Great story. Sounds like '64 Comet Calientes with 260 V8s were very good cars. Where can I buy one?
My '65 Comet with the 289 V8 was not nearly as good. I took care of that car too and it was burning oil and smoking by 85.000 miles. It also had a horrible squeak in the front end and was starting to rust.
PS I do prefer the styling of the '65. For those who don't remember what a '65 looked like, here's a nice one (nicer than mine ever was) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2DeS9G3G5s