The big news is, I believe I can finally say I have the 1963 Comet Stationwagon project car ON THE ROAD!!
Last fall I replaced the column-mounted automatic shifter handle, and to do that I had to remove the turn signal wiring harness.
New shifter handle where it needs to go
Shiny new fuel sending unit mounted in the new gas tank
So I finally gave up trying to make the old carburetor work and bought a new/rebuilt duplicate. It took a bit of searching online but I finally located a one-barrel carb with a manual choke. I hooked it up one night this week and within a few minutes I had the engine purring like an old cat (steady, with some minor wheezing). But, while it's been sitting the car developed a slight leak in the brake system. So yea, it's always something with old cars, just like old houses. You have to sigh, count to ten, and tackle the problem either directly or after a cooling off period.
So here's the punchlist of stuff still to do on the Comet before I venture very far from the Uncle Atom hacienda:
- Do some local test drives to make sure the car is road worthy (I have suspicions about the old radiator and the old generator - near-future plans call for replacing the generator with a more "modern" alternator to keep the battery charged and powering luxury items like windshield wipers, headlights, and turn signals. The radiator I will continue to use until it fails me.)
- Touch up the rolled-on paint job to fix some blemishes that have accumulated over two winters
- Figure out what I'm going to do to install newly reupholstered seats and door panels
Friday I plan to take a mental health day and go to the Spring Carlisle auto flea market with some friends, and Saturday I'm planning to go to the Sledfest in Duncannon, Pa., again. I'm guessing the Sledfest will be bigger and better than the first one last year. Hopefully we'll see some great vintage cars, pinups, and most hopefully I'll score some goodies from the Old Sled Factory Antique Mall in Duncannon, Pa.