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Projects Barn Find: '52 Merc Panel found right next door!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 29EHV8, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. So I take the kids for a slurpee at our lil general store in my slammed '66 Merc crewlcab a few weeks ago. I see my old buddys stepdad in the store and we get chatting. He comes out into the parkinglot and checks out the truck. Says to me, "have you seen what your neighbor has in the barn?" He tells me theres an old ford panel there that the old man had, he just died last year and the kids wanna clean out some of the stuff. So he gives me the name of the old girl. I was gonna go there right then on the way home but decided not to cuz yeah never know if people are gonna shun you if you show up in a chopped up car or truck:D
    By fluke the next day I run into the old ladies grandaughters hubby. I ask him whats up with the old panel and he says " I think granny wants it out of there" So he proceeds to call her right then and there. Talks to her for a few and tells me I'm to go there and meet one of her sons at 10 the next morning.
    So I borrow a buds newer driver and head over. I meet the son, introduce myself and he says to me " aren't you the guy who drives that cool old low crewcab?" and "didn't you have that really cool chopped shoebox" (so much for them not liking old stuff eh:cool: )
    So I ask about the old ford panel and he says its not a ford its a Merc!! He takes me to the back of the property and low and behold sitting in the barn is a really decent totally complete '52 Mercury panel. I look at the plates and they're the same year as I was born, 1966!!! Said his dad bought it brand new and they used it for delivering all their goods from their bakery. It was ordered without a passenger front seat too!
    Well this past weekend we had our 10th Annual StickShifts Hot Rod Invasion Weekender and me and some of the boys took the trailer over there and yanked it into the sunshine!:cool:

    The brakes weren't siezed, couldn't believe it!
    Home since 1966
    First time in the sun... hmmm hmmm good!
    Looky the old plate!
    ok boys lets getter to its new home... my home:D
    My son Blaze and Bondo Slinger checkin it out and pondering what were gonna do to it...
    On the trailer and ready to go for a ride for about 300 feet down the road.

    Were gonna just try to get it running and do what we have to do to toodle around our town in it. Should be a hoot. Its had the choke on forever and since it sat in the dry barn it shouldn't be siezed up. Gonna play with it tomorrow a little.
    They're still out there guys!!!

  2. porkshop
    Joined: Jan 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,704

    from Clovis Ca

    Good score.........
  3. James Maxwell
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 549

    James Maxwell
    from So-Cal

    Damn cool, we never had them Mercury-trucks here, it would be a real hit in the USA!
  4. Boyd Who
    Joined: Nov 9, 2001
    Posts: 2,196

    Boyd Who

  5. that is one neat find. I know an old man who has a '56 but he never parts with anything.
  6. bigtumtum
    Joined: Jul 2, 2008
    Posts: 654


    nice mercury (ford) score...
  7. fisher_man_matt
    Joined: Jul 22, 2006
    Posts: 147


    Cool find. Congrats.
  8. safari-wagon
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
    Posts: 1,457


    Lucky Bugger! Congrats!
  9. notlowyet
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 32


    congrats, that looks to be damn near perfect.
  10. woodbox
    Joined: Jul 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,145


    What a score! Just wash the windows, chuck some gas in it and drive!
    Way cool ride man!
  11. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    I love those old panel trucks and sedan delivery's. The real perk here is its a Mercury and I can't remember ever seeing one but in those years if it wasn't a hot rod roadster or coupe we were blind to all the rest. That will make one great cruiser no doubt. Thanks for the PICS.
  12. Very cool Shiny. Sure don't see many of those.
  13. glenn33
    Joined: Sep 11, 2006
    Posts: 1,838

    from Browns, IL

    That's just too cool. Congrats on a great find...

  14. wlspdshop
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,585

    from Missouri

    Very cool find!.....Congrats
  15. rustyford40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,168

    from Mass Bay

    A friend had a Mercury tail gate on his ford pickup. most people didn't know Mercury was a canadian ford
  16. ratt7
    Joined: Sep 23, 2005
    Posts: 362


    Great find, I really like those style of trucks and they are hard to find now. Keep us posted !
  17. havi
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,876


    Great score!! I wish my neighbors had something like that.
  18. M.Edell
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
    Posts: 4,157


  19. Wash the pidgeon poo off (it's pretty corrosive) and drive it!
  20. Silhouettes 57
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 2,791

    Silhouettes 57

    What a neat find..... Ya Lucky Dog!
  21. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,287

    general gow
    Staff Member

    wow. what a cool truck. good luck. i am sure you'll have a blast, and do it up right whatever you decide to do.
  22. James427
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,740


    Post a few pics when you get her hosed off!
  23. gafridge
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 162


    Looks great.Hard to believe it was right next door,I like the Mercs because you don't see as many,Good luck on getting it running and let us know your plans,have fun. Stony
  24. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Ford pickups and panels were branded as Mercury in Canada, Mexico, and other places in the world. There must have been some legality reason for it having to do with Commercial Vehicles most likely.
  25. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    I didn't know about Mexican Mercury trucks but I've seen
    '50's vintage Mercury trucks in Cuba. For some reason,
    probably due to tarifs and duties, a lot of U.S cars sold
    new in Cuba in the 40's and 50's were actualy export
    models built in Canada and shipped there either as
    complete vehicles or in 'knocked down' form for local

  26. greasy50chevy
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 547


    what a find, way to go!
  27. The Goon
    Joined: Jul 9, 2005
    Posts: 52

    The Goon

    nice find, we have a 49 ford
  28. Crey
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 96

    from Tejas

    Wow, Man!!!
    That's Awesome!!!!!
    It's funny they busted you trying to be all incognito.
    I'd give my lefty for that one.. Score!

    Be sure to keep us updated on this sweet little project, I'd like to see the progress
    fo sho!
    Joined: Oct 1, 2008
    Posts: 407


    Great score!

    Not 100% sure but the hood trim looks more like a 51.....Not sure how they did it in Canada though....And close to home.....I am JEALOUS!
  30. A Little Odd
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 347

    A Little Odd

    Cool. Love them panels.

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