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1948 Mercury Coupe

SOLD On 6-18-01

Location: Eastern Iowa
E-mail: forcfed93@juno.com

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I built this 1948 Mercury 5 Passenger Coupe, in the late '70's and early 80's. It is a Mild Custom and has a Rochester 4 Bbl nestled on a 327 Cu In., 300hp Small Block Chevrolet engine backed by a Turbo350 Transmission. 

The transmission has had a shift kit added to improve shifting. The rearend is out of a 1957 Chevrolet BelAir. When it was originally built, it had 3:56 gears in it which made it very quick off of the line, but did nothing for gas mileage. Several years ago I changed them out and it now has 3:08 gears. (Gas Mileage: 15 City / 18 Highway)

The front suspension is a 1969 Chevrolet Nova Subframe unit and it was grafted into the original frame to incorporate the factory cross member. This helps to keep the frame ridged and help with cornering and stability. Due to the addition of the subframe and the rearend, the car has been lowered 8" in the front and 5" in the rear. The front of the running boards are now just 5 1/2" off the ground in the front and 8" in the rear. (13 1/2" Stock).

The car also has an aftermarket Air Conditioning unit installed under the dash, GM Tilt Wheel, 1969 Lincoln Mark III Power Brake unit, Cruise control, Stewart Warner Stage III Gauges and a Techniques AM/FM stereo w/5 band graphic equalizer & cassette player. It also has an Electric Antenna with CB load and electric trunk release.

The Mild body customizing includes frenched Headlights, frenched 1963 Mercury Taillights w/ blue dots, a rolled rear pan with frenched license plate. The nose and deck lid have been shaved and the door handles have been removed, along with all of the body side and window chrome. The custom lower front valance is all steel and can be removed to replace the original front sheet metal pieces and stock front bumper if desired. The hood has been louvered and a custom dash has been added.

The body work was completed in the fall of 1989 after the complete car was sand blasted inside and out. A Urethane based primer was used to seal the body after it was customized or repaired. The car was painted in the fall of 1989 using paint from Sherwin Williams. It is a BC/CC formula and the color is Dark Sapphire Blue metallic. 

The Velour Interior is a Med. Blue Diamond pleat with dark blue Noggahide accents and trim. The car has been stored for about 5 years but is started and driven on occasion.

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