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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2016, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Ford Galaxie 500 352

So my grandma gave my mom the galaxie 500. It's got the 352 and I want to give it a little more power. Now the car sat for almost 30 years in our barn, and with help from my dad, we got it running today. It started really easy and ran really smooth, other than an exhaust leak on both sides where the headers meet the pipes. What I would like to do, is install a lopey cam and maybe swap the intake and headers. Not too many mods, just enough to make it a little meaner, however, I know nothing about big blocks and don't know what to get. I'm a small block Ford man. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I know most of you probably know what to do and here to go with the 352. Thanks in advance!!!!
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Re: Ford Galaxie 500 352

If it's a stock 64 352, which I assume it is, it's an engine designed to run on regular gas and has a 4V carb, 250 hp.

If you want just a little more "go", unless you're dead set on doing a motor project, I'd consider a rear end swap to 3:50 and leave it there.

Some extra pep, and a lot easier on the wallet, but, it depends on how far you want to go with the car.

Regardless, good luck with your project whatever you decide.
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Thanks for the info. Do you know what it would take to mayne change the cam? I'm sorry to ask so many questions but I don't know all that much about mechanic work. I'm an auto body man. Haha. I'd like to change the cam and just give it a little lope. But I'm not sure what needs to be done. I've got the money to do a little bit to it, but I'm not wanting to make crazy power, just put some pep in it's step. I'm wanting to surprise my mom. When I got the car started I thought she was going to cry because it was my grandpa's baby back in the day and she hasn't heard it run in almost 30 years. Any help I can get would be awesome.
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Re: Ford Galaxie 500 352

Get it tuned up and optimized before installing a new cam. There are a lot of posts on here on what FE's like to run well and make the most power with what they got. These are expensive engines to build, so ignition tuning is going to be the easiest and cheapest place to start. If I remember from my reading ignition and exhaust are the first places to work on. Probably no point in swapping the cam without changing the intake, then the snowball really gets rolling.

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Re: Ford Galaxie 500 352

I wonder what he ended up doing with it if anything yet?

I wouldn't put a 3:50 in it if he ever plans on cruising down a freeway with it. He will get bout 7 mpg and barely drive 60mph cause the RPMs will be so high it will sound like the engine is going to fly apart. Been there, will never do it again without overdrive or something



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I wonder what he ended up doing with it if anything yet?

I wouldn't put a 3:50 in it if he ever plans on cruising down a freeway with it. He will get bout 7 mpg and barely drive 60mph cause the RPMs will be so high it will sound like the engine is going to fly apart. Been there, will never do it again without overdrive or something
Good point, although if it's been garaged for 30 years and it's his mom's car, I wouldn't be surprised if they're planning on driving it sparingly. I agree with the previous posters that the motor should be the final consideration, just because that in itself is a monster project. If he can take care of the other odds and ends to his mom's satisfaction, it will save him immense time and money. Then, if he's still interested, he can take care of the motor without so much urgency.
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Re: Ford Galaxie 500 352

In any FE, and especially a low powered stocker, follow this plan

1 - Headers and good dual exhaust
2 - Recurve the distributor
3 - Regear the car for intended use (most street hot rods will like a 3.50-3.70 gear)
4 - Install a shift kit in the tranny

Those will make the car fun to drive and start setting you up for more changes.

Next is intake and carb
Then is cam and/or heads

The issue you have is that a lopo 352 is probably not going to respond well to a rwdy cam because you will lose more torque. Consider after 1-4, building a 390 or bigger if you still like the car and it is worth putting money into. Don't underestimate 1-4 though, it'll make it fly compared to what it is now and a lot more fun to drive

ON EDIT - just realized this was an old post....LOL..wonder what he did?
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