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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More