1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback Road Race Project

54 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback

This Galaxie has been in our stable the longest. This car was actually a daily driver back in the mid 90’s. An original 352, Cruise-O-Matic car, it got me to work and back every day sporting a 390ci FE V8 and C6 automatic transmission. Years have not been kind to this car and it’s having a vinyl top took a toll on the car’s roof, leaving several rust holes where moisture was trapped underneath the vinyl covering. “Why not turn this into a Nascar tribute car?”, we asked. So the idea was born. We would transform the once proud daily driver into a Miata eating road course terror. Looking like a vintage Nascar racer ready for Riverside circa 1964 but being modern underneath with 4 wheel disc brakes, MSD ignition, etc.

First step was to gut the interior, then install a period correct roll cage. Special thanks to Mike Keough in Missoula, Montana for building the roll cage based on pictures we showed him. It turned out beautiful! The car will still retain FE power in 428 form (427 not in the budget!) backed by a Toploader 4-speed transmission. We will of course remove the swinging lower front control arm bushings and use tubular control arms up top and down below. Track day fun is the name of the game for this car. We have a lot of work to do on this one but most of the pieces have been obtained and we’ll do our best on getting the car finished enough to at least do some shakedown runs at our local road course.

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