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Old 11-08-2020, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default A New L@@K

I wanted to go back to the original rims on my car for a more period correct look. The old tires were dry rotted and the chrome rims were rusting in places.
I love the new look. Took it to a car show yesterday and had a lot of folks looking at the Merc. It was great to enjoy a car show again. About 100 cars, band, and food to honor a a local policeman.
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Old 11-08-2020, 12:14 PM   #2
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I like it too. Well done!


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Old 11-08-2020, 12:24 PM   #3
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53MERC,
I'm with you on the wheel issue. My car when I bought it with chrome rims and the way it looks now.
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Old 11-08-2020, 12:40 PM   #4
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Good choice, and the added benefit being the "patina guys" will probably buy the rusty chrome rims from you!
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Old 11-08-2020, 01:06 PM   #5
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What's with da bears at the upper, right in picture? Real, or fake-out? If real, watch out for da bears ! DD

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Old 11-08-2020, 02:39 PM   #6
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A great improvement. My first car in high school was a '53 Merc Monterey. Flathead with a Merc-O-Matic, Dual exhaust, lowered, and non functional lake pipes.
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Old 11-08-2020, 02:40 PM   #7
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The old 53 is sure looking good. What size tires? I've put P235-75s on my original wheels. Tight fit to install the rears but I like the look of a fat tire on these cars.
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Old 11-08-2020, 03:25 PM   #8
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53MERC,
I'm with you on the wheel issue. My car when I bought it with chrome rims and the way it looks now.


That '51 use to belong to a friend of mine, Roger (Luckyfordguy).
I always liked his '51,,,Roger still has his very nice '50 two door.





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Old 11-08-2020, 04:52 PM   #9
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It L@@KS 1@@@ times better. Those 80s wheels just look completely out of place.
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Old 11-08-2020, 06:19 PM   #10
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Looks great....like the stock wheels on both cars....I have a ‘51 Tudor Deluxe that’s gonna have stock wheels.....Mark
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Old 11-08-2020, 06:46 PM   #11
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Lanny,
That's the car, and I should've left it with Roger!
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Old 11-08-2020, 11:34 PM   #12
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Thanks Guys. Down the road I may add the whitewalls next. Isn't Christmas coming soon? LOL
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What's with da bears at the upper, right in picture? Real, or fake-out? If real, watch out for da bears ! DD

LOL. Those are fake. I bought a full sized pattern and made them a few years back. They don't eat anything but sawdust. LOL.
We do have the real deals here though. They are spotting about every day in our neighborhood looking for food. I hate BBQing outside this time of year. Spooky not being able to see all around me.
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Old 11-08-2020, 11:44 PM   #14
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The old 53 is sure looking good. What size tires? I've put P235-75s on my original wheels. Tight fit to install the rears but I like the look of a fat tire on these cars.
Hi Ralph,
I just went with the same size as what came off. There are P205 - 75's.
Hoping to eventually get wide whites. These were only $63 each delivered from Wallymart.
Have a great week Sir,
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Old 11-09-2020, 03:12 PM   #15
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Sometimes you just can't beat/improve on the original looks of these old FoMoCo vehicles....just as they looked when they rolled off the assembly line.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:09 PM   #16
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John, you are right. They look great in stock form , but do need to be lowered a little.
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:56 AM   #17
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Well, i can't bear it any longer....gotta say i love the red wheels, in fact the entire car !
Nice job !
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John, you are right. They look great in stock form , but do need to be lowered a little.
I've never understood the attraction for lowering vehicles but a lot of people seem to like it. I prefer the stock look just the way they were when new. Not too high or too low.
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I've never understood the attraction for lowering vehicles but a lot of people seem to like it. I prefer the stock look just the way they were when new. Not too high or too low.
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As to lowering. As seen in the before and after pictures of my car, I put it back stock. You should of seen the "lowering blocks" on the front! What an abortion!
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