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1940 Mercury Kustom.
Chopped by Brian Bobbett who would perform the Matranga Merc style chopped top. He took 4 inches out of the top in the front of the roof and 7 inches out of the back.
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Just as Sam Barris did with Nick Matranga’s Mercury back in 1950, Brian chop the actual windshield one inch less than the top itself, moving the top of the windshield up into the top. If the ‘39-40 Merc coupes get chopped the windshield usually gets to short, and it will be hard to look outside, plus the balance with the side window is way off. The extra inch in windshield height solved this problem. A whole rear section of the top of a donor ’46 Ford short door coupe was used to get the just perfect flow of the rear of the Mercury top.
The factory design of the front end of the ’40 Mercury was extremely nice already. In this case it only needed a mild clean up, removing the hood release handle and the addition of the ribbed 1949 Plymouth bumper.
The trunk was shaved, and a third ’46 Lincoln push button was added. The fenders were welded to the body and the seam nicely finished, but not molded in like on the Matranga Mercury. A set of ’49 Lincoln taillights are mounted low into the rear fenders and the stock gas filler neck was modified with a slightly more modern gas door in the fender. The ’49 Plymouth bumper was dressed up with an ’49 Chevy license plate surround… classic.
Just like on the Matranga Merc the B-Pillars were completely removed and some beautifully shaped curved side window frames were created. Later the window frames were chrome plated and the vent windows were modified to work with the new window frames. All exterior handles were shaved of the car, and the door and trunk received 1947 Lincoln push-buttons for a cleaner look. The push buttons are only for looks though, they are not working. To open the doors on the mercury a design of something interesting.
On the passenger side vent window was installed a small key lock that would allow to lock the car, and open the doors by reaching inside, thru the vent window, and open the door with the interior door crank.
The side trim on the hood was shortened, just like what they did in the 1940’s. The rear fenders were welded to the body, still keeping a sharp line from body to fender, so they were not molded in.
The stock taillights were removed and a set of 1949 Lincoln taillights was nicely frenched, low, into the rear fenders. Bob found a pair of his favorite Custom Car bumper, the 1949 Plymouth ribbed bumpers, and made them fit his Mercury.
he interior was done in white and green leatherette nicely done in rolls and pleats. The rear bench seat was modified to hinge at the back allowing some extra storage space.
The hood was cleaned up by removing the hood latch and modified it so that it can be opened from inside the car. The rest of the Mercury front details were, just like on Nick Matranga’ Mercury, left unchanged.
A pair of un-stampeded Appleton S-112 Spotlights installed, a holy grail for any classic Custom. The shells on the Spotlight are all restored, but are not functional. A set of 1941 Ford fender skirts to cover the rear wheel openings.
Apart from the chopped top, all the other custom work was done by Kustom Kolors body shop. The stock Mercury frame was boxed and notched in the rear allowing the car to sit as low as needed. A Mustang 2 style cross member with factory Ford Mustang 2 suspension and Granada roters.
A 340 horsepower 1956 354 Hemi engine sounds like a machine gun coming out of the exhaust. The engine was completely rebuilt and a rebuilt 700r4 tranny with PAW adapter was added.
With all the drive train and body work done it went to Sammy Johal’s Body Shop for final prep and paint. A dark blue-green paint, based on an 1960 Ford color named Emerald Green
. But to make the color more personal, the color mix was modified a little. The finished paint looks really fantastic on the car giving it a nice vintage period look. Something that could have come from the Barris Shop back in the early 1950’s. With a period correct inspired interior. The Dashboard was restored and cleaned up but remained mostly stock with the exception of a row of gauges added to the center section. The stock steering wheel had to make place for an ‘54 Ford steering wheel
. A set of ’49 Mercury interior door handles and ‘53 Chevrolet arm rest in white and green in classic styled rolls and pleats. The rear bench was modified so that it could be hinged and work as extra storage space and a white headliner for a light and roomy feel. Dash is signed by Sam Barris
This is a very solid and well done custom. New white wall tires and its ready to hit the road.
1940 Mercury Coupe
Complete body off ground up rebuild
Sand blasted inside and out
Chopped 4 inches in front and 7 in the rear
Windshield top raised about 1 inch
Rear roof is from a 46 short door coupe
’49 plymouth bumpers
’47 lincoln door buttons just for show
’49 lincoln tailights
’51 pontiac hubcaps
’53 ford steering wheel
Unstamped appleton spotlights buckets rechromed. (The rest of the parts are all there, but need to be finished)
’49 Merc inside door and widow handles
’54 Chevy armrests
5’7 Ford steering column with 41 Ford column drop