FRESHLY BUILT 330CI STOKER MOTOR, GEAR VENDORS O/D, FRONT DISCS, TRUE CALIENTE
This car is like a well-dressed athlete. It sports the best cloths Mercury had to offer in 1965 in its Caliente trim, and it's flexing its muscles from the time it spent with its mechanical personal trainers. Check it out.
The crisp clean lines of this squared off body were not around for very long. They were created in '64 sharing its proportions and chassis with the Mustang. In '65 it received a front-end facelift that included the introduction of the stacked headlights. By '66 the car was redesigned again, moving up a segment in size. So, the look of this car a thing of beauty that you won't see every day. It leads with a simple rectangular grill with a red, white and blue Mercury badge in the center flanked by those stacked headlights trimmed in chrome and underlined by a chrome bumper. The fender wells and rocker panel are also dressed out in chrome and there is a V8 badge on the front fenders and Caliente in script on the rear fenders. The rectangular theme continues at the rear with horizontal bars of chrome running from side to side including across the taillights. There is simple bumper underlining that look with rectangular exhaust tips peeking out from underneath.
Open the door and you will find a dramatic Red and Black Caliente interior. The door panels set the pattern in alternating bands of black and red with chrome piping and a Caliente badge. The bench seats have pleated seating surfaces trimmed boldly in red and man do they look good! A beefy padded steering wheel is mounted on a 4-spoke hub and tilt column. Behind it is a stock dash with a survivor look to it, but also some additions as a result of the pumped-up physique of the drivetrain. The stock speedo and gauges are supplemented by a trio of Sunpro gauges to keep accurate tabs on oil pressure, water temp and voltage. There is a large tach front and center on top of the dash, and the Hurst T-handle shifter for the automatic transmission is obviously not a stock unit. An extra pressure gauge keeps tabs on the air shocks and there is a controller for the Gear Vendors overdrive unit that lets you tune it to your needs.
Open the hood and you will find a 330 cubic inch stroker motor nestled down in a neat and clean engine bay. Kirks Auto Machine shop in Nashville was the personal trainer for this muscle. It's a 289 bored .030 over and stroked it to 330 with an Eagle rotating assembly. Edelbrock handles all the intake duties from the filter assembly, through the carburetor, intake manifold, and even the aluminum cylinder heads. A Comp Cams bump stick operates the valves through new rocker arms and guide plates to keep things moving smoothly at speed. Long tube headers wind their way out through free flow mufflers, and this car sounds awesome! The chassis received as much attention as the engine too. There are air shocks and traction bars at the rear to prevent axle wind up and hopping so that the power gets to the ground effectively and a front end has fresh bushings and a sway bar help the car handle well. Power front disc brakes provide good stopping ability and the rubber meets the road through 205/60R15s mounted on American Racing wheels.
Come on down and check out this unique and powerful Comet dressed up in its Caliente finest.
- Build Receipts
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Tilt Wheel
- CD Player
- AM/FM Radio
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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