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Mercury 1950 LEAD SLED

“Lead” referred to the body material used and the extra weight added by the repair material. "Sled” referred to the lowering of the vehicle, giving these ...
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“Lead” referred to the body material used and the extra weight added by the repair material. "Sled” referred to the lowering of the vehicle, giving these vehicles the appearance that they were “slip sliding” down the highway.
In the late '40s and '50s, plastic body filler and fiberglass did not exist. Instead, bar lead was used as a body filler. A true craftsman pulled and pushed out dents with body spoons, hammers and dollies until the sheet metal was as straight as they could get it. Any sheet metal that was still slightly wavy, the body man heated bars of lead and flowed the lead onto the body with an oxygen-acetylene torch similar to work done by a tin smith. The lead bars or strips ranged anywhere from a quarter of an inch to one inch in width and several inches in length. The true craftsman controlled the flow of lead with his torch and most times could produce a satin finish without filing and sanding.
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DaveLoucks PRO+
 
DaveLoucks August 24, 2014
if its yours i'm very jealous, great pic too
Cookie1
 
Cookie1 August 25, 2014
What a beautiful old car, great capture. The hood's incredible center crease is well highlighted too.
1Ernesto
1Ernesto August 25, 2014
Thanks! Most often taking a shot straight on and centered does not work, in this case the cars extreme lines and the bight side versus dark side accents it all nicely.
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe August 25, 2014
Love the car and your capture of it.
1Ernesto
1Ernesto August 25, 2014
Thanks - this type of car was my first experiance into the lead sled phonomenia and that was in middle school, just a few years ago in my alleged mind : ~))
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vbashalove1554331 December 11, 2014
one word STUNNING
1Ernesto
1Ernesto December 12, 2014
Yes I would agree STUNNING sums this piece of automotive history correctly. Thank you