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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodachrome Wolf View Post
    I actually do have the full set of hubcaps for the car, they're just in trunk at the moment. I popped them off for the time being since 1.) the valve stems are too short to clear the hole in the cover and I needed to add air, and 2.) I need to take the wheels off anyway and begin inspecting the brake system.

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    Oh, it's been over a year since this dropped into my mom's garage? Well I can tell you virtually nothing has been done since then.

    I went by her house today since I told her I'd stop by and clean the garage for her. That also meant I needed to move the Comet out so I could get things organized or discarded on its side of the garage. The starter is the real OG given it's done much of the movement operations for this poor thing over the last few year.

    Still low priority on the work list:


    It did get a quick bath with actual detergent and an old sponge I needed to toss out.


    Back in its spot out of the weather until real work commences in the near-ish(?) future:


    I need to get the truck done first since it offers the most practical utility for its exact purpose of existence: hauling stuff. From there I think I'll turn my attention finally to this. I think I'll work in a dumb fashion and get the seats out first and fix the flooring, then mechanical. I don't think the rear floorboard is as bad as the front after whacking on stuff today for "science". When I was washing it, I could see where the water used to pour in during the rain on the front floorboard, and why it made the passenger side floor so much worse.

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    I remember the first time I saw a car moving by just the starter motor. It was an unforgettable experience. Still remember my buddy shouting, "Only do this if you NEVER want to use the starter again!"
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    Gotta LOVE those older cars. They can sit, for many decades and with a little work you can still get them to run. My guess is, with newer cars, that won't happen!
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    Quote Originally Posted by friskyfrankie View Post
    Gotta LOVE those older cars. They can sit, for many decades and with a little work you can still get them to run. My guess is, with newer cars, that won't happen!
    This is why "Will it start?" videos on YouTube no longer appeal to me. Unless of course they're talking about something from the EFI era and if they plan on keeping it that way. Provided no actual engine damage anything with a carburetor will run again.
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    Yeah, I'm - of course it will start, just got to put some tlc into it.

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    The "will it start" is a bit underwhelming, I more appreciate the "it sat forever, can we drive it several hundred miles without it or us dying" vids a lot more. Making something start is easy, making it run and drive well enough to actually do a couple hours at highway speeds is more of a challenge.

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    Yeah, that's why I started getting into Vice Grip Garage. But when you pointed out his over use of his made up terms like "Spark-o-later" its now something I can't overlook. I still watch some times, but it gets a bit annoying. Diesel Creek has some cool videos of ancient heavy equipment that he got going, those are entertaining. Jonathan W. as well. Before his channel became overrun with boilers and steam stuff, he resurrected an old Unit crane with plants growing out of it. Pretty cool as once he got it going, he soon found out why it was left there. I think he now uses that crane regularly.
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    There's a guy whose channel I've been watching a lot at work when I'm not too busy called "Watch Wes Work". The guy runs a rural auto repair shop in NW Illinois and handles everything from modern compact cars and trucks, to older OBD-I stuff, to garbage trucks. He doesn't do the "will it start?" thing, but his videos are great with a lot of good tricks of the trade, troubleshooting work, and no annoying graphics or intro/outro effects or music.
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    His channel comes up amidst suggestions, but because of his handle, I refuse to watch Wes work. Makes Derek feel lazy for watching someone else work while he sits on ass. Eric O. on South Main Auto is the ticket- no ego and there's just about nothing he can't or hasn't fixed. Worked on some OBDI stuff, but no videos about resurrecting stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekTheGreat View Post
    His channel comes up amidst suggestions, but because of his handle, I refuse to watch Wes work. Makes Derek feel lazy for watching someone else work while he sits on ass. Eric O. on South Main Auto is the ticket- no ego and there's just about nothing he can't or hasn't fixed. Worked on some OBDI stuff, but no videos about resurrecting stuff.
    I haven't watched that channel, but Eric and Wes seem to know each other and Wes mentions his channel on a few of his videos.
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    I made fun of Jonathan W's channel for quite a while before I warmed up to him. Another good one is Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics, Ivan is a wizard. Worked on a few GMT400's and at least one 1992-1996 F150 from what I've seen. Any time he's got a video up with an old car I watch it. Well, I actually don't watch very much on YouTube any more since I don't have premium. The only channels I can watch without having to have the mute button ready for crappy ads are Police Activity and Video Leak Police or whatever.
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    browser plugins:
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    If on mobile, you can use ublock on firefox mobile browser.

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    ^but not both at the same time.
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    I love this car. I know you will do a great job with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by GM_Guy View Post
    ^but not both at the same time.
    I prefer ublock origin (I used to use adblock). Works like a champ and covers a lot of bases in one plugin. The only youtube ads are on peoples work computers who are scared to install it on their work computer.
    Yes... pick your favorite plugin and use just that one.

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    On my home laptop, I've been using a browser called Brave. Functionally, it's exactly like Chrome, but without any of the tracking. It also has a built-in ad blocker. Unfortunately, I can't do anything to my work computer without admin rights. Of which I have none.

    Sorry for the hijack.

    That Comet looks like a solid foundation for a build. Part of me wishes I had something more interesting to build such as that other than the '66 Mustang I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    I love this car. I know you will do a great job with it
    I certainly hope.

    I could see this as a fun little cruiser, but I've got to chip away at it bit by bit. Like I said before, I definitely need to finish the truck first since its closest (and more practical) vehicle to complete. If I can get the truck done by the end of the year, I'll see if I can convince my friend's uncle to let me swap the truck with the Comet so we can have access to a lift.

    Quote Originally Posted by Giraffe View Post
    On my home laptop, I've been using a browser called Brave. Functionally, it's exactly like Chrome, but without any of the tracking. It also has a built-in ad blocker. Unfortunately, I can't do anything to my work computer without admin rights. Of which I have none.

    Sorry for the hijack.

    That Comet looks like a solid foundation for a build. Part of me wishes I had something more interesting to build such as that other than the '66 Mustang I have.
    Adblockers FTW! I use them on PC and mobile. Bump ads; no worry about the thread jack.

    This car is reasonably solid except for the front floors. Washing it showed exactly where the water came through, and why the passenger side got it so much worse than the driver's side. Water just very easily poured in through the gap where the gasket used to somewhat exist.

    I've had a wild haired idea cutting out the rustiest bits of the floor pan, applying rust treatment, and actually just remaking it mostly out of license plates unless anyone would disagree. I've only considered it given the general condition of this car in the fact I doubt it'll ever be a Concours level restoration.

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    Floor pans were the first major thing I did on my Rustang. Gave me a chance to practice fitting and welding a patch where basically no one sees it. I'd recommend buying the patch panels for the floors (if they make them for the Comet), and giving it a go.

    Both my 88 wagon and 74 pickup have floors made of scrap metal, pop rivets, and tar. It kind of works but I think you'll be happier with real patches.
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    Yeah, my bet is you would be much happier (but poorer) by getting aftermarket pans. Might want to check this out: https://www.autokrafters.com/Mercury...82-46-45r.aspx
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