I always love visiting The Wife’s Uncle’s place when we’re out in MT because it is like a candy store.
With really expensive candy.
The guy has ten acres with about the same number of outbuildings full of machinery, from old John Deere tractors to some very cherry autos.
Like this, his current restoration project: A 1947 Ford 2 door
His current completed projects include this 1954 Ford sedan
The paint may look stock, but there are a set of pinstripes in the dark green color that follow the color, running the length of the body on either side.
And then there is his previous completion: A 1949 Mercury 2 door
All done up to period correct standards, including the four-inch drop in the rear and the Smitty Glass Pack mufflers on the 255ci flathead.
He also has two sets of twins: This pair of 1954 Chevys
He says that these have been around his garage for a long time and deserve to be the next project after the 47.
And this pair of Model A’s. This 1927 that he has had since high school, and a 1928 that I couldn’t fit into the shot.
I have certain acquaintances that I cannot show this picture to, as they would be like Gollum after the ring trying to find out who this uncle is and where he lives so that they can pester him with cash.
But by far, my favorite of the whole bunch was this 1949 Mercury 4 door
Runs and drives. Complete as from the factory. The paint and the interior are a bit worn, but are still in very good shape for their age. And because it is a luxury FoMoCo product, it has factory rear suicide doors. Always a deal sealer for me.
If I had the room to work on it and wasn’t in the middle of working with The Wife’s 1963 Galaxie Country Sedan wagon, I would have been pestering him with money. Other than upgrade the brakes to make it a little safer to drive, and if it was possible to a swap in an OHV mill without ruining the engine compartment, I’d do nothing to it.
Oh, and if you look behind the Merc, you’ll see sticking out from under the tarp a 1948 Buick Roadmaster with the Dynaflow and the infamous Straight 8 that he completed a couple years back.
Sorry for the blurriness of the photo. My hands were shaking a bit.