Ed Russell's 1952 Mercury
1952 Mercury restyled by Joe Bailon of Bailon Custom Shop for San Francisco Kustom Kings member Ed Russell of San Francisco, California. The car is also known as the "Le Lancia". Joe did an extensive amount of work on the car. He extended the front end by shading the headlights, and he grafted fins to the rear giving the car a long and low profile. The hood was smoothed and a grille bumper was made from 1955 Buick, 1955 Chevrolet and 1952 Mercury parts. The extended rear fenders housed 1955 Packard taillights. Hand formed grille formed part of the deck lid. Joe painted the car in a Candy Apple Maroon called Futurama. After painting it he drove it down to Barris Kustoms in order to have their house striper Dean Jeffries apply gold scallops.
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