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1967 Mercury Comet - '67 Comet Stock Replica Engine Rebuild

We rebuilt the engine and added the little stuff to finish our 1967 Comet

Photography by Steve Magnante

If you've been drooling over the '67 Mercury we've been transforming into a Stock Car replica over the last few issues and want to see the completed car that will be given away, here it is. In this final installment of the Timber Wolf Comet project car story, we yanked the FE 390 for a look-see at what made it spew oil, while we hung out with Russ Stevenson at Gold Coast Customs for the addition of subtle Stock Car cues to go along with the retro graphics applied last month. It makes us weep a little to know this neat stick-shifted big-block cruiser won't be in our garage for much longer, but who knows, it might soon be in yours.

Originally built at the Lorain, Ohio, plant and shipped to the New York sales district as a white-with-blue-interior stripper with the base 200-cube six-popper (T-code) and C4 slush box (W-code), it is one of 14,251 Comet 202 two-door sedans built in 1967.

Surprisingly for the luxury-oriented Mercury brand, production records show that the 202's stubby, pillared body with angular lines was the highest-selling Comet model of 1967, outpacing all other two- and four-door and wagon Comet body styles. By contrast, the next closest two-door, the pillarless Comet Capri, shifted 11,671 units in 1967 while the sexpot Comet Cyclone hardtop accounted for only 6,101 sales. This is one instance where the cheapo body outpaced all others in the model line.

But thanks to the owner before us, a guy in New Mexico with Ford Blue blood coursing through his veins, the granny-spec drivetrain was axed in favor of a Cyclone-inspired 390, four-speed, 9-inch setup that elevates the car into the fun zone quite nicely. On the other side of the coin, while the 390 ran strong enough during Car Craft's post-purchase jaunt from New Mexico to L.A., it had some issues we needed to take care of before we could send it along to a lucky winner. Let's dig in and give it the treatment.

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