Daily Features

JANUARY 26,2015 (FEBRUARY 2015): ’51 MERCURY 4-DOOR SEDAN—YOU DON’T HAVE TO SLAM THEM ALL

By on January 26, 2015
51 imgp9811

51 imgp9811

 

There are some cars that are destined to be customized.

 

Ford created a monster with the 1949-51 Mercury because this car was 75% of the way to custom status right out of the factory.

 

Many of these classics Mercs survive to this day, but few remain in near stock condition.

51 imgp9921

 

Russ Holtby has always been a Blue Oval but he has a keen interest in these classic Mercs.

 

Russ explained the background behind his ‘51 Mercury 4-door sedan: “I’ve always been a Ford product guy-I’ve had Thunderbirds, Crown Vics-you name it but this car has a style-it’s a step up from a Ford. This car is a barn find because it came out of barn in Saskatchewan (Canada). The guy knew where it was and he found it–then the guy took it down to Barrett-Jackson. It ended up at the Okotoks auction, they took the reserve off and I bought it as-is”.

 

51 imgp9923

 

Terms like “as-is” can have frighteningly negative consequences, but Russ had a lot of information about his Merc: “I got two thick books on the restoration. It took about three years and it has all original parts and a lot of them are sitting in my garage. The only thing I don’t have is a fuel pump”.

 

This old Merc has a 255 cubic inch flathead under the hood coupled to a three-speed manual with overdrive.

 

51 imgp9796

 

There’s a Holley four barrel and an Offenhauser intake and Russ explained a few other mods: “It’s been converted to 12-volt from 6 volt, it’s radio delete so there’s a plate but there is a receiver in the glove box”.

 

51 imgp9924

 

Russ is extremely happy with the overall condition of his classic Mercury: “There’s no rust except for one spot on the inside door panel and there’s one spot on the door frame that was rusted but the interior was roached. He got this interior out of the States because he wanted it original”.

 

51 imgp9793

 

Obviously the true test of an old ride is how it performs on the road and this Merc is more than adequate as Russ explained: “It’s got arm strong steering so you don’t want to spend much time in a parking lot but on the highway it’s pretty acceptable. It’s very stable down the road but there’s a bit of road noise. You gotta drive this car-you can’t just point it”.

 

51 imgp9925

 

There are fans across many generations who love these classic Mercs and Russ has met them all during his tenure as an owner: “A lot of old guys really like it and there are quite a few young guys who really like it too”.

 

51 imgp9956

 

Most car guys have some kind of succession plan with an old ride because cars like this Merc have a legacy status in the automotive world so the natural tendency is to keep it in the family.

 

51 imgp9957

 

Russ has that covered:I’ve got fifteen grandkids so I’m getting seat belts put in for them because the parents want them”. The big question will be which grandkid really bonds with this old Mercury.

 

This ’51 Merc is a testimony to the concept that you don’t have to slam and modify every one of these classic old rides because the stock version stands the test of time.

 

Just ask Russ.

 

Jerry Sutherland

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Twitter

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Pinterest

*Re-post if you like this MSCC article…thanks.

print

3596 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

bl-imgp4854

DECEMBER 16, 2014: DOES WHAT IS UNDER THE HOOD REALLY MATTER? …YOU BET IT DOES

  We at MSCC are not really judgmental when it comes to old rides.   After all, it boils down to personal choice and different budget levels when it...

December 16, 2014 View more...
ch-14122014 35425 pm

DECEMBER 2014: IS THERE A LESSON FOR CAR GUYS IN ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’?

  ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ has been a holiday favorite since 1965.   A few of us have watched it every year since we were kids roughly the same...

December 14, 2014 View more...
tv- 12122014 12215 pm

DECEMBER 14, 2014: SIX OBSCURE RIDES YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER FROM OLD TV COP SHOWS

  TV and law enforcement dramas have gone together since the first day a producer realized people love cop shows.   Ratings were important from the beginning and TV...

December 14, 2014 View more...
1947 matching fridge 12-002

DECEMBER 8, 2014: RED DEER CAR GUYS GET BEHIND THEIR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

  Christmas is referred to as a time of giving and that is a concept Red Deer, AB car guys embrace in a big way every year.   They...

December 8, 2014 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

My Star logo1-001

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2017

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2017   Welcome to the newest feature at MyStarCollectorCar.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...
IGP2993-NOVA SC

CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS

  CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS   Have you already scheduled your car show for 2017?   “Send MSCC the information...

October 26, 2015 View more...
IMGP0377-001

AUGUST 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar

  It’s never too early to contact us about your club or community car show for 2017. Get your listing to us and take advantage of the exposure you’ll...

October 9, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

AUGUST 18 FIVE FOR FRIDAY: FIVE REASONS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR LOVES ITS NEW FORMAT

  MSCC fired up our new format in August, 2015 are now celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the best format decision ever made here at MyStarCollectorCar.com.   The new format took plenty of trial and a lot of error before we found our mojo with the revamped website.   The new format is based upon See More

MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY: JIM PICKS HIS FAVORITE RIDES FROM SUMMER 2017

  This article may be the toughest assignment I have ever given myself here at MyStarCollectorCar because I loved every vintage car and truck this past summer.   There is still some summer left for us at MyStar so we will revisit this topic again at the end of the car show year, but right See More

MSCC AUGUST 16 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY—AN EASY ONE?

2017 MSCC “WHAT’S IT?”   WEDNESDAY MSCC What’s It? Wednesday is back for 2017.   This is a weekly guessing game for car guys and it was one of the most popular new MSCC features in 2016.       MSCC AUGUST 16 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY—AN EASY ONE?   This one should be a puffball for See More

MSCC WANTS YOUR CAR SHOW INFO- UH NOPE-WRONG-WE’RE BEGGING FOR IT

  The secret to a great car show is massive exposure.   MSCC can give your event massive exposure-but we need your help to make your show a home run with car guys.   There are good reasons why MyStarCollectorCar is number one in a Google Canada search for monthly car shows and events.   See More

Editor’s Picks

IMGP7176-001

THE GUILD GARAGE: WHEN A HALF HOUR CAR SHOW JUST SEEMS LIKE AN HOUR

  Restoration Garage always lived up to its non-car guy producers’ goal to produce a docu-drama.   The producers appeared to believe in the standard TV playbook wherein a...

August 3, 2017 View more...
IMG_1451

MSCC AUGUST 2017 ROAD WARRIORS—ON THE ROAD WITH A BOATLOAD OF COOL

  Road warriors are the truest celebration of the car hobby.   There’s a fair amount of risk because an old C-body Chrysler doesn’t stop, handle or change lanes...

July 31, 2017 View more...
IMGP8955-001

CHEERS TO YOU–IT AIN’T EASY BEING A VOLUNTEER AT A CAR SHOW

  Volunteers are a special group of people because they are willing to tackle a thankless job and donate their time to a particular cause.   They are the...

July 24, 2017 View more...
5

WELCOME TO MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE GREAT SONGS WITH SUMMER IN THE TITLE

WELCOME TO MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE GREAT SONGS WITH SUMMER IN THE TITLE   MyStarCollectorCar never stands still—that’s the nature of the hobby because old iron that stands still...

July 20, 2017 View more...

Car Shows and Events

IGP2993-NOVA SC
CONTACT US TO LIST YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS

CONTACT US TO LIST YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS info@mystarcollectorcar.com 727190 Total Views 2478 Views Today

June 23, 2017
165ce9588de34a61a8112aaf9a57c456_1-001
MICHENER ALLEN AUCTION AUGUST 19, 2017: ’73 CHALLENGER

MICHENER ALLEN COLLECTOR AUCTION AUGUST 19, 2017   1973 Dodge Challenger 2 Dr       Make:   Dodge   Model: Challenger Drivetrain:          RWD     Ext Color:            Blue Engine:...

June 19, 2017
phpThumb_generated_thumbnailpng red deer
10TH ANNUAL RED DEER FALL FINALE & SPEED SHOW

 10TH ANNUAL RED DEER FALL FINALE & SPEED SHOW     COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION – CLASSIC CAR AUCTION The 10th Annual Fall Finale Classic Car Auction September 8th-10th, 2016 –...

April 21, 2017
IMGP0377-001
AUGUST 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar

  It’s never too early to contact us about your club or community car show for 2017. Get your listing to us and take advantage of the exposure you’ll...

October 9, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive