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cobrajoe 07-19-2019 10:52 PM


Originally Posted by Blue1551 (Post 7226164)
Good day

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Damn I'm old...I'm really glad you explained that, I was really expected some pedophile Scottish dude....

Just 'sayin...

itwasFREE!!!! 07-21-2019 12:27 PM

Jeremy Cooksey 07-21-2019 01:58 PM

Frank Lanzisera 07-21-2019 10:08 PM

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Oh well, tough day tarpon Flyfishing. We just couldn’t get a rhythm going. Then a storm chased us off the water. So I titled this pic: Oh Well.

CJREX 07-23-2019 11:03 AM

BikerPepe` 07-23-2019 11:56 AM

:lolup well... to be fair, most of these new teeny cars aren't much more than a can of tuna anyway. :goodfinge

Blue1551 07-23-2019 12:02 PM

I like the big window so everyone can see the quality job that they’re doing. First hand account is the best advertising.

BikerPepe` 07-25-2019 01:21 AM

While I was out for a ride today, I made a quick stop by the local ICE Detention Center.

Jeremy Cooksey 07-27-2019 10:05 AM

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Ran across this beautiful Mercury while visiting Manitoba, Canada. Sure wish I could take her back to Texas.....

cobrajoe 07-28-2019 01:18 PM


Originally Posted by Jeremy Cooksey (Post 7228726)
Ran across this beautiful Mercury while visiting Manitoba, Canada. Sure wish I could take her back to Texas.....

Man, I'd sure love to own that. A lot of the guys on the '57 Ford forum are Canadian and have Mercs (Meteors or Rancheros} instead of Ford. Really cool pic, thanks for posting! :ford

Here's a little history for those who might be interested:

""If you lived near the Canadian border during the 1940s, ’50s, or ’60s, you might remember Ford and Mercury sheet metal, wearing the Meteor or Monarch name plates. Ford trucks were also badge-engineered and sold as Mercury trucks.

As a point of history, Ford was in business in Windsor, Ontario by 1904, a year after the Ford Motor Co. was founded on the other side of the Detroit River.

The Meteor, Monarch cars and Mercury trucks first appeared in April, 1946 because of Ford of Canada’s postwar marketing strategy. More lower-priced cars were sold in Canada than in the United States because of the slightly lower standard of living, not to mention whopping sales and excise taxes that added almost 20 percent to the sticker prices across the border.

To give the Canadian Lincoln-Mercury dealers a broader range of cars that reached into the low-price market, they sold the Meteor, a Mercury-ized Ford. To counter any sales advantage from Lincoln-Mercury dealers’ broader range, Ford dealers got the upscale Monarch, a Mercury clone. Because smaller Canadian towns had either a Ford-Monarch or Lincoln-Mercury-Meteor dealer, but not both, the L-M-M network got the Mercury truck.

Canadian-made Ford and Mercury trucks differed, for the most part, only cosmetically. Many years it was just “Mercury” versus “Ford” letters on the hoods and pickup tailgates, plus distinctive medallions that set them apart. Often there was a bit more glitz on the Mercury trucks, in keeping with their slightly-more-upscale image. As far as the dash plastic molding in 48-50, only the Mercury had a kind of gray marble look, where Ford was tan in color. But occasionally there were distinctly-different grille layouts. For instance, like the American-built Ford trucks, Ford of Canada’s 1946-47 pickups were warmed-over pre-war models, but the Mercury trucks were treated to a heavily-chromed grille and bumper treatment, compared to the Ford’s plain looks.

Ford’s first all-new postwar vehicle was a truck and not a car. Ford trucks got all-new sheet metal for 1948. Ford, Mercury, Lincoln…. and in Canada, Meteor and Monarch…. cars were all-new for model year 1949. Incidentally, while the new Monarch name plate appeared in 1946, the Meteor debuted in 1949. Before that, Canadian L-M dealers sold a Mercury-based Mercury 118 (for its 118-inch wheel base) and a Ford-based Mercury 114 (for the Ford’s 114-inch wheel base.)

In 1948, Ford (USA) introduced the F-1, F-2, F-3, etc. truck nomenclature. Ford of Canada took a modified tact. It used an “M” for the Mercury, in the place of the “F,” but the numeral stood for the truck’s Gross Vehicle Weight rating, less the zeros. Thus, a Mercury M-68-designated 6800 pound GVW-corresponded to a Canadian Ford F-68. It got back in step in 1953 when Ford switched to the current F-100, F-250, F-350 numbering scheme with parallel M-100, M-250, M-350 designations for the Mercury.

The mechanicals of both Canadian built truck brands were virtually identical. Because of a smaller Canadian market, (Ford of Canada roughly sold one-tenth as many trucks as its US parent). Canadian buyers had a smaller menu to choose from in terms of models, ratings and power-plants. While American Fords got an all-new overhead valve V8 in 1954, the venerable flathead V8 soldiered on for another year in Canadian Fords, Meteors, and Mercury trucks. Until 1956, only V8 engines were installed in all Canadian Ford cars and trucks, since no six-cylinder Ford engines were produced in Canada until the 223- cid six appeared in 1956.

Ford’s other commercial-oriented vehicles were also disguised a bit when they showed up in Lincoln-Mercury-Meteor showrooms. For years, Ford offered car-based sedan deliveries, called the Courier. There were Meteor versions as well. When the Ranchero pickup car debuted in 1957, a Meteor Ranchero was offered in Canada and would be for several years.

The need for a dual marketing network was eliminated with the Automotive Trade Agreement signed by the United States and Canada in 1965. The free-flow across the border brought the phase-out of the Mercury trucks by March 23, 1968. In the interim, vehicles like the Mercury ME-100 Econoline vans, pickups and mini buses were produced in Lorain, Ohio. The Ontario Truck Plant sent some of its product to the Northeast United States. Of course they wore the Ford rather than Mercury logos.

This setup was not unique to Ford. Pontiac dealers in Canada sold lower-priced Pontiac's that were essentially Chevrolet's with Pontiac styling features. Canadian Dodge-DeSoto dealers offered a Plymouth based Dodge model and Chrysler-Plymouth dealers sold Fargo trucks that followed the cloning philosophy of the Ford-built Mercury trucks.

cobrajoe 07-28-2019 01:19 PM

Dennis94 07-28-2019 05:18 PM

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Just a little bit of history I came across sometime ago. Just a photo copy of the original.

cobrajoe 07-28-2019 06:59 PM

Unfortunately, all the beaches in Truro like this...

all have these "Public Service Announcements" like this now...

67galax 07-28-2019 08:33 PM

Jeremy Cooksey 07-29-2019 10:13 AM

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Was in another thread talking about builds and dug up a couple of shots of my old 1962 Ford Ranchero. Man, I miss that little sucker!

Dennis94 07-29-2019 12:19 PM

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Just a random picture of my home made skip plate to reach my 70th post! Woo Hoo!!

oshere 07-29-2019 02:57 PM

And why not? You have a great looking skid plate. ;-)

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Jeremy Cooksey 07-30-2019 08:29 AM

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Scored a nice new dashpad from another FSB member last night. Thanks @GetBent4x4 for the great part and price

Frank Lanzisera 08-02-2019 06:27 PM

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Playing trucks with the grandson in the man cave on a rainy afternoon

cobrajoe 08-02-2019 09:14 PM

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