Its been a while since we’ve had an update on Aaron Von Minden’s 49 Mercury. Last update, they had just started shooting the sinister looking black paint that you see above. Now that Von Minden settling in after his move to the San Fran area, thoughts are returning to getting the Merc cruise ready. Normally a man of few words, but lot’s of photos, Aaron has decided to hit the keyboard and throw out a few thoughts about his goals for the kickin old ride.
I am finally getting a bit settled at my new job and moving up to the bay area, so I decided it was time to finally get my butt back into gear working on the Merc.
I am planning on having Mike Harper do the stitching. He has done many show cars for GM,VW and some Grand national roadster show cars in the past. This is just the first rendering.We are just getting a basic idea, but this is where we are so far. Its Rolls Royce and Bentley inspired.
I really want this car to be special, I have been working on it for a couple of years. I bought it as it had sat for over 40 years. It was one of the cleanest Mercs I had ever found. The better part about it is that I wanted a 4 door. I wanted to make a mild custom cruiser. Something me and my buddies could take out on the town. I already have some chopped hot rods and I want a custom, but I wanted it to be really classic. Something I can be driven around in. So I redid nearly every part of the car. I did not want to make a complete show car. I wanted a really beautiful driver.
Everyone does a 49 -51 Merc 2 door. I want to get in the back seat of mine and have some fun!
Over the past couple years we worked away on the car in my spare time..
So far I redid the brakes, brake lines, all the seals, wheel cylinders, wiring with original cloth wiring, gas tank fuel lines, Radiator, lowered it, repainted it and polished all the stainless. I’ve been working on some metal work for the grill and the rear roll pan.
Now we just need to do a design for the interior.
This is what the interior would have looked like back in the day:
So here is the first round of sketching by Nick Green, my designer buddy who works for Honda in their advance design studio.
Click on the picture to see it in more detail.