1965 Mercury Comet Caliente Restomod

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  • Make: Mercury
  • Model: Comet
  • SubModel: Caliente
  • Trim: 2 door hardtop
  • Year: 1965
  • Mileage: 69,885
  • VIN: 5H23C502020
  • Color: Orange
  • Engine size: Stock 351W -bored and stroked to 408 cu
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 5 speed manual
  • Drive type: FWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: Cassette Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Location: Washoe Valley, Nevada, United States


1965 Mercury Comet Caliente/Restomod


  • Stock Bloc 351W – laser cut main support

  • D&D crate engine, 408 cubic inches

  • 4.030 bore, 4 inch stroke

  • All forged, crank, pistons, rods ( build sheet available)

  • Hawk aluminum heads 210 intake 2.02/1.60 valves

  • Hydraulic Roller cam ( Comp. cams 236/240 -.555 - .576)

  • 100 amp alternator

  • Edelbrock RPM air gap intake

  • Summit carb (750 double pumper)

  • Stefs 6-qt. Aluminum oil pan

  • Griffin Aluminum radiator – two 1” rows

  • Flex mechanical fan

  • Mallory Hyfire 6A ignition box – Mallory unilite distributor

  • FRPP starter and FRPP crankshaft dampener


  • Tremec TKO 600 5 speed manual

  • Tri-Axe shifter

  • Centerforce dual friction clutch

  • Aluminum flywheel

  • Ron Morris cable clutch

  • Aluminum bell housing

Rear End:

  • Original Ford 8”rear. Converted from open to Positraction

  • 3.50 gears


  • 1-3/4” custom headers. Ceramic coated

  • 3” dual exhaust

  • Flowmaster mufflers

  • Sounds awesome


  • All new front and rear suspension ( professional installed); receipts available. PST polygraphite superkit installed

  • KYB shocks, heavy duty springs, new 5-leaf rear springs, Shelby traction bars

  • Crites shock towner kit, 1’ sway bar, Monte Carlo bar

  • Sub-frame connectors


  • Front disc brakes with power assist, dual masters

  • Stock OEM drum rear brakes


  • Centerline Telstar 15x7, aluminum


  • Front: B.F. Goodrich Traction TAs, VR (205/65-15)

  • Rear: Firestone Indy 500(235/60-15)


  • Custom seats (bucket) and door panel (see photos)

  • Gauges – (tach, vacuum, oil pressure, voltmeter, temp) aftermarket AutoMeter gauges

  • Original dash and new carpet

  • Sanyo cassette stereo with kick panel and dash pad speakers

  • Grant Wood steering wheel

  • Lokar gas pedal


  • Custom orange paint (urethane, clear coat)

  • OEM bumpers rechromed

  • Crites AFX fiberglass hood (ram air)

  • New front windshield and molding

  • Rear window removed – new molding installed

This Comet Caliente is a restomod. It is not a “trailer queen”. I built it to drive, look great and have fun. It is very fast but also reliable. It will not over heat and can be driven anywhere. All parts from the radiator to the posiare either rebuilt or new. Every major part has been replace or rebuilt, new engine, clutch and transmission, new front end with all suspension parts replaced. All work has been completed by professional mechanics. There is no rust. All floor pans are solid and original. This is a exceptional car that you will be proud to have and be seen in. I also have the original Caliente under-door chrome strip .

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