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1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone Is Completed

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1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone Is Completed
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 2:47 PM

Another new project!  This time it is the '65 Comet Cyclone with a resin dual scoop hood.  I got the hood from a fellow Club member who was looking to get rid of it and he heard that I had just gotten the Cyclone kit.  Thank you Mike Freitas!  My paint will be the Scalefinishes Ford Highland Green Metallic paint over a dark grey primer with a Semi-Gloss Black interior and Cragar SS mags (my favorite).  Not sure of what tire I'll use since pictures of the Cyclone that I have seen shows the car sitting high.  I'll adjust the suspension accordingly so it sits a lot lower.  I might swap the engine for a big block FE motor instead of the small 289 CI engine.  

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

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On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:47 AM

Looking forward to it. Got this kit myself, if Highland green is the dark green, it's the same color I have planned for mine. Haven't decided on interior yet, but it will be factory stock.

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:39 AM

Thanks Lee!  The actual color for 1965 is Olive Mist Poly or Ivy Green Poly for a Ford vehicle.  Highland Green Metallic is a slightly different shade of green, but close to Olive Mist Poly.  Both are dark green colors.

I have built up the basic 289 CI engine to get it ready for a coat of gloss black or semi-gloss black paint.  I really don't want gloss or semi-gloss, but in between the two colors.

I used the AMT pad printed Goodyear F60-15 white lettered tires with the kit Cragar SS mags.  The AMT tires are slightly smaller in diameter compared to the kit tires, but both fit well together.

I cleaned up the body of mold lines (hardly found any) and will wash the body in prep for dark grey primer and then the Scalefinishes Highland Green Metallic paint.

As I read the instructions, I am noticing many callout errors.  Wrong names pointing to different parts.  All part numbers seem correct for the part itself.  

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:24 PM
Loving this one Mike , I'd love to see a mock up in the dark grey primer with the Cragars.... I still enjoy a certain '55 Chevy in grey (with three hippies ... )
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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:26 AM

Thanks Spencer!  There will be mockups as I roll along with this build.  Cragars and all!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Bainford on Saturday, April 6, 2019 1:08 PM

Cool choice Mike. I love the 65 Comet. Been curious about this kit. I’ll be watching. 

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, April 6, 2019 9:03 PM

Thanks Trevor!

I found a Parts By Parks distributor for the 289 CI engine.  My holes are drilled and all I have to do is finish wiring the engine and maybe I'll plumb it, too.

A light coating of white primer to check my work and then a coating of dark grey primer and then paint.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 7, 2019 6:38 AM

Those distributors are nice. Another good source is MAD, Kris Morgan's detail outfit, is that red oxide primer on the chassis?

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 7, 2019 7:10 AM

Thanks Lee!  I have used MAD distributors and I plan on getting more of them when I get to NNL East later this month.  I have several Parts by Parks distributors in the stash.  And, yes that is red oxide primer on the chassis.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by justmike on Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:33 PM

Those printed tires with the rims look soòoo good.  I be watching. lol

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:12 AM

Thanks Mike!  

Woo-hoo!  I just got my latest Scale Auto Newsletter and this build is listed in the Trending Topics section of the newsletter!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:10 AM

I started working on the chassis last night.

The Comet in now coated with Dupli-Color Sandable Primer in prep for the Scalefinishes Highland Green Metallic.

More to come...

 

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:43 PM

Looking good. I do wish they had made the lower control arms separate. They look too blocky molded in.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:07 PM

I agree!  The lower control arms are too blocky and they hang down way too low.  Some parts about this kit are not anywhere near correct.  The transmission doesn't touch the rear crossmember.  The front bucket seats are reminiscent of something from a '60s era AMT kit.  But, I suppose, it is what it is...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, April 12, 2019 7:15 AM

I have been reminded as to why I don't like resin hoods.  This resin hood has gone soft on me and flattened out.  If there is a way to stiffen it and get it back into shape again, I'll give it a try.  Otherwise, I'm going to use the stock kit hood with a scoop.

I really liked that hood since it had a sort of "factory" look to it.  My alternative is to use the stock kit hood with a scoop or get the Arnie Beswick Drag kit just for the hood, but that seems to be a waste of money.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, April 12, 2019 1:54 PM

That sucks. Can you cut the resin hood apart and graft those snorkels onto the stock hood? 

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, April 12, 2019 8:25 PM

Not without making a total mess out of both hoods.  I think I'll pass on that idea.  Thanks for the suggestion.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:01 PM

I finished the interior.  What I found odd was that the front bucket seats did not fit into the slots on the chassis per the instructions.  The seats fitted outside the notches.  I also corrected the leaning console.

A view of the chassis.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:18 AM

Looking good.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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Posted by mrmike on Monday, April 15, 2019 8:38 AM

Thanks Lee!  This build has been placed on the back burner until I get a new dual scoop hood.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 9:19 AM

I fired up  the paintbooth and sprayed the Cyclone this morning with Ford Highland Green Metallic from Scalefinishes.

I got another dual scoop hood from fellow Club member Eric.  Thank you Eric!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 3:15 PM

I fired up the paintbooth again and clearcoated the Cyclone with Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear until I ran out of clear.  Off to the LHS for more clear and a few other items.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 3, 2019 1:55 PM

With a new can of Tamiya TS-13 Gloss Clear in my hand, I fired up the paintbooth and clearcoated the Cyclone again.  A mist coat followed by a medium coat of clear.  I'll add another heavier coat of clear later.

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Uncle Billiam on Friday, May 3, 2019 2:06 PM
Looking great!

On the bench: 77 Pontiac Trans AM Somkey and the Bandit, 69 Dodge Daytona Superbird, Jolly Roger Ship Tamiya Ford GT40, 67 Mustang fastback. 69 Dodge Charger. See my work here https://photos.app.goo.gl/QCSGAYV9MXvJvZwJ6

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, May 3, 2019 3:32 PM

Thanks Uncle Billiam!

I just added a final coat of clear.  When that is dry, a wetsand and polishing.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, May 3, 2019 4:51 PM

Looks great. Wish I could start mine but I won't be building until I get use of my hand back.

1 Corinthians 15:51-54
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:07 AM

Thanks, Lee!  I hope your hand returns to normal soon.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

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Posted by Modlbldr on Monday, May 6, 2019 10:45 AM

That is a gorgeous color! Nice work so far. I look forward to seeing this finished.

Later-

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, May 6, 2019 8:02 PM

Thanks Modlbldr!  I'm hoping to spend more time on the Merc later.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:29 PM

I've got foiling about 98% done.  Have a look...

My research says these are chrome plated, and it was done!

More to come...

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-'1965 Buick Riviera; 1953 Studebaker Starliner

Classic Plastic Model Club

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