TRUCK YOU! A 1958 Mercury M-100 Panel Truck with Nine Lives

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1958 Panel Truck

Knowing the history of rig you drive is always a privilege that should not be taken lightly. After all, when you have a classic Ford in your hands it is always wonderful to know who owned it before you, and to know that they, too, loved it greatly.

FTE member economan has a garage that contains a historical wonder: A 1958 Mercury M-100 Panel Truck. The rig has spent its life in many different ways, and today we’ll be diving in to economan’s garage to learn just a little bit more about this orange beauty.

1958 Panel Truck

Economan labels this picture as the truck’s “first incarnation” and has dubbed the look as being “high school cruiser” style. We won’t disagree.

The rig was clearly not sporting a paneled look at this time, but as certainly being well used. Economan kept this rather interesting look going from 1984 to 1987, and it was definitely unique.

At this point in its life, the ride used a grille from 1958 and a hood from 1959. It also boasted some very obvious flames going down the side and the hood!

1958 Panel Truck

Of course, nothing lasts forever. From 1994 until 2007 economan went with an entirely different look with his rig, and we can’t say that it was a bad one.

In the photo above, the truck sports a two-tone coloring and a true classic look. We don’t know a whole lot about all of the changes that were made, but the new grille and headlights are obvious, as well as changes to the bed, rims, and — of course — the paint!

1958 Panel Truck

This was how it looked just a little more recently, before economan moved toward putting in the wrench time to bring the M-100 to its true glory.

It’s come a long way since 1958 and has lived many different lives, but hey — history is history, and it’s always a great joy to look back and see how far the rig has come!


Go check out economan’s garage and leave some comments, browse the photography, and have a good time! Be sure to keep your garage up to date and maybe you’ll be featured next week!

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