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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by justadream, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. justadream
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
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    Thanks again to all the responses on my other thread. To the ones that nay say, I say HOLD ON CAUSE HERE WE GO, to the ones that gave me a little inspiration I say thanks. So, like the title says........... HERE WE GO.
    I finally got the car up to our new house and in my garage. So far I have taken the front fenders, grill ect off and im now in the process of removing the trans and motor, I need to buy the engine crane now because I don't have one yet. So, here is a link to my photobucket page for the pics I have done for work so far. Enjoy. http://s216.photobucket.com/user/jdinvt/library/1960 Comet project pics?sort=3&page=1
     
  2. I'm glad you're moving on it!!
    But photobucket is one big pop up ad after another. The site isn't free and someone needs to look at all the advertising
     
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  3. Wouldn't hurt to post a photo or two to keep it interesting.

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  4. justadream
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    Thanks 31Vicky. I cant seem to post pics on here for some reason so thats why I posted the crapbucket link. I hate it too but its all I can do for now, lol.
     

  5. justadream
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    20161114_145225.jpg
    FINALLY, got a pic to post, lol
     
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  6. In most areas you can rent an engine hoist for a few bucks a day. If you don't have the room to store one, and don't plan on using it a lot, it's a good alternative.
     
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  10. 57Custom300
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    Glad your going ahead. Looks like a good candidate to start with. I picked up a HF cherry picker a few years ago and it works fine for what I do with it. I haven't picked up anything heavier than a short block because I don't want it to chase me around the shop in case it flips.
     
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  11. I've had a HF hoist for about 20 years now - It has lifted all kinds of motors including a full dressed BBC with trans - never a problem. It has also lifted a 32 body and a Concrete Mastiff (Dog) statue that weighs over 400 lbs.
     
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  12. justadream
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    20161128_201310.jpg 20161128_201336.jpg 20161128_201414.jpg 20161128_201432.jpg 20161128_201449.jpg Got a little start on interior removal and the floors actually look better then I thought.
     
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  13. mcnally351
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    Floors look great for Vermont! Did you just pick this project up? Love comets good luck
     
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  14. rusty rocket
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    Kool! Its so ugly its kool! I have a 61 Rambler waiting in the wings so I know all about UGLY!!!!
     
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  15. justadream
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    They do for sure. I picked it up over this past summer from a guy here in Vermont. I trade a 75 corvette project car for it and the only good thing that had going for it was the frame was blasted and painted. It had no interior, gauges, motor or trans. It also needed a front bumper as well, at least this car is complete with all the trim that is missing in the pics is in the trunk and it came with a motor, trans, gauges ect. The only rot on the car is what you see around the rear fender wells and a few small spots on the floor. I think I got the better end of the deal, lol. And thanks.
     
  16. justadream
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    Haha, gotta love ugly. I love the little Ramblers too, good luck with your build.
     
  17. Good solid car to begin with. Your going to have fun!!!
     
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  18. Rusty O'Toole
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    Very interesting project. So how did you decide to proceed? If you recall I voted for the "mild" approach. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished .
     
  19. justadream
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    Thanks everyone. I think im going to proceed to pull the trans and motor, see if the motor can be rebuilt and if not, I have a ford 460BB that is sitting in a boat that I have with actually twins in it and I will rebuild one of them and convert it over. For the front axle, I will go with the straight axle as I have a sight on one now from a local salvage yard out of a 66 ford econoline van that I think might fir nicely, and for $200. So those are my next steps and plans for now, which is probably enough, lol. I will still keep you all posted if I decide to change anything or do something else to this ol girl. Thanks for watching.
     
  20. justadream
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    20161201_134907.jpg 20161201_140821.jpg 20161201_140928.jpg 20161201_140948.jpg 20161201_141008.jpg 20161201_140948.jpg Got a little more done thanks to my AWSOME girlfriend who let me purchase a new nice 2 ton engine crane to pull the motor and trans. Pics of the nice clean frame rails inside the engine bay.
     
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  21. Before you go whole-hog, you may want to read this.... http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/64-falcon-suspension-upgrade.240864/page-5

    The early Falcon/Comet ('60-62) was designed for a 6 cylinder ONLY. Not that a V8 won't fit, but that the body structure is light-duty and designed for the power/weight of the 6. Ford beefed them up a bunch when they offered the V8s in '63, but the additional beef was only used on the V8 cars; the 6 cars remained the same. With a BBF and a straight axle, you really need to replace the frame rails and tie both ends together.
     
  22. justadream
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    That is also im my future plans and it is NOT to use this stock frame as I do know that. Im going to build the front section of the frame so the stock one will not be used. I am also going to plate it along with the rear section of frame, tie them both together and build some cross braces/frame sections for added strength.
     
  23. I see a couple of Comets around by me that are gassers. One I know has a SBC in it, the other I'm not sure of.
     
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  24. Please please Please tell me that statement means she paid for it!
     
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  25. justadream
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    Haha......... have to say not BECAUSE, we just bought a new house, with a 2 car garage of coarse because she knew I wanted that too, so we are on a very tight budget right now, especially with 2 teens, 2 dogs and that damn partridge in that frikin pear tree. Lol
     
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  27. justadream
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    20161215_181715.jpg 20161215_181804.jpg 20161215_181736.jpg Its not much but I got a little more done yesterday. Got the front coils out and the front sway bar.
     
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  28. justadream
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    20161227_173750.jpg 20161227_173824.jpg 20161227_173848.jpg As my whooping cough got a little better I mannaged to get out to get a little more work done last night. I got one of the strut towers cut out and all I can say is that spot welds are a bitch to cut out and try to save the parts. My plan on the opening is to dump the headers out for fenderwall header exits.
     
  29. rusty rocket
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    You need to get yourself a spotweld cutter. I'm not sure but I think you will have to patch that hole for some some strength in the front end. The mustang ,comet, falcon guys will have to chime in on that one though.
     
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  30. justadream
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    Thanks Rusty, I did use a cutter then an air chisle but got a little of hand, lol. I think im going to just use a air grinder and cut out the other side just around the edge. Im going to build a new front frame section, like they sell for a niva straight axle because that is what I plan on putting in, is a straight axle, and tie it into the rest for added strength all the way to the back, like a custom frame build. The hole where the strut mount was, is going to be where I dump the header out, and hopefully plan on building a tilt front end for it. I might be missing something here and forgot to add it in so please feel free with any help for this.
     

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