Mercurys-Lincolns-Ford Trucks & Racers
All Mercurys from 1939 (the 1st year) up through 1953 used Flathead V-8 engines. The Mercury engines were slightly larger in displacement (255 cu.in. as compared to the Ford with 239 cu.in.) and, of course, more powerful.
All LINCOLNs from 1936 to 1951 used a Flathead Engine BUT: the Full-Size Lincolns had a bigger 337 cu.in.engine.
In 1952 Lincoln debuted Fords 1st OHV engine (317 cu.in.), which became famous for winning the Mexican Road Race
(La Carrera Panamericans) 3 years in a row - 1952-1954.
The Ford Flathead Engine opened up a whole new "Era" in Racing as it was affordable to the "Average Guy". Racing would no longer be only for "Rich Guys". As a result, many forms of Racing evolved - each led by Fords - at least in the Beginning.
Ford Trucks used basically the same engine as the passenger cars - sometimes with small differences. As a result the bigger trucks were pretty underpowered. So; Ford put the bigger Lincoln engine into the 1949 and later big Ford Trucks.
Check this out - the 1949 Mercury
Oct 2004 TFRB
The Headliner RG#20 (N.Ohio) April 2019
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Ak Miller - El Caballo de Ilierro (The Iron Horse)was the crowd's favorite - & mine too.
- a Real Hot Rod - 49 Ford frame & transmission - 303 Olds engine
The Mexican Road Race ran from 1950 to 1954. It was by far the most publicised race - anywhere - anytime! Hundreds of magazines, of every type, covered it.
It ran 2189 miles across Mexico from the Guatemala border to the Texas border. Lincoln dominated in 1952, 53 & 54 - thus came the famous "Hot Rod Lincoln" songs & all.
These are some of the original Mexican Road Race Cars (some restored).
There are many more photos at: https://www.pinterest.com/emeilert/american-cars-carrera-panamericana/
Hershel McGriff won the 1st race in 1950 in his brand new Olds '88
Bill France (founder of NASCAR) ran a Nash - got disqualified for CHEATING!
Then, forbid any of the NASCAR drivers from entering in the future!