JANUARY 30, 2012 (FEBRUARY 2012) COURTIN’ AND WEDDIN’ CARS: 1965 MERCURY COMET-RESCUED FROM A PASTURE

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One of our favorite stories is boy-meets-car, boy-sells-car, boy-finds-long lost car, boy-buys back-long lost-car.

 

George Ouellette was able to make this story line have the same happy ending in his life.

 

He purchased his 1965 Comet 2-door hardtop back in 1966 when it was a solid courting car that he used on dates with his future wife.

 

Things clearly worked out for George because he ended up with both the car and a new bride in 1968.

 

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The three of them were along for the honeymoon together and thus began a beautiful relationship. However, a honeymoon two door hardtop car is a little less practical as a family-hauler, so the car was traded away in 1971.

 

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This was a moment of instant seller’s remorse for George, but he was a practical man with family obligations, so bye-bye Comet. He decided that he wanted another Comet in the early 80s as a reminder of the first one that was so important to him in his younger years with his future bride.

 

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Little did George know that he would find his own beloved Comet alone and unloved in a farmer’s pasture.

 

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The years had not been kind to his old friend-it had no hood, no engine, and no hope for a better life until George found it.

 

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It was definitely his Cometsome of his old ID was still in the car. It had spent some hard years on that farm hauling calves to town and rocks out of fields, so it was a major restoration project. But George was a lucky man because his lovely bride also had a soft spot for the long lost Comet.

 

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The Comet required a major financial commitment from both of them to restore the car back to its former glory. The little Merc had to look just like the day it took them on their first date in it. George even managed to locate original factory upholstery for the car because the Ouellettes wanted the Comet to be perfect.

 

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The original engine was a six-cylinder and the replacement was also a period six-banger with the Blue Oval pedigree. The results of this restoration were nothing short of spectacular for the Comet because it is exactly like the first day George drove it in 1966.

 

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The biggest highlight of the Comet’s post-restoration life was its place of honor at the Ouellettes’ daughter’s wedding in the early 90s.

 

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It seemed fitting to invite this old family friend to that family wedding.

 

Jim Sutherland

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