Paul Wood's 1949 Mercury
1949 Mercury Coupe owned by Paul Wood of Richmond Hill, New York City, New York. Ken Bausert remembers the car from when he was growing up, and it became instrumental in sparking his interest in custom cars in 1958; "The car had extensive work done to it. The headlights were tunneled, hood and deck were shaved, the outside door handles were removed and replaced by electric solenoids, cruiser skirts were installed, and the car lowered. The most impressive thing was that the coupe was made into a hardtop by removing the vertical posts on the doors and in front of the rear side windows, and new glass cut to fit.” Woody’s Merc was built in the street, in front of his girlfriend's house. Woody had acetylene and oxygen tanks in the trunk of the car that he would roll out whenever he was working on the car.
A more powerful 1951 Cadillac engine and 4-speed automatic transmission eventually found its way into Woody's Mercury, replacing the old flathead engine. “The Caddy mill ran with trips or dual-quads at various times,” Ken Bausert told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama. Olds and Cadillac engines were popular engines to install in your hot rod or custom in New York back then.
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