Lawrence Garrison's 1940 Mercury
Fadeaways and Channeling
Restyled in the 1940s, the body on Lawrence's Mercury was channeled over the frame. The fenders were kept in the stock position, so the hood had to be sectioned after the channeling. The body was then lowered additionally by chopping the top. The car was nosed, decked and shaved for door handles, and the gas filler pipe was relocated to inside the trunk. It featured 1940 Ford headlights, and full fadeaway fenders. The front bumper was from a 1947 Chevrolet, while the rear bumper was from a 1947 Buick. The exhaust was routed trough the rear fenders, and the body was painted Ruby Maroon. Inside, it ran a 1939 Mercury dash. A padded top wrapped up the low slung build.
Shipped to San Diego
Found by Dave Christensen
It is believed that the padded top that had been on the car was stolen around that time. Dave bought the car and got it back on the road again.
Passed on to Matt Volk
Sold to Patrick Orosco
In 2006 Matt sold the Merc to Patrick Orosco of Monterey, California. When Patrick bought the car, it was believed that the build had been started in 1942, at a San Diego body shop. After the war ended, in 1945, it was sent to a Burbank shop and finished to come degree of completion. Dave Christensen, who had owned a number of Vally Custom cars during the 1950s and the 1960s, thought the Merc might be a Valley Custom creation.
When Matt sold the car to Patrick, it still had the patinated burgundy paint. Matt sold it as it sat, when he got it from his grandpa, without a grille and with minimal interior. Patrick modified the car by removing the exhaust that ran through the fenders. He also installed taillights and a grille on the car, before he finished some minor body work in his dad's shop, and gave it a flat black paint job. It was also upholstered in white tuck and roll. In 2008 Patrick told Ken Gross that he had anticipated a full-blown restoration, "to bring it up to show quality." But due to several other projects he decided to advertise it for sale; "I’d like to see it go to someone who has the ability to take it all the way and do the car right," he told Ken. At the time, Orosco considered offers in the $50,000-60,000 range.
Sold to Norway
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