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Old 12-26-2006, 11:44 AM
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How many panel owners are there

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.

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Old 12-26-2006, 12:46 PM
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Just in terms of production #s we were a rare breed even when new.
 
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I have a 56 panel. Original engine with overdrive.

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Old 12-26-2006, 06:11 PM
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Do "X" panel owners count? I had a 1960 many years ago. I'm still kicking myself for selling it! What the Heck was I thinking?



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Redoing a 55 panel.
 
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Old 12-26-2006, 07:27 PM
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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?





 
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Old 12-26-2006, 08:15 PM
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Count me in. 54 Panel been working on since 99, and yes you can get running boards it's the rear bumper and the rear doors that are hard to find.
 
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:51 PM
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Here is some production numbers to compare trucks vs panels.

1953
Trucks 116,437
Panels 9,951

1954
Trucks 101,202
Panels 8,078

1955
Trucks 124,842
Panels 11,198

1956
Trucks 127,581 * about 6,200 were Big Rear Windows
Panels 14,023

Now start figuring how many have been totaled/crushed over the years.......
 
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'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.
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:03 AM
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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.
 
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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.

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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.


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I have two panels. One a '48 torn apart but hopefully my sons will take it and make something of it. The other is '49 which is driveable, I have to finish wiring it and will repaint it next spring.

I have always wanted a panel truck now I have two.
 
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I have one, just a daily driver and use it for all my traveling, camping etc, have owned it since 1975
 
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