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  1. bob tindale
    September 10, 2016

    Great car. Would love to know what happened to it.

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  2. memo ortega
    September 10, 2016

    rik,me too bob, nice story rik,

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  3. Tinwolf
    September 13, 2016

    Dynamite article on one of the top of the line era customs created by the Barris shop , one of the very few that used -51 Lincoln bumpers , abit strange since they were available and fit with small modifications ! The very low key mods works very well on the convertible , maybe the owner didn’t want it in any magazines ? Also interesting is that they hid the lower portion of the Desoto grill teeth as they did in Wally Welch Merc and in Dan Landon Chevy , all three have them hidden by different pans but all bottom portions are hidden ?? We have to thank Life photograph for the crisp pictures taken back then , a car that if not found deserves recreating !
    Thanks for a great article on a really neat custom from the golden era !
    Wolf

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  4. KingKustoms
    September 13, 2016

    I’ve always loved that front end and the use of Lincoln bumpers. I put a ’51 Lincoln Lido rear bumper on a customer’s ’51 Merc and it is almost a bolt-on deal…you do need to swap out the rear valance as it is longer on the sides to reach the ends of the larger Lincoln bumper. There is also about a 4″ square hole in the bottom rear quarter panel for the extra bumper bracket compared to Merc. Those Lincoln bumpers are heavy!

    Rik, I think the bottom of the grill opening already had the flipped mouth molded in when Frank was mocking up the grill in that picture. It seems like a rounded transition at the fender bottoms, where it would be completely flat up to the fender originally. The shading of the valance also indicates a roll where the flipped mouth would be…

    That side trim would have been so much nicer if the rear pieces were full-length…it is kind of awkward just chillin in the middle of the body.

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  5. Renaud Zed Legardez
    November 20, 2018

    another great article , Rik ! it’s very exciting to “discover” a “new-old” kustom!!

    the time pictures are great, i don’t think i’ve seen them before .

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  6. Larry Pointer
    October 18, 2019

    Great to see a new article with fresh info and photos on one that kinda drove under the radar scope of the day. What I love about that era early in the Barris works, is the innovative adaptation of parts and pieces from a wide variety of other makes and models. The creative placements of those parts on the Merc “canvas” is truly art.

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  7. George Smullen
    January 19, 2020

    A great history lesson for me. The Barris shop photos highlight the interest in Kustoms back in the 50’s. Thanks, Rik. This piece is most important and of utmost interest.

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