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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. These two cars, I assume they are 49 Ford coupes but with Mercury grilles and badging are from a post by potatotruck and the show is in British Columbia but I have never seen anything like them, there is also a convertible with the same grille and badging.

    Is this just a few guys thinking the same are were these offered from the factory, I know I have never seen them here in the States. HRP



    This is the thread
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  2. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
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  3. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,120


    1949 Meteor.
    Same body as Ford.
    The hood is different.
    It has a bit of a downward curve on the lower lip.
    It will not work on a Ford.
    Look for '51 Meteor, they have a nice grill.
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  4. I'm 69 years old and I swear this is a first for me, they look great. HRP
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  5. Only in Canada you say,.....pity!
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  6. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,518

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    You should expand your horizons a little bit Danny and attend some Canadian summer car events.
    You will see plenty of great things.
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  7. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,120


    Carnut has several pictures of CDN Meteors
  8. A friend here in town, built a Meteor custom, re-arranged the letters on the hood to read EETMOR. That got some quizzical looks as well.
  9. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,157

    from Wa.St.

    I thought the same thing, thought someone put together a very nicely done mild custom!
  10. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,080

    Atwater Mike

    There was one at a small outdoor show back in the '60s. Owner was visiting a local rodder, brought the Meteor for all to see.
    First one I'd ever seen, (Santa Clara, CA) the 'Meteor' letters were molded off, and the grille had one of those cool J.C.Whitney center pieces (5 vertical bars V'd in center) that did away with the center 'bumber guard'?
    I was explaining to a bud the work on the lower hoodline, and the trim that surrounded the Merc grille.
    The car's owner was 'kind', and walked forward a couple of steps, "Ahem..." and gently explained my error... 'Well...How'd I know?'
    I stood 'corrected'. Sure was a Honey of a Shoebox!
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  11. Larry, I've been to Ontario 3 times in my life back in the 70's but never had the opportunity to attend any car shows. HRP
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  12. So I take it the body is identical to out 49-50 Fords, is the dash different? HRP
  13. Cymro
    Joined: Jul 1, 2008
    Posts: 689


    I too have never seen one in the steel or in a picture before today, the top picture on steels without a visor looks fantastic.
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  14. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,590

    uncle buck

    They go along with mercury Pickup, Pontiac Acadian and other models sold in Canada. Do a search on these models too Danny. Those of us who live up north are more likely to see them than you guys down south

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  15. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 4,978


    I remember the "Plodges" I saw on a trip to Winnipeg in 1957.:)
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  16. TWKundrat
    Joined: Apr 6, 2010
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    I heard a comedian once saying that Canada is like America's attic. You kinda forget it's up there but when you do check it out you realize that there's some pretty cool crap up there!
  17. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 660

    from TX

    Bet they could haul a lot of potatoes in them.
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  18. Yes sir, I am familiar with the Mercury pickups, I remember Randy Nash going to Canada to purchase one. HRP
  19. eaglebeak
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,120


    The dash is the same as Ford.
    The horn ring is Meteor.
    The trunk lid has a shooting star thing as in Meteor.
    1949 was the first year for them.
    Later years had different side chrome, etc.
    I think Bill Hines did a sectioned Ford with a '51 Meteor grill.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
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  20. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,816


    The Larry Ernst Chevy hardtop that Barris did back in the early Fifties had a '51 Meteor grille. Bill Neuman's '60 Ford found in 1963 era Rod & Custom had a '60 Meteor grille. There is also the matter of Ford Monarchs which were Mercs sold at the Ford dealerships.
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  21. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,112


    The history of the Meteor is rather interesting. Because Canada is really wide open country the Ford dealers sold the Fords and also slightly badge engineered Mercury to satisfy the need for a more upscale car. The Mercury dealers sold the Mercurys along with a badge engineered Ford called the Meteor for the need of a slightly cheaper car. Smaller markets could not support both a Ford and a Mercury dealer so nessesity gave us this. The Mercury sold at the Ford dealerships was the Montcalm I believe but I could very well be wrong on that name. One day my '56 Meteor Rideau Victoria will roll again!
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  22. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 520

    from auburn,IN

    I remember seeing a "Mercury" pickup 63-64 style when stationed in Puerto Rico, I wanted to take it back to the states so bad!
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    I was aware of the Meteor, but had never seen one. The grille is awesome!
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  24. I am familiar with the 1954 Mercury Meteor, where as the body looks like the American '54 Ford but the grille and badging is different.


    But looking further I see that there is a Meteor Rideau also, that is also a new one on me.

    Is that a trim level? HRP
  25. Thanks for the history lesson. HRP
  26. Bill Hines' Bat cars used 51 Meteor grilles in them.
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  27. upspirate
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 2,191


    Love Kathleen Madigan!
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  28. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,112


    You all should check out the grille and side stainless on a '56 Meteor Rideau if you want to see cool...
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  29. I have to admit that the Canadian '50 Mercury is a pretty sweet car. HRP
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