1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Let everyone know a little about yourself

1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby chartwig1980 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:22 pm

[img]Hi, My name is Chris and I'm a new Mercury Comet owner. Previously I've owned a 1964, 1967, 1968, 1991 and 1992 Ford Mustangs. I've also owned a couple F100 trucks and even strayed on a 1965 Chevy Impala at one point in time. My favorite cars I've owned have been Mercury's. 1980 Mercury Capri was my second car but first with a V8. 2003 Mercury Marauder was the last hi-powered Merc I've owned. At this point in my life I've recently moved from Iowa to South Florida and since I don't have to worry about snow and salt, I decided it was time to find a nice classic daily driver. I wanted something a little different than another Mustang and I eventually settled on buying a Comet. I found this Mercury Comet Caliente Convertible on Ebay but it was located all the way up in Quebec City Canada! After speaking with the previous owner; a 65 year old car collector and getting the scoop on the condition I decided to make an offer. Long story short he accepted my offer and I had the Comet shipped from Quebec City to South Florida. It finally arrived last week and I'm thrilled with it. The Comet is in excellent condition, has low miles, original paint and a nice convertible top which is a rare option to find. She only has the I170 but that 100hp is sufficient for now. I just pulled the air box and put in new heater hoses but other than that...it doesn't need a darn thing.

First project I'd like to look into would be adding a/c. I know it's going to be a monster task and quite an expensive one but I need to determine the best route to go. OEM parts or aftermarket?
Attachments
20171027_170509.jpg
20171027_170509.jpg (242.13 KiB) Viewed 390 times
20171027_170408.jpg
20171027_170408.jpg (241.49 KiB) Viewed 390 times
20171027_170402.jpg
20171027_170402.jpg (235.74 KiB) Viewed 390 times
20171027_170352.jpg
20171027_170352.jpg (249.52 KiB) Viewed 390 times
20171027_170344.jpg
20171027_170344.jpg (240.67 KiB) Viewed 390 times
20171027_170337.jpg
20171027_170337.jpg (244.48 KiB) Viewed 390 times
20171027_170314.jpg
20171027_170314.jpg (233.33 KiB) Viewed 390 times
20171024_105205.jpg
20171024_105205.jpg (200.72 KiB) Viewed 390 times
Image
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente Convertible
200 - 6 Cylinder
74K Miles
Built in Oakville Canada
User avatar
chartwig1980
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:48 pm
Location: South Florida

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby poboyjo65 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:34 pm

Wow! Beautiful car! :D Welcome on! :D
Image
347, 4sp, 9''
JOHNO
poboyjo65
 
Posts: 4942
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:40 pm
Location: Camden, Tenn.

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby A/FX » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:35 pm

Welcome.
You found yourself a really nice looking Comet! The colors go well for South Florida.
I would say that with the 170 you will use about 25% of the horsepower to turn the compresser. To minimize the draw use a rotary style compresser not a piston type. Mercury offered an underdash unit for the ‘64 that would look appropriate in your car. They are fairly rare but should you should be able to find one. (I had two of them but they were sold a while ago)
Jim
'64 Cyclone
A/FX
Comet Central Member
 
Posts: 198
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2004 7:07 pm
Location: S.E. Wisconsin

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby lavron » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:48 pm

Nice Comet 8)

I will probably do the Classic Air or the other one (can't remember the name) on my '64 when the time comes (or ever gets here) I want the one that replaces the heater box, they do make them for 6 cylinders as well that include all the correct brackets.

See Ya,
Mike
64 Comet 202 Sedan, My first car, I have owned it since 1979!
Image
Restoration/Upgrade on a BUDGET - Working on; 250-6, T-5, 8.8 LSD, MII, Air Ride - Whatever I do it will be awesome!
User avatar
lavron
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2837
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2003 8:17 am
Location: Missouri, Ozarks way North

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby popscomet » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:56 pm

THAT is a very nice looking 64....IMO ,the design of the seat covers on a 64 cal was the most attractive of all....back in the 90's when I redid my 64,,I made dang sure the upholstery man could copy the factory to a T....I like the little 6cyl.....you ought to get many miles out of that little comet...thank you and good luck...........OL POP............and welcome..glad your here
Image
pop/glenda
popscomet
 
Posts: 8105
Joined: Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:19 pm
Location: Jacksonville, Arkansas

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby lavron » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:04 pm

popscomet wrote:.I like the little 6cyl.....you ought to get many miles out of that little comet


And I promise not to go on a rant about the engine being blue, well maybe Canadian '64s had blue 170s :P :lol: mostly because the Comet is so nice.

See Ya,
Mike
64 Comet 202 Sedan, My first car, I have owned it since 1979!
Image
Restoration/Upgrade on a BUDGET - Working on; 250-6, T-5, 8.8 LSD, MII, Air Ride - Whatever I do it will be awesome!
User avatar
lavron
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2837
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2003 8:17 am
Location: Missouri, Ozarks way North

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby popscomet » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:44 pm

:D :D it's hard to beat FORD BLUE !!.......it is so nice to see a comet that looks that good !! 8) :D :wink: ................later OL POP
Image
pop/glenda
popscomet
 
Posts: 8105
Joined: Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:19 pm
Location: Jacksonville, Arkansas

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby tomb22 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:57 pm

Wow !! What a pretty car. Welcome aboard.
Love the interior.
Image
tomb's 65
tomb22
 
Posts: 259
Joined: Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:11 pm

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby Jims65cyclone » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:12 pm

Welcome aboard! WOW! That is one NICE lookin' Comet! 8) There are a number of guys on here that have installed AC on their Comets, so you should have no problem getting advice.
Jim
Image

15x7x3.75BS TTII's all around
215/65/15 front, 235/60/15 rear
User avatar
Jims65cyclone
 
Posts: 1234
Joined: Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:29 pm
Location: Lexington, SC

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby Lip Ripper » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:14 am

That's a doll.

And I used Classic Auto Air over in St. Pete. You can call them and talk tech. On my car (apples and oranges) the compressor is driven by adding a double pulley to the PS pump. 66 with an FE.

I was wondering where you are down here but I see the Miami/Dade car in the background. I'm in Lake Placid, a couple hours from Miami.

Stacey
66 Cyclone GT; 245/60R15's on 15x8's and 215/70R15's on 15x7 Magnum's.
There's nothing like the sound of a pushrod V8 singing at the top of her lung's.
Lip Ripper
 
Posts: 1656
Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:47 am
Location: Lake Placid, Florida

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby Groover » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:59 am

Good Golly Miss Molly. That sure is a fine looking ride! I like everything about it.
Image
1964 Comet Caliente Convertible
30,000 miles on our rebuild

All Comets start out as dreams...
User avatar
Groover
 
Posts: 1588
Joined: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:36 pm
Location: Makanda, IL

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby Santa's Comet » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:12 am

Welcome and what a beautiful 64!!!
You will turn a lot of heads!!!
NP Dave
Image
Santa's Comet
 
Posts: 242
Joined: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:48 pm

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby chartwig1980 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:50 am

A/FX wrote:Welcome.
You found yourself a really nice looking Comet! The colors go well for South Florida.
I would say that with the 170 you will use about 25% of the horsepower to turn the compresser. To minimize the draw use a rotary style compresser not a piston type. Mercury offered an underdash unit for the ‘64 that would look appropriate in your car. They are fairly rare but should you should be able to find one. (I had two of them but they were sold a while ago)
Jim

I just missed an Ebay auction for the original under dash unit. I asked the guy a question to see if the evaporator leaked because it looked like it did and it got sold before he replied! I should have just bought it but I was hoping to get a better deal and offer a lower price than he was asking.
Image
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente Convertible
200 - 6 Cylinder
74K Miles
Built in Oakville Canada
User avatar
chartwig1980
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:48 pm
Location: South Florida

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby chartwig1980 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:23 am

poboyjo65 wrote:Wow! Beautiful car! :D Welcome on! :D


I love your pic. Nice car and sweet little cabin. What more can a guy as for?
Image
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente Convertible
200 - 6 Cylinder
74K Miles
Built in Oakville Canada
User avatar
chartwig1980
 
Posts: 16
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:48 pm
Location: South Florida

Re: 1964 Comet Caliente Convertible - Quebec to So Florida

Postby poboyjo65 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:25 am

chartwig1980 wrote:
A/FX wrote:Welcome.
You found yourself a really nice looking Comet! The colors go well for South Florida.
I would say that with the 170 you will use about 25% of the horsepower to turn the compresser. To minimize the draw use a rotary style compresser not a piston type. Mercury offered an underdash unit for the ‘64 that would look appropriate in your car. They are fairly rare but should you should be able to find one. (I had two of them but they were sold a while ago)
Jim

I just missed an Ebay auction for the original under dash unit. I asked the guy a question to see if the evaporator leaked because it looked like it did and it got sold before he replied! I should have just bought it but I was hoping to get a better deal and offer a lower price than he was asking.


How much did it sell for ?

(thanks for the compliments!)
Image
347, 4sp, 9''
JOHNO
poboyjo65
 
Posts: 4942
Joined: Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:40 pm
Location: Camden, Tenn.

Next

Return to Introduce Yourself

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 1 guest