Mercury and Cometastronomical names, right? But if combined, they would refer to a 1960s Mercury vehicle touted by many auto reviewers and historians as the ultimate Mercury of the period. Today, however, the Mercury Comet is old and forgotten. But equipped with brand new and tough replacement and restoration Mercury Comet parts, this muscle car of the '60s would be ready to run in blazing speeds, just as a real comet would speed up on its way toward the sun.
The Comet was introduced by Ford Motor Company in 1960, although the car was not yet a Mercury then. It was originally planned to be an Edsel, but with the Edsel division brought down even before the vehicle model was introduced, the Comet became a make of its own. In 1962, however, Ford eventually decided to bring the car to the Mercury division, calling it the Mercury Comet until its demise in 1977.
The first Comets, sold from 1960 to 1965, were technically mid-size cars, although Ford would categorize them as compacts. The car was similar to the Ford Falcon and essentially shared its parts with the latter. From 1966 to 1969, the Mercury Comet shifted to the mid-size category, sharing its body with the Ford Fairlane. The second generation Mercury Comet was not as popular as the first, though, as it was eclipsed by the Mercury Montego.
No Comet was sold in 1970, but it returned in 1971 as a compact car similar to the Ford Maverick. Sales of the third generation Mercury Comet, however, weakened every year. After 1977, the Mercury Comet was dropped from the Mercury line and was replaced by the Mercury Zephyr.
The Mercury Comet nameplate has long departed, but muscle cars never really die and the car that the nameplate represents is still here to stay. In fact, the car has been gaining a lot of interests lately, especially from among muscle car and custom car lovers. And why not? Equipped with the right Mercury Comet parts, the car would prove itself capable today as it was in the '60s.
I bought a used Mercury Comet, and its carburetor was the first thing that went bad. I now have a newly installed carb unit in my vehicle, but I'm not sure what kind of maintenance it needs so that it won't conk out on me soon. Will appreciate any advice.
Carburetors need to be cleaned every now and then—this is the basic maintenance task that you can do to ensure that your unit will last long and serve you for many more years to come. The type of cleaning that you will need to do will vary according to the type of carburetor that you have in your car. Generally, though, you will need to use a cleaning solution to remove any dirt on the various carburetor parts. To remove possible debris that might clog the ports, you can use an air compressor to ensure that any blockage will be removed. Sometimes, the tricky part in cleaning the carburetor is taking it off the vehicle, disassembling it and then assembling it back, and then putting it back on. Be sure you're familiar where every part goes to ensure that there won't be any damage.
I'm planning to replace the wheels of my vehicle in order to upgrade my car's appearance, but I'm not sure which rims to get. There are so many options in the market, and it can get a bit confusing. I'm torn between steel wheels and alloy wheels. Any tips?
If you're going for alloy wheels, you'll find that you will have a wider range of options in terms of style than if you go for steel wheels. The lighter property of aluminum alloy makes it easy to work into different designs. This same property is also the reason alloy wheels are popular for high-performance applications. So if you go for alloy wheels, you get points for style and performance. Steel wheels are heavier, but they're also stronger and more durable. They won't easily get damaged when faced with impacts. Additionally, they perform really well during winter because their heavier weight enables them to grip the icy road better. So if you go for steel wheels, you get added points for durability and winter safety. It's just up to you which benefits you'd like to enjoy more.
I can smell something burning in my car, and I had a friend help me check where the smell is coming from. He told me it looks like the transmission system. What could be causing this, and what can I do to fix the problem?
The most probable cause of that smell is overheating in the transmission system, and that could be because of a low level of transmission fluid. That could lead to a serious problem, so don't drive your car until you've fixed the issue. You need to always have the right amount of fluid in the tranny, and you also need to flush and refill at the correct interval to ensure that the fluid will be able to provide both cooling and lubrication. Otherwise, overheating can happen, and this can damage your vehicle's transmission components.