Don and Debbie Wallin have had to restor their 1949 Mercury custom twice.
Photos Courtesy of Prestige Motorcar Photography
While some interior work is yet to be completed, the Wallins and their Merc are back on the road.
An overheated brake drum is believed to have caused the fire that badly damaged the Wallin's custom car.
Don Wallin of Cary couldn't bear to part with his custom Mercury after it was totaled by the insurance company.
The fire necessitated a second complete rebuild of the custom Mercury.
A new Lamborghini Orange hue was painted on the formerly burgandy-colored car.
About this Article
Area auto enthusiasts Don and Debbie Wallin of Cary have a rolling phoenix that, through hard work and determination, has risen from the ashes to cruise the streets again. After a complete multiyear overhaul of their 1949 Mercury custom, disaster struck in 2007.