I bought this car as a half finished project. I actually bought it so I would have an "old car" to enjoy so I can take my time on my 68 stang build.
The Comet is a bare bones 160 I6 car. It originally had a 2 speed trans and a worn out I6 that ran but knocked, smoked, and leaked. I swapped (what I thought was a 200) I6 from my 68 mustang along with its 3 speed trans into the comet. After pulling the "200" I quickly realized it as well was a 160, someone must have swapped it into the stang at some point in its life. Oh well, the comet is just a driver and I just needed a decent drivetrain.
After the swap over, my son is pleased with it:
After a few meets and car show cruises with the family my daughter says she wants the Comet to sound like a the other cars (V8). How can I argue with that?
So I have a donor truck with a 351 that our family has owned since new and I know is a great motor. But the Comet needs some love before it gets a new heart.
The Comet has been patched up pretty roughly under its skin. The first I need to address is the front floor pans. The previous owner replaced both sides but with his own made up flat steel with some lousy bends and even lousier welds. The drivers side toe board isn't even connected to the frame rail! I plan to cut it all out and replace the pans and toe boards.
Now I have mustang buckets in this car, I saw someone mention that the newer 65-70 mustang floor can fit in this car, then the seat risers would match the seats. But that is more work than I want to put into this car and money. I figure if I just replace the pan and tow board I can make up my own seat mounts and save both time and money. However there are so many places a guy can get pans from and prices are all over. Anyone have some input on good pans that won't break the bank? I found this place that looks to have nice pans and reasonable prices, anyone have any experience with them? https://www.c2cfabrication.com/colle...con-floor-pans
I use this car as a daily driver in summer so when I start work I would like to have everything ready and get the floors done and the car ready to drive again asap. The motor swap will have to wait for winter, I have to prep the motor anyhow. The other thing I will be doing and is part of the floor work is a mustang 2 front suspension with rack and pinion. That part I plan to get done just before dropping the V8 in. Right now just floors.
If you guys don't mind the comet and this thread can stay I will update with progress pics as I get stuff done. There will be a lull here for a bit while I gather pieces though.
Here are a few pics of the car as it is now.
Yes it is dirty, did I mention I use this car in summer?