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1963 Mercury Marauder

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  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Friday, June 16, 2017 9:01 AM

Good luck with the mods ! love the Merc's of all ages , this is a stunner (don't tell the other Mopar fans !!!)  LOL

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Posted by Tom Louis on Friday, June 16, 2017 2:49 PM

This cool, I like your methods!

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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Posted by texwardfan on Friday, June 16, 2017 2:58 PM
Thanks, Spencer and Tom. I appreciate the feedback.
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Posted by litespeedsae on Friday, June 16, 2017 7:58 PM

Next door neighbor had one just like this back in 1964 in 1:1 scale and it was the coolest car in the neighborhood!

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:03 AM

texwardfan

The last picture is a picture of the front of a 63 mercury reduced to 1/25 scale. As you see it fits nicely. I will use this picture as a pattern to make the grille and headlights from styrene tubes and strips. 

I'm digging this. I'll be watching this come together.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, June 18, 2017 11:06 AM

Thanks, Trevor. I appreciate the feedback.

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Posted by Tom Louis on Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:55 PM

What an undertaking, I am fascinated and awestruck!

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:58 PM

Tom Louis

What an undertaking, I am fascinated and awestruck!

 

 

Thanks, Tom. I might have bitten off more than I can chew. But we will see.

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Posted by Tom Louis on Sunday, June 18, 2017 1:00 PM

looks good so far!

Thunderbass Shufflemaster

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Posted by texwardfan on Monday, June 19, 2017 5:23 PM

I got some more wip pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by texwardfan on Monday, June 19, 2017 5:28 PM
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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Monday, June 19, 2017 6:57 PM

I love your method here! I scaled photos to 1/25 for reference on my hardtop-to-sedan conversion on my '65 Chevelle, but this takes it to a new level. I'm sure you are inspiring lots of builders on this WIP (even more than usual). I've seen a similar approach used in ship modeling but I don't recall seeing it in this forum before. 

chucky

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Monday, June 19, 2017 7:05 PM
Thanks Chucky. I'm sure I'm not the first to try this method. You just have to be lucky and find profile shots of whatever your trying to duplicate. Like a flat side view or a flat front or rear view. What's really hard is finding a flat over head view.
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Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, June 19, 2017 7:22 PM

Cool my dad bought a copper one back in the late. 70s. For the engine to put in his 67f150 short box I was so disappointed he scrapped the rest. Always thought it'd been a cool cruiser looks great so far

Moparlover64

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:08 PM

Did some more work on the grille.

 

 

 

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  • From: Mesa, AAZ
Posted by Ranchn62 on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:56 PM

 

looks like great build inn progress.

I just received my Jimmy Flinstone Merc body. It's nicely chopped, but yours will be done before mine. Soooo many others in front of it.

Best of luck on your build!

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:22 AM

Ranchn62

 

looks like great build inn progress.

I just received my Jimmy Flinstone Merc body. It's nicely chopped, but yours will be done before mine. Soooo many others in front of it.

Best of luck on your build!

 

 

Thanks, Ranchn62. That sounds great. I will be looking forward to seeing it.

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 4:49 PM

Started working on the rear panel. The 63 merc had a rounded panel with round tailights. the 64 had oval shaped tailights with a relatively flat panel. I  split a styrene tube and added that to the rear panel. I will drill holes and add the round tailights later and do some more work to get it to look more like a 63 merc.

 

 

  

I added some bracing to stiffen up the grille/front bumper assembly. the tape is to hold the assembly in the proper configuration while the glue dries.

 

 

 

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, June 23, 2017 3:02 PM
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Posted by markdoo on Friday, June 23, 2017 9:14 PM

This build, (like so many others of yours, Texwardfan), certainly has my attention!

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, June 24, 2017 5:55 AM

markdoo

This build, (like so many others of yours, Texwardfan), certainly has my attention!

 

Thanks markdoo. Its been slow going so far, but hopefully when I get the grille and rear panel done, things will speed up. I got the chrome alclad II from hobbylink yesterday.

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    June, 2012
  • From: Podunkville USA
Posted by gloozalot on Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:05 AM

I admire your desire and determination with this conversion Supertex.  I would have Wimped out, cheated and hacked up my original '63, I just dont have that "want too" any longer.  I have no doubt when you finish you will have built a strikingly beatuiful merc to add to all your other jems.  You are on a roll and I will be watching with interest.  

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:44 PM

gloozalot

I admire your desire and determination with this conversion Supertex.  I would have Wimped out, cheated and hacked up my original '63, I just dont have that "want too" any longer.  I have no doubt when you finish you will have built a strikingly beatuiful merc to add to all your other jems.  You are on a roll and I will be watching with interest.  

 

 

Thanks, George. I really appreciate the supportive comments. Its been fun so far. The grille and rear panel will not pass rivet counter muster, but it will look sort of like a 63 merc when finished. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, June 25, 2017 7:25 AM
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Posted by texwardfan on Sunday, June 25, 2017 7:28 AM
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  • From: Podunkville USA
Posted by gloozalot on Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:26 AM

Scratch Basher Extraordinaire!!!  Brilliant Idea.   Any rivet counter that knocks that conversion should face a Court Martial, Firing Squad and sent to the Russian Front.  In That Order!   You nailed it again, Supertex.

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:26 AM

Awsome job looking great

Moparlover64

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  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Monday, June 26, 2017 6:11 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback. Dont forget to move on to the next page. Page 2 has begun.

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