May 26, 2019 -- Red Lead Sled -- (1949 Mercury)
Lead Sled was the slang term given when a standard production automobile with a body heavily modified in particular ways using a lot of molten lead to fill body panels to give a long, low & sleek appearance. It was especially common with , though not exclusively, a 1949, 1950 or 1951 model year Ford 'Shoebox' or Mercury Eight car.
Period auto body repair, by an auto body mechanic used to be achieved through a combination of re-shaping sheet metal using specialist hand tools and the application of molten lead to damaged body panels, before the more modern polyester fillers / bondo of today were available. A LOT of lead was commonly used on these old customs, thus the name Lead Sled.
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