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Old 11-12-2017, 08:52 PM   #1
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It seems that sales of the two-door station wagons started falling in the early sixties and they were soon dropped from the line. I believe that 1963 was the last year of the two-door Mercury Comet like this one. What two-door wagons do Ford Barners have?
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Old 11-12-2017, 11:42 PM   #2
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My Dad came home with a 56 RanchWagon. My brother and I wore him out getting in and out of the car. He said when he gets rid of this one he would never buy another 2 door car. Harley
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Well, I have a '55 Courier sedan delivery wagon, but they did offer 2-door passenger wagons around that time also.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:07 AM   #4
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Squeeking in under the Ford namesake is my 58 Edsel Roundup.

And in the Mercury dept is my 57 Mercury Commuter with the original M 335 engine

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Thanks OldMic for posting pictures of your beauty. Here they are enlarged for easier viewing.
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:11 AM   #6
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And in the Mercury dept is my 57 Mercury Commuter with the original M 335 engine

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Merc built the ONLY 2-door hardtop wagons ever manufactured

All other hardtop wagons were 4 doors (moredoors as I like to refer to them)

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Merc built the ONLY 2-door hardtop wagons ever manufactured

All other hardtop wagons were 4 doors (moredoors as I like to refer to them)

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This picture of a 1957 Mercury Commuter Two-Door Hardtop Station Wagon was taken on the Gold Coast during the sixties by a friend of mine. It had been converted to Right Hand Drive. Because the owner resided near the coast, the salt in the air made its destructive way and it suffered by much rust and was eventually sold. Unfortunately, the new buyer thought that it was too big a task to restore so cut it up and dumped it. This is probably the only 1957 Mercury Commuter that made it's way to Australia. It is just a pity that it no longer exists.
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Dave, Thanks for posting this picture of your 1955 Ford Courier. It may not be a wagon, but is still very nice, so here is an enlarged picture for Barners to enjoy.
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This picture of a 1957 Mercury Commuter Two-Door Hardtop Station Wagon was taken on the Gold Coast during the sixties by a friend of mine. It had been converted to Right Hand Drive. Because the owner resided near the coast, the salt in the air made its destructive way and it suffered by much rust and was eventually sold. Unfortunately, the new buyer thought that it was too big a task to restore so cut it up and dumped it. This is probably the only 1957 Mercury Commuter that made it's way to Australia. It is just a pity that it no longer exists.

Interesting that this '57 Commuter has the Turnpike Cruiser four headlight set up. Was that an option, or installed after the fact ? Anybody know ?

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As I understand the headlite situation is that there were 5 states in 1957 where the quad headlites were not allowed.

As I have seen most of the 57 Mercs were built with the quad headlite setup although I have never seen a spec of quad verses dual build numbers.

Its the single headlamp per fender vehicles that are the minority.

Personally I think the single headlite fenders are a lot cleaner and helps to create a more aggressive looking machine.

The 57 Fords were also originally slated to be a quad headlite arrangement.

Finally in 1958 all of the states allowed the quad lamp setup.

What blows me away is the right hand drive setup. I cant imagine how complex that must have been to pull off.

The Merc automatic used a push button/lever engagement arrangement that was mounted to the left side on the dash (on a left hand drive vehicle).

If it was a stick car it would have been odd to drive.

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How about this neat 1961 Falcon Two-Door Station Wagon. It seems to have 14" wheels judging by the 62 (rear) and 63 (front) Galaxie Wheelcovers?
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Interesting that this '57 Commuter has the Turnpike Cruiser four headlight set up. Was that an option, or installed after the fact ? Anybody know ?

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To add to Oldmics comments, the 57 MERC dual beam headlamps were optional and I believe standard on the TPC. I have the documentation packed away.

True about some states not allowing dualing headlamps. My father bought a 58 CHEV and was not at first allowed in TN and we were visiting family in Abington, VA (directly at state line). They later allowed them.
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Here's my new project I just started. 1960 Ford Courier. Going to lower it all around and it will have a 302/C4 to move it down the road.
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There is an Edsel guy who took a 1960 Ford 2-door wagon and made it into a "What If" 1960 Edsel 2- door wagon.

It looks factory and was done to incredable standards. I"ll see if I can find a picture of it online somewhere.

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Lowrider, DANG I love that wagon! Great lines!! Looking forward to seeing THAT finished!!
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Here's my new project I just started. 1960 Ford Courier. Going to lower it all around and it will have a 302/C4 to move it down the road.

Learn something new everyday. I always thought all Couriers had no side windows behind the drivers door. Did they make them both ways in 1960 ? With and without windows ?

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Here is a copy of an Advertisement for the 1960 Ford Courier. You can see that for this year, they included windows.
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Here is a larger picture of Lowriders 1960 Ford Courier. All 1960 Ford Couriers had side windows like this one. This was the last year for the full size Ford Courier. For 1961, this body style was transferred to the compact Ford Falcon.
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