Joe & Judy Woelfel
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Were you able to find the listing of the car I mentioned?
Certainly looks like a 57 but I wasn’t even aware of a “Medalist” until I came across the 56 for sale. Don’t count me among the experts. I just find it interesting.
I found a 55 Medalist for sale at Redmond Motors LLC in Redmond, Oregon.
It looks much more like 55 than 56 trim on it but the VIN starts 56SL………….. That looks more like a 56 VIN.
It’s listed in the http/bend.craigslist.org listings. I would be interested in your take on it.
I have to wonder why they left out 57 and what caused them to reinstate it in 58.
Thanks for your contact
I just saw one on Dearborn Classic Parts but it is the part # shown in my parts manual. The want $277 for it.
My parts manual shows, for 66 428, RH-C6AZ-9430-A and Left hand-C3AZ-9431-D. I’m having trouble with my right had manifold and have found several on ebay but they are showing a Galaxie part #. I’m told that the problem with older exhaust manifolds is that too often they are either cracked or warped. Warped is my problem. I have noticed a couple NOS and aftermarket right hand manifolds too. They are pretty expensive.
I’ve had several 64 Comets over the years and haven’t had any more trouble finding mechanical parts than for any other older car. Body panels is a whole different thing. Salvage will become your best friend. Many think that Comets are compatible with the Falcon. But in most cases only the doors are interchangeable. Good luck. They are a very nice car. Mercury got the upgrades before Ford in a lot of cases. Enjoy!
Are you talking about the constant voltage regulator for your instrument cluster or something else?
Ok, I finally got a chance to get back on this when it wasn’t unbearably hot.
The manual does call for an 1195 light bulb but the sockets (both sides) are two contact sockets. Neither looks to have been changed. Interestingly, there is only one wire going to the socket so it must be the differences in the voltage supplied from the flasher unit that turns on the second filament.
The more I look into the 1195 lamp it’s pretty clear it’s a single filament lamp. I also found that the “acceptable substitute” for an 1195 in an 1156 which is also a single filament lamp. Obviously, a single contact lamp isn’t going to work in a two contact socket! I tried an 1157 which is a two contact lamp and the two little tabs that hold the lamp into the socket are not in the right place. On an 1157 one tab is slightly higher than the other. The socket and the 1156 lamp have the tabs both at the bottom.
I also noticed that the park/turn signal light is a two filament/two contact set up with only one wire going to it and the manual shows it needs an 1157. So I’m back to assuming that the cornering light is supposed to work like the park/turn signal light.
By the way, I guess I would have lost the farm on that bet.
Well fellas, it’s with a very red face that I’ve got admit ole Joe made a mistake. I read the owner’s manual wrong and the correct lamp for the cornering lights is a 1195 not a 1157. I haven’t gone after it yet but I’ll bet the farm it’s a single element lamp.
Stay tuned and I’ll get back to ya.
As far as I can tell the lights come on only with the turn signals.
Thanks Wayne & Judy. I’ll try to be more descriptive.
I don’t think the 64 or 65 had “cornering” lights that came on with the turn signals. On the front fender, in front of and above the tire of the 65 is a, sort of, design feature. On the 66, at the same location would be a piece of chrome trim, or as an option, was a light. This light is operated by a relay that is mounted on the light fixture inside the fender. I was out of college and had been married a couple of years when the 66s came out. I remember the cornering light coming on. When I checked the owner’s manual to see which lamp is supposed to be in it I learned it is an 1157 which is a two filament lamp. Now I’m trying to remember if one filament came on and the second was operated by the flasher and flashed. Or maybe the relay just turned on both filaments for the extra brightness.
The turn signals themselves are mounted in the fender extension on the front of the fender. They work fine! It’s the cornering lights that are non-functional.
A couple of questions I have is that, when the engine was overhauled, the previous owner must have painted the inside of the engine bay. I’m having some trouble learning if the relay isn’t working or if the new paint is causing a lack of ground….somewhere.
I have also sluethed out another very similar looking relay that has a C4**** part number but is shown as a relay for horns. I’m pretty tempted to get one just to see if the horn was an alternate use of the same part. And if I could eliminate the grounding issue I probably would.
Right now it’s been pretty hot in Kansas and my garage isn’t air conditioned so I haven’t had a whole lot of opportunity to get back on the project.
But, thanks again. If you have other inspiration please let me know.
Neither of these show part #s so I sent emails to both addresses. The email to markii.co came back to me.
I have a 66 Park Lane that I’ve done several searches for various parts. I’ve noticed the window motors several times both new and rebuilt. I don’t remember who had them but my searches have never been all that exotic. I think you’ll find them.
I’m aware of Country Classics but haven’t bought anything from them.
The “downside” to having someone go look at this car would have been that unless you drove it a few miles not many of it’s shortcomings would have come to the surface.
But it would have been some help. I did that when I bought a 57 in Bristol, TN. I called one of the local churches and asked for the youth Pastor and told him if he’d go look at it to see if he saw a bunch of rust I’d make a donation to their youth group. He did…I did. Later I discovered it was also deductible from my taxes. Win Win.
They would probably weigh too much to get the fuel milage the feds want. The oil companies would love it though.
I can’t seem to find my IMOA membership list. Would you look and see if there are any Park Lane owners in the KC area for me please? Particularly 66.
If you would like to see the one I just bought go to Streetsideclasssics.com. I think it’s still the only Park Lane they had. It’s light blue.
I alsoo have a 57 Monterey that almost done restoring. I’d send pictures but I don’t know how to attach them to this.
My wife had an 87 20th anniversary and traded it for a 30th anniversary Cougar which she still drives. I think it would take at least dynamite to get her out of it.