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Picking up Ruby

Picking up Ruby, my '62 Comet

Ruby loaded - 1962 Mercury Comet It was to be the last beautiful weekend before winter set in. 60 degree late November days were unheard of in western NY. A few days before, I checked with my father to make sure he and his 2004 Chevy Avalanche were available. With him and my mother signed up for the trip I went to our local U-Haul to book an auto transport. We were to head down to Binghamton, NY to pick up a 1962 Mercury Comet. My mother-in-law had recently offered me the car after my father-in-law had passed away. He had worked on restoring "Ruby" (as he named her) over the last 10 year, never getting it back on the road. The car was acquired from a friend who had stored it since the mid 70's. I remembered it had "low" mileage, but I was in for a surprise.

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Taking Inventory

TrunkOnce I got home I was anxious to assess what I had and what I didn't. Now the car had very few miles on it and was in great original shape for its age, but you never know what got lost or misplaced in the 49 years since it was built. I also didn't know the extent of the restoration my father-in-law had accomplished since he purchased it.


In the trunk I found a box of miscellaneous small parts and a bunch of receipts. I was glad to see the receipts as that would give me a idea of what was replaced on the car. Also in the trunk were the original hub caps, a spare tire, the jack and a rubber piece that appeared new. But I had no idea where it went. The trunk lining looked in great shape and would need just a little cleaning and vacuuming.

Also in the trunk were several mud covered rubber pieces. They seemed to fit together to make two approximately 3 foot long mirror image parts. Not sure what these were at the time.


padding

sound deadeningI also noticed, on both sides of the trunk, tucked in the space between the outer fender wall and the inner wheel well, a long clear plastic bag with what appeared to be cloth matting of some kind. I had never seen anything like it, but then again I never had an early 1960's vehicle before.

UPDATE: I've been told the two long rubber pieces are a stone guard that is supposed to be installed between the rear bumper and rear of the car. It prevents stones from flying up in the space behind the bumper. The plastic bags with the cloth material inside are sound dampeners meant to quiet the rattle the fenders would make, so I put them back.

What's Old, What's New?

box of parts

Going through the receipts, I found that many parts had been purchased over the years.  Some small and some large.  I had a box full of smaller parts still in their packaging, including spark plugs, wires, points and a condenser.  So I know not everything was put on the car and a much needed tune-up was planned. 

I had receipts for 5 new 175x80R13 radial white wall tires. I had heard that my father-in-law had searched far and wide for original size/style tires and eventually found them at a local tire dealer.  I also found a receipt for a replacement carpet.  Now, the interior had no carpet at all. 

rubber floor

 

The floor was a black rubberized vinyl material with a red pattern printed on it.  I believe this was supposed to appear as carpet. A little research was needed to determine if this car ever came with carpet.

More to come................