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Chevy 350 V8
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This Merc has been featured in Hot Rod and Harleys magazine. It has also won the Gene Winfield award at Lead East an unprecedented 2 years in a row. The photos in no way do this car justice. It was a build that took many years to design, engineer, and build. This was Don’s personal car and a way to show the world his talent. This custom sets the bar for the term “Laser Straight”. If you spend an hour looking at this car, you will keep finding things that you missed. I will relate some of the basics but this is a must see custom that “Needs Nothing”. The roof is chopped 3”, the hood is extended and rolled, ’54 Ford grill, ‘53 Buick head lights, ’52 Ford front fender flairs, ’56 Packard tail lights, rear license plate surround made from a ’53 Chevy front bumper, ’75 Caddie steering column, ’75 Nova subframe that was crafted into the Merc chassis, and a 350 Chevy V8 with a 350 Turbo trans. The side window moldings were one off hand fabricated with 16-gauge steel, then chrome plated. The small side window trim was hand made from 3/8 solid brass and then chrome plated. The very comfortable high end leather interior is a work of art all by itself. There are a few “high end” Mercs around the country, but you will not find one better than the “EMERALD JEWEL”.

 Want a qualified opinion, talk to Gene Winfield and/or Chip Foose and ask them about Don Blake’s ’51 Merc, the “Emerald Jewel”.

This car has been appraised at $139,000.

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