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    • Hollywood Hot Rods- How To Chop a Mercury with help from Eastwood

      Chopping a Mercury with help from Eastwood
      By Jim Aust/Hollywood Hot Rods

      Every since the first sleek new 1949 Mercury hit the street crafty restylers have lusted after examples with the roof a bit lower than the factory offerings. Sam Barris was among the first to chop his own personal Mercury, and the process would be repeated thousands of times over the next seven decades. Just as the title “custom” means, personally designed customs each have a unique style and equally unique method of creation.

      The guys at Hollywood Hot Rods have built a series of much loved custom vehicles so it’s only natural that they would have chopped a few Mercury’s along the way. Refining the process to a science, Hollywood Hot Rods get the job done lowering a lid on a Mercury (or any vehicle) with the help of various tools from The Eastwood Company. For this demonstration an Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher is used to a few of the vital steps in the process completed. Follow along as Hollywood Hot Rods shows how they lowered a roof on this 1951 Mercury.

      Chopping the top on a Mercury is so popular at Hollywood Hot Rods that they have to wait in line for their turn under the knife.

      The easy part is removing the top, the tough part is putting it back on correctly.

      After lowering the roof the desired amount, the corners of the windows now require reworking to close up the gaps created in the process.

      This view shows the great deal of work that will be necessary to reshape the rear corners of the quarter windows.

      The first step is to trim out the rear corners so that new corners can be fitted in place.

      To fill the corners small strips of sheet metal are cut and folded 90-degees in a sheet metal brake.

      Next up the Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher is used to shrink one edge of the custom new pieces to replicate the look of the factory corners in the newly required radiuses.

      The newly fabricated pieces are carefully fit into in the trimmed out window corners.

      The new window corners are tacked in place and checked again for proper placement before final welding is completed.

      Once the final welding is finished the corners are shaped with a die grinder equipped with a barrel drum sanding head.

      On this particular chop the decision was made to round-off the upper rear door corners rather than retain the square factory style corners.

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      Rather than cut the original door corners into multiple pieces, Hollywood Hot Rods prefers to create new sweeping corner from fresh sheet metal.

      Repeating the earlier process, new inner door corners are made with the Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher. Once the new door corners are in place they are welded and smoothed the same way as the window corners.

      Just a few steps transformed this Mercury from a stocker to show stopper! Hit the Hollywood Hot Rods Website to see more of their work, enlist their services, or buy some sweet HHR gear!

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    • Street Rodder Road Tour 1940 Ford Nearing Completion- reassembling a 1940 Ford

      The last time we checked in with Street Rodder and Hollywood Hot Rods the paint on the body was still wet. Since then they've been busy getting the car ready for the first leg of the Street Rodder Road Tour and it's unveiling this weekend. We got these sneak peeks from the crew over at Street Rodder Magazine just the other day.

      After rolling the car back to Hollywood Hot Rods from the paint shop, Troy and crew were ready to start buckling down and assemble the Ford. This is the fun part most times, but it is a tedious process installing all of those freshly painted, chromed, and powder coated parts!

      With the exterior starting to look pretty complete, they moved on to the interior. The team decided to go for a classy, but custom retrim in the 40 Ford. They had some help from a local interior shop to help them meet the deadlines, but it is coming together great. We are loving the color-matched piping details, it really pulls it all together!

      With the Ford looking more like a complete car Troy and his crew moved on to mounting up the drivetrain and making the new Ford Racing Coyote V-8 crate engine live. They opted to go with electronic fuel injection to get the most power out of the engine AND the best fuel mileage possible (for a flowed 5L 302 Mustang Boss Engine that is!). Instead of screwdrivers, carb synchs, and their ears, these guys are using a computer to tune the engine so this car will run as well as the latest pony car from the Ford stable.

      With things really coming down to the line for the Road Tour and the debut this weekend the team at Hollywood Hotrods is really buckling down. Stay tuned for the finished pictures of this beautiful 40 Ford and make sure you come out to the kickoff of the east coast leg of the tour on July 14th at the Eastwood Summer Classic! Thanks for watching and we'll see you in July!

      -Matt/EW

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    • Eastwood Cruze-In Brings in local Classic Cars

      We were so excited for our second annual Eastwood Summer Classic car show July 14th, we decided to hold a cruise in to get some of the local enthusiasts. We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout and it was nice to see some of the cars that guys brought out for the first time this season! We documented the event on video. Check it out and start getting your rides ready for the main event in July!

      -Matt/EW

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    • Eastwood and Street Rodder Magazine 2012 Summer Classic

      Wow, Time Flies! It feels like just yesterday we were tearing down and reflecting about the 2011 Eastwood Summer Classic. We have finalized all of the details and we're gearing up for the 2012 show. This year we hope to make it even bigger then last year, with even more fun for the entire family!

      Like last year, we're planning to have HUGE sales going on during the show at our retail store. So make sure you stop into the store, say hello, and check out the bargains. We will also be doing live tech demos again showing off some of our newest Eastwood Exclusive products. If you stick around after the demo you could even try them out yourself!

      The 2012 show is also the kick-off event for the East Coast leg of the 2012 Street Rodder Road Tour. You can sign up for the entire tour or even a portion of it before, or at the show! Jerry Dixey and the '40 Ford built by Hollywood Hot Rods will be there in the metal! If you thought the road tour car was awesome last year, the Ford will really blow your socks off!

      We will have more details to come as we begin setting up for the show, stay tuned and don't forget to SPREAD THE WORD! Check out the video below from last year's show to see what you missed!

      -Matt/EW

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    • Street Rodder Road Tour 2012 Car in Paint

      It seems like just yesterday we were visiting with the lads at Hollywood Hot Rods and the Street Rodder Road Tour 1940 Ford Project. We recently got some updates from Troy and the crew at Street Rodder Magazine and wanted to keep Eastwood fans up to speed.

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      With some help from Eastwood metal working tools the crew at Hollywood Hot Rods finished the chop on the 40 Ford. They recently sent it off to have a fresh coat of paint sprayed onto the car. Below is a spy picture of the tub still in the booth! It should be on its way back to Hollywood Hot Rods shortly for them to work some more of their magic and get the car roadworthy. Stay tuned for more updates along the way and be sure to come see the car in person at the 2012 Eastwood Summer Classic. This year you can be one of the first to see it in person as we kickoff the East Coast Street Rodder Road Tour!

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