Gord and Elaine Bredo

1952 Mercury M1 owned by Gord Bredo
1952 Mercury M1 owned by Gord Bredo

This 1952 Mercury M1 was Gord Bredo’s first vehicle.  It also was his father’s first truck, which he bought brand new.  When Gord was 15, the beat-up work truck became Gord’s, and he worked on it for a year to fix it up.  Eventually, his interests changed and the M1 sat parked at the family farm for more than 20 years.

 

 

1952 Mercury M1 before the Restoration
1952 Mercury M1 before the Restoration

In 2002, on the truck’s 50th birthday, the farm was sold, leaving the decision — restore it or find it a new home.  Gord couldn’t leave the rusty family heirloom behind, so a full frame-off restoration began.  The original frame was boxed, the rear swapped for a 9-inch Ford with 3.70 gears, the front suspension upgraded to a 2 inch dropped Mustang II, and under the hood is an LT1 backed by a six-speed transmission.

Gord and his granddaughter at the 2016 Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics Show and Shine
Gord and his granddaughter at the 2016 Sylvan Lake Customs and Classics Show and Shine

 

Unfortunately, Gord’s father didn’t see the restoration of his first truck, but his granddaughter did, and she hopes the truck will be hers one day.