Wheels & Tires: Fore and aft 15-inch painted steelies wear chrome '50 Merc caps and rings. The tires are Coker whitewall radials measuring 195R75/15 and 225R75/15.

Body & Paint: It took a bunch of metalwork to get the Merc finished to the condition you see here. All body panels were replaced or reworked. Riggs chopped 2 1/2 inches out of the top, shaved and smoothed the sheetmetal, and added rear fender skirts to achieve the sled stance these cars were meant for. Wisely, the signature sidetrim was left in place. After blocking and paint prep was completed, Riggs sprayed the PPG Ditzler Deltron Medium Calypso paint, a color selected by the owner's wife, Jan.

Interior: Stock seating was replaced by modified power front seats from a '65 Lincoln and rear seats from a '65 Thunderbird, covered in white Naugahyde rolls and pleats with green piping by Bob Jasper at Jasper Custom Auto Upholstery in Tacoma. The modified dash was filled with Dakota Digital instruments, and the owner created the one-off custom steering wheel on a late-model Ford tilt column.