Leo’s Mercury Work Truck Comes Home
For us automotive loving people, cars and trucks come and go through our lives but once in a while, something shows up that brings us back to our past. Recently this happened for long time King resident and business owner Leo Simonis. His son Roderick, presented him with a rare and beautifully restored 1965 Mercury pickup truck. Leo and his family have been in the landscaping business for over 57 years and back in the day, they had a very similar truck to this one shown here. So it was very much as surprise to Leo to see this beauty pull into his driveway for his 82nd birthday. “I couldn’t believe it what a nice truck I thought to myself” he told me. “When Rod told me it was mine, I was so surprised!”
This truck is a ½ ton long box Mercury with twin I beam front axle, a 6 cylinder 240 cubic inch engine and a 3 speed manual column shift transmission. Mercury trucks were only available and made for the Canadian market. They were produced between 1946 and 1968. Having this Mercury truck in Canada gave a little something extra for the Lincoln-Mercury dealers here to sell as they had a much smaller market available in Canada. Leo’s original truck in the sixties was set up for his business with a custom box cover to house all the equipment necessary to perform his job. “Other than the equipment box we had on the back, this truck is very much the same as Simonis Landscaping had in 1965” Leo told me.
This truck is definitely a “Sunday morning” kind of cruising machine, but with Leo still having boundless energy and enthusiasm at his young age we may have to keep him from loading it with supplies and hooking on a landscape trailer! But then again there‘s still work to do and it is his truck.
Written by Perry M. Mason