“I had purchased 1 particularly like this car in 1973, and I was striving to track down my aged motor vehicle to restore it when I retired,” Newton said. “But I was unable to locate my old motor vehicle, but I identified this one. … When I looked at the vehicle, it was just black primer and just a mess. But I explained, ‘Yeah, I could acquire this car and make it into my old car.’”
Looking into historical past
Newton was in a position to use the Comet’s VIN to obtain a report on its historical past and discovered that it came from Giles Motors in Morganton, and ran with the challenge from there, getting the Mercury aside and rebuilding it from the ground up before concentrating in on the finer facts.
“I began on the lookout up nearly anything I could get that would be on that car or truck from that dealership,” Newton reported. “I observed a duplicate of the original license plate that goes on the entrance from the dealership and had that reproduced and received that back like it was intended to be. Then, the body that goes all around the back again license plate, I acquired that redone.
“But I just cannot find anybody who can do the brand where by the dealerships place all those small metallic stickers on the again of them when you invest in a new auto. I was hunting, and I found a photo of the unique, so I have been looking, and I have not uncovered a person yet that I can pay for.”
The restoration took Newton about 13 months from bare steel to the completed products, he reported. He did all the things himself other than the interior upholstery, which he then installed. The paint, the engine, the human body — he did all of it.