...more

    er bolts blancked off.

    1950 Mercury Upper Grille Opening, '51 Grille with 6 extra teeth added. '54 Mercury Head Light Rings Frenched in. All four hood corners rounded and and trim removed. All seams on nose welded into one piece.

    Windshield chopped 4 1/2", center bar removed, butted glass, all side trim removed.

    Lower Quarter Fenders welded to Uppers to create one piece quarter panels. Fender skirts and fenders modified so that skirts fit flush with body. Rear of quarter panels extended 2" at bottom so profile matches rear line of skirts and line of fender.

    Tail lights are bottom shortened and recontoured to fit.

    Rear gravel pan is moulded to body. Trunk upper corners are rounded, trim removed.

    Convertible Top is Carson Type Lift Off with 1934 Ford Roadster Rear window. Top material is Mercedes Benz.

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    FlamedABone 1951 Mercury
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    Ken Wall 1951 Merc Convertible
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    Mercury Charley 1951 Merc
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    Ron Olsen 1951 Mercury
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    Sam Barris tribute 51 Mercury
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    Satin Light Purple 51 Mercury
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    SoCal shop build '51 Mercury convertible
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    Terry Hegman build '51 Mercury
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