Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Philadelphia area
Re: 67 Galaxie Project - Advice/Recommendations needed
$9000 is going to get you to a daily driver condition if you spend it wisely. My first piece of advice would be to get it up on Jack stands, ramps, or preferably a lift and take a couple really good swings at the frame with a rubber mallet from front to rear. Being a Michigan car, even one that's been in a garage for 12 years, salt has always been and will always be its worst enemy. If you have a bunch of holes in the frame after hammering on it, you might as well buy another one with your $9000.
Next suggestion: expect to spend at lease $4k under the hood. A swap to a big-block isn't a bad idea. You can get a 428 long block from auto zone or Advance for 1900 plus core. (The engine builder is Marshall Engines). Comes with a 3-year warranty. There's also nothing wrong with upgrading the 289 that's in there, although you'll probably have to yank it out and do a complete rebuild. There's an EXCELLENT book I got that I would recommend to anyone: "How to Rebuild Ford Big Blocks" by Steve Christ (found it on Amazon). I know it doesn't cover the 289 but he's probably written one that does.
I would replace almost everything in the suspension. You can find whole front-end rebuild kits from Kanter Auto Parts or Dearborn Classics that I've been told are good quality. If you need new coil springs, I recommend a company called Coil Spring Specialties. They manufacture custom springs for any make and model, with any spring rate (if you want stiffer springs) and change of ride height. I ordered some from them with higher rates and a 1-inch drop and it cost me 399 after shipping.
After that, make sure the top doesn't leak (I would replace it whether it leaks or not) and start driving. A lot of issues with old cars like these don't reveal themselves until you've been driving it for a good month at least. Then they'll all pop up at once.
67 LTD 2-door fastback, 390-turned-416
Galaxie Club member #11123