Lou's 65 Comet Build

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby popscomet » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:03 pm

EVERYTHING looks sick :!: :shock: :D :wink: mighty fine work..........pop
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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:15 pm

poboyjo65 wrote:Gauges are gonna look smooth Lou! That hole in the bottom of your hood looks very familiar. I ended up beefing up the whole bottom edges of my hood & it turned out to look pretty good, better than expected. I dont think I ever posted any pics of it though. :roll: So hopefully yours will be painted this summer? :D


Thanks John. Hood is pretty solid on front edge. I filled the back inside edges of scoop openings with 8115 to beef those edges up. Once I get the cups glued in place everything should be pretty solid.

Yea hopefully:) been saving up for the price of paint,maybe when the weather gets warm.

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:24 pm

Loner wrote:Nice job Lou! I like you mounted the switches.
I'm afraid to even touch my instrument cluster from the fear that it is going to brake.

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Santa's Comet wrote:Lou, great looking set up! I like how you added the plugin tucked under!
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Thanks guys, needed a switch for a line lock, figures a extra switch will come in handy for something later. And wanted a extra power outlet for cell charger/GPS . Since the area where the radio was is now dead space figured I could hide the stuff there. Going for simple uncluttered look. Only things visible on dash will be gauges and indicator lights.

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:32 pm

tomb22 wrote:Love the dash Lou. looks like a lot of tedious work.

comethead wrote:Beautiful work Lou!

Rocket989 wrote:Gonna be one smokin' Comet!! Lot of REALLY fine work! :D :lol: :x :mrgreen:

popscomet wrote:EVERYTHING looks sick :!: :shock: :D :wink: mighty fine work..........pop


Thanks guys, got more time into the dash than I thought I would, but pretty happy with how it is coming out.

Will have less money in it verses restoring a original and I haven't cut or modified the original metal dash of car. So could go back to original later if I wanted too. Still have to do glove box door and pass side end cap but they should be easy.

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:59 pm

Got a little bit more done on dash. Wasn't real happy with the indicator lights being flush with dash. I drilled the washers out and added a new one to recess the light back about 1/8". Took a pencil tip cutter tip and V'd out the seams where the pipes set in dash face for the 8115 adhesive. Then glued all the seams with the panel adhesive. Kept working it till it was showing on both sides.

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Let it set a couple days the sand and epoxy primer.

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby pugs65 » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:42 pm

Lookin great Lou. Dash looks great, Pugs.
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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:56 pm

Thanks Pugs.

Got some time today to play with dash some more. I sanded most of the adhesive and started on getting the glove box face done to match rest of dash.

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Lines up pretty decent, little more adjusting but not much. Used the original glove box door and hinge, just made the face and attached it thru the same holes the trim was fastened before. It opens and closes nice. The hole in the glove box face is so I can open it by inserting a drill bit and pressing the original button. This hopefully is temporary. I plan on having the release button recessed into the bottom of the glove box door like the switches are recessed into bottom of dash. Haven't completely figured out how I am going to do this but have a idea. Once the remote release button is done I will weld up the hole in the face.

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby poboyjo65 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:53 am

Smooth & clean Lou!! :D :D Lots of space in between the trim & glove box door. no goodies going in there? like a pop out drink holder or radio? gloves? :lol: :lol:
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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:29 pm

Thanks John, probably going to end up wasted space. Did think of radio control for hidden radio but think it would be too big. Plus lever for remote release will take up center of opening.

I made a lever to move the release to bottom of glove box door. Just a fulcrum and lever.

Took some 14 gauge left over from dash face to make the fulcrum and a pice of 1/8" for the lever.

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Welded some 3/16 rod to the lever. Welded the 14ga into brackets and drilled. Put rubber grommets in the brackets for the rod.

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Cut a notch in bottom of new face, welded the access hole I drilled shut, and welded some studs thru the new face for glove box door for fulcrum brackets, and mounted the assembly. Here it is mounted to the back of new glove box face.

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Don't want it to rattle, took a rubber tip off a clamp I have and put over the lever where it will hit the old glove box release button. Also made a template for the box to finish the bottom edge.

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And here is what the box will look like from the bottom.

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Bolted the new face to the original glove box door. Also made the end piece of dash face and bolted to dash board.

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Here is a picture of bottom of dash where you can see the new release for the glove box door.

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The lever works great. Shook the door good before mounting and no rattles or movement. Very happy with it. Still have some more work on the end piece, might need a bracket made to keep it in alignment. Still have to make end caps for the dash and door so you don't seem the open area when glovebox is open. And make the small box for bottom of door around lever. Then do the seams with 8115. Prob a few more hours and it will be ready to take back apart and epoxy primer.


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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:57 pm

Also took a few pictures of what the Comet looks like in final coat of primer/surfacer. Seemed like it took forever but finally got the body lines and gaps where I want them.

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby tomb22 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:27 pm

Nice job Lou. Yours is the only comet I've seen where the back of the trunk lid doesn't have a big gap
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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby poboyjo65 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:03 pm

tomb22 wrote:Nice job Lou. Yours is the only comet I've seen where the back of the trunk lid doesn't have a big gap


:lol: :lol: if you scroll back thru this build thread you can see how he fixed it!! a complete how-to on it :lol: Lou isn't a collision man, he restores them back better than the factory did them! :wink:

Lou when you wear the good off those tires if you want to sell them let me know! I need to do like you & find a set for fitment before I fork out the big money for a new set!!! dang they look good!!!
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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby vicegrip » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:28 am

tomb22 wrote:Nice job Lou. Yours is the only comet I've seen where the back of the trunk lid doesn't have a big gap


Yeah!...and check out the fitment of the fender extensions and the hood lip with that glass hood.Takes a lot of work to get those perfect.
Lou,clean out that booth,get her taped up and get some paint on that thing.Tired of looking at that primer. :)
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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby lavron » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:49 pm

It certainly will be a nice one of a kind Comet, When I think about it nice probably doesn't do it justice.

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Re: Lou's 65 Comet Build

Postby Lou's Comet » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:27 am

tomb22 wrote:Nice job Lou. Yours is the only comet I've seen where the back of the trunk lid doesn't have a big gap


Thanks Tomb, had to kind of bend the trunk lid to get the gap I wanted,

poboyjo65 wrote:............
Lou when you wear the good off those tires if you want to sell them let me know! I need to do like you & find a set for fitment before I fork out the big money for a new set!!! dang they look good!!!


NP, you can have them when I get new ones. My fav view.....

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