Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.


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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mercury M-3 Truck!

I'm on a book tour in eastern Canada, promoting my new novel, THE O'BRIENS, which is out in Canada this month (but not until March 2012 in the U.S., when Pantheon publishes the American edition). Of course I have been keeping an eye out for trucks, and came across this gorgeous machine in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.

It's a 1951 Mercury M-3 1-ton pickup: original, unrestored, Canadian. From April 1946 until March 23, 1968 Mercury trucks were built and sold in Canada.  They are rebadged versions of Ford Trucks, often with better interior appointments and more options.  Sizes range from the basic M-1/M-100 personal pickup and panel delivery to heavy-duty dump trucks and semis.  

Canadian truck buyers always had a choice of two nameplates on the Fords built in Canada. 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. 
      If you follow this blog you may know that Autoliterate has a thang for Ford trucks of this era: see the posts "Trucking With Basha" and Henry with the F-2, featuring a robin's-egg-blue West Texas F-2.
      We came across this truck on a sunny summer day, 

 parked beside a mid-19th century frame house at Grand Pre, near Wolfville, N.S. Wilhelmus Peters, the Nova Scotia farmer who owns the truck, is restoring the house. 

             The M-3 is pretty much all original and spent most of its life on the high, dry plains of southern Saskatchewan, where Wilhelmus found it last year. He had it shipped to Nova Scotia. It has the original flathead V8, and everything works. About the only thing not original is the chrome front grill. 
              These trucks all came from the factory with fenders painted black: if you wanted them the same color as the body, you had to pay a little more.

           Here's a link to a youtube video of a 1952 Mercury M-3 that was sale in Saskatchewan a few years back. To learn more about the Mercury trucks, go to the winged messenger website.


  1. Wonderful - I have a 1960 chevy that is still a working farm truck. Once the farm is sold, then I will restore the truck.

  2. I too have a 51 mercury truck from sask., completely restored M5,rack truck with dump body 2spd rear axle green with black fenders,Ialso own a 1939 p.u, 1938 deluxe sedan.1956 p.u.,1972 GT ranchero, and lastly a 1985 f150 salvaged from the ravages of feild gras rot, all but the '85 have had body off restoration. one more project for "this old ford lovin man" peter m at