My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Red Lehr
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Finally got around to getting the frame cut and now the the frame is at the original factory ride height.
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I also got started on the rear quarter metal work.
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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I wanted to share a quick update.. I had to replace the tail panel that sits behind the bumper with new sheet metal. Getting the frame tied in with the rear sheet metal.
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Dang, Red. You are a welding fool! Keep it up and keep posting. :)
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Red Lehr
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I did a little mocking up over the weekend. It looks like the engine will fit under the "teardrop" hood.
The engine is still setting higher than expected which leads me to a new problem. The crankshaft is currently 6 1/2 inches higher than the rear differential....Are we having fun yet ??? LOL
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Did you fabricate those rear quarter panels yourself?? they look awesome! I need a pair of those made bad.
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Red Lehr
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smithhe wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:44 am
Did you fabricate those rear quarter panels yourself?? they look awesome! I need a pair of those made bad.
Yes I did fab those rear quarter panels or I should say , I'm in the process LOL . I have to make a panel from the drivers door to the bumper. I am making the panel in three pieces then I will weld them together into one panel then weld the panel on. It just takes time, practice, and patience and a few good tools :wink:
1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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Still work'n... slow but sure. I fabbed up a couple of engine mount perches which might be a little overkill ,LOL
The trans crossmember was fabbed and now on to the firewall.





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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Keep it up Red, I always enjoy looking at your updates and the work you do I am impressed
Red Lehr wrote:
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It just takes time, practice, and patience and a few good tools
I wish I had some good tools, oh well :roll: :P

Looking forward to more.

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thank you Mike much appreciated. I just wish I had more time to work on it but I guess that's what retirement is for! LOL having just a few good tools does help oh, I figured if a good fabricator needs good tools, a crappy beginner like me sure as hell needs a good tools!
1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

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With the firewall out the mocking up begins. Unfortunately the 427 engine will sit higher so the clutch fork for the 4 speed toploader will not fit using the original clutch/brake pedals. I will use a hydraulic clutch to save space....The firewall will be hand fabbed as will the floors.[attachment=3]firewall 2.jpeg
Also had to replace one of the rusted inner wall panels.
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Thanks for the update!
I very much enjoy seeing the fabbing ,, great build!
Fred
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