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ALL OUT CUSTOM: A ’49 MERCURY WOODY WITH BIG-BLOCK POWER

The smooth and luxurious lines on this 1949 Mercury are a different kind of hotrod from what we’ve come to see as the norm these days. It’s custom all around and has the true, 1960s hotrod look down to a science. It’s got big-block power, birds-eye maple wood dressing, and plenty of good looks to go around.

There is just something about the way the lines flow around on this old Mercury woody. They’ve got a lot of curves and it looks stunning where the metal body meets the wood paneling.

This ’49 Mercury belongs to Rich McCarthy of Sequim, Washington, and although it was built close to this when he bought it, there was still a lot of work that had to be done. “It leaked like a sieve,” Rich explained. “It didn’t have license plate lights in the back and it didn’t have any mirrors either.” The car was sort of built over the year by various car collectors that never finished it. “It was passed around from, warehouse to warehouse where one guy painted it, one guy did the top, and so on.”


That Edelbrock carburetor sure looks nice sitting proudly on the big-block.
It’s now powered by a big-block 454 cubic-inch engine with Merlin heads and a little thumping cam. “It sounds good,” Rich said, and we can vouch for that! It also has a Mustang II front suspension, 700-R4 automatic transmission, and an 8-inch rearend. Rich fixed all the leaks the car came with and has made it into a good, reliable cruiser.

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