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64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby RideAndShoot » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:43 am

I’ve never owned one, and now I do. Got it recently and haven’t done anything to it except drive it yet because of a recent surgery. I’ve always been a Ford guy, but mostly trucks. I started chopping motorcycles as a hobby for myself and buddies and eventually was asked to cut up some cars. I’ve done some minor customizing and building for friends until last year. Last year a friend wanted to chop his ‘68 Impala hardtop, so I did. Did a lot of reading and took some metal shaping and chop classes and cut it down 4”. Did a lot more custom work to it including all new dash, rear deck, shaved body holes etc. But enough about a Chevy. I was looking for a body style like the comet and stumbled upon a running, titled, rust-free one in my area with all the trim for $2,500 and I jumped at it. I do plan on chopping the roof down, although I realize that may be sacreligious to some of you. I’m here to learn as much as I can, and hopefully add some input when I have any ideas or firsthand experience.

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Me in it as she sits now.
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My rough plans for it.
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby popscomet » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:42 pm

WELCOME,your rough plan don't look bad...in fact I've often thought the top looked just a tad to high on a sedan to start with...good luck....just leave it ford pwrd !!! POP
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby RideAndShoot » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:05 pm

Thanks! I plan on leaving it Ford. I know an LS swap is all the rage now, but then what would set it apart. If I do upgrade the drivetrain, it’ll be a Ford motor. Although this car is gonna be a cruiser and not so much a hot rod.
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby poboyjo65 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:44 pm

Welcome on! :D I like the chopped top!it will be a lot of work but definitely will set it apart from anything else. if the roof was a tad lower in front than in back would give it a more sinister look. maybe you could photoshop one. Have fun with it! :D
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby lavron » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:18 pm

Cool I like the '64 sedan for some reason :roll: well it is my favorite car in the world :P

I guess I like my head room so chopping isn't something I would do (even if I could)

Welcome on look forward to seeing progress.

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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby Jims65cyclone » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:18 pm

Welcome aboard! I see the 4-lug wheels, so I'm assuming it's a 6-cyl? Straight or auto?
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby comethead » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:30 pm

Sweet little ride. Like Pop I always thought the sedans roofs looked too tall. A chop on your ride is gonna look bitchen!
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby popscomet » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:49 pm

OF course choppin the top calls for FAT MOMMA TIRES AND WHLS so that it all goes hand in hand,,a cool sounding snott gobblein V8,ain't bad neither....good luck in which ever path you choose to take it on. 8) (the cool factor will be there)...........pop
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby RideAndShoot » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:54 am

It’s the 404. My understanding is it has the big straight 6. It’s the 2 speed. I don’t know a ton about these or this one yet, but I’m learning quickly. First thing will be a brake upgrade and then maybe up to the Granada steering. Reading on here looks like the 351 with C4 will fit, but the 302 is easier? I have to problem notching the shock towers however I need to and reinforcing them and removing the bracing arch from the tranny tunnel. I don’t have a garage or rotisserie though, so it’ll all be done in my alley/street. Ha!

And yes, although I’m a youngish guy, I’m not a fan of giant rims. So maybe 17/18 wheel combo with as much meat as will fit. Thinking about tubbing it out back too to fit more meat and suspension and rear drivetrain beefing up down the line. Also considering making a set of fender skirts, since I haven’t yet seen anyone do that. It would also hide bigger tire back there.

Any thoughts and input or my direction is welcomed.
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby lavron » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:41 pm

RideAndShoot wrote:Also considering making a set of fender skirts, since I haven’t yet seen anyone do that.


Check eBay you might find a set, I know that Foxcraft (I think that is right) did make them report at least up to a few years ago.

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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby RideAndShoot » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:45 pm

Thanks LAVRON, I scooped up the only set on there. Birthday present from the wife. I’m seeing a bit about radios while
searching, but haven’t found anyone offering a direct bolt in replacement without sending out the factory unit. Am I looking in the wrong locations? I do want a decent radio/stereo, but don’t want to sacrifice the original look.
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby Rocket989 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:22 pm

Classic Car Stereos has a pretty good selection...probably others also. 351 will fit but header selection gets even worse (without notching the towers - Crites sells kits for that & for mini-tubbing the rear. Shucks, I think the Comet looks good as is...a set of gray TTD's and roll it! :D :lol: :lol:
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby Glenn M. » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:13 pm

I apologize for not being a body man, but I'd like to ask:
If you chop the top at all, what do you do about the glass? I'm interested in whether you'll keep the wing vents or go to 'full' front door glasses; do you chop the windshield and back glass, or lower them into the body?
I like the top on yours as it is, but a chop would make for an interesting car!
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby RideAndShoot » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:39 pm

Glenn M. wrote:I apologize for not being a body man, but I'd like to ask:
If you chop the top at all, what do you do about the glass? I'm interested in whether you'll keep the wing vents or go to 'full' front door glasses; do you chop the windshield and back glass, or lower them into the body?
I like the top on yours as it is, but a chop would make for an interesting car!
Thanks,
Glenn M.



I’m far from an expert on this stuff as well considering I’ve only chopped a couple cars. The windshield I plan on laying back, so I may not evevn have to cut it. Not sure til I get out the sawzall though. The wing windows are flat, so it’ll be easy to have a glass company make me a pair to my specs. The door glass just won’t roll up as far. The rear window I think I’m gonna have to ‘sink’ the glass into the trunk. When it done, you won’t know it’s sunk though. The rear side windows I’m gonna see about dropping the tracks so they can lower more than halfway.

A good buddy gave me a nice Grant steering wheel and my adapter came in today so I got that mounted.
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Also started on getting the door poppers and alarm/remote installed today. Driver door inside and outside handles are removed, solenoid is installed and pops the door perfectly! This stuff is slow going because doing it in a neckbrace sucks! Had my spine fused on Oct 2nd. Lol. Trying to take it easy as I can.
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Re: 64 Comet newbie in San Diego

Postby poboyjo65 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:15 pm

Maybe you could just lean the back window forward instead of sinking it. The c pillar is pretty thick so lots of room to lean at top.
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