On a recent trip to our local U-pull it yard we came across this once posh 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV now left for dead for the scavengers to have their way with it. It’s big 460 cubic inch 4-barrel Ford V8 was still mostly intact. The Ford 9 3/8 rear end is still in the car. The 9 3/8 is a close cousin to the 9-inch and is strong with 31 spline axles but parts are not near as plentiful as they are for the much revered 9-inch. A 9-inch center section will bolt directly into the housing. According to the warranty plate, the rear end in this Lincoln is sporting freeway friendly 2.75 gears. This car will also have the not as common 5 on 5 inch wheel bolt pattern. This once proud example was built at the Wixom, Michigan assembly plant which was closed in 2007.
Our beloved 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-litre has moved on to greener pastures as the saying goes. The beauty is, the new owners are going to give the ‘ol Gal the complete restoration it deserves. Watch for it in a couple years.
You’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, you’re ready to dive into classic car ownership and for you none other than a FullSizeFord will do. Be it a Galaxie, a luxurious LTD, a bruising Mercury Marauder fastback, or even a sweet suicide door Lincoln Continental, one of Ford Motor Company’s full size offerings is tugging at your heartstrings. Maybe even the oft-scoffed Edsel would be the car of choice to fill that lonely void in the garage. Here are a few helpful tips that will help you locate that FullSizeFord of your dreams.
First of all, you’ll want to decide what level of FullSizeFord you want to get into and also come up with a reasonable price range you are comfortable with. Be realistic...Read More
This car is a real find, a legit factory 4-speed big block Galaxie 500XL. This Z-code Galaxie features a 390ci FE series V8 backed by a 4-speed Toploader manual transmission. The car went through a refurbishment some time ago and features a maroon exterior and black bucket seat interior with console. The engine sounds great breathing through dual exhaust with Flowmasters producing the vibes. The engine is a ’68 date coded 390 featuring an Offenhauser aluminum intake manifold, Edelbrock carburetor, and Pertronix breakerless ignition. The Toploader is shifted via a Hurst shifter designed to work with the stock console. We will be making some cosmetic upgrades before offering this car up for sale. It’s going to be sad seeing this one go but as always, we’ve got to make room for more cars.Read More
Well we’ve finally had enough with that puddle of 90-weight gear oil puddled on the shop floor under our Starliner’s rear end. The seal was so bad that oil would actually run out when the rear pumpkin was filled up. While we’re at it we are going to install new axle seals, ARP differential mounting studs, and a new differential gasket as well. We started by jacking the car up and placing jackstands under the frame, letting the rear hang down. This job is much easier to do if you have an automotive lift, but alas we are relegated to the shop floor for the time being. After removing the rear tires and brake drums, marking the drums with chalk so they are re-installed in the same position, we removed the four nuts which retain the u-joint retaining straps...Read More