1961 Ford Galaxie Club Victoria 2dr Hardtop 390 Toploader 4sp

1961 Ford Galaxie Club Victoria

This is our daily driven 1961 Ford Galaxie Club Victoria (although it really isn’t driven daily) test mule. This is a factory 352ci three on the tree car. Years ago it was converted to a Toploader 4-speed pirated from a ’67 390GT Mustang. This car is just a cruiser and still wears what’s left of it’s original paint. I’m torn whether to paint it or not. A lot of folks say it’s only original once and you can’t re-create that patina but on the other hand my wife say’s it’s ugly and needs paint! We may break down and paint it someday but it’s not a priority.

This car was originally equipped with air conditioning and still has all the proper pieces in place although the unit hasn’t been charged in years. A R134 retrofit may be in order...

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Full Size Ford Steering Upgrade Guide

Many people today are looking to upgrade to a little more modern steering feel on their classic Galaxie, Customline, or other full size Ford project. There are many choices available from the aftermarket today. I would suggest thoroughly researching the pros and cons of each kit before just jumping in with both feet. Some kits do not allow the use of column shifters and some may have header clearance issues. Ask many questions of the supplier and also cruise the ‘net to get feedback from others who have tried such a swap. There are typically two types of conversions available for these cars. The first type is a rack-and-pinion steering gear and the second would is an integral type steering gearbox as found on 65 and later full size Ford products. I will list both types below...

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Galaxie and Full Size Ford Sightings

Cool '65 spotted in the Central Oregon desert.

Cool ’65 spotted in the Central Oregon desert.

Edsel Ranger Corsair 1958 1959

Forgotten Edsel

1965 Ford Galaxie

1965 Ford Galaxie

1964 Mercury Commuter Wagon

1964 Mercury Commuter Wagon

1965 Ford Galaxie Convertible

1965 Ford Galaxie Convertible

Cool 1963 1/2 Galaxie Fastback sitting on a trailer near Bend, Oregon.

Cool 1963 1/2 Galaxie Fastback sitting on a trailer near Bend, Oregon.

1964 Mercury Parklane along Highway 97 in Central Oregon.

1964 Mercury Parklane along Highway 97 in Central Oregon.

Lincoln Continental nestled among the pines near Chiloquin, Oregon.

Lincoln Continental nestled among the pines near Chiloquin, Oregon.

Very clean 1964 Ford Galaxie 2-door Hardtop along Highway 97 in Central Oregon.

Very clean 1964 Ford Galaxie 2-door Hardtop along Highway 97 in Central Oregon.

Nice 1970 Ford LTD along Highway 97 in Central Oregon.

Nice 1970 Ford LTD along Highway 97 in Central Oregon.

1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL seen near Klamath Falls, Oregon.

1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL seen near Klamath Falls, Oregon.

1959 Ford Galaxie heading west on I-84 along the Columbia Gorge. Special thanks to my wife Kara for snapping this shot.

1959 Ford Galaxie heading west on I-84 along the Columbia Gorge. Special thanks to my wife Kara for snapping this shot.

Frontal shot of this way cool '59.

Frontal shot of this way cool ’59.

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Summer season draws to a close….

It seems like as soon as it was upon us, it was gone (for those of us with children, first day back to school seems to unofficially mark the end of summer).  We look back on the triumphs and tribulations of Summer 2014 in the FullSizeFord camp. The 1/4-mile Marauder again failed to leave the shop (we were so close this time!) due to other projects taking precedence. A match race set up with a friend’s 2009 Subaru Legacy AWD never materialized as we fought to prepare it by the September 19th deadline which signaled the last Friday Night Drags of the season. We most likely could have made it there with the car but passing tech would have been a different story. Guess we’ll have to wait until next year on that one. Maybe by that time I’ll have figured out how to work the Go-Pro...

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1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner enjoying a moment in the sun

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