Strawberries and Peaches Metro

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  1. Randall Barringer

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    A long time IH friend, David Windom, sent me a link to this Metro a couple of weeks ago.
    I contacted the seller, made the deal, and went to Northern Alabama for it yesterday.
    It's rusty, doesn't run, etc. I don't care one bit.
    It's complete minus the radiator and the engine turns over by hand.
    I owned a 59 shorty Metro a few years ago and have always regretted selling it.
    This one will be a l o n g term project, but I plan to keep it.
    It once sold strawberries and peaches and then was driven 30 years ago to the woods to become a hunting camp.
     

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    Today I took a Scout's worth of trash out of it and cleaned the METRO letters.
    My buddy, Dawson, helped straighten out the grill surround so it can be bolted back in.
     
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    Cool fantom works just did one in Norfolk, VA.

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    I would put an IH SV in that thing. Beef up the running gear inc. disc brakes and then convert to a MH. Hook a tandem axle trailer to it with a trail worthy scout on the trailer and tow out west. Finally I would buy and apply a bumper sticker stating "...if this RV is a Rockin don't come a knockin"
     
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    Awesome! Looking forward to this build Randall!!
     
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    That is pretty cool
     
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    Thanks, everyone!
    Can any of the Metro gurus help me figure out what year it is?
    It has one up wiper and one down.
    Barn doors on the back.

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    You done snuck into my neck of the woods and snagged one!!!....what town was it in?.....does it still have the build plate over the pass side front window?...do you know what model it is?
    K series was 41-49
    L series was 50-52
    R series was 53-55
    S series was 56-58
    A series was 59-61
     
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    I just removed the plate so I can do some paint removal on it.
    It was only posted 3 hours when my buddy sent it to me.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    I think it's a A series...59-61....
     
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    I think you're correct.
    My other one was an A-120.
    I'll know more after I get the serial number tag clean.


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    One always has to start with the most important task at hand; some think stopping, some think SVs, most think about rat sh!t removal, but polishing up the Metro letters?

    Nice job on the truck/van/vehicle or whatever class it's in! And I seem to recall your last post on my build thread said something about being ugly. Have you looked in the mirror lately? :kiss2:

    My limited brain capacity can barely handle Scout II's, let alone pickups and travelalls/etts. Now what am I supposed to do with a Metro? And does that mean you've given up on CS's?

    Finally, I think, at least for the time being and perhaps for decades to come, you convert the Metro into a lemon aid stand for you daughter(s) :yes:.
     
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    It was an easy task and they were begging to be shiny again!
    I like the idea of a lemonade stand, but it sleeps at a friend's house while the Travelall and Scout stay at home.
    I haven't given up on the CS, I just needed a distraction.
    A friend who is a bit older than me and once worked in a body shop has said he will help me with my Scout dent. He seems confident in his plan of attack, so I look forward to getting together with him. Once that's addressed, I'll put the step bumper back on and just drive it for a while.
    I've got a driver's side end cap lined up out of the NW and plan to tackle that too.

    I confirmed that it's an AM-120
    Serial number 9297A
    Wheelbase 115"[​IMG]

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    I trust you will not lose sleep over all that horsepower once you get it running?

    Were all Metro's sequential serial numbers or just by series (i.e., is your the 9297th ever made or just in the A series?
     
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    Ha! Yeah, it's a real powerhouse.
    I'm not sure about the serial number, I was just browsing the Wisconsin Historical Society site trying to track down some info.
     
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    Is than a lightly stamped A in front of the M?.......as in AM120....
     
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    Correct. It says AM-120 M 9297A
     
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    I watched the tail end of a car show last night waiting for the news (Phantom Works?) and I noticed a Metro with what looked like a two-foot tall IH emblem either above or below the Metro letters (don't remember which). Now that you are an expert in all things Metro, was said IH emblem common on all these or just a specific series?
     
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    I think it was just a certain year range that had the large IH emblem on the grill. Mine is a 59-61 and has it. It's crazy how little info there is about these things compared to Scouts.
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    Nice! Are you sure you don't live in TX where everything is that much bigger :tt2:?
     

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