PICS: I posted photos of the Sam Barris '49 Mercury some time ago, and did one more edit on this iconic car........
just to see what it looked like.
As found, with Sam Barris at the wheel:
With bumper guards and spot lights removed:
With less top chop:
I know I'm violating one of the nicest custom cars ever, and one of the best chops I've seen on a 49 - 50 Mercury, but it's just photo editing, not sheet metal alteration.
I'm not really a fan of the extreme chop as to my eye it often ruins/distorts the lines of the car. Terry, I'm thinking a chop half way between that shown and your rendition would be about right to me. I do like the less cluttered look but of course that wasn't so much the rage back in the day.
@jack-dodds: Did another edit as you suggested and inserted it in the photo stream. You may be right.