Mercury Comet: 5 Yrs of Restoration, Ready for Drag Race Debut

Turbo John’s Coyote-Swapped ’74 Comet Debut at Drag Strip

Enthusiasts of Turbo John’s YouTube page will be aware that he is a productive video creator with a great expertise when it comes to constructing drag vehicles on a financial plan. He has been releasing clips to his car-related YouTube channel for the past 15 years, yet his background in drag car racing predates even that.

In his most recent visual, he is seen with Courtney from The Paint and Paper Hustle online channel, eagerly preparing to make his debut at the drag strip in a 1974 Mercury Comet race car.

Drag Racing, First Pass EVER!

At the beginning of the video, Courtney is seen in a bit of a predicament on his first day at the drag strip. He has propped up his classic black fifth-generation Mercury Comet on a jack with its front wheels removed as he and his dad try desperately to identify what’s going wrong. Nicknamed Percy Flowers, the car won’t get running and they are both becoming increasingly frustrated.

This is a coyote engine put together by TKM, with Procharger added on. However, with very limited open space in the engine bay, it can be hard to detect any problems. Turbo John noticed he could spot the starter but wasn’t even able to touch it! With careful examination eventually they concluded the bendix of the starter was striking the flexplate. After some last adjustments to the tune, the vehicle was running again.

The darkness has descended as the masterfully-crafted Mercury Comet is all set to fly down the drag strip. This automobile has taken half a decade to complete and it is a certified drag racer, which makes it an unexpected option for Courtney’s first ever experience on the race track. He didn’t gather any know-how by taking his avenue sports car to the drag strip, thus making this a true test for him.

The engine starts up with a roar and Courtney’s vintage Mercury Comet teems with energy as it makes its way to the drag course. Upon doing his inaugural burnout and pass, his dad is filled with pride watching him from the sidelines. Even though this time it is Courtney’s first time driving on the track in a drag race car, the pure force of propulsion is certainly sensation-provoking!

Subsequently, he acquired some sage counsel from Turbo John that could be beneficial for his forthcoming trips to the strip in this 1974 Mercury Comet drag vehicle. It will be intriguing to observe what outcomes it yields when Courtney has become more acquainted with it.


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