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Featured Member of the Week: Little Skeet

1951 Mercury Leadsled

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a 68 years old car guy.

How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?

My interest in cars started at an early age…11. This happened since my father opened up his own garage business and I started out being the shop boy. First by cleaning up the shop and emptying the trash, and cleaning up and putting away his tools. Over the years, he taught me how to overhaul engines, transmissions etc. I was able to overhaul 6 cylinder engines by the time I was 14.

1951 Mercury Leadsled

What Rides do you currently own?

Current rides are my 1951 Mercury Leadsled, a street rodded 1936 Chevrolet 2 door sedan with an 250 late model inline 6, and a 2003 Corvette.

What do you like most about your Cool Rides?

I like the Merc because it is done 60’s style custom look, built in home garages and great for cruising and car shows. My 36 Chevy is a fun little street rod. The best part is the hopped up inline six. The engine is bored .040 over with 10 to 1 pistions, block has been decked, comp cam w/lifter and spring kit, balanced, cast iron dual exhaust headers, Offenhauser 4 barrel intake topped off with an Edlebrock Performer carb. No one expects to see an inline six in a streetrod and they are surprized when they look under the hood!

1951 Mercury Leadsled

What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?

It would have to be my 1955 Chevrolet 2 door Bel Aire. I still enjoy remembering my first drag race with it and beating the other guy. It was a sweet, hard running and fast car. I out ran many cars and most of them had larger engines than my little 265 V-8. But, it had solid lifters, a three speed trans w/overdrive and a 4:11 rear end. It was a painted metallic blue all one color from the factory. Man, I wish I had that car back today!

1951 Mercury Leadsled

How do you store your ride(s) during infrequent use, and what maintenance tips can you provide for readers?

I store my cars by doing the following, after thoroughly cleaning my car inside and out!

1. Change the oil and filter

2. Drive to the gas station fill the tank full with gas and install STA-BIL fuel additive  to it.

3. Park car in garage

4. Jack up the car and set on blocks with the springs unloaded.

5. Disconnect the battery

6.  Since my cars have carbs on them, I take a plastic trash bag and use it to completely cover my air cleaner all the way down to the bottom of the carb and tie it tightly.

7. Check the anti-freeze and all other fluids, plus loosen my fan/alternator belts.

8. Cover the car with a good car cover.

9. Securely lock the garage doors, disable the garage door opener and install mechanical locks on the door tracks.

1951 Mercury Leadsled

What was the first car you ever owned?

My very first car was a 1951 Morris Minor convertible with a flathead four cylinder and 4 speed transmission. I was 14 when I got it from the back row of a used car lot. The engine had a rod out. I repaired the engine and my older brother helped me paint it. We put Pontiac taillights on it and a Chevrolet grill in it. It was painted maroon, our high school color.

1951 Mercury Leadsled

What is/was the BEST car ever made?

For me, it is the Tucker, although it never made full production. I believe he had the right idea and correct innovations for future automobiles. Yes, it never was proven to be reliable. It would have been, if Tucker would have been able to continue on and complete full development of the vehicle. The rest of the auto makers learned a lot from Tucker!

What is/was the WORST car ever made?

There are quite a few of them. The Yugo was one of the worst! In my opinion.

1951 Mercury Leadsled

How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?

I found out about Cool Rides from a flyer at a car show.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

I have many years experiance as an auto tech and many years of building/racing cars. ASE certified, Mazda and Volvo certified tech, Cadillac GM Service Guild member with years of parts counterman and manager.

1951 Mercury Leadsled

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