1949 MURCURY M-47 HALF-TON PICK-UP TRUCK

Vehicle Identification
The truck is a Canadian built Yosemite Green and black coloured 1949 Mercury M-47 pickup truck serial # MD83H4935319. This number was taken from the original serial plate
mounted to the top centre of the cab firewall. The Ontario ownership document, in your name,
was inspected and confirmed to have the correct serial number. The truck is not branded.
The serial number is valid for a Canadian built 1949 Mercury truck and decodes as follows,
‘MD’ – Mercury model M-41truck, ’83’ – Pick-up bed, ‘H’ – Windsor, Ontario (Home ofhce)
assembiy plant, ’49’ – 1949 model year. ‘35319’- sequential serial number. The serial plate
also includes the original engine number ‘9EE-1376′ (239 CID V8 with heavy-duty threespeed transmission), trim number ’16’ (standard brown interior) and paint code’22’ (Yosemite
Green).
The vehicle was not licensed at the time of the inspection. The odometer shows a reading of
85,446 miles. The odometer is neither verified nor documented as showing the true, total life
mileage on the truck at this time.
Vehicle Condition and Equipment Summary
The truck has received a thorough ground-up restoration and it is in generally “very good”
to “excellent” overall condition. The cab, box and fenders are in very good to excellent
condition with minimal evidence of repair found. The paint is in very good condition with little
cosmetic damage noted and only some minor body preparation marks and nomral orange peel
blemishing seen. The interior is in very good to excellent restored condition. The engine
appears to be a correct 239 CID flathead V8 that is reportedly in very good running condition.

Vehicle Condition and Equipment Details
The front fenders are in generally very good repaired condition. The black paint does shou’
some light scratches but is otherwise in very good condition. Body hller was detected at the
real of both fenders, the front of the driver’s side fender and behind the wheel well on the
passenger side fender. The chrome rectangular rttnning lights are in very good condition as are
the original stainless steel fender trim spears. These are unique to the Mercury trucks. The
black fender welting is in good condition. Both wheel we1ls are in good restored and painted
condition.
The front of the truck is in generally very good condition. Two standard headlights are
installed. The headlight trim is in very good condition. The chrome grille assembly is in very
good restored condition with no damage seen. The chrome “Mercury” badge above the grille is
in very good condition. The front bumper is a modern reproduction made of polished stainless
steel. It is in excellent condition.
The hood assembly is in generally very good condition. The paint shows very well with no
dings, dents, chips or scratches noted. Some body filler was detected at the rear edge of each
side of the hood. The stainless steel trim spears and the chrome “Mercury” emblems are very
good condition. The nose vent trim and centre mounted Mercury crest are in very good
condition. The underside of the hood is in good condition. The hood springs are weak and
require replacement.
Both doors are in generally very good repaired condition. There are no current dings or
dents evident and no paint damage was noted. Body filler was found at the centre and bottom
of the driver’s door and at the front of the passenger door. Both chrome door handles are in
very good condition. The driver’s door requires adjustment to prevent the handle from hanging
down when closed. Newer aftermarket stainless steel hinge mounted mirors are fitted on each
side. The original lock assembly on the passenger side is retained. The door weather-stripping
is no longer present on the passenger side door. The driver’s side door piece is in good
condition as are the window felts on each side. No hinge wear was detected.
The door sill panels and ‘A’ and ‘B’ pillars are in generally very good restored condition.
The pillars are finished to match the exterior. There are scratches on the driver’s door ‘B’ pillar
due to contact with the door. This has also damaged the paint on the end of the door. The sills
are in very good condition. The steel running boards are in generally very good condition.
They are painted black and no rust damage was noted on them or their supports. Some minor
paint scuffs were seen and some body filler was detected.
The cab assembly is in generally very good restored condition. No body filler was detected
in the cab corners or the bottom of either side of the cowl. The original chrome cowl mounted
“1,,4-47” emblems are in excellent condition. The cowl assembly is set up for only the standard
single wiper arm. The second wiper arm was optional. The rubber seal mounted to the gas tank
filler tube on the right side of the cab is in very good condition as is the chrome gas cap itself.
The roof panel is in very good condition. No dings or dents were seen and no body filler was
detected. The paint is in very good condition consistent with the rest of the vehicle.
The truck’s windshield is a newer replacement laminated unit in excellent damage free
condition. No manufacturer etching was seen. The windshield seal is in very good condition.
The vent windows, door windows and rear window are all newer unbranded replacements in
excellent condition. The quarter rvindow seals and rear window seal are in very good
condition.
The pick-up box is in very good restored condition. This is a corect 1949 box with a stamped raised section on the box sides, something eliminated and replaced with flat panels in
mid-1950. The side panels of the box are in generally very good condition with no body filler
detected. No paint chips or scratches were seen. Body filler was detected at the bottom front and bottom rear of both fenders. The black paint is in good condition but does show some
minor orange peel blemishing. The inside of the wheel wells is in good painted condition. The bed has been t-rtted with a replacement stained wood plank floor with stainless steel skid strips.
They are in excellent condition. The inside walls of the box have been painted to match the
exterior and they are in very good condition.
The embossed “Mercury” tailgate is in very good to excellent condition. No dings or dents were seen and no body filler was detected. The inside of the tailgate is also finished to a high
level. The rear bumper is a modern polished stainless steel reproduction unit in excellent condition. Rear bumpers were not available from the factory when new, but were available as
an accessory pafi from Ford by the early 1950’s. Two new reproduction stainless steel taillight assemblies are installed. The lenses are fitted with aftermarket “Blue Dots”.
The undercarriage of the truck is in generally very good restored condition. The restoration was a “body off’ process. The visible areas of the frame are painted black and appear to be
solid and damage free. Only some minor surface rust is developing in spots. The cab floors are
in very good condition with no damage seen. They have been painted to match the exterior of the truck. The original styie single exhaust system is in good working condition. It includes an
older front pipe and a newer muffler and rear pipe. The four wheel drum braking system, steering and suspension systems all appear to be the original style and in good working
condition. They appear to have been rebuilt for the restoration of the truck. A very old 6.50-
l6LT Canadian Tire Corporation Turnpike Express bias-ply tire mounted on a standard steel
rim is installed at the rear of the undercar:riage. It is slightly loose but a simply tightening of the
clamp assembly will correct this.
The truck is fitted with four 6.50-16 Firestone Deluxe Champion bias-ply black wall tires
mounted to colour keyed steel rims. The tires are reproductions that date from the 1990’s but
remain in good cosmetic condition with no cracking noted and no discerrrible tread wear. The
four painted steel rims are in very good condition with no curb impact damage seen. The
original style “Mercury” hubcaps and the trim rings are in excellent condition.
The truck is fitted with a Ford 239 CID 100 H.P. flathead V8 engine. This is the correct
original styie engine for the truck and 8BA casting codes on the cylinder heads confirm this.
The engine has a green coloured finish which is correct for a Canadian built 1949 Mercury truck. An original style Ford two-barel carburetor is retained and fitted w-ith an oil bath air
cleaner. Original styie exhaust manifolds are also fitted. An accessory oil filter system is
installed at the left rear of the engine. The engine is mated to a three-speed manual
transmission that is reportedlv in very good working condition.
The engine compartment is in very good restored condition. The fender aprons have been
painted black and the firewall is Yosemite Green. No fluid leaks were noted. The wiring
harness appears to be a reproduction assembly that is in very good cosmetic condition. The sixvolt battery is secured properly.
The interior is in very good restored condition. The flnish on the steel dash matches the
exterior and it shows well. The original instrument cluster has been restored and it is in very
good condition. It features a 100 mph speedometer, a fuel gauge, a temperature gauge, a
battery gauge and an oil pressure gauge. The original style “Mercury” centre trim panel is in
excelient conditiorr. No radio is fitted. A heater assembly is mounted below the dash on the
passenger side. The original style three-spoke steering wheel is in very good condition
including its Mercury centre. A period correct aftermarket Autolamp 9000 tum signal switch
is fltted to the steering column.
The original bench seat has been recovered in brown vinyl and it is in generally excellent
condition. The original style rubber mat assembly is in very good condition. A reproduction
fiberboard roof and cab trim assembly has been installed and it is in very good condition
outside of one crease at the rear centre of the assembly. The painted steel door panels are in
very good condition.
The truck was not started at the time of the inspection due to a dead battery. The truck
reportedly runs well and this will be considered accurate and true for the valuation purposes of
this report.
Evaluation
1949 was the second year of the new Mercury’M’series truck, the M-47. The Mercury
Pick-up was a vehicle unique to the Canadian market. Because Ford split their dealer netw-ork
into two divisions, Canadian Mercury dealers would not have been able to offer pick-up trucks
without the creation of the Mercury pick-up line. While many Canadian variants of American
vehicles are unknown south of the border, the Mercury pick-up truck line is well known and
sought after. As such, they tend to command a slight premium over their equivalent Ford
products.
This particular example has received a professional restoration. The body does show some
evidence of minor repair but remains in vely good condition. The paint does have some minor
cosmetic blemishes but still shows very well. The engine and drivetrain appear to be in very
good restored condition as is the interior. The truck is in “very good” to “excellent” overall
condition.