1951 Mercury Sedan Custom Hot Rod
Amazing to look at, fun to drive, comfortable to ride in and built better than some modern luxury cars, this 1951 Mercury is the total package in every way possible. The subject of an extensive frame-off restoration, the lead sled features extensive body modifications, a full Ford drivetrain and a custom interior most cars dream of having. The body is an original all steel Mercury piece that has been chopped 2.5″ to create a sleeker roofline. Up front, a nosed ’49 Mercury hood sits between Mercury fenders of the same vintage. In addition to custom work, a new firewall, inner fenders and rear quarters have all been replaced with new metal. The final product was shot with an even coat of gloss black. Reflections are nearly perfect and the depth is incredible. The brightwork consists of carefully chosen pieces from various manufactures. Up front, a ’57 Buick grille was modified to accept a Mercury center section. At either side, ’53 Buick headlights compliment that grille. Down low, a smoothed front bumper is comprised of three stock bumpers. The door handles were scrapped in favor of Lincoln Zephyr push buttons that work perfectly. Out back, the bumper has been chopped to accommodate the ’56 Packard taillights. Under the hood, the Mercury retains Ford Motor Company power with a well-dressed 390 cubic inch V8. Additions include a Demon 625 carburetor, chrome alternator, polished Sanden air conditioning compressor and a five-core aluminum radiator. Nearly every piece has been powder coated or chromed with chrome fasteners holding things together. Behind that 390, a C6 automatic transmission with braided steel lines and a 24″ finned cooler sends power to a Ford 9″ rear end packed with 3.50 gears. The lowered stance comes courtesy of a double A-arm setup with adjustable coilovers up front with a 4-link and coilovers out back. A brake booster hidden under the dash feeds power to disc brakes up front and drum brakes in the back. At the corners, steel wheels with Dodge Lancer hubcaps are wrapped with wide white walls. Inside, a custom white interior contrasts well against the deep black exterior. The seats and console are out of a 1964 Galaxie. Wrapped in chalk white naugahyde, they blend in perfectly against the classic lines of Mercury dash and door panels. The dash hosts Dakota digital gauges and a Kenwood head. Connecting the driver to the road is a chrome tilt column topped with a 1961 Cadillac wheel. The trunk is also fully finished with black carpet and white panels that mimic the interior scheme. Included in the sale is a huge stack of manuals for most of the installed components. There is also a spec sheet that covers most major modification.
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