Idle Hands Between Project Cars – Comet Dash.

I  know a lot of guys that have too many project cars (as if that’s a real thing!!).  I don’t have that luxury – space is limited to my driveway and my garage. So, as I search for my next project car, I need to satisfy the urge to work on something…vintage.   While surfing around on the Internet I ran across this 1961 Comet instrument panel and picked it up.

                                                                    It’s in good shape.

I thought I might use it as a bit of Man Cave art and have it light up with altering it too much or destroying it.

So I’ve been working the wiring and testing with a 6 volt battery.

The Comet was developed as a sub-model for Edsel. As you know 1958 saw the end of the Edsel and the Comet was released in 1960 as an orphan model. It remained badged only a Comet until 1964 when it became part of the Mercury marque.

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Right Turn Signal works – bypassing the flasher.

Oil Light is functioning.


Generator Light working.

The Temp and Gas gauges work when power is supplied.

 

 

With the exception of the left turn single everything is working.

I’m missing the main light that would light up the instrument panel when the headlight are on, doesn’t seem to be a bulb there.

The goal would be get this wired to keep all the lights on at one time.  May be even find a way to have the gauges  (Temp/Fuel/Speedometer) to jump to life and then fall back.

Hey…it keeps me off the street and since electrical isn’t my strong suite (mainly  being colored blind limit the ability to match up the colors) it can be a bit of a challenge.

What do you think?   Anyone do this for fun?

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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1961 Comet Dealer Training Film VS Pontiac Tempest – Part 1

This is a video of a 1961 Comet salesman film comparing the car to two other compacts from the time. The 1961 Pontiac Tempest . This is the original slide sh… Video Rating: 4 / 5. Tags: 1961, Comet, Dealer, Film, Part, …

IKA’s South American Shelby: the Lutteral Comahue | Hemmings Daily

Here in the U.S. we tend to be a bit myopic when it comes to cars. Of course American muscle is what it’s all about and toss in some well deserving European and Asian models and maybe just maybe you think about the culture down-under (I do, anyway.  Love to get a hold of the a Holden!!!). Very little thought is given to the rest of the Globe – especially considering that a few U.S. car manufacturers’ last stands were south of the border – way south!!

Here is one example from Hemmings – chase the link below to see the entire article. Oh,  I just ordered Banovsky’s book Weird Cars.  It is in the mail from Amazon.

 

Source: IKA’s South American Shelby: the Lutteral Comahue | Hemmings Daily

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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AUTO FACTOIDS for the Week Of 7/12/15 – Karmann Ghia, CNN, Checker Cabs

Welcome to the expanded version of #AutoFactoids!!!   Checkout the milestones in automotive history, CNN (Car News Now) and don’t for get the Trivia.

July 12, 1922 – First Checker built – 60 years later the same day the last Checker was built.

–   It was a merger of sorts between Commonwealth Motors (making bodies for cab companies as ‘Mogul’) and Morris Markin’s  Markin Autobody.

–  The engine is a 4 cylinder Buda Model Q with 27 hp.

–   1935 Checker used the Y-8 engine (Lycoming engine) and the Y-6 engine ( a Continental six-cylinder).

1922 Checker Cab

1922 Checker Cab

1982 Checker

1982 Checker

–   The last Checker autos were produced in 1982 with  a 229-cubic-inch (3.8 liter) V-6 engine and automatic 3-speed transmission.

July 14 – VW debuts the Karmann Ghia in 1955

–   360,000 coupes and about 80,000 convertibles we made between 1955 and 1974.

1958 Karmann Ghia

1958 Karmann Ghia

 

 

1600 Karmann Ghia

1600 Karmann Ghia

 

Car News Now  (CNN)

Speaking of VW, the company announced that they are developing a new brand specifically for the China market.

Ford let us know that we will soon see the Ford Focus RS here in the U.S. – that 315 hp stuffed in that little car.  It will sport a six-speed manual transmission and have all-wheel drive.

Restoration is becoming easier for your Porsche 911.  Porsche Classic is now reproduction dashboards for 1969 – 1975 911s. Chase the link:   www.porsche.com/usa/accessoriesandservices/classic/

Auto Factoid Trivia*

What was the first model to where the name Maserati?

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

*Trivia – Submit the correct answer via email, Facebook, Twitter or a comment to this post and you’ll be entered to win a monthly give away.  It’s that easy!!

 

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1981 Chicago Checker Cab Taxi A11 Green 1:18 Diecast

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Smith: How a sweet old Karmann Ghia will do good for homeless animals

It’s a cute-as-a-bug, 1967 VW Karmann Ghia. A loyal supporter of the nonprofit’s ambitious works on behalf of homeless animals donated it, hoping the Humane Society would find a way to convert the car to dollars for services. The agency now is selling …
Karmann Ghia: Mehr als ein VW im Sonntagskleid

Und sorgte für eine Überraschung: Vor den Journalisten stand ein eleganter Zweitürer in “Gazellenbeige” mit rot lackierten Felgen und hellbrauner Innenausstattung: der Karmann Ghia. Ein Auto, das italienische Eleganz mit deutscher Technik verband.

Auto Factoids for Week of July 5, 2015 – Hudson, Post WWII and New Expanded #AutoFactoids

This is a light week for car history and perfect for introduction the new Expanded Auto Factoids!!!! #AutoFactoids

Same auto history factoids but with C.N.N (Car News Now) and the new Auto Factoids Trivia – (can’t win – if you don’t play).

Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids)

Jul 5 1946 – US resumes auto production after WWII -The first new car design after the war was the 1947 Packard, but cars were still being sold (even during the war) but were all warmed over 1942 models.   There are varied sources that have different dates for the first cars produced after the war.  For instance GM had cars/trucks ready by Aug 1945 (trucks) and new cars Oct of 1946 (really ’42 models with new grills).  Ford got the first postwar car into production, and the very first one — a white Super DeLuxe Tudor sedan assembled on July 3, 1945 — went to President Harry Truman.

1946 Gill

1946 Gill

1942 Grill

1942 Grill

Jul 8, 1909 – First Hudson built – The first car “Hudson Twenty” rolled off the assembly line on Jul 3, 1909.   Joseph Hudson was a department store owner and offered of financial backing and offered up his name for the car company to  a consortium of business men with two of those being Roy Chapin and his son Roy junior.  Hudson continued producing cars until 1954 when they merged with Nash-Kalvinator to form AMC.  Some models carried the Hudson name until 1957.

1909 Hudson Roadster

1909 Hudson Roadster

 

 C.N.N. – Car News Now!!

Audi – The car make has developed cars that run on synthetic natural gas (WHAT?) and synthetic diesel and now e-benzin or synthetic gas.

Android Auto and Apples CarPlay – Chevrolet is allowing cars in 2016 to use both apps!!!

Lambo Aventador SV – Now is available if you have a spare $500k laying around.   Sporting a 6.5 liter  V12 engine that knocks out 740 HP and gives excellent gas mileage of 10, 18 and 12 (City/Highway/Combined) – who cares when you can go from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds.2016-lamborghini-aventador-sv-photos-and-info-news-car-and-driver-photo-656905-s-original

Auto Factoid Trivia*

What was the first model to where the name Maserati?

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

*Trivia – Submit the correct answer via email, Facebook, Twitter or a comment to this post and you’ll be entered to win a monthly give away.  It’s that easy!!

 

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Busy week this week this week for #AutoFactoids…. So here we go! June 7, 1928 – First Plymouth is produced. Some research suggest that it was actually built on.
Auto Factoids for the Week of 5/10/2015 – GM and Corvair

Here is this weeks AutoFactoids (#AutoFactoids). May 10, 1923 – GM names Alfred P. Sloan as president. They didn’t just pick from the streets. He was actually, a draftsman for a bearing company, Hyatt Roller Bearing.

 

 

Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS – Jay Leno’s Garage

The first time I understood Steve McQueen was a car guy was when I saw an image (poster I think) of him and a Jaguar with fantastic lines.

Steve McQueen’s Jaguar: Steve McQueen bought it twice – and twice had his license suspended for driving it! Jay gets an in-depth tour of the King of Cool’s “Green Rat.”

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Thanks for reading.

Tim

Jaguar XKSS could be revived for limited production run

Last year, Jaguar brought one of its most legendary models back from the dead with a limited production run of the Lightweight E-Type. These were brand-new cars built to the exact specifications of the 1960s originals by Jaguar Land River’s Special …

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Steve McQueen’s – 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Sticking with the Steve McQueen theme (his cars seem to be popping up all over the Internet) here is a video on his 275 GTB/4.  Great looking car!!!

This is one of Steve McQueen’s own personal cars which he bought during his time working on BULLITT. Steve absolutely loved his NART spyder until it was totaled only a couple days after purchase. So when there weren’t any more available he bought the hard top version.

 

The guy great taste in check out his 1956 Jag in the next posting.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Peter Klutt Collection at Gooding Pebble Beach 2015

The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Estimate Available Upon Request) will be offered without reserve. With an approximate 10,000 miles from new, this 275 GTB/4 is an original four-cam model. After being held by one family for more than 40 years, the four-cam

Auto Factoids for the Week of June 7, 2015 – Plymouth and Racing Tragedy

Busy week this week this week for #AutoFactoids…. So here we go!

June 7, 1928 – First Plymouth is produced.   Some research suggest that it was actually  built on June 11, 1928.

1928 Q Code Plymouth

1928 Q Code Plymouth

It had  engineering code (or model) Q and had a 4 cylinder engine.  Check out the video on YouTube:

June 10, 1927 The Graham boys purchased what was Paige_Detroit Motor Cars.  The Grahams started out as farmers and glass bottle makers.  One of  the brothers invented a rear axle that would allow converting Ford car platforms in to light duty trucks.  Oh they are still in business – owning/running Madison Square Gardens and hosting sporting events.

Graham Page

Graham Page

June 10, 1951 Jaguar won it’s first Le Mans.  It was a C-type version of XK120

C-type  XK120

C-type XK120

June 11, 1955 Tragic day in racing history –  over 80 spectators were killed.

Here are the details from History.com

Prior to the race, Levegh complained that the course was too narrow near the pit-stop area and the grandstand. This observation proved prescient. As Levegh was racing for the lead near the pit-stop area, he swerved to avoid fellow racer Mike Hawthorn s Jaguar as it moved toward the pits. Levegh s car, going about 150 miles per hour, came up too fast on Lance Macklin s Austin-Healey and was catapulted upward. The car crashed into the grandstand and its exploding parts went straight into the crowd. Levegh and more than 80 spectators, packed into the grandstand, lost their lives in the fiery crash.

 

June 12, 1954 Packard cars are sporting tubeless tires.

1954 Packard

1954 Packard

June 12, 1975 Chrysler stops producing the Imperial.

1975 Chrysler Imperial - yes it's on the drag strip.

1975 Chrysler Imperial – yes it’s on the drag strip.

Jun 14, 1832 Nikolaus Otto is born in Holzhausen, Germany.  Famous for his patent for his 4 cycle combustion engine.

From the ZweiRad Museum Otto's 4 cycle engine.

From the ZweiRad Museum Otto’s 4 cycle engine.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Auto Factoids for the Week of 5/10/2015 – GM and Corvair

Here is this weeks AutoFactoids (#AutoFactoids).

May 10, 1923 – GM names Alfred P. Sloan as president.

They didn’t just pick from the streets.  He was actually, a draftsman for a bearing company, Hyatt Roller Bearing.  That company eventually merged with a few other companies with United Motor Corporation.  Sloan became the president of that and shortly after that they were purchased by GM.

He served GM from 1923 to 1956 in some manner including board chairman.

Imagine the innovations he saw during his tenure!!!   The corporate mergers, the V8, the Corvette, lucky guy!!

Alfred P. Sloan

Alfred P. Sloan

 

May 12, 1969 (or 14th) – The last Chevy Corvair was produced.

Last Corvair build.  If you know only a little about automotive history or maybe politics or the consumer safety revolution of the 60’s and 70’s you’ll know the name Ralph Nader.  With a little Google’in you’ll find various search results linking him to the demise of the Chevy Corvair (and apple pie and America) – most are not flattering to Mr. Nader.   According to most accounts the last Corvair carried 6000 as the last 4 digits of it’s serial number.  The car was blanketed by the press when it rolled off the assemble, but then disappeared.   There are various stories as to the actual disposition of car #6000  but it remains a mystery.  We do know it was a two door, hard top,  Monza, Olympic Gold was the color and it likely had a Service 140 replacement engine.

I'm seeing the Corvair but can't help notice the Nova's on the rail car.

I’m seeing the Corvair but can’t help notice the Nova’s on the rail car.

The last Corvair convertible was #5997 which was a Forest Green Monza that has come up for sale a few times.

If you are a Corvair fan you’ll enjoy this read:  1969 Corvair: Finger Tip Facts by Corvair historian Dave Newell.

 

Thanks for reading

Tim

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Auto Factoids for the Week of 3/29/2015

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) to finish out March and kick off April 2015. March 29, 1980 – Audi introduced their all wheel drive 1980.
Auto Factoids for the Week of Feb 8, 2015 – NY To Pairs 1908

As we run through the middle of the 2nd month of the year, here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids). A light week this week. Feb 10, 1942 – Pontiac stops car production for WWII. – As you know WWII took a lot of sacrifice …
Auto Factoids for the Week of April 5, 2015 – Lotus and Tires

It’s a light week for the automotive history. April 5, 1923 Firestone introduces balloon tires. Everything we’ve accomplished with our rides has greatly.
Auto Factoids for Week of April 26, 2015 – Lamborghini and …

Here are your Auto Factoids (#AutoFactoids) for the last week of April 2015! Light week for Auto Factoids unless you are Lamborghini or Ford fan. Ferruccio Lamborghini was born on April 28, 1916 in Renazzo di Cento, Italy.
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It’s always a treat to see a Chevy Corvair

Bob and Carol Marsh, of Chesterfield, are the owners of the 1966 Corvair Corsa convertible shown on this page. And, believe it or not, this is the actual car Bob owned when he was in high school. He told me he “hot rodded” the car as a teenager. (Can

Going All On Black With Marcus Walther’s Aggressive 1966 Chevy Nova – Chevy Hardcore

American muscle in the middle of Europe!  This is one awesome car!!!

Murdered out and roaming the streets of Kastrup, Denmark, American muscle is loud and proud outside of the United States. In particular, Marcus Walther’s 1966 Chevrolet Nova pays homage to that old school Detroit muscle.

Denmark is a small country located in Northern Europe, but we can’t knock Walther and his obsession with American cars. Walther is the owner of Rudetoning Custom Solfilm in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Walther has been running his window tinting business for the past 15 years. Servicing nearly 1,500 cars per year, Walther and his team strive to give customers the best quality tint job around.

Walther’s infatuation with American cars has led to astounding results. Rebuilding cars for years, Walther began his journey with American-made cars by reconditioning Chevrolet Astro Vans and Chevy pickup trucks.

Chase the link for more:  Going All On Black With Marcus Walther’s Aggressive 1966 Chevy Nova – Chevy Hardcore

Marcus Walther's 1966 Chevy II Nova

Marcus Walther’s 1966 Chevy II Nova

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree to host ‘Munsters’ star, replica car

Patrick now heads Munster Muscle Exports, a business that specializes in the export of American muscle cars overseas, mostly to Australia, where the iconic cars of the 1950s through the ’70s are in high demand. This year’s jamboree. Wheels of Time …

Stuff Dreams are Made of – Entombed Cadillac collection finally sees light of day

Stuff my dreams are made of.  I often dream of distant relative (one you never knew existed and therefore won’t really miss…but are still grateful for) passing on and leaving me an old barn.  As I walk to my new building I’m wondering how much reclaimed barn wood is bringing on the market and I swing the door open and “WOW” I see:

Chase the link: Entombed Cadillac collection finally sees light of day | Classic and Sports Car

 

Then I wake up and well….
Thanks for reading!!
Tim

 

 

Elvis’ rare BMW 507 roadster is a king among barn finds

In the years since it has been neglected but BMW has planned a complete restoration of the car after showing it in as-is condition in their museum in Munich. As the story goes, Elvis had his eyes on a Porsche Spyder but couldn’t get his hands on one
Aston Martin in Barn With Mouse Nest May Fetch $300000

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) — An Aston Martin DB5 discovered after three decades in an old garage with a mouse nest in its engine bay is estimated to sell for $300,000. The mice had moved out of the sports saloon before its cylinders were re-lubricated and it …
Aston Martin sets $6m price record

So called ”barn finds” – cars in untouched condition – are highly prized by collectors in a selective market for classic models that puts a premium on originality. With blue bodywork, the DB5 was bought by a bidder in the room against an estimate of