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Lavron's '64 Comet Budget Build

Post #1 by lavron » Tue May 21, 2019 1:51 am

I am going to add a few things here and hopefully the Falcon guys will accept my Comet, if not I can move to the "Other" section.

I had some of this in my 250 engine build thread and maybe that was an inappropriate place for other work I am doing on the car, not sure this will be of interest to anyone here but if someone wants to see pictures of something I have built just let me know.

First I have a somewhat complete list of what I have done or I am doing on my 1964 Comet 2 Dr Sedan. This really is a budget build, most of the parts are from the junkyard or gleaned from the internet (new and used) some stuff would have been cheaper to just get a kit probably because I made few mistakes along the way that means I bought some stuff and couldn't use it, but if you don't make that mistake you can save money.

Lastly, I fabricate a lot of stuff, I don't have a nicely equipped shop (lucky to just get my car in out of the weather) so most stuff I build is done with hand tools and a cheap HF MIG welder (I don't make the prettiest welds, I am good with a grinder).

This is a work in progress, below is my list of parts, etc.

SUSPENSION
REAR - 4-link (Johnny Law/Hoffman Group universal kit purchased off eBay), 8.8 rear out of a '98 V8 Mercury Mountaineer with 3.73 trac-lock & disc brakes, narrowed at home to 56 3/4" by using a second passenger axle on the drivers side, Airbags (Slam Specialties SS-6 Bags), Rear Shocks from 1997 Mitsubishi Montero Sport (KYB KG4034), misc homemade brackets (upper shock mounts, etc)
FRONT - 1974 Mustang II manual R&P, MII 2" drop spindles.
crossmember (Welder Series 56.5 wide, plus homemade parts), Tubular Lower & Upper Control Arms with lower bag plates (GearHead off eBay), Airbags (Slam Specialties SS-5), Disc Brakes (pieced together including; 11” rotors, brake brackets & metric calipers from Speedway Motors), Front Shocks 1982 Checker Marathon Cab (KYB KG5404 with bar pins removed) on a custom fabricated bracket, Modified Steering column sleeve out of a floor shift early ‘60s Mustang fabricated steering shaft by cutting original from steering box and adding bearing and parts from farm supply store, Sway bar Helix 56.5" kit (HEXSBK4).
ONBOARD AIR SYSTEM - Many fittings that are push to connect (PTC) DOT certified from Bag Riders and Michigan Truck Brakes?, Manual paddle valves in a fabricated box - Tank and Compressor not purchased yet
TIRES & WHEELS - Tires Douglas Tires from Wal-Mart (P225/60R16 rear, P195/65R15 front), modifying rear wheel wells outer housing to clear, set the rear back 1-1.5“. Wheels are American Racing Torque Thrust 2 in 16x7” (4”BS) rear and 15x6” (3.5”BS) front.

BRAKES - 4 wheel disc listed above (’98 Ford Explorer & Speedway Metric), 1985 Lincoln Town Car Brake master cylinder (Cardone 131518), Wilwood portioning valve (260-8419), 3/16” Copper-Nickel brake line with self installed flare nuts

ENGINE - 250 cid inline 6 out of a '77 Maverick bored .020 over, Silv-O-Lite pistons for an Australian 250 (part 3332H+.020) rods from 1986-91 Ford Tempo/Topaz (2.5L HSC/OHV) ARP connecting Rod bolts (ARP-154-6002), Stock oil pump (Sealed Power 22441165), GMB OE replacement aluminum water pump (125-1380); Head ’72 200 cid “M” Flat Log with 1977-82 intake (1.76) and exhaust (1.38) valves and hardened seats, 302 valve springs, Adjustable rocker arms from an early 144-170 Ford 6, Self made cast aluminum 3x2 intake with 3 1983 Ford Escort Carbs (Motorcraft 740/5740 progressive 2 barrel),'67-'72 250 stock timing chain set, custom fabricated rear sump oil pan, still to be determined; cam, lifters, pushrods, gaskets, distributor and bearings.

EXHAUST - Dual out stainless header (from eBay), Dual in and out Muffler for 2-2.25” or 2-2.5" pipes (Magnaflow MPE-11385 or MPE-113790).

TRANSMISSION - 1996 3.8L Mustang T-5 Borg Warner, Tag Number 1352 238 gearing; 265 3.35 1.93 1.29 1.00 0.73, Input Shaft Length & Diameter 7.85-0.668. Clutch 2002 Mustang V6 (LUK 07114) , 96 Mustang V6 3.8L bell housing, 2002 Mustang 3.8L V6 168 Tooth, zero balance Flywheel (SACHS NFW1175), ARP pressure plate bolts (ARP-134-2203) & ARP Flywheel bolts (ARP-200-2802), Home Fabricated Hydraulic clutch setup (1986 Toyota Land Cruiser master [AISIN CMT032], 1992 Isuzu Rodeo slave [Centric 139.43005]) homemade brackets, AN-3 36" braided SS hose. Aluminum Driveshaft from a 2009-11 Crown Vic Police Car.


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My '64 Comet currently

Just a sample of a couple of thing I have fabricated;

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T5 transmission mount, might hang a little low and I may redo it someday but it is made from 1/2" steel bar.

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MII with air bags, this is at ride hight, I am changing the way the sway bar is mounted I think it hangs too low.

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The rear 4 link with air bags (bags are not installed in the picture)

I do have a build thread over on Comet Central forum but I can add some stuff here if anyone wants the references.

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Post #2 by bmbm40 » Wed May 22, 2019 8:43 pm

Not a lot left you could do to it. Awesome project you are building.
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Post #3 by lavron » Wed May 22, 2019 9:38 pm

bmbm40 wrote:Not a lot left you could do to it. Awesome project you are building.


Thanks, I am enjoying it, I wish I had a better equipped shop but if I waited until I didi I would never get anything done.

Here is the clutch slave cylinder and mount on the T-5 bell housing.
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And I mocked my '68 T-Bird buckets in the car so I could check if the shifter location was good, it is IMO, getting ready to build permanent seat mounts and locate my floor emergency brake and the air bag paddle valves (currently one of the things I am working on)
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Post #4 by lavron » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:18 am

Repaired this NOS DS1 distributor today, I bought it off eBay a while back expecting it to be a DS2 but it is not, it had an odd part "number" scrawled on the side.
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It appears to have once had a designation "number" added I can make out the first and last letters to be S an T with what appears to be two letter/numbers in the middle, maybe "hi" or "h1" :roll:

Eventhough I believe this a brand new distributor (it certainly appears to be) the breaker plate was completely seized up on the breaker plate base, it almost looked like someone tried to pry it off without first removing the snap ring, I had to tap it back down and remove the snap ring and then basically pry the breaker plate off, the center part was gummed up with something, maybe some kind of hardened grease, I cleaned it with some fine wet or dry 220 sandpaper and brake cleaner, got it operating smoothly and applied a little lithium grease to the mount and reassembled everything.
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I cleaned the case up and removed all the extraneous markings in the process, everything appears to operational and smooth rotating now when I suck on the vacuum advance port. I am not sure what cap and rotor to use but I think it is just a the regular load-o-matic cap, I looked up a '74 Maverick 250 on RockAuto and they showed the OEM part number as F2111 and it looked like a regular cap.

I think I will build my own ignition box using a 4 pin HEI module once I run down the directions again :roll:

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Post #5 by powerband » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:21 pm

The DS I (1) Distributor used the same 'Points cap and wires as you mention. the DS II moved to the larger (blue) cap with Pin terminals requiring different plugwires as well, also retains the 'early' look if desired. Points ignition or DS I seemed to be determined by DSO origin. Mavs' may be points thru @ 74. The 'dual' diaphragm emissions distrib inner vac chamber is left open for max advance.

Under the advance plate you can see tthe maximum advance window stamped @ 13 - 22 ( X 2 crank rpm...
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Post #6 by bubba22349 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:23 pm

Nice work Mike, so you can use a DuraSpark I cap and rotor or the 1968 to 74 point cap and rotor they look the same. Or you can get the stock DuraSpark II cap adapter, wide cap, rotor, and wire set it will all fit right on. :thumbup: :nod:
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Post #7 by Econoline » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:28 pm

Like said, you can go with a DSI set up or convert to a DSII wide cap, the distributor itself is the same. :beer:
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Post #8 by lavron » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:48 am

Guess it has been a while since I posted any progress, short block still at machine shop, I have a call in to the guy for a progress report and have not heard back yet.

In the mean time I have been working on several things, I got my console started and got the e-brake handle mounted as well as the air ride valve box and found a place for the fuse boxes to live.
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I replaced my front core support and right front inner fender (battery tray) on the car with ones from my parts car.
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And got my shock tower holes covered with some steel plates (13 gauge) I cut out and bent up.
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Trying to get the jewel box done before my gem shows back up :P

Soon I am going to strip the car back down an flip it up on it's side and clean up the bottom, check all the welds and re-weld anything that needs it before painting the bottom of the car.

I will get there eventually I hope.

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Post #9 by lavron » Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:23 am

Just a quick update. While waiting on the motor to eventually get done I have been working on getting my gas tank and trunk floor done.

I am putting a '69-'70 Mustang 22 gallon tank in and my floor is in terrible shape (was) after doing a bunch of different patches with whatever scrap metal I had laying around I went and bought a 4'X8' sheet of 18 gauge steel and made a new trunk floor.
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Not too bad considering I don't have the proper equipment to do this, like sheet metal break :roll: do most of my bending using my 16' trailer and some pieces of angle iron clamped to it.

I also made a new back for my driveshaft tunnel because the air ride system, when lowered the driveshaft and floor were really close to touching. I bent the original floor up to meet the replacement floor. I am not putting a back seat in my car, BTW.
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Everything is just screwed in right now because it has been entirely too hot to weld and I need to make a few pieces of under structure for the trunk floor.

Bunch of other stuff I have done as well but this is supposed to be a quick update :P

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Post #10 by bubba22349 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:25 am

The Floor sheet metal repair work looks very good Mike! Did you need to mini tub the rear wheel wells for wheel / tire clearance? :thumbup: :nod:
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Post #11 by lavron » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:22 pm

bubba22349 wrote:The Floor sheet metal repair work looks very good Mike! Did you need to mini tub the rear wheel wells for wheel / tire clearance?


Thanks, I am actually replacing the outer wheel tubs the inner ones are fine, the outer ones (which are rusty anyway) touch when the car lowers because of the curve at the top of the wheel well, I could have used a slightly different wheel offset and been fine, my tires are not terribly wide (225/60R16) so the plans currently are to use a trailer fender and mod it to fit for the outer well.

The main reason for the trunk floor replacement was rust and then installing the triangulated 4-link and air bags, but most of that would have worked under the stock floor but because it was rusty I cut most of it out.

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Post #12 by lavron » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:29 pm

I got the driveshaft hump welded in today so now to get the trunk floor finished.
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Post #13 by lavron » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:15 pm

I got all my trunk floor welded in, still need to grind some welds and get it all primed.
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I installed my air tank (mocked it up) an located where the compressor was going to live and got a bracket welded in for the compressor.
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I took out my rear window in the process and did not damage it, I was happy all the metal looked good around the window so I don't have any repairs there.
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Going to mock in the rest of the air ride system and get my rear bags back in the car so I can get it off the jack stands.

Still waiting on more motor stuff to happen, in the mean time I have plenty of other stuff to do.

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Post #14 by lavron » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:56 pm

While waiting on the head to return I have not been idle, I completely stripped the car back apart, pulled all the glass, suspension and interior.

In the process right now of repairing rust. As most of you probably know, there are no replacement body panels for a '64 Comet so your choice is finding a good set of used replacements or making your own, I did a little of both. I have a parts car that has earned it's status, there is not much good on that car (I bought it for the front core support) the rear quarters were pretty bad but I got to studying and decided I could use them to fabricate some patch panels for my car. I know most people would not do this :P
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(I know this is the left rear quarter but the right is the same or a bit better condition) The lip opening itself is made from a piece of new 18 gauge steel

This is the bad stuff on my car, I cut down my "patch panel" and clamped it up on the car. (the red line indicates how much of the patch panel I used)
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Then I cut all the rust out and welded the patch panel on along with a couple I had to make that were bad on both cars. (the patches are cut from parts of the quarters I did not use in the first picture)
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Slow and easy welding, cooled with a damp sponge and I didn't get any warping. made a final patch to the rear and threw a little temporary coating on it as I wait to do the body filler.
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Next will be the other side, I started it today (the patch is made already)

When I flip the car up I will build the inner fender parts I need to make, my replacement panel I welded a 1/4" steel rod around the wheel opening (bent them from old truck jack handle cranks) so I can have a thinner profile so hopefully I will be able to get my rear tires off and on, instead of rolling the fender lip.

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Post #15 by bmbm40 » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:17 pm

Nice work.
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Post #16 by lavron » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:28 am

bmbm40 wrote:Nice work.


Thanks.

Built a "redneck" rotisserie and rolled the Comet over on it's side so I could get the bottom cleaned up and repair my torque boxes, and check all my welds and generally pretty everything up and get it painted.

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I have cleaned and checked the welds on the right rear, cleaned the bottom some with a wire knotted brush in the angle grinder and I am currently building a set of subframe connectors.

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As soon as these are done and welded in I am going to get the outer wheel wells replaced with some custom ones I am building that will allow the car to settle over the air bags without touching the tires (plus they had some rust) and get the replacement bottoms welded into the front torque boxes. After those are done I am going to roll it the other way to finish the frame rails on the opposite sides before painting the whole thing and running fuel and brake lines.

Hopefully soon I will be bolting the car back together for the final time.

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Post #17 by bubba22349 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:32 am

:wow: Mike great job on building your own rotisserie, lots of great progress on the Comet too! I am sure enjoying your build and can't wait to hear how well it drives and handles. Good luck :thumbup: :nod:
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Post #18 by lavron » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:13 am

bubba22349 wrote::wow: Mike great job on building your own rotisserie, lots of great progress on the Comet too! I am sure enjoying your build and can't wait to hear how well it drives and handles. Good luck :thumbup: :nod:


Thanks Bubba, rolling the car up was probably one of the better ideas I have had, I know it seems a bit like overkill but when you are a marginal welder, like me, you need all the advantage you can get :P and I want a safe car I can have confidence in and I have done a lot of modification/fabrication that needs checked and touched up.

Here are a series of pictures of what I have gotten done so far in the week it has been tipped up.

I got the subframe connectors all welded in (top side)
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Figured out where the fuel pump was going to live and welded a mount bolt in for it.
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Got my rear wheel wells all fabricated and welded in.
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Repaired the left front torque box.
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And I have a done a lot of cleanup and weld touchup on the front crossmember with the last thing I got started bending and welding an end cap on the crossmember.
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A couple of other things and I will be ready to roll it the other way and get this part finished up so I can get it back upright.

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Post #19 by lavron » Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:16 am

I have flipped the Comet up the other way and I am almost finished welding everything that is there (ran out of shielding gas and need to get more), need to fab up the exhaust system, re-do my e-brake brackets and run my fuel and brake lines and then I will be ready to prime (using Eastwood Rust Encapsulator), seam seal and paint the bottom with bed liner.
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All of it seems to be working out for me, I am really happy with it, been fighting with mounting the front sway bar to clear everything, not a lot of room up there to miss the tie rod ends and air bags but I will get it licked (running an 7/8"-1" sway bar that was already on the car, so stock style for a '64 Comet)

I am probably over welding everything but I want to make sure everything is well attached :P sometimes I make really good welds like the upper left one in this picture where I welded on the sway bar bracket, I am just not very consistent (the messy part in the middle of that weld is where I tacked it on initially).
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As soon as I can get this painted and flipped back up I can start bolting it back together and concentrate on the motor.

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Post #20 by bmbm40 » Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:53 pm

Lookin good! I like your rotisserie that is the way to go.
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Post #21 by lavron » Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:06 am

bmbm40 wrote:Lookin good! I like your rotisserie that is the way to go.


Thanks, the rotisserie really helps if you are old and fat like me and suck at overhead welding :P :roll:

Here are just some random pictures of some of the undercarriage repairs/updates I have done in the last week or so.

I repaired the right front torque box.
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A little montage of pictures on capping the end of the crossmember.
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The sway bar mounts I showed in the post before this one, I repaired.
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Certainly a bunch of other welding and wire brushing both tar/undercoat and surface rust off the bottom of the car.

Closer every day.

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Post #22 by Soldmy66 » Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:31 pm

As mentioned by others, you work is inspiring.

I look forward to your updates.

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Post #23 by lavron » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:47 pm

Soldmy66 wrote:As mentioned by others, you work is inspiring.

I look forward to your updates.


Thanks, it has been a long time in coming.

I cut my transmission crossmember today and installed a 1/4" steel loop to pass my exhaust pipes through and keep them tucked up as high as I can with the car being so low.
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Pipes fit good (1 1/2" square tube between pipes is just a spacer) they should end up with an average of about 1/2" below the floor pan, hopefully they won't need a heat shield under the passengers feet.
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Still contemplating on how to mount them but there will be a pair of flex pipes at the firewall isolating the exhaust from engine vibration. The mufflers sit just behind the front of the rear seat pan and run to the back edge of it, for now it will get turndowns there but ultimately I want to run the exhaust out the rear because I may need to add some resonators because my mufflers are little short glass packs (14" to 16" bodies).

My original plans was an X-pipe in the middle but the vendor sent me a Y-pipe instead so I sent it back, not clear if he is sending out the right part or is issuing an refund, if I get the refund I may just wait on the X-pipe for now.

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Post #24 by lavron » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:46 pm

Got the exhaust ran, hopefully I did not mess it up too bad.

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Not sure if it will fit in front yet, I need the transmission back in there so I did not make a mount for the front in case the pipes have to squeeze together to fit.

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Post #25 by Georgia200 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:04 pm

Nice, Im planning on either something similar with glass paks and ending them at the axle or using a 85 Z28 transverse muffler and GT duals that turn down just before the rear valance. The Z28 transverse muffler has a 2.5 inlet and 2.25 outlets.

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Post #26 by lavron » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:06 pm

Georgia200 wrote:Nice, Im planning on either something similar with glass paks and ending them at the axle or using a 85 Z28 transverse muffler and GT duals that turn down just before the rear valance. The Z28 transverse muffler has a 2.5 inlet and 2.25 outlets.


Don't think I would have the room for a transverse mounted muffler.

I got out and pulled everything back off the bottom and got it painted with some Eastwood Rust Encapsulator.

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Next will be seam sealer and thinking about some Rustoleum flat black and then the truck bed liner

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Post #27 by lavron » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:38 pm

Just a before and after shot (kinda after, not done yet)

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Post #28 by lavron » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:24 pm

I know this doesn't look much different but the top picture is after I seam sealed it and sprayed a light coat of satin black over the grey seam sealer, the lower picture is after I did the 2K bed liner (Custom Coat).

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As soon as this decides to fully cure in this cool wet weather we have going on I am going to start bolting parts back on and get it rolled back upright.

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Post #29 by bmbm40 » Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:37 pm

Looking Good! Lots of work for sure.
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Post #30 by lavron » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:20 pm

bmbm40 wrote:Looking Good! Lots of work for sure.


Thanks.

I got out and ran the brake and fuel lines today and started bolting stuff back on the bottom of the car.

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Going to try and finalize my exhaust system tomorrow and get it fully attached.

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Post #31 by lavron » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:16 am

Finally got the pipes installed for that center section, I made some bends in it and they are not too pretty but it worked for what I needed :roll: I guess it is a good thing the car sits so low :P
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Started on the e-brake while it was easy to do, really close to turning it upright and getting it back on it's own wheels.

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Post #32 by lavron » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:49 am

The Comet is back upright and starting to reassemble everything, the rear end is back in and everything is hooked up on it (brake line, e-brake cables, air bags, etc).
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The most time consuming part was I had to tweak out the passenger side wheel arch because I had pulled it in when welding the heavy gauge outer liner to the lower lip (I had already pushed the drivers side out while it was sideways) of course I cracked a bunch of welds loose and will have to re-weld them but will do that later so no big deal, all is good now, I can get the rear tires off and on without deflating them and disconnecting stuff to get the rear to droop enough (thought it would be bad if I needed to change a tire on the side of the road)

I have been working in the back trying to concentrate in one area at a time so I got the gas tank fully fit up and the return line hooked up (had to add the bung in top of the tank) also mounted the air compressor to the floor.
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Everything will have to come back out so I can finish and paint the trunk floor, then I will go ahead and permanently mount the gas tank with sealer under the lip.

Last thing I did is start reinstalling the front suspension components.
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I need to get my spindles and front calipers painted, and for the first time get the greasezerks all installed and get some grease in the ball joints, etc. the lower arms will have to come back off because I will have to fabricate some kind of mounts for the sway bar end links, but hopefully I will have it a roller again by the first of next week.

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Post #33 by Soldmy66 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:09 pm

Continued congratulations on a job well done.

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Post #34 by lavron » Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:45 am

Soldmy66 wrote:Continued congratulations on a job well done.

Thanks

Suspension is all reinstalled except the front sway bar, I need to design and fabricate some mounts to attach to the lower control arms and do a final location for the frame mounts.

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Brakes are completely hooked up and hopefully they won't leak (high hopes) at some point soon I need to fill the system and get everything bled. Tomorrow I will get the air lines all reinstalled and add some air to check for leaks.

This is starting to get exciting. I need to soon get a can ordered so I can finish the assembly on the 250 and the only major thing left to do is the custom intake casting, the current situation may slow that down a bit :( but in the mean time I can keep on working on the car, lots still to do.

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Post #35 by xctasy » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:53 am

This will give you added incentive.

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The 250 Tri Power head using you same planed Holley Weber Carter 5(740) carbs. This was from a discontinued former user here.
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Post #36 by lavron » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:51 pm

xctasy wrote:The 250 Tri Power head using you same planed Holley Weber Carter 5(740) carbs. This was from a discontinued former user here.


Did they ever get it running X? I will soon be full bore back own the motor now that I have almost all the undercarriage work done (still no sway bar mounts yet)

I did get the car back down on the ground sitting on it's own wheels, this is it at ride height.
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I have the bags aired up and the the air tank full (as full as the shop air will get it; 75 pounds) will check in the morning and see what has happened over night my big hopes is not having to run down air leaks :roll: not sure how much air leak is acceptable to me or is common, my goal is zero leaks :lol:

I am so happy to have a roller again, it now even rolls fully aired out so I guess I didn't waste my time modifying the rear wheel wells, not sure why it needs to roll when it is all the way down, you couldn't steer it :roll: I am at the point right now that is tough because all I think about is driving it and all the stuff I need to do to get to that point, I am going to keep on concentrating on one little thing at a time however and one day I will look up and it will be ready to take out on the road.

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Post #37 by lavron » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:44 pm

Down on the floor and all aired out 8)
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Now if it just had doors, windows and an engine I would be driving :D

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Post #38 by Soldmy66 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:57 pm

It looks great.

And, doors .... doors are overrated.

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Post #39 by bubba22349 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:12 pm

Hi Mike, :beer: Congrats :wow: your making such fast progress now on the Comet back on its wheels and rolling around again sure looks good with the air out too. I know you spent lots of time building all those medal panels, fitting everything, and welding it together, still that's quite impressive on the speed of your reassembly. :thumbup: :nod:
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Post #40 by bmbm40 » Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:25 pm

Looks great! Kind of menacing-like the Batmobile or something.
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Post #41 by lavron » Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:15 pm

Thanks Guys I am excited for sure to have it back on it's own feet, sometimes while working on stuff like it being flipped up you think you are never going to get it back upright.

Soldmy66 wrote:And, doors .... doors are overrated.


It even looks cool without doors :lol:

bubba22349 wrote:still that's quite impressive on the speed of your reassembly.


I want to drive it :P

bmbm40 wrote:Looks great! Kind of menacing-like the Batmobile or something.


A lot of people that have seen it in person like the primer black, which is kinda cool, but ultimately the car will be grey with a satin black hood.

June 17th will be the two year mark since I started dismantling the car, not sure I will have it back together by then but going to try and have it close to running again, the issues in the world right now might delay a few things but I have most of my stuff in hand already.

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Post #42 by lavron » Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:10 am

Continuing on the assembly, even though the motor is still cam-less I dropped it in to do some fitting on things I haven't been able to so far.
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First was modifying the core support to get the Ford big block radiator to fit and figuring out if I could fit a fan in there (my Contour electric fan install is a no-go, not enough space). I did get a larger hole made and framed out for the radiator (bummer I skinned it in the process at some point)
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After it was determined the electric fan wasn't going to work I found a stainless flex fan that fit pretty good.
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I had to make a spacer to allow the fan to clear the crank pulley, I don't have a lot of machine type tools so I used a handheld drill and made this spacer out of an old aluminum Mac monitor base that was the right thickness (a buddy gave me a bunch of those bases to melt for my intake project, when I get around to that).
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I got it all reassembled in there and now I have a good inch between the radiator and the fan at the closest point.

That is a 15" Derale stainless flex fan if anyone was wondering, seems to be well made, under $30 and made in the USA.

While I was messing with the core support I made the top center section removable so getting the engine out and back in (for the final time I hope) should be a bit easier.

I have been working on my sway bar end links and should have them done soon and I need to get the pipes laid out from the header to the pipes under the car.

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Post #43 by xctasy » Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:51 am

lavron wrote:Did they ever get it running X?


Not sure. One of the 17 board crashes between 2001 and 2014 took the user off the list.
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Post #44 by lavron » Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:08 am

xctasy wrote:Not sure. One of the 17 board crashes between 2001 and 2014 took the user off the list.


Yes, I have/had been a member here since before 2003 don't really remember but have had to re-register a few times, not really sure what happened to my original posts, probably better they are gone :lol:

FordSix was the inspiration for starting CometCentral forum which I did in 2003 so I have been here for a while or at least my former self :P my "Terms of Use" was nearly identical to FordSix's because I asked Jack if it was ok to copy it, which he so graciously approved, so if anyone looks at that and thinks I stole it, I did but with permission :P

Hopefully my 3x2 intake adapter will be memorialized here for everyone in the future, as long as they are patient while I work on everything else.

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Post #45 by lavron » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:25 pm

Just a quick update, I have been messing with the sway bar links for what seems like an eternity and I still haven't quite got them (got one of them) right, I thought I would take a break from that and do something different, but needs to be done, so I finished up the trunk and got it painted, it is still wet in the picture.
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I used Rustoleum truck bed liner that comes in a gallon can and shot it on with an undercoating gun, worked pretty well except like when I did the underside of the car I put it on a little heavy, maybe, I know bed liner is supposed to be thick and it didn't run or anything so maybe it was ok.

I guess I will do a permanent install on the gas tank this week, and go ahead and put sealer on before I bolt it back in.

Just trying to keep at it.

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Post #46 by lavron » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:10 pm

Been doing a lot of little stuff, after painting the inside of the trunk I decided to paint around the lip and the rear panel, going to put the trunk seal on as soon as my glue gets here so I went ahead and painted the body color around the opening then when I paint for real I can just mask off the rubber and not worry about having to get up under it well with paint.
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I painted the rear panel and stuck my taillights in temporarily because I want to paint the rear trim and seeing how I want to do it, there is no rush to get this done but I could now put the aluminum panels and gas filler door on permanently if I wanted too, mostly I want them painted so I am not handling them fresh.

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I haven't had taillights in the car for 10 to 20 years :roll:

Put the trunk lid on too, I need to adjust the left front corner down a little even though I have never had the hinges off the body, the rest looks pretty well gap aligned.

More and more every day is done.

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Post #47 by Soldmy66 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:44 pm

Everything looks (continues to look) terrific.

I know you've completed the exhaust, but wanted to ask - have you given any though to adding electronic exhaust cut outs, "just because"?

I didn't with my 1957 Chevy Wagon, but wish I had.

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Post #48 by lavron » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:54 pm

Soldmy66 wrote:Everything looks (continues to look) terrific.

I know you've completed the exhaust, but wanted to ask - have you given any though to adding electronic exhaust cut outs, "just because"?


Thanks, no I really had not thought about it, having enough trouble getting all that to fit under there as is :roll:

Not really sure what it is going to sound like anyway, those little short glass packs might not muffle much as is and I was considering resonators in the very back after the pipes are run over the rear axle but am waiting on that until I hear it. most likely will take it to a shop and have the pipes run out the back where they can bend them up properly (hopefully)

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Post #49 by lavron » Thu May 07, 2020 10:47 pm

Brakes all finished up today, just a few leaks that only required that I tighten the fittings up a little more, will keep checking over the next week or so looking for any seeping joints, maybe I did a good job and I am done with them, I was checking today as well and it looks like my air ride is not leaking either, it has been weeks since I aired it up and it is still holding steady.

I am usually pretty careful doing connections and the like, I have plumbed a couple of houses and never had too much issue with leaks.

Yesterday I modified the gas pedal down closer to the floor because it sat higher than the brake pedal, just about right now.

A few things left and I can put the motor in permanently at least the short block, I still have the mods to do to the intake but will go ahead and get the rest of the drivetrain bolted in and hooked up.

Getting close to starting the wiring for the engine run harness

More and more every day and I will be driving this thing.

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Post #50 by Soldmy66 » Fri May 08, 2020 1:41 pm

I think there are several of us (at least one) who follow this thread and feel a sense of vicarious triumph with each step.

Well done.

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