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63.5 Galaxie
« on: August 02, 2019, 03:48:12 PM »
Here's my journey so far. Found a lovely looking 63.5 on Craigslist.

Had it inspected by Auto Appraisals Group and it got a clean bill of health by their Ford expert.

 (tip: DO NOT USE these MF'rs...)

Car turned up and after rebuilding the suspension, steering, diff and replacing the exhaust, work started on these issues:




This is the painter/panel-beater. Great work, and a hard worker, but young - with all that implies.

So now comes reassembly. I have the majority of the trim on, the lights and grille are in, just about to put the bumpers on, then comes the headliner and windscreens, then I need to figure out the electric windows, lob in the interior and drive.

I think it'll look exactly like the car I bought, only it will BE sound rather than just LOOK sound....
« Last Edit: October 07, 2019, 01:33:17 PM by jiffy »
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2019, 06:19:06 PM »
Good story!!! sort of. It will be a killa car when your done. Then you can get back to the yucky old 4 speed, if you stop playing with the 67 soft top :grin: :grin: :grin:

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2019, 06:37:11 PM »
Wow, clean bill of health.
Good luck with the rebuild.
Will be an awesome car.

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2019, 07:36:31 PM »
This is why I tell people / buyers not to trust anyone when buying a classic without checking it out themselves .  You learnt the hard way ,but I hope it all goes well for you 👍

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2019, 09:28:20 PM »
Can't wait to see the finished product. It looks like it will be amazing.

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2019, 11:11:26 AM »
This is why I tell people / buyers not to trust anyone when buying a classic without checking it out themselves .  You learnt the hard way ,but I hope it all goes well for you 👍

Yeah I thought that having a 10 page report with nearly 100 photos was enough for me to outlay $55K for a car in the US. I now realise that I was incredibly lucky that body-wise it was everything the seller said it was......mechanically, not so much.
When I bought my Corvette it wasn't too difficult to convince 2 of my sons to accompany me on a trip to the US to look for a car. This time we were able to go over the car pretty well and it was everything it was supposed to be.

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2019, 12:35:45 AM »
Making some progress...


Headliner is next, then front/rear windscreens.
Rear bumper is a tad too far left and the RHS rubs the passenger quarter trim. A job for another day....
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2019, 03:36:07 PM »
Looking great

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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2019, 06:34:35 PM »
I'm liking a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2019, 01:23:29 PM »
So - a while back I saw an advert for a '63 427 driveline "pulled from a wrecked galaxie in 64" and sat under a bench since.

Of course - another one of them. Yup...

So, I pulled the trigger and bought it - and unbelievably it was as described.
The shipping company 'lost it' en route, which was nice, but it eventually turned up in a warehouse in New York, so I got it in the end.



I opened the box, and there it was - a 63.5 dated 427 CO with twin carbs, T-10, long-tube cast-iron headers etc. So, I pulled the box apart and put it on a stand.





It was missing the distributor, valve covers and fuel canister, but it had the correct carbs, original fuel pump, original Autolite 'black-cross' plugs, there was no witness marks on the flywheel - so I was increasingly confident that it was actually as described, so I thought if I removed the heads, then I'd know:




So, the original head gaskets, bumper pistons and the condition of the bore suggests that it is indeed a very low mileage engine. I haven't tried to turn it over, so it can sit and wait until the Galaxie is on the road, and probably until the Mach1 is finished, then it can get looked at.
I found an internally balanced 428 crank and some nice H-beam conrods, so it'll get freshened up, compression lowered and stroked before it goes back in.

Should be able to get out of its own way after that...
« Last Edit: October 07, 2019, 01:32:03 PM by jiffy »
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2019, 06:45:17 PM »
Lookin real good!! Makes me wish I coulda bought that white one that was on the FE forum ... wrong colour for you though. With your luck, did you get those pulleys? Or did they get lost?

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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2019, 07:21:42 PM »
Pulleys????
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2019, 10:41:50 AM »
You - know, I have no idea if I got them or not, or if I ordered them, or not.

Memory loss in seniors is a grave thing.
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2019, 03:06:39 PM »
Just to refresh your memory
https://www.fordfe.com/427-428-cj-390-parts-nos-mustang-cougar-torino-t151184.html
You told me at the time that they were on the way.
I'm starting to forget what parts I've already got ... find them when I put another one on a shelf.
Should try to find time to put some on the car so that I can see whats left.
A very grave thing.

 

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