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Old 03-14-2018, 06:16 PM
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It does look really great.

This thread makes me think of a lead I got many years ago on a 49 or 50 Merc "chop top project." Not many around here, so it was with checking out. When I got there, it had been a 4 door, well hacked into oblivion in the hopes it would become a 2 door. They had not achieved what you have.....
That’s always the worry! I have no doubts this one will get finished in time. Though as I mentioned, the owner prefers it as a slower build to help spread out labor costs.

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Really nice Dane. I assume you are going to lengthen the decklid?
Indeed! That will be tomorrow’s update. I’m trying not to upload and overload the thread with too many pictures and updates at one time.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:20 PM
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Very cool. Nice work.
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:04 AM
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the profile on the roof is amazing
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:13 AM
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The car is looking good GOOD STUFF!
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Old 03-15-2018, 03:19 PM
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Thanks guys! I knew getting the profile and the look just right would make or break this transformation. As I mentioned, Im more than pleased with the shape and proportions in real life, Im glad to hear others think it looks good in pictures as well. Thanks
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Old 03-15-2018, 08:24 PM
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As Kerry had noticed a few posts back, once I moved the tulip panel forward, I would now have to lengthen the decklid the same amount. This post will show the steps I took to achieve that task.

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For some reason I didn't take any "in progress" pictures of lengthening the exterior skin of the decklid? I did this in two halves (left and right) just for ease of holding and shaping the piece by myself....eventually it wasn't that long of a seam to weld and finish in the middle.

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The view from the side shows the nice flowing profile from the roof down through the decklid. The radiused front corner of the decklid was just drawn in in marker to get an idea of what it would look like roughly.

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Another 3/4 view from the rear.

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This close up view shows a couple different things:

1. The front edge I folded over at 90 deg. and shaped to the correct contour of the tulip panel side to side (eventually this flange would be hemmed over the inner structure)

2. I welded temporary spacers on the quarter panel to maintain the correct gap for the decklid as I was roughing things out.

3. I welded on 6 flanges (near each corner and in the middle) and drilled for alignment. This way I could cleco the decklid on or off as I worked on the lid and it would always go back into the same position.

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Once the outer skin was close enough to the correct shape, it was time to flip the decklid over and work on the inner structure.

Here I've trimmed the front portion into several sections and have begun fitting the center hinge mount area. You can see I've slid it under the front hemmed edge (the edge was just loosely hemmed so I could still slide the structures in and out as I needed to fit / change)

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Here I've got the left corner basically fabricated and finished. I took the original corner structure, slid it into position and fabricated the missing "rail" connections to the rest of the structure. Once I had the outer framework welded in, I rolled a center filler piece that mimicked the rest of the inner structure. This was easier than fabricating a complete "open" structure like the rest.....and since It'll all be upholstered later, nobody will ever see it.

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Another view of the first corner structure complete (minus finish welding)

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In this close up you can see the seam for the inner filler panel tacked into position. I had fully welded up the lengthened "rails" at this point.

Note: I did hem the front edge, but the sides I left for now and will later weld a fake hemmed piece into place. I did this as I still need to refine the gaps a bit better later.

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The complete inner structure all lengthened, just final welding remains.
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Old 03-15-2018, 09:55 PM
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... Im glad to hear others think it looks good in pictures as well. Thanks
It's all about getting the back glass laid down correctly and blending the curve in the rear cowl. I have seen so many chopped Merc's with otherwise good chops, completely botched because this wasn't done right. You nailed it.
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Nice work with the inner frame. You would think it was factory.
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absolutely amazing work.
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a 3-window coupe instead of a sedan -- I like it! I've seen two done like this over the years and they looked good amongst the sea of regular chopped Merc's. Are you going to post the artwork for the inspiration and what you are going to do with the front nose and bumper treatments?
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