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My name is Eric, and I like old cars. This is a great forum and I'm glad to be a part of it.

I am interested in pretty much all cars, but I am really partial to old American cars. I like cars from the 20's through the 70's, but I like cars from the 60's most. I generally prefer offbeat cars, although I definitely like the "bellybutton" cars. I like all makes and models, but I am partial to Ford products. Mopars are cool too, and if you force me to pick a GM make I would probably go with Oldsmobile.

Currently my wife and I are in the early stages of starting a family (my daughter turned 2 in August, and my son was born in October). As such, I have zero money and almost zero time to spend on cars. So for now all I can do is dream about the future. But when I can I'm going to tackle some small and inexpensive jobs on my project car.

My main project is a 1965 Mercury Comet 404 2-door post sedan. It has a 289 and a C4 auto tranny. It has factory (dealer?) air (non-functional) and power steering. When I got it in late 2003, it was completely stock. The modifications I have made so far have mostly involved safety (I'm starting a new family and I want to be a responsible dad). I replaced the front drum brakes with a SSBC front disc conversion kit. This also upgraded the master cylinder to a dual reservoir setup. I also installed 3-point seatbelts for the front seats. I've had to deal with a minor mechanical issue in the motor involving the lifters, and I've done a lot of rust repair around the trunklid. I have recently stripped the trim off of the car and I'm preparing it for new paint, though I foresee this process stretching into months now that we have two little ones underfoot.

I have big plans for this car. I want to rebuild and improve the engine (not too much, I'm not crazy for gobs of horsepower). I want to convert the tranny to a T-5 (I miss manual shifting and I want overdrive). I want to rebuild the suspension and tune if for tighter handling. And I want to get decent paint have it look nice enough for the local show-and-shines.

When I get a chance I will try to post some pics. If I can help anyone out, drop me an email. Good luck with your projects!

PS- If anyone is interested, here is a list of all the cars I have owned (in order):

1965 Ford Mustang - a 6-cyl w/ a 3-spd and no options, but it was solid.

1988 Honda CRX-Si - fun and reliable and very fuel efficient!

1969 Chrysler Newport Custom - a 4-door boat I inherited from my grandfather, but I never drove it much.

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible - completely stock, a great cruiser. Drove away from our wedding in this one.

1999 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6 - a great pickup, very practical.

1973 Fiat 124 Spider - My first big restoration project. Very fun to drive and a good looking little car, but it made me realize my heart lies with American steel.

1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale - was my brother's daily driver through college, but I never drove it much.

1965 Mercury Comet 404 2-door sedan - My current big project car. In pieces in the garage, it's mostly on hold while we start our family.

1965 Mercury Comet 404 4-door sedan - Originally intended as a parts car for the 2-door, this car is so solid that I've been afraid to tear into it. Currently licensed and insured, it recently threw a U-joint. I fixed it, but now I'm a little nervous about driving it (what's gonna fail next?)

1996 Honda Accord Wagon - More for the wife than me, we bought it with and eye toward starting a family.

2005 Honda Odyssey - A family car for sure, but very practical with kids.

1961 Ford F-350 - A field find I got from an uncle. The price was right and I got it running enough to drive around the field, but it needs a ton of work.

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Welcome to the site 65comet404. :welcome: Congratulation's on that new baby! :thumbup: Lots of info and opinions here and a good place for research while those kids grow up.

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