Adorable 1949 Mercury Is Adorable


There are people out there who build hot rods, and then there are people who build hot rods.  Ernie Adams is one of those people who builds hot rods.  This Mercury looks like an ordinary hot rod until you realize that it’s miniature.  It’s actually an 11/16th scale replica of the original…and it’s brilliant.

Click through for more…and a very worthwhile video.


This isn’t the first of Mr. Adams’ mini-rods.  He also built a 1936 Chevrolet, a 1948 Mercury, and a 1928 Chevrolet.  The entire car is built by hand, mostly from recycled materials. 

Somewhere in the video, the following: “All the dashes in all my cars so far have been made out of refrigerator doors.”  That, my friends, has earned Ernie Adams a special seat here in the Hooniverse.


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14 responses to “Adorable 1949 Mercury Is Adorable”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    He built it. He drives it. HCOTY.

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      Oh. Hell. Yes. Definitely an early, strong contender for HCOTY.

  2. stigshift Avatar

    I'd like to see him do a Bugeye Sprite, and drive it. THAT would be impressive.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      If he did a version of Endre Suranyi's car, he'd better build 2, so he can wear one on each foot… <img src="; width="500">
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  3. OA5599 Avatar

    I want to see him do an 11/16 replica of Smokey Yunick's 7/8 car.
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    1. longrooffan Avatar

      hey..i recognize that car!

    2. jeepjeff Avatar


      1. needthatcar Avatar

        I love that you did the math.

    3. needthatcar Avatar

      The whole 7/8 thing is a myth. The car was just smoothed and cleaned to make it more aerodymanic. Smokey's cheating exploits are legendary though.

  4. mdharrell Avatar

    <img src="; width="350">
    I may be biased.

    1. buzzboy7 Avatar

      Sad but true. No matter how much money I put into making a super fun to drive car, a gokart will probably still be more fun.

  5. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    <img src="; width="660"> There have been some other mini-mercs made, mostly from Volvo Amazons, but this takes the cake. Though this one being built by Custom Mike has got something going for it somewhat at the other end of the spectrum vs the Toyota engine in this beauty.

  6. Tom Lee Avatar
    Tom Lee

    I would rather have this than that big big excursion a couple posts later on.
    This would be fun,

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