I chose the Comet name since it has some history behind it. The Comet was an upgrade version of the Falcon and later the Maverick. These were Ford's bread and butter cars of the time, much like the Taurus/Sable was between 1986-2007. The old Comet came in many configurations over the years, including the coupe, sedan and wagon versions on and off for seventeen years. During that time, their reputations were always good, bringing a good value to anyone who bought them. They may not have been the fastest in the Mercury lineup, but they did not usually lack the power needed for highway driving. My product takes that concept and moves it into the familiar Mercury Sable. Giving the car the Comet name is a nod to past Mercury models and very well could have been a name Ford would have used.
The original Vulcan 3.0 motor stays in this car, which has been tuned by FordChip.com and features a SHOBros UDP Pulley. The new Comet's exterior features HID headlights, tinted tail lights and special badges. The interior will retain all of the features that has been described elsewhere in the site but also include new door panels, stock non-cassette stereo controller, entry lights, as was equipped on 1996 models. Braking will be improved with 11.6" brakes found on a Lincoln Mark VIII.
4/29/07Over the past year, I have been getting parts together for the Comet. As people on Taurus Car Club of America have been parting their GEN3s, I have been getting some good deals on some parts. So far, I have installed new smoked tails that have been prepared by Sticker City in California. These are done in a professional way, by far it is the nicest job I have seen. I would like to thank Sal from SHOCal for sending these to me.
Engine wise, I have installed a UDP pulley from SHOBros Garage. This modification is worthwhile for any Vulcan. It really makes the idle speed smooth and seems it even things out on the engine. It says its good for 7-10HP, depending on circumstances.
Interior has four newer door panels. My old ones were meant for a car with cloth seats. My interior swap took 3 years, but its finally done. The radio panel has also been changed out. After I sold my CD Changer, I decided to try to find the non-cassette version of the radio. I found a OEM, factory new unit and it works great! I still have the Mach Audio RCU, so no changes in sound were noticed.
The paint got some work done by Thomas Auto Detailing in Livonia, MI. They did a very nice job getting rid of seven years of swirls, try sap and tar. After the detail, I was able to add the Comet logo, yes they are gold!
Look for more items as I install them. 11.6" brakes, HIDs and entry lights will be installed very soon!
The 8000K Headlights went in and really lit the road nice. It was exactly what was needed to complete the look of my car. While cruising the Fort Street Cruise and the TelegraphCruise, I got a lot of looks and comments. Not all of them good, but whatever! It really stood out, which was exactly what I was going for.
I also got the Lincoln Mark VIII brakes installed with Raybestos rotors; this was one of the best mods I have done to the car. Stopping was vastly improved, it was an amazing upgrade. If youhave a GEN3 (1996-1999) car, I would do this upgrade. Of course, you will need 16" tires but you should upgrade anyway. Look for 1996-1999 Ford Taurus SHO, Lincoln Mark VIII or 2001-2007 Taurus brackets. Youwill not need to change your calipers, they are the same.
After careful consideration, I have decided to move on to another project, a 1994-1997 Ford Thunderbird. I wanted to see what SCT could do with a V8 and I could really not get any more power from the Vulcan.I was more then happy with the power it put out but I wanted to try something new. I de-modded the car, sold what I could and sent it on its way. The guy that bought it got a fantastic deal. I hope he takes careof it. It was weird watching it drive away, but I am really happy with my new project.
After the Sable being gone for almost two years, a friend sent me a link to the new owners for sale ad. The owner is on his way to college and needed to sell it. From the looks of it, he added some 17" rims, custom painted interior plastics, painted brake calipers and an Nnovatek 3.5" in dash dvd/cd player with Bluetooth with a 2 12" Pioneer Premier 1200 watt subwoofers. While I would have kept it going with a more stock appearance, I am happy that he had a chance to make some improvements to his liking. Good luck with college dude!