My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Red Lehr
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Now the drivers side inner rocker. A lot more cancer here ...
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Rotteted out front rocker
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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New piece made and welded in.
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Inner rocker welded in
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Measuring wheel distances while mocking up the wheels.
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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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Looks good, nice work.

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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Thanks Mike. Slow going but we'll get there.
I've got the dimensions for the rolling chassis I'm having made by Checkered Racing and I'm hoping we can make this all fit in the Comet.
The 4 link frame bars measure 26 inches outside dimensions, In the picture I placed two 2 X 4 's 26 inches apart to see how much wheel space I'd have.
The rear wheels are 39 inches apart ,( 33 1/2" rear end housing, and 5 1/2" for the axels and rotors = 39 inches).
Frame rails will be 30 inches apart outside dimensions, add 26 inches for front end components and you get 56 inches wheel tracking.
The Mustang II front end will have the front wheel track at 56 inches, 55 inches is stock distance on 64 Comets.
The front tires measure 64 inches from outside wall to wall, and the back tires measure app. 64 3/4 inches outside wall to wall.
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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I was a little worried about where the 4 link front cross member was going to hit my inner rocker. The 4 link frame is 77 inches long but some of the rear end frame can be shaved off.
The picture shows where the 4 link cross member hits the inner rocker.
The drawing shows the dimensions of the 4 link.
The front end of the old Comet frame has a 4 3/4 inch rise at the firewall , the new frame will have a 6 inch rise at the same spot.
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

Red Lehr
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Here is what the mock up looked like. The rear wheels are a little far forward but you get the idea.
Here is a link to see the chassis https://checkeredracing.shopsettings.co ... p106213796
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

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Beauty, that's the way I like it!!!
I'd rather do it myself if it's done right or not,,,isn't that what hotrodding is all about?
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Red Lehr
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Now there's room for the FE engine now....
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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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Awesome idea. I'm doing a chassis build currently on a non-Ford with my Dad, then I fully plan to build s full chassis Comet. Following closely. Looking good!

Dan
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Red Lehr
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Work continues on the 64 project... Finally got her media blasted, the plan was to blast with water and glass, but the paint and crud came off so easily the water wasn't needed.
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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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Looks awesome. keep the pictures coming.
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Re: My first 1964 Caliente/Comet project

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Just got the new chassis home from Checkered Racing. Now to get it all welded in to the body....
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1964 Comet Caliente/1964 Galaxie 500

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