Congrats to Jerry and his SICK 50 Merc! You’re our “Car of the Week” winner. This chopped and customized Merc is a sweet ride, be sure to read the full story told by Jerry. We want to thank St. Paul Brewing for providing the perfect location for the video shoot.
The chop was done quite a while back. We believe it was done in the 70’s or early 80’s. I’ve owned the car for about 2-1/2 years. I got it from an old friend that owned it for 18 years. He was a metal fab guy by trade. He had the body off, bead blasted the frame, and did all of the suspension fab. The frame is notched and the car is bagged.
When I purchased the car it was in primer with a rusty hood. My Son Wyatt and I built the drive train. We installed a new Blueprint 400 cid small block with a roller cam, forged pistons, forged crank, & Blueprint performance aluminum heads. It made 518 HP and 519 ftLbs of torque on the Dyno. The transmission is a built 700R4 with a 3200 rpm stall. We run a Moser aluminum 9″ differential with 350 gears, 35 spline axles, Detroit True-trac possi, & four link set up.
Early spring this year we brought the Merc to Fame Hot Rods in Crystal MN. Rob Mayer did a bunch of body work, reshaped the window channels, installed powered side glass, door & trunk poppers. Andy Mayer did the paint work (Rob & Andy are brothers). He painted the entire car in a satin black basecoat clearcoat with three coats of satin clear. He then laid out the flames and painted the roof, trunk, & flames in a gloss black. He then went over the gloss black with a coat of a Harley Davidson candy. It looks black on black until the sun hits it. Then you’ll see candy red, green, gold, & root beer depending on the angle.