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63Comet. 11-06-2013 05:04 PM

63 Mercury Comet
Hello this is my first post, my names Matt and I'm 22. My dad got this car for free and I'm building it using parts he has lying around. My dad used to build hot rods for a living and is actually building a 63 Comet fast back road track car. But the plans for mine are simple, massaged 302 with a cam backed by a T5 sending power to a 8 inch. We're leaving the paint and the mild rust and I have dubbed it the "Rusty Rocket"
6 Cylinder out of a 68 Mustang backed by a C4
The fresh 302 my dad got from a customer
Hooker Super Comp ceramic coated headers left over from a 64 Falcon build
starting to yank the 6 cylinder
out she comes
unlike most 22 year olds this is where i spend most my nights and weekends, at my dads house in his shop
Putting in a cam and cleaning the motor up
perfect floor boards
motor and trans out
freshly pressure washed
the old 6 had a bitchin header set up lol
T5 my dad originally bought for his race car
picked up some free 5 lugs wheels
Christmas came early for the 302. Roller tip rockers, double roller timing set and a brand spankin new holley
4 lug delete
Distributor showed up
8 inch my brother took out of a 35 ford
picked up some stylin hub caps
and this is how it currently sits. Motors finished
I restored the valve covers and intake with the sand blast cabinet
and than me sittin on the floor lol

My dads at Sema so progress will continue next week.

rlfa83 11-06-2013 06:26 PM

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:tup:looking good! Keep up the good work!

angus67 11-06-2013 06:41 PM

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holy smokes! that thing's gonna fly! good work. Whats the gearing in the rear? Air cleaner looks a little close to the dist cap. enuf room for wires?
what did you use to paint the valve covers? I have the ones that say fairlane on them, but need new paint. am curious what you used to seal up the edges of the paint were it is sanded off for the ribs? Mines peeling away.

63Comet. 11-06-2013 06:48 PM

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The rear gearing is close to 3:00. After we get it on the road and running I'm planning to put 3:54s and a posi in plus mini tub it and run some slicks. The valve covers were sand blasted and painted with Krylon textured semi gloss thanI sanded the fins with 80 grit on a 5 inch block

Jetfixr320 11-06-2013 07:26 PM

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Great Build! Lucky Lucky find! Very clean!


angus67 11-06-2013 08:06 PM

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maybe Mine just has crappy paint.

63Comet. 11-06-2013 09:04 PM

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Does anyone know of tubular control arms/coil over set up for the front of these things. I know their the same as Mustangs/falcons and rancheros with subtle differences but does the stuff really bolt over?

Jetfixr320 11-09-2013 12:19 AM

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Total Control Products

or you could go this route. Project BLUEprint, 1965 Falcon

He has some pictures of control arms he made. Not much info on specs for the parts.

I do know he started with these. Total Control Products

Hope this helps.


63Comet. 11-09-2013 07:53 AM

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has anyone ever thought of using uniballs on a road car and no balljoints?

63Comet. 11-22-2013 10:43 AM

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Big update. Motor and tranny are in. Building crossmembers this weekend hopefully

PSIG 11-22-2013 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by 63Comet. (Post 2012105)
has anyone ever thought of using uniballs on a road car and no balljoints?

Nice project car. I wonder what projector headlamps would do to the looks.

I don't see why you couldn't use Uniballs. Likewise, I see no reason to use them. More money when the stock ones, bolt-ins, or screw-ins will all do as well and possibly last longer in this application. I have not used them for street, but a couple guys that have say they work fine, but have trouble controlling squeaks.

With all the generic tubular arms out there, I don't see why you couldn't fab your own coil-over setup right off the shelf, or buy the components cheap and zap it together to your own specs. :tup:


roger 11-23-2013 08:14 AM

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Check with Fatman Fabricators too, for tubular control arms, I know they make em for the early Fairlanes. I;m not sure tho, if Comet/fairlanes are same chassis, or Comet may be more Falcon/Mustang related?
Always had a soft spot for those early Comets, old chap down the street has one, slowly rusting away in his backyard. I ask about it once a year but I always get the- "I;m gonna do her up next month", he;s been saying this for on 6-7 years now!

63Comet. 11-29-2013 10:21 PM

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well its on its own legs! I'm lovin the hubcaps and dirt track tires
Me makin a pulley spacer
and my dads 63 Comet fastback race car project. He has a 580hp 347 going in this bad boy with a full float 9 inch full cage and full race front end.

63Comet. 01-05-2014 03:58 PM

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got it running, all thats left is clutch linkage and throttle linkage and exhaust even though i prefer straight headers
First start of my 63 Comet - YouTube

Dave R 01-05-2014 05:46 PM

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If I had a dad, I'd have been doing the same thing. I envy you. The car looks good. Keep it up!


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