In 1951, when you didn't order a HI-Tech AM radio, they simply didn't install the knobs or pushbuttons for it, they just plugged up the openings. The dial bar is still there as part of the dash! I plan to keep the interior as original as possible. I will, however, use newer (possibly the '88 Lincoln) seats.

This car was found in a Michigan field in 1982 by the person I bought it from. The last time it was plated and on the road was in 1968. It sat in his garage since 1982, as he slowly poked away at it, trying to restore it to original condition. The frame was blasted & painted, the suspension and brakes were all rebuilt, the orginal flathead and auto trans were both rebuilt, and the seats had been re-upholstered. I sold the drivetrain, frame, and seats I coudn't use any of it.
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This is my dream project car...a 1951 Mercury coupe. In keeping with my love of huge cars, doing a Merc "Leadsled" has always been at the top of my "must do" list, and slowly the dream is becoming a reality.  I  found a doner 1988 Lincoln Town Car as a basis for the transformation, as it shares the '51's 118" wheelbase. I have begun to cut, grind, and weld my way from an upside-down bathtub car into a kool cruiser.  The car will be a 1950's  style kustom on the outside, with modern internal guts underneath. The best of both worlds! Reliable, easy to drive, and comfortable. Picture it black, with chrome-reverse baby moon wheels, wide whitewalls, bubble skirts on the rear, frenched headlights, kustom '54 Merc taillights, a '55 DeSoto grill, lake pipes down the sides...other "kustom" body mods...follow along as I show you my progress... I'm excited just describing my vision!
'51 Merc's HISTORY
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'51 Merc's HISTORY
The '51 in it's as-purchased, fresh off the trailer glory, circa 1999
The '51 in it's as-purchased, fresh off the trailer glory, circa 1999
FIRST, a little background is in order-
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FIRST, a little background is in order-