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1967 Mercury Comet conversion

Q-1: I’m trying to convert a 1967 Mercury Comet from a hardtop to a convertible. I found Len Woodruff’s article on ragtopping a ’67 Camaro in the December issue very interesting, but I still have a few questions. Would I cut the roof off with a razor saw or is there a better option?

Len: I did use a razor saw to cut the C-pillars at the rear of the roof. I used the back of a No. 11 hobby blade to start the front cut at the windshield, then followed with the tip of the razor saw to finish.

Q-2: I noticed the package tray is molded into the rear seat. Is there a special technique I should use to deal with that?

Len: I used the stock 1967’s interior floor pan from the kit but had to modify its side panels. The package tray was the kit piece that was tied to the interior floor pan.

Q-3: As far as I know, there haven’t been any convertible parts made for the Comet kit. Is there an aftermarket company that makes these parts or should I do a bit of scratchbuilding?

Len: The side panels for my convertible’s back seat were cut from the Revell 1969 convertible kit, but I would make them using styrene sheet and quarter-round stock. The boot also came from the 1969 kit but I did have to cut the alignment tabs from the bottom of the boot.

Ken: Noah, if you can’t find a boot to fit your Comet, it is possible to make one. Duplicate the opening behind the back seat using styrene sheet, and fabricate a soft-looking boot with PC-7 epoxy. It drys slow enough to work with and shape for several hours.  

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