A very cool looking car to begin with, this 1956 Mercury Metalist came to us in nice condition but had a few things that the client wanted upgraded as well as repaired. In just a few short months we were able to finish his vehicle for him and take it to the next level! The electrical system received a new wiring harness, a new alternator with a heavy gauge wire, the battery was set up in the trunk in a secure and vented battery box and remote entry system with door poppers was integrated. A stereo, speakers and sub-woofer were installed to provide some rockin' tunes for the driver as he changes gears on his custom shift knob which was created using a 1955 microphone that was used by none other than Elvis Presley! As if this car wasn't already cool enough a Vintage Air system was installed and the dashboard modified to fit the new vents along with a custom clock and new gauges. The dashboard was then body worked and painted to match the metal flake roof and was finished off with pinstriping by our good buddy Doug DoRr. The existing steering column was disassembled and modified, welding up shift holes and setting up an indicator for shift positions and a power steering system was added. The horn button was repaired and it was all topped of with a new Con2R steering wheel which we painted to match everything else along with a custom Mercury Man horn center cap. To help this car stop on a dime, the brake system was rebuilt and adjusted receiving all new lines, hoses and components as well as a front disk conversion and a boosted master cylinder. New weather stripping was installed for the windows, doors and trunks and all new glass was installed. The windows received new felting and adjustments. The vehicle had an air bag system installed in the car to begin with but the owner wasn't very happy with it. To make it a better ride, more like what you would feel in a modern Mercedes or Land Rover, we installed a self leveling ACCUAIR suspension. A new interior was created and installed in the car including seats, a custom center consul with cup holders, new carpet, upholstered trunk, seat belts, new door seal plates and LED lighting in the doors to light up the ground when entering and exiting the vehicle. A new set of Radir Tri Rib wheels were chosen for this car then chromed and wrapped with new Coker white wall tires. The cooling system was in need of some overhaul so we installed a new radiator, thermostat, condenser thermostatic switch, controller and electric fan. A custom bracket was needed to fit the new radiator, fan and condenser and all was topped off with a custom made radiator cap. The engine compartment was brought to the next level by when we fabricated & installed aluminum panels spraying them along with the underside of the hood, to match the copper base and metal flaked roof. We cleaned up and did some final touches on miscellaneous items along with some chroming and fitment. The finishing touches on the car were the unique Mercury man hood ornament and the rear window plaque which was graphically designed by Matthew Means then cut out of stainless steel and chromed.