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49' Mercury Speedster.. It's Done 5/4/13


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#21 cobraman

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:51 AM

It does look better now imo. Nice work.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:30 AM

The back end looks a little long for a sportster, I suggest the following chop/section:
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:04 AM

Very cool concept.

#24 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:33 AM

That's a lot of work, but it is paying off.

#25 Tom Kren

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:39 AM

That is so cool great job!!

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:59 AM

This has a lot of potential. Mike has a good eye in suggesting the rear overhang being too long...though I propose an alternative solution in relocating the rear wheels back a little bit rather than losing some tail length. Doing so would also help alleviate the slightly bloated look the current proportions give the roof, by creating a visual path that comes down the roofline and into the wheels, rather than behind them.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:39 AM

Since everybody is giving advice I will add my two-bits worth! I think that smaller wheels would change the overall look for the better. OK, I admit that I don't like the large new type wheels on 'classic' cars but those wheels are so large that it has an almost cartoony look to it. I like the lowered look, that made a big difference and maybe a flatter roof line would fit in with the lower line? (Easy for all of us, we are not doing the work!)

#28 Draggon

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

This has a lot of potential. Mike has a good eye in suggesting the rear overhang being too long...though I propose an alternative solution in relocating the rear wheels back a little bit rather than losing some tail length. Doing so would also help alleviate the slightly bloated look the current proportions give the roof, by creating a visual path that comes down the roofline and into the wheels, rather than behind them.


I agree, perhaps 3"16?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:45 AM

I'm no fan of modern wheels either, Daniel...though I think they might be fine on this one, if I can foresee the final product correctly. (I eez a wheezird! :P)

I agree, perhaps 3"16?

Might be enough, at that. There's a lot of room to wiggle around in back there. I'd just start moving a wheel around and see what pulled the lines into good mojo. It's there somewhere. :)

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

Thanks a bunch for all the suggestions guys, I did a quick photoshop to see how it would look with the wheel openings moved and I think I'll go ahead and move them back. It'll be a lot of work to get the chassis to line up but it really helps with the huge overhang behind the rear wheels.
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I'm cutting the wheel openings now. Hopefully this works out!

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 12:20 PM

Oh YES. Excellent idea. Kinda looks like a Merc-shaped Ferrari 166 Barchetta. WAY better. Really cool. Fascinating how designs evolve from pretty good to super. Just gotta keep tweeking 'til you get it. I think you've got it.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

Thanks Bill! this is the first build where I've just made it up as I went and I'm having a ton of fun with it.
I managed to get the rear wheel openings roughed in, I cut both of them out with 1/4 inch of plastic behind them and then just swapped the left for the right and right for left to end up with both sides moved back 1/4 inch.
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

Billy.......totally cool man........love it :wub:

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

Wow! I am really liking this one, great concept. I'll be looking forward to seeing this one progress.

I'm going to agree with Daniel G on seeing what a smaller wheel would look like, not too small though. Maybe the big inch smoothies out of that Snap Fast Slammer car.

I'm woorking on my Merc tonight too (49 Merc Extreme Custom)

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

Thanks for the compliment John, I really appreciate it!

Erik, I've been following your merc from the start and it is part of what gave me the push to try out so many new things on this. And I have a plan in mind to make the wheels fit the car a little better, I just need to do some photoshops to see if it'll look right..

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

This is a great idea for a Merc and it sure looks good!

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

Nice trick on the opening swap.
Nice call on moving the wheels back instead of chopping off the trunk, I hadn't considered that option.
Kudos to Billy for allowing us to kibitz on his great idea, I may borrow some of these techniques for my own future builds.
Anyone that hasn't checked out Mark Gustafsen's Kustom Car Clinic (may have spelled that wrong), go have a look, he has good tips on tweeking custom design elements.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:53 AM

Nice trick on the opening swap.
Nice call on moving the wheels back instead of chopping off the trunk, I hadn't considered that option.
Kudos to Billy for allowing us to kibitz on his great idea, I may borrow some of these techniques for my own future builds.


Agreed on all points. I'm really enjoying this build.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:30 AM

very nice craftsmanship. I like the rear wheels moved back, it looks more proportioned now. keep up the cool work, any thoughts about color???

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:30 AM

Thanks guys! John, originally I was going to do a bare aluminum finish kinda like an old airplane but after looking at it more I think it needs to have an actual paint color. I want something that isn't too common but I'm not sure what. Any suggestions?