Crazy Bout a Mercury

October 20th, 2011

Text and Photos by Travis Noack

Scott & Abby Young; 1964 Mercury M-100; Hickory, NC

600 Horsepower, Exceptional Detail and Classic Style

Everybody has a different reason for building trucks to fit a particular style. For Scott Young of Hickory, North Carolina, the ’64 Mercury M-100 displayed across these pages was built to in Scott’s words, “show with the big boys.” Scott, like many custom truck fanatics, became obsessed with everything with wheels as a youngster and into his adult years has owned an Olds 442, ‘67 Chevy C-10, ‘74 Ford pro street truck and a few other fine examples of early Ford truck iron. If you ever come in contact with the rolling beauty seen here, you will undoubtedly draw the same conclusion we did in that Scott is a perfectionist. Evidence of that is prominent under the hood, between the doors and underneath this stunning red classic. The project was purchased in 1999, and 10 years and 150K later Scott and his wife are enjoying driving and showing the truck after much knuckle busting and consistent bank account shuffling.

To get the project underway the metal was hoisted off of the frame to get a clear shot at the chassis and suspension to dial in the stance and update the ride. The stock chassis was boxed front to back and C-notched out back with all suspension brackets welded up to the rear bones. Scott and friend Tim Ashebraner did all of the chassis modifications. A Ford 9-inch built by Spraker Racing in Moorseville, North Carolina, fit with a Detroit Locker and 4.11:1 gears and Moser axles was chrome plated and suspended with a No Limit Fat bar 4-link, Koni coil-overs and capped with 11-inch disc brakes. Up front a Fatman Fabrications Mustang II with Koni coil-overs gets the nose in the weeds with 11-inch disc brakes and a Corvette master cylinder providing the stopping power. Stainless steel brake lines deliver fluid to the Master Power Brakes when the ’54 Plymouth pedal assembly is pushed. The steering was updated with a Flaming River rack-and-pinion steering commanded by an ididit chrome steering column. Staggered 18 x 8-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear Billet Specialties Vintec Dish billet wheels with spinners are mounted on Goodyear Eagle P235/50R18 front and P295/40R20 rear tires. An aluminum fuel cell was mounted between the rear frame rails under the bed floor to feed the raspy mill under the hood.

To power this rolling classic Ford art a 514-ci Ford SVO big-block crate engine spitting out an asphalt-cracking 600 hp and 630 ft-lbs of torque  shakes under the hood. All forged Ford Racing internals ensure everything holds together when Scott pounds on the skinny pedal. A billet steel mechanical roller camshaft makes the Ford Rat scream and thump with authority, while a Ford SVO intake manifold and Holley 850 carburetor force octane cocktails down the big-block’s throat. An MSD 8560 distributor, MSD coil, Ford Motorsport wires and an MSD-6 box light all eight candles. Hooker 2.5-inch diameter ceramic-coated headers make the beast heard loud and clear as spent fumes exit through straight pipes. Dual electric fans and a Tapp-Arctic chill aluminum radiator keep the big-block cool when the fun pedal is hammered. The engine is dressed with an all-red block with chrome Ford Motorsport valve covers, a Walter Prosper custom aluminum air cleaner, polished intake manifold and aluminum heads. A Ford C-6 transmission with a B&M 3500 stall converter built by Jim Little of Hickory, North Carolina, hooks up to a custom chrome driveshaft built by Scott delivering gear commands to the custom 9-inch.

When it came to the body, Scott and Tony Sigmon worked to get the truck straight as an arrow with a few custom touches mixed in to throw the eye and stir the custom curiosity. The front bumper was shaved of its bolts, tucked in and replated by S& H, and a fresh bumper from Dennis Carpenter was bolted up in the rear. The running boards were shortened, the emblems shaved and the rear fenders were widened and bolted up to the Dan Carpenter Specialties bed. The bulkhead of the bed was lengthened to match up to the new bedsides. Custom 4-inch tubs were built to house the rear rolling combination with shaved stake pockets. The original taillights were tucked in, and the gas filler was shaved and relocated to the inside of the bed. After the body was straight and wrinkle-free Tony Sigmon laid down the PPG Torch Red.

When the paint had been cut and polished, the interior was stitched in Torch Red leather by Custom Carswell of Hickory, North Carolina. The floor was even upholstered in Torch Red leather accented by stainless strips. A Billet Specialties Vintec billet steering wheel tops the ididit column, while power windows add a little modern convenience.

Scott Young has built one impressive ’64 Mercury M-100 pickup and sends special thanks to his wife Abby, friends Adam, Jacob, James, Custom Carswell, Tony Sigmon, Tim Ashebraner, Foothill Paint, PPG, S&H Chrome Plating, Spraker Racing and Tapp Radiators. We’re anxious to see how Scott plans to top his latest creation.

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