Cars

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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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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1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner

1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner

This is the latest addition to the FullSizeFord project stable. A 1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner. This car originally left the factory with the Z-code “Thunderbird Special” 300HP 390 cubic engine and 3-speed OD manual transmission. We initially though there was a chance that this was a 401HP tri-power car, but thanks to some factory Hi-po specialists we have been able to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty that it is not.  As the story goes, the original 390 was stolen while out of the car for a freshening up. The decision was later made to install a 460 and C6 automatic transmission donated from a ’76 Lincoln.

The car still retains it’s original 9-inch Equa-Lok rear but the 3.56 rear gear was swapped out in favor of a 3.70 ratio...

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1963 Ford Galaxie 500 2dr Boxtop

1963 Ford Galaxie 500 2dr Boxtop

This car was actually purchased in the mid 90’s from a small car lot in Sacramento, California which had obtained it at an insurance auction. It is a 41,000 mile original Galaxie that had been involved in a front end collision. We purchased the car for $500 then unloaded it’s original 289 to a friend with a 6 cylinder ’65 Mustang for $250. We had no problem saying goodbye to the venerable old small block as this car will be a 428FE powered street bruiser backed by a C6 automatic and deep geared 9-inch rear.

The frame was not damaged in the collision, just sheet metal and bumper. We have a new front clip in excellent condition ready to go on the car. There is a slight bit of damage on the right rear corner of the car which will need addressed also...

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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...

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