What does this mean, and why am I calling the truck this? Here's your answer:
When building my motor in 2010 I chose a cam with a pretty big amount of lift that required adjustable rocker arms... I ended up using a set of adjustable Cobra Jet rocker arms that had a tall adjustment screw which required taller valve covers than the classic finned California Custom ones I had been running in high school. As I started to look at options that were available, I didn't want the typical "Cobra Le Mans" finned covers in a black wrinkle finish like everybody and their dog had... and I didn't want the kind of ugly "pent roof" factory valve covers that came with no badging or script at all. I wanted something unique that not everybody else had.
While searching the forums on Fordification.com one day, I came across a photo of some taller Ford FE valve covers, but they said Mercury on them and had a big lightning bolt underneath the script. I fell in love with them and decided that's exactly what I wanted. After finding out they weren't reproduced by anyone, I scavenged ebay and the local classifieds until I found a set for a reasonable price, bought them, and then I did a little research.
|Mercury 410 Valve Covers painted and pinstriped to match|
the air filter case
These Mercury "Pent Roof" valve covers were available in the mid sixties in cars like the Mercury Comet on their 410 "Super Marauder" engine... as I did a little more research I learned that Mercury actually had a car that bore the name, Marauder from 1963-65, and then phased it out for the S-55, and brought it back for 1969 and 1970. After being phased out a second time, it sat unused until 2003/2004 when Ford opted to reincarnate the Marauder on the Crown Vic/Grand Marquis Platform for another 2 year run, sharing the same suspension, drivetrain and body. Unlike the Crown Vic/Marquis, the Marauder had a supercharged 4v head version of the 4.6L DOHC V8 that made it a bit quicker than the others. The front clip in the 2000's Marauder is the same one that I pulled from a P71 Police Interceptor package Crown Vic to put under my truck to lower it and upgrade to disc brakes and rack/pinion steering. So that says a little bit about the Marauder as a car, but the name doesn't stop there.
In the 60's, Marauder wasn't just a car, it also was a particular roof offered on Mercury vehicles like other companies might offer a fastback or sportsroof etc. Beyond the full size car and roofline, Marauder spent the majority of its time as a reference to the engines used by the Mercury, Edsel and Lincoln divisions.
In 1958, the term "Super Marauder" was coined by Ford for their 430 ci V8, their first ever engine that was advertised to produce 400 horsepower with a unique cast aluminum finned air cleaner case that fit the tri-power style manifold with "Super Marauder" and "400 H.P." cast in on the ends of the fins and a snorkel to pull fresh air from the fender well.
They continued to use the "Marauder" terms to refer to their high performance V8's in the late 50's and then those packages carried into the 1960's and were available for all engines in Mercury vehicles with the Super Marauder remaining the high end option of theirs at the time. You could get a Mercury Monterey, Park Lane, Cyclone, an S-55, Comet, various Lincoln and Edsel models and of course a Marauder, with Marauder engine packages. Why am I telling you this?
Ford also sold their same F Series pickups badged as Mercury pickups in Canada up until 1968. They were referred to as M Series pickups, so instead of an F100 or F250, the badges said M100 or M250. Aside from the hood emblems, tailgate and cowl emblems, the trucks were identical, but hot rod pickups weren't really a thing in the 60's, so none of the Mercury pickups were offered with a Marauder or Super Marauder V8... just the usual truck engines, still sporting the plain old "Power by Ford" valve covers on the engines, no fancy Mercury covers or air cleaner because they were work trucks. When I picked up my valve covers back in 2010, I thought it would be cool to build a truck badged as a Mercury, with the Mercury valve covers that they never had from the factory... and essentially build a truck that Ford/Mercury could have built, but didn't.
Hence the name, The Marauder M100.
It won't be 100% true to 1968 technology as it will be sporting the front clip (steering, suspension and brakes) from a 2003 Police Interceptor (same as the Marauders) but similar brake/suspension technology was around at the time. On top of that my hot-rodded 390 (block from a Mercury station wagon) will be sporting the 'Super Marauder' pent roof valve covers, and I will be hand building an aluminum air cleaner case in the Street Rod program down at UVU, similar to the cast version that sat on top of the first 'Super Marauder' V8 back in 1958.
|Cast 430 Air Filter housing|
|Crown Vic/Marquis/Marauder Clip in 68 F100 frame|
with Jake Winterton's Boxing kit
Other small touches that I hope to include are Marauder script badges on the back of the truck's bed, silver faced gauges like the Marauders had and the use of classic Ford lightning bolt/gear horn button on the steering wheel that is true to the Mercury pickups. If anybody has knowledge of a set of Marauder emblems, (considering the limited production of the actual "Marauder" vehicles...) they're probably a fortune... so if somebody else has access to a 3D printer, that might be the way to go for this build.
|Marauder dash with Satin Silver gauge faces|
|Who wants to 3D print a set of these for me?|
You may have already seen the "Cyclone Custom" Mercury pickup clone cruising through your magazines or Instagram feed. Somebody beat me to the idea, I love that truck and the details of it, but mine is still going to be different and hopefully exceed the idea I've had in my head since I was a teenager. The "If there had been such a thing as a "Sport Truck" or "Muscle Truck" in the late 60's, this would've been it" sort of idea.
|Cyclone Custom built by Rods N Restons in Canada|
|Rendering of the Marauder M100 by Chris Hickman|
Stay tuned, now that you have the backstory and how I came to own this truck, now we'll move on to the actual progress and smaller projects within the build. -Scotty