I knew my uncle Bill still had an old Mercury muscle car stashed away, but I’d never seen it. He lived six hours away, so we didn’t get to see him much. He had bought a 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT brand new, and for some reason, never sold it. The big block 4-speed monster had sat unused for many years, covered up in the garage and was time capsule in need of a full restoration.

Uncle Bill was visiting us one Thanksgiving and, after seeing our restoration abilities, the dinner conversation turned to the old Mercury. This was a perfect opportunity to show that we could build more than Volkswagens and the project was soon underway. Uncle Bill made the 12 hour round trip, once a month for three years, to spend his weekends working on the car.

Although the car was well kept, it still required rust repair to the fenders, doors, floors and quarter panels. All the pieces had to be hand made from scratch as replacement panels are not available. The car was taken all the way to bare metal and back. We added disc brakes, a Flow Master exhaust and period correct American Racing Torque Thrust wheels to the otherwise stock restoration. The original numbers matching engine, transmission and rear axle were rebuilt.

After completion, the car was featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines with a full six page spread and later participated in Hemmings invitation only Concours D’ Elegance. The restoration was as challenging as it was fun and the reward was making my uncle’s dream come true!