- Written by Daniel Livingston
...on Donder and Blitzen. Yes, one of the reindeer was actually named "Donder" in the original poem. Well, Christmas 2011 was pretty good to me and my Comet. Having a car named after one of the reindeer must count for something with Santa, though I'm sure glad it wasn't named the Mercury Donder! I had just gotten the car in November, but there was enough time to make a quick list of some things I wanted for Christmas, as I'm told I'm hard to shop for. Not having any real ideas, parts wise, what might be needed, I made a list that included some car accessories. On Christmas morning I opened several of the items I asked for and a few others. Shown here are most of them. Starting with the nice car cover, a much needed item as the car is taking up a great deal of space in the garage and people are walking by it everyday. This will provide some great protection. More protection will be provided by the blue (rolled up) fender protectors. It's quite long and some folks on Amazon who purchased the same one have cut it it half to create two fender protectors. We'll see if that's the route I go.
My brother gave me a reproduction Mercury Sales & Service sign that I can hang up in the garage. He also gave me a original 1962 Comet sales brochure. It's in near-mint condition and shows all the Comet models available that year. Very cool.
Other gifts included the 1960-64 Mercury Master Parts Catalog. An invaluable tool for identifying what parts you need, what their part numbers are and how everything goes together. It's on a CD and the neat thing is you can print out any page for reference, get it greasy and wrinkled while you are using it and then throw it away. I'm pretty particular about books and I don't like writing in them or getting them dirty. Probably has something to do with the 3000+ comic books I still have stashed throughout my house. All in plastic bags and boxed.
My parents got me some Simichrome Chrome Polish and "The Ford Falcon - Six Cylinder Performance Handbook". Since the Comet and Falcon share the same straight six engine, this will be a handy reference. My daughter got me the cool retro Fuzzy Dice. The defacto accessory for any late 50's early 60's car. It seems she had a little trouble with the order at first and the place sent her a pink pair instead of the red ones she ordered. Well, she quickly contacted them told them of their mistake. She ordered me a red pair from another vendor.
Finally, like a scene from "A Christmas Story", my son spotted something leaning against the wall behind the curtain he was sitting next to. Out came this long present, to me from Santa. I stood it up on end and began to unwrap it. My mother-in-law asked me what could come in a box that size, "a muffler"? Well, low and behold the label on the end of the box said right on it, MERIT Fiberglas Packed Muffler for 1962 Comet All Models. Yes, a new old stock (NOS) muffler. Well, Santa must have known that my muffler was shot. I pulled it out of the box and showed everyone that she had guessed correctly. Or did she have a Santa connection I didn't know about? Now, I can't wait for my birthday! I'd better get working on a list.