Free Muscle Car Project
Road & Track posted the story of a rare S-code 1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone GT project-car up for adoption. However, the owner of this car is looking for more than just a pair of oil stained hands to drop the keys into. It needs to go to a younger generation’s driveway.
The owner, Mike, is an automotive engineer from Brampton, Ontario (Canada). At age 55 he is at the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation. In an interview, Mike told the story of how his 7th grade English teacher helped Mike overcome a learning disability with the aid of a 1970 Mercury Cougar factory service manual. This manual became his English textbook, and this extra mile of attention became the driving force in restoring his failing grades. Later on, that same teacher would sell Mike the ’70 Cougar that service manual belonged to for $50 dollars. The peddle that snowballed into his career in automotive engineering.
Anyone who owns a project car (or several) understands the struggle of seeing time and money always running parallel with rarely an intersection. Mike knows he doesn’t have the time and attention this Mercury Comet GT needs. This lead to the idea of a way to pay it forward by helping a young gearhead like his teacher did for him. Using a Mercury muscle car makes the whole story come full circle.
The goal is to giveaway this car to a younger car enthusiast who always wanted a vintage muscle car, but may not have the starting funds to drag a rusted heap out of a field. A young someone who will want to restore this rare Cyclone GT back to its quarter mile charging glory. Judging by the photo this is a huge project that’ll give anyone a Master’s degree in automotive restoration.
In order to find a home for this car Mike partnered with Casey Putsch of Genius Garage to put the word out. You can drop an email with the subject line “Muscle Car” to firstname.lastname@example.org and preach why your driveway would make an ideal home for this 60’s classic.
Explain your story with cars, what you would do with this Mercury Comet, and convince Mike that he is giving away his car to someone who actually wants it. Not someone looking for a quick flip, or needing a retro body to drop in a Tesla battery pack. The deadline for email submissions is March 31st so act quickly.
If we learn anything from this story is that teachers are grossly underappreciated heroes.