Glenn Black’s Refined 1949 Merc
Every car guy has a dream car. For Glenn Black of Taft, CA it was a chopped 1949 Merc. When the time in life was right, he called on Rodger Lee and his crew at Ironworks Speed & Kustom, which has been cranking out top-shelf cars since 2001. This stunning Merc is indicative of their talents and was completed in just 14 months.
While chopped Mercs have been done countless times, Ironworks found a few tricks to make this one unique. The top was chopped four inches in the front and five in the rear and they extended the quarter windows and made one-off beltline trim. All the window trim was handmade, and they took the harder option of retaining the vent windows and two-piece windshield.
The body’s front clip was welded together, the hood corners rounded, and DeSoto grille teeth were flanked by frenched ’53-’54 Buick headlights. The fade-away lines from the front fenders were blended through the doors and into the rear quarters, eliminating the stock Merc “drop down” line. The rear quarters were replaced with longer ’51 Merc pieces adorned with one-off taillights. Gallons of dark maroon metal flake PPG paint were sprayed and polished to perfection.
While the exterior is traditional, the chassis and running gear are modern, with a custom frame built using a Mustang II front suspension and a four-link for the 9-inch rear end. RideTech components handle the bumps and altitude adjustments and Wilwood brakes bring everything to a halt. EVOD machined the 16×7-inch wheels in a Cadillac hubcap style with clear red Mercury center medallions. Tires are Diamondback wide whites.
Inside, a custom CNC-machined gauge panel was filled with one-off Dakota Digital gauges. Custom vents for the A/C system were blended in and a custom console filled with a Lokar shifter, e-brake handle, and window switches. It shares the floor with white leather bucket seats. Another clear red Mercury medallion adorns the steering wheel.
Rodger and his crew did an outstanding job making this custom stand out in a sea of others, with a great eye for line, shape, and detail.
Photos by John Jackson & Steven Bunker