Project Vehicles

1966 Ford Galaxie 7-litre goes to new home…

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.

1966 Ford Galaxie 7-litre 500

1966 Ford Galaxie 7-litre being delivered to it’s new owner

428 FE Series V8 Galaxie 7-litre

The heart of the 7-litre, Ford’s new for ’66 345HP 428ci V8.

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1/4 Mile Marauder Update

Mercury Marauder 390 FE

Work is progressing slowly on the 1964 Mercury Montclair Marauder. Basically, it just needs a new fuel pump installed to be a running vehicle. The brake repairs have been completed so it is just a matter of getting the car moving under it’s own power. We have the new fuel pump on hand already and have already installed a newer Autolite 2100 two barrel since the original was pretty gummed up. The original carburetor is rebuildable but it was just easier to swap on the newer one since we had it sitting around. We’ve been spending most of our time on our recently acquired 1966 Galaxie 7-litre so we’ve kind of neglected the poor old Merc a bit lately. The other snag to hitting the track has been finding the rear trim piece on the trunk which houses the trunk lock assembly...

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1966 Ford Galaxie 7litre -New Project Car

1966 Ford Galaxie 7-litre

A new addition found it’s way into the FullSizeFord garage this winter in the form of a 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-litre. The 7-litre was a special model introduced by Ford in 1966 to showcase Ford’s all new 428 cubic inch powerplant. Ordering the 7-litre model in 1966 got the owner the 428 engine (a few were outfitted with 427ci engines), disc brakes, XL interior with bucket seats and console, wood grain steering wheel, and special badging. 7-litres were available as a 2-door hardtop fastback or convertible. Choice of transmissions included the all new C6 3-speed automatic or Ford’s venerable Toploader 4-speed manual. 1966 was the only year that the 7-litre was available as it’s own model, being reduced to an option package in 1967 and fading into obscurity beyond that...

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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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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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