This 1951 Mercury custom street classic is owned by Sam Nordby, who maintains homes in both Minnesota and California. It is very much a West Coast style car and faithfully replicates the best street rods of the 1960's. Nordby purchased it in California four years ago, then saw it had a one-year restoration. The engine is a 355 cubic inch Chevrolet small block (starting with a 350, then bored out .030"). Transmission is a GM TurboHydramatic 350. Above the base of the windowsit has been chopped by 4-1/2 inches, lowering the lines and giving the classic rod narrow look.