Barn Finds has added another vehicle to the collection. This 1947 Mercury truck was under restoration when it became damaged by heat from the house fire next door. This truck was sitting in the driveway when the fire broke out and no one was around to move the truck away from the heat. As it is, the only damage was to the paint and glass. The new weather-stripping was not installed at the time of the fire.
We have started to strip the truck down to the bare metal, removed the glass and exterior body panels in preparation for new paint. During the removal of damaged paint we did find one spot that required replacing the metal with a proper patch welded in.
We will be painting the body a cream colour with dark green fenders and running boards.
The interesting part of this truck is that it is considered to be a rare find. Now let me explain just what we are saying when we say rare truck. Ford introduced the Mercury line up of the trucks in 1946 and 1947 before changing the body style to a much different looking animal. So if you are looking for the body style we have found and it is to be the Mercury truck you are wanting, you only had the two years to select from. In total they produced less than 4,000 Mercury 1/2 ton pick ups before changing the body style.
Now remember, the Mercury truck was only sold in Canada. Just try to find a 1947 Mercury truck that has withstood our winters with that much dreaded salt ingredient we put on our roads during the winter months. Therefore we consider this truck to be a good find to add to our collection.
The engine bay will continue to have the flat head V8 engine, although we will convert the transmission to a more modern automatic 3 speed for the ease and enjoyment of driving.
A follow-up article with pictures will be posted on our site for those who are interested in seeing the rebuild of this once near completed truck.
Update: The restoration has been completed and this 1947 Mercury Pick Up is for sale.