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  • 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

    This is my 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's
    More about Mercury trucks here
    http://www.mercurypickup.com/merc_history.htm

    My grandfather purchased a General Store in 1940 and always had a heavy truck around
    My father sold to a local man in the 1960's
    he cut the frame off and it was used as a tractor to skid logs !!

    It was always near this guy's shop when I was a kid in the 70's
    Somewhere in the early 2000's I asked this guy's son if it was still around
    (I knew it would be cause they never part with anything)

    Feeling nostalgic ,since I 'm the 3rd Generation owner of the Store (now Harware/Building Supplies)
    I bought the thing and brought it home - very rough but has some sentimental value
    Even more so when I showed it to my mom and she said she remembered Dad driving that truck before they got married in 1953


    I plan to use this as a spare truck to deliver lumber etc so I wanted more modern drivetrain
    Originally started with a 360 truck engine but then Frame replaced with 1995 1 Ton Dually frame & dead 429 4bbl C6 auto( have a line on a good 460)
    Lots of work has been done and even more to do
    -Have a buddy that builds lifted Broncos doing all the work
    and sometimes we get sidetracked with other projects - Rusting in his Junkyard since 2004
    Really can't make up my mind to semi-restore or just use as a non-running advert for the business

    Anybody got any spare ambition laying around or just some encouragement or ideas
    Thanks,Chuck


    When I brought it home My 2nd boy mitchell (in photo) will be 15 in a few weeks



    new frame and big block installed





    Rusting in peace




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  • #2
    Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

    Gotta love Merc trucks. Ohhh Canada....

    Go for the semi-restore (restification if you like), pound out the dents, pick a cool flat colour (maybe olive drab?), paint your family store name on the side and drive it. It would be much better as a rolling billboard than a stationary one. It would look great with hardwood sides in stake pockets.

    Doesn't need to be a big block, even though that would be cool.

    Cheers!

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    • #3
      Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

      That would be a very nice looking truck, but I would rethink the chassis and go with a straight frame to make it closer to OEM. Using such a nice truck for "yard art" would be a shame.
      -dulcich

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      • #4
        Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

        Great project.Found this link too..

        http://www.wingedmessenger.net/Trucks.htm

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        • #5
          Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

          LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!


          someday I'll have an old truck.... they ooze coolness.
          There's always something new to learn.

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          • #6
            Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

            I'm with Dulcich on this one....that truck deserves to move under it's own power.


            a straight frame would be more "correct', but hell....that 1-ton frame should suffice.

            make a runner of it....knock the dents out, patch up the rusted areas, fog it....and bolt a flatbed to it.

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            • #7
              Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

              I made a New Year's Resolution to "Get on with it '
              Thanks to all for words of encouragement
              Chuck

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              • #8
                Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

                Well,I did "get on with it" sort of
                Last week went to look at a running 460 + trans combo a guy had advertized for $800
                Ended up buying the whole cube van it was in ('89 E-350)

                My initial plan was to do a retro look for the engine bay ...Finned covers and air cleaner and Mooneyes stuff
                to give it a 60's - 70's vibe
                But now I'm thinking just put the whole EFI set up in and keep the hood closed
                Ideas ?

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                • #9
                  Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

                  depends on what you plan to do with it. If you are really going to drive it, tow / haul with it, etc, it's tough to beat the reliability and trouble free operation of an EFI setup.

                  There's nothing wrong with a cleaned up and painted stock EFI engine either....

                  Are you going to put the old cab on the new van frame? Or just use the running gear out of the new van to put onto the old frame?
                  There's always something new to learn.

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's



                    We already have the truck sitting on a '95 E-350 frame and has a seized 429 and C6 installed
                    But the EFI should be a direct drop in , that's why I grabbed the whole truck...to have all the sensors etc
                    Just in case I went that way

                    I 'm with you on the reliability and trouble free operation aspect but more importantly this would move the project along (it's been stalled 5 yrs)
                    but do you think I should throw a cam in it
                    I'm looking at Comp Cams CCA-34-255-5 from Summit (the only one I see that's Computer compatable)

                    Can I just stab this cam in without valvetrain mods ?
                    Specs here

                    Product Line: COMP Cams Computer-Controlled Camshafts
                    Part Type: Camshafts
                    Part Number: CCA-34-255-5
                    Cam Style: Hydraulic flat tappet
                    Basic Operating RPM Range: 1,000-5,200
                    Intake Duration at 050 inch Lift: 212
                    Exhaust Duration at 050 inch Lift: 219
                    Duration at 050 inch Lift: 212 int./219 exh.
                    Advertised Intake Duration: 256
                    Advertised Exhaust Duration: 268
                    Advertised Duration: 256 int./268 exh.
                    Intake Valve Lift with Factory Rocker Arm Ratio: 0.490 in.
                    Exhaust Valve Lift with Factory Rocker Arm Ratio: 0.495 in.
                    Valve Lift with Factory Rocker Arm Ratio: 0.490 int./0.495 exh. lift
                    Lobe Separation (degrees): 114
                    Computer Controlled Compatible: Yes
                    Grind Number: FF XE256 H14

                    Do you think Computer compatable is really necessary or would you recommend something else?

                    The truck will have a flatbed & I'm gonna use it like a truck hauling lumber etc 6000-8000 lb payload and may haul equip trailer with it

                    I guess I don't want to put this engine in to find it could have used a few more beans later
                    I'm not looking for a Rocket Ship but I haven't had a gas engined 1 Ton since '89 or so and I don't remember them having a lot of torque
                    Thanks

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

                      That cam seems pretty reasonable to me, and valve train friendly too. I can't say how much over stock it would be, but likely worth doing if you want to pull the engine apart before installing it into it's new home.

                      It's likely a good idea to pull it down and check bearings, replace gaskets and seals, etc.

                      If you have the coin - of course aftermarket heads or some port work would help, as will a nice free flowing intake and real dual exhaust.

                      I would talk to the guys at protorque for a converter - they really know ford trucks - I used one of their towing converters in an underpowered truck I used to have and it made a TREMENDOUS difference over the stock converter.

                      Sounds like a cool project!
                      There's always something new to learn.

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

                        Thanks for the input
                        I think it may have a AOD Trans
                        Would they still be modify-able for tough use ?
                        I have one in my Bronco and it seems to always be hunting for gear
                        The truck is still snow-bound for a time
                        But I'll keep you posted

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                        • #13
                          Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

                          I don't think they put an AOD behind the big block - some more knowledgeable Ford guys can verify this. I've had good luck w/AODs. See AOD thread in Tech.

                          Dan

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

                            A word of warning about E4ODs- If you just use a stock pickup grade E4OD you will probably kill it. Under towing loads, the torque converter slips, and creates pressure, which push fluid past the front seal and on to the exhaust manifold, which if you have a gas engine, can be hot enough to ignite the tranny fluid. Not to mention the fact that you lose all your tranny fluid and kill the tranny. This happened to my dad's truck, minus the the fire since it is a diesel. A beefed up E40D will handle it fine, they run about three grand.

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                            • #15
                              Re: 1946 Mercury 2 Ton Truck - Was my Grandfather's in the 1950's

                              Tranny only started to have the problem at about 170,000, so it could be a wear issue also, though the guy that rebuilt the trans said that it looked to be in good shape. I have known of this happening on two other E4ODs though. From what MalibuRanch was saying, I think this rig will see more towing/hauling time than your average truck.

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