Another Chopped MercIt must be another month of odd truck submissions here at CCT, because we're willing to bet no truck magazine published back-to-back features on both a '47 Hudson and a '47 Mercury truck! Do you see what great lengths we go to for our readers?
Anyway, this '47 Mercury truck belongs to Lee Adams of Billings, Montana. Lee bought the truck back in '98 at a local show. The truck was already built by several different owners north of the border, so all Lee had to do was get in and drive. In fact, the crew up north did a pretty good job of making the truck drive as good as it looks. For starters, they ditched the factory frontend and installed a Chevy Nova front clip and rearend. In terms of a drivetrain, things got even more interesting due to the fact that a Chrysler 318 backed by a 904 TorqueFlite tranny powers the Mercury. That means the truck is built with parts from all three of the Big Three. For the most part, the Mercury looks stock on the outside, but there have been a few modifications. The front fender seems to have been welded, and the turn signals have been relocated as well, but the biggest departure from stock is the Merc's chopped top. Lastly, the truck was painted with Centari DuPont single-stage enamel.
Editor's Note: Getting your truck into Readers' Trucks is a snap, of the camera, that is. All it takes is a stack of good-quality photos of your ride that are in focus and well lit. Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret that we cannot return photographs. Please shoot and send photos of your truck only (no people, pets, Polaroids, or printouts) to: CCT, Readers' Trucks, 774 S. Placentia Ave., Placentia, CA 92870. It is important that you include a detailed description of the modifications you have made to your truck, including any interesting stories behind it.
BigironMel and Troy Wade of Semora, North Carolina, decided to take a load off of our shoulders here at CCT by writing their own story on their '67 Chevy. Who are we to argue with less work! So without further ado, here is BIGIRON by the Wades:"The truck was originally bought to be stripped for spare parts, but once we started taking it apart, it became a four-year project truck. The inline six-cylinder and three-speed tranny were replaced with a big-block 396-325hp engine and a BorgWarner ST-10 four-speed trans from a '67 Chevelle SS. Putting the power to the pavement is a 12-bolt 3.73:1 open rearend. Future projects for the truck are a posi rearend and electric exhaust cutouts. We named the truck BIGIRON because of the big-block powerplant under the hood."