Hello everyone and season greeting to all,
I was just curious as to how many of you are re-storing panel trucks. I know Axracer has one as well as electrafried after reading his post on help identify this truck. I was just wondering how much of a rare breed we were.
Do I understand correctly that you can't get running boards for these things?Each one of mine has a fist sized hole in them,I imagine they could be fixed but...they're pretty thin.What kind of production numbers were there?
'58 Mercury M-100 that I still need to retrieve from Manitoba, Canada.
Lets see know, less than 9000 '58 M-100's & maybe 10% were Panel Trucks, hmmmmm..., rare indeed.
Look in my "Gallery" for a peak @ the "Olde Girl".
I have owned my 56 panel for 22 years. It used to be driven all over the Midwest for years hauling my family to shows. It was tore down 7 years ago for bodywork and paint. After the bodyshop took my money and closed, the poor panel has sat in my barn.
I have a '55 panel with a '56 grill and a sun visor. You panelistas need a sun visor! Really gives them personality.
In the past I bought a '53 panel body to avoid the crusher, held onto it and sold it 3 years later to a man from Canada for the $100 I paid for it....couldn't stand to see it crushed. The main panel body, except for the doors, were in good shape.
Panel trivia: In 1998, on the way to the Supernats, I went to Grundy, Va. and saw a former show truck '56 maroon panel which was owned by a man who was tight with Pat Ford. Later saw pictures of the panel on Pat Ford's picture board which he set up at the show. It was an early era trophy winner.
Anyway, this fella let the truck sit out for about 8 to 10 years, with windows down....the custom interior was wet, mouldy, ruined, bees inside, etc. Similar under the hood, with all chrome pitted badly, paint awful, rusted out exhaust....you can picture it. It needed a complete re-doing.
He wanted a ton of $$ for it; I made a reasonable offer ($5k in 1998) and he laughed at me, basically. I hope someone has fixed up that truck. It had a lot of really trick welding items on it, including a neat drop down battery box. Frenched antenna, plus a ton of stuff I forgot. Volare IFS and I believe a 302 with lots of chrome (pitted now).
I heard he sold it to a cousin in his home area.
What a shame to do that to a show truck circa 1988 or so. Hopefully it's in better shape now.
If you look at Pat's picture board at the Supernats and see a number of pics of a beautiful maroon '56 panel older restoration....that's the one.