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Why did you do it?
That it is the question everyone asks Marvin about his car, to which he replies "because I can". Now for the real story...
I will turn back the clock to WWII Germany when a German Jew escapes the wrath of Hitler, defecting to the US and winds up in Iowa. There he marries, and has several children, one of which was named Marvin. Now Marvin and his father have several business adventures together including a wrecker and crane service, liquor stores, auto shop, and more. One day after work he dropped Marvin off at home and left, little did Marvin know that he would never see his father again as he was killed by a drunk driver. Marvin goes on with his life and ends up in SW missouri where he becomes a doctor. Having his own practice in NW Arkansas, his travels permitted him to find a very special car that he bought some 20 years ago. He tore the "all original" car down but never found time to do what he wanted to it (the same old story) until one day I walk into his office. He asked me what my occupation was and I told him "I restore, and modify old cars"...so guess what I have been doing...LOL. Anyway, the car is almost finished now (well for me anyway). it still has to go to the alignment shop, upholstery shop, stereo shop, and back to me for a final buff, but I thought you guys would like to see this car (even though the only "ford" to it is the front suspension) it is a very cool car that I have enjoyed building. One of my regrets is that he didn't want to spend the money to let me gap and level the doors but it is an "up yours mercedes" driver and not a trailer queen (his words not mine). This is what he say's a mercedes should be.
So here are a few highlights...1954 Mercedes 300B, corvette 3.73 polished rear, chromed mustang rack front, .40 over 400 with 700 R4 trans, custom built powder coated frame, hand made stainless fuel cell, custom headers, and exhaust, fenders were welded up, frenched license plate, and antenna, custom halogen headlights behind the original lenses with LED turn signals inside the headlight, 59 corvette taillights, all stainless steel button head bolts through out, tinted windows, Ididit tilt column, vintage air, custom made wiring, power windows, and more.
Here are some pics of the completed frame, and of the car as it was today...sorry about the water droplets but I gave it a bath before she leaves my shop.

That's a beaut!

73 Convertible - 351C/4V CC heads/4bolt/forged flat tops/comp 270/rhodes/mallory unilite/tri-power/hookers/glasspacks/c6/3.50 limited slip/Gear Vendors/Global West sub frames, strut rods and shelby style traction bars/ Rear sway bar/tilt steering (not original)

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Holy mother of God, that is amazing. I can't wait to see the finished product! I love old European cars.


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That is quite possibly one of the coolest restomods I have seen!!!!
Truly amazing. Very, very cool.

Rusty, a 1973 Mach 1, needs a lot of work.
Billy, a 1976 Ford Bronco, also needs a lot of work.
El Guapo, a 1986 F150, frame-off Resto-Mod.
Bubba, my 1994 F150, daily driver
Formerly, a 1973 Ford Mustang Coupe - a work in progress, then a car-b-qued banana.
That is really sweet! I would try and fab some retro looking wheels and covers just for the added mystery.

Seriously great retro mod setup! Would a Cleveland fit??? Big Grin

I know to switch would require a completely different setup... But Ford power would also be cool.


1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1971 Hardtop (parts car)
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
Great story and good job
Talent and no doubt persistence.

Well done.
Wow Wendell, that's amazing!

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
That´s a first class job. Really beautiful.
Definitely not a car I´d like to own, but nonetheless beautiful!

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