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1949 Mercury Street Rod

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1949 Mercury Sedan “Lead Sled”
 
History
 
The Mercury Eight was the first model of the Ford Motor Company's Mercury marque and was produced from the 1939 through the 1951 model years. It was the only model offered by Mercury until the marque starting producing multiple series in the 1952 model year, at which point it was dropped as a model designation.
 
The first postwar Mercury was introduced in the 1949 model year. The engine was a flathead V8 that produced slightly more power than the then also newly-designed 1949 Ford. The styling of the Mercury Eight, when it was released in 1949, was successful in both ending the monotony of warmed-over pre-war style, and differentiating Mercury from its comparable Ford cousin, a trick that spelled sales success. Sales figures for both Ford and Mercury broke records in 1949.
 
In 1949, Sam Barris built the first lead sled from a 1949 Mercury Eight; the Eight became the definitive lead sled. Sam and George Barris also used the 1949 body style to build "the most famous custom car ever" the Hirohata Merc, for customer Bob Hirohata in 1953. Setting a style and an attitude, it had a "momentous effect" on custom car builders, appeared in several magazines at the time, and reappeared numerous times since, earning an honorable mention on Rod & Custom's "Twenty Best of All Time" list in 1991. The Eight remains a very popular subject for car modellers.
 
 
VIN 9CM81897
 
This professional build was completed January 1, 2005. There are 17,500 miles on the build. The previous owner bought the car after the build was completed. The car has over $65k invested in it. The previous owner spent $15,000 in 2008 to upgrade the engine compartment to what it looks like today. The shop that did the restoration was called Ray’s Fabrication & Development (they have closed since then). The car has spent all its life in the San Diego area to the best of the owner’s knowledge.
 
2 huge 3-ring binders documenting the entire restoration, photographs, receipts, manuals, awards and a matching shirt are included in the sale.

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Mechanics
 
Chevrolet 402ci Bored .040 Over to 408ci Block
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TH-400 Transmission
 
‘76-’79 Lincoln Versailles 9” Open Rear End with 2:75 Gear Ratio
 
Dual Quad Weber 500cfm Carbs
 
Edelbrock Performer Dual Quad Air Gap Intake Manifold
 
Power 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
 
Power Steering
 
Vintage Air Conditioning
 
Lokar Kick-Down Kit
 
Fabricated Drive Shaft
 
Edelbrock Black Classic Dual Quad Air Cleaner and Valve Covers
 
GM HEI Ignition
 
MSD Coil
 
Billet Distributor
 
A/C Compressor
 
East Coast Auto Electric Super-Mini 120amp Alternator
 
Aluminum Radiator
 
Overflow Tank
 
Custom Aluminum Fan Shroud
 
7 Blade Clutch Fan, Painted Black
 
Rod Factory Flat Black Olympic Coated Shorty Headers
 
2.5” Aluminized Dual Exhaust
 
Dynamax Mufflers
 
‘70-’81 Camaro IFS Front Clip
 
Camaro Track Performance Parallel Leaf Springs
 
Custom Modified Transmission Access
 
Trunk Mounted Optima Battery
 
Custom Aluminum Gas Tank and Straps
 
 
Body
 
1949 Mercury Original Body and Frame
 
PPG Black Pearl Base Coat/Clear Coat with White Pearl Tribal Flames
 
Tinted Windows
 
3M Paint Protection Film “Clear Coat” Bra and Visor
 
Gorgeous Chrome Bumper
 
Original Stainless Steel Grille
 
Beautiful Trim
 
Split Windshield
 
Halogen Headlights
 
Stock Tail Lights
 
Shaved Hood, Trunk, Door Handles
 
Keyless Entry (Rolls Down Window and Trunk Popper)
 
Fiberglass Front Valance
 
Doors Fit Beautifully
 
Door Lips and Jambs are Clean and Solid
 
Fender Skirts Removed
 
Budnik Famosa Wheels - 15x7 Front, 15x10 Rear
 
BF Goodrich Tires - 225/60/15 Front, 295/50/15 Rear

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Powder Coated Frame, Dove Gray Color
 
Original X-Frame is Solid
 
Rockers are Gorgeous
 

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Custom Grey Leather Interior
 
6 Way Driver Seat, 2 Way Passenger Seat
 
Classic Instruments Gauges
 
Budnik Steering Wheel
 
Sony AM/FM/CD Stereo with Remote
 
Power Windows
 
Custom Door Panels with Built-In Speakers
 
Custom Door Latches
 
Vintage A/C and Heater
 
Gorgeous Paint Job on the Dash
 
1976 Ford Thunderbird Modified Split Front Seat
 
Custom Narrowed Rear Seat
 
Grey Carpet
 
Cloth Headliner with Working Dome Light
 
Custom Finished Trunk in Matching Leather and Carpet
 
Spare Tire and Cover
 
 
 
 
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We make every effort to represent this vehicle as accurately as possible and to the best of knowledge at the time of listing. Content is based on inspection, research and/or information provided by previous owner(s). We encourage buyers to make a thorough, independent inspection and investigation to verify the accuracy of any claims to originality, history, equipment or other information provided prior to the purchase. Vehicle is being sold with no warranty in "As Is/Where Is" condition.
 

Reference Number 266220

as of 2/21/2014

Overview
Car 1949 Mercury Street Rod
VIN 9CM81897 
Mileage 17,500 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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