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67 Galaxie Project - Advice/Recommendations needed

Hi All,

I just signed up for this board after being a lurker for a couple of weeks. A friend of mine has a 67 Convertible, that he has owned for about 15+ years and would like to bring it back to life.
From what I have read in different posts, the vin number tells a lot about the car so here it is. Vin #7E57C23818. I believe it has the 289.

The car has not run being started in about 12+ years, just has been sitting in the garage. I don't know how much rust there is on the frame or underside (I actually haven't seen the car in real life).

Here is what we/he wants to do with the car. We want to make it a daily driver for the fair seasons of the year (its in MI so no winter driving).
-Reliable with some power upgrades (390 engine swap?) without making the engine "Crazy" (no blowers or crazy cams etc..). Exhaust.
-Suspension upgrades?
-Probably wheels and tires
-The convertible motors doesnt work right now, fix that.
-Eventually bring it up to an almost-show-condition car in the future (ie paint interior etc...) but not right now.

Basically some good reliable power and suspension upgrades. We are debating between an engine swap or rebuilding plus upgrading the 289.

My question, what would you recommend/advice to attain this goal. We have about 9000 bucks to throw into it...

Thanks!

Arno
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$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.

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$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.
Thanks a lot Kalepsis!

This gives me a good starting point in figuring out price and what to do with the car. I will check out those companies. I will do the "frame test" asap to see if we should keep going with this car or else.

Thanks again.
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Another for the front end kits is PST just to add another to the list.

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Glad to hear about another '67 lurking out there. Keep us posted on the frame. The bad spots on the 65-58 frames were behind the front torque boxes, over the rear axle and behind the rear axle.

The vin decodes as:

7: 1967
E: Mahwah Assembly Plant
57: Galaxie 500 Convertible (body style 76A)
C: 289 (as you noted)
The rest is the Consecutive Unit number and they started with 100001 (what number car it was off the line)

If you want to post the Data plate from the driver's side door I can give you that info as well.

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I don't have anything to add. Just wanted to upstage Fordman289 cause I am Fordman460! LOL,Just kiddin around!
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Any updates? I like checking out other 67 builds so I can steel ideas.

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I don't have anything to add. Just wanted to upstage Fordman289 cause I am Fordman460! LOL,Just kiddin around!
460....

Don't know how I missed that. The handle comes from back when I had my first Galaxie that had a 289. That one is gone and the LTD has a 390, just didn't feel like changing names (I use it everywhere). You still got me with a 460 though.

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Hey man, I think it's a fine name to have. Just in a little humorous mood at that timehttp://www.fordmuscle.com/forums/images/icons/icon10.gif
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If you are looking for sway bars for the car look into the company ADDCO or just visit they're site http://addco.net/ they normally contact you back pretty quick. I ordered bigger sway bars front and rear and it cost me about $350 shipped.

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i put a 460 and toploader 4 speed and a 3.5 detroit locker in my 66 country seedan wagun !!! the detroit locker is where i kept my extra pair of shoes for the Driver Returns On Foot experience !!! the shoes were Found On Russian Dump !!!
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Thanks for the info guys. I am getting ready to go get our '67 XL out of storage and see if I can get the old girl running. Been in storage about 20yrs. Seeing what many of you have done has got me inspired to see what I can do.

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As for the Convertible top not working is it attempting to move? Making any noise? I'd first check the switch making sure you have power to it then jumping the switch to see if it might be the problem. The pump/motor is under the back seat. You will have to remove the back seat and the side panels to see what the problem is with it. If it has a leak you will be able to tell by the oil stains. First check to see if the motor is working you should be able to tell if it is making noise then check to see if it is low on oil. There is a Philip screw on the top this is where you fill it. If one of the cylinders is leaking you can replace it but I would sugget replacing both of them if one is bad. It could be just the hose got pinched some where as it is made out of plastic. Here is a web site of the place that I used to buy my replacement parts if you call them they are helpful.

The Convertible Service Advantage

below is a picture of the motor/pump.





Here are the hoses!



Here is the cylinders.


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I don't know that I would go all the way to a big block since a very strong 351...or a stroked 302... can be put in place of the 289...should be more bang for the buck too. A BB swap would require a different tranny, drive shaft etc. You might also want to consider suspension and brake upgrades as well. Wish I had 9 big ones to throw at my projects!
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