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Old 05-09-2010, 03:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Great 63.5 Galaxie 500 Fastback 427 4 Speed getting ready for inspection Caper.

After owning this car for 9 months, I thought I'd give an update on what's been happening.

Firstly, I cleaned it up and did some appearance things to get it looking pretty sharp.
Then the main aim was to get stuck into it, and get the important things done so that I can get it close to inspection time.

I straightened a couple of dents on the aluminum grill.
Fitted wiper arms. Fitted front windscreen mouldings.
Sourced horns and got them to work.

Had to replace the brake master cylinder and all 4 wheel cylinders, as I found out on my first drive with a permit, that the car wouldn't stop!

Sourced bits and pieces for the park brake set up. The car had nothing there. No levers inside the rear drums, no cables, no lever or bracket at the gearbox cross member. Had to fabricate some of the parts.
Removed bumpers and repaired slight chassis damage at the rear, and radiator support rust at the front. Also had to replace the battery tray and the section below it which were rusted through.

Top Loader had to come out, as it was leaking like a sieve. Briefly checked through it and re-gasketed the gearbox.
Cleaned and painted the trans tunnel and surrounds while it was out.
Spent at least 10 hours on each side of the front suspension, removing 47 years worth of baked on grease and grime. Scraped, thinners, degreaser, high pressure water......you name it. Then painted the lot.
Had some of the exhaust modified, as it was leaking from the joint at the factory 427 headers, and it also need to be raised.

By driving it to the exhaust shop, it was pulling to the left, so I decided it needs a wheel alignment. So before doing that, I thought I would lower the car by about 3 inches. Rear leaf spring removal was easy, and I took them to a suspension shop.
Front coil removal was not so easy, but in the end I found the right method, and I got them out.
Once it was lowered, there was a slight problem with the passenger's side inner tie rod rubbing against the idler arm. Turned out that it had a slight bend in it. All fixed now, repainted and with new rubber boots.

So here it is today in my backyard, with it's new stance.

I'm happy so far.

Next up will be to check out the engine issue I have, and then take it in for it's inspection.





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Re: The Great 63.5 Galaxie 500 Fastback 427 4 Speed getting ready for inspection Cape

Your car is looking good. Keep up the good work and keep us posted. I have a 63.5 that I am doing rust repair on and it is a battle.

Thanks for the PIC's
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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looking good Danv-- lookin good

BUT--now look fred--this hant no caper yoy didnt tellus about the weather,the cats, where you went last night, or about you toe nails. either you streighten up and do it right or ill get JC after ya..and its expected that this thread needs to gather at least 39 pages of unrelated information. geeeesss amatures
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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After owning this car for 9 months, I thought I'd give an update on what's been happening.
Hey Danv,
Well, it's about time!

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Firstly, I cleaned it up and did some appearance things to get it looking pretty sharp.

Then the main aim was to get stuck into it, and get the important things done so that I can get it close to inspection time.

I straightened a couple of dents on the aluminum grill.
Fitted wiper arms. Fitted front windscreen mouldings.
Sourced horns and got them to work.

Had to replace the brake master cylinder and all 4 wheel cylinders, as I found out on my first drive with a permit, that the car wouldn't stop!

Sourced bits and pieces for the park brake set up. The car had nothing there. No levers inside the rear drums, no cables, no lever or bracket at the gearbox cross member. Had to fabricate some of the parts.

Removed bumpers and repaired slight chassis damage at the rear, and radiator support rust at the front. Also had to replace the battery tray and the section below it which were rusted through.

Top Loader had to come out, as it was leaking like a sieve. Briefly checked through it and re-gasketed the gearbox.

Cleaned and painted the trans tunnel and surrounds while it was out.

Spent at least 10 hours on each side of the front suspension, removing 47 years worth of baked on grease and grime. Scraped, thinners, degreaser, high pressure water......you name it. Then painted the lot.

Had some of the exhaust modified, as it was leaking from the joint at the factory 427 headers, and it also need to be raised.

By driving it to the exhaust shop, it was pulling to the left, so I decided it needs a wheel alignment. So before doing that, I thought I would lower the car by about 3 inches. Rear leaf spring removal was easy, and I took them to a suspension shop.

Front coil removal was not so easy, but in the end I found the right method, and I got them out.

Once it was lowered, there was a slight problem with the passenger's side inner tie rod rubbing against the idler arm. Turned out that it had a slight bend in it. All fixed now, repainted and with new rubber boots.

So here it is today in my backyard, with it's new stance.

I'm happy so far.

Next up will be to check out the engine issue I have, and then take it in for it's inspection.
IT'S LOOKING GRRRRREAT, DANV! I can see why you're "happy so far". The only thing that I can tell you is that you should have been doing the "updates" as you were in the process instead of just giving an occasional synopsis.

And I also wanted to commend you for a post without any misspelled words (the word "moulding" notwithstanding).

Keep up the good work.

Hope you are well.

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And I also wanted to commend you for a post without any misspelled words (the word "moulding" notwithstanding).
Amen to that, JC. But remember, DanV is in Australia, where they spell things funny and, for that matter, drive their Galaxies on the wrong side of the road.
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How did you lower the front? Cut coils or lowering springs. Same question for the rear, what did you have the spring shop do, reverse the eyes?
The stance is great!
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I had the rear springs re-set lower by about 3 inches at the suspension shop.
The front coils have been cut. The reason why I did this because it was a trial and error type thing until I got it right. And I got it right the first time!
Now that I have the right ride height, I might get some heavy duty low springs in the future.
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Hey JC and QCR. I've been looking for "mouldings" on eBay, and they are spelled (spelt?) both ways, so I wasn't sure which was correct, although my spell checker did highlight it.

Also JC, I hope you didn't mind that I called this a "caper", because I was following on what one of the most famous people here does, and that is you. Although I wont be using the quote button too much.
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Amen to that, JC. But remember, DanV is in Australia, where they spell things funny and, for that matter, drive their Galaxies on the wrong side of the road.
Hey Mr. QCR,
That was what I meant by the term "notwithstanding". It was a "concession" to those who are STILL somewhat beholden to the "Queen's English".

AND there were a couple of other terms that MAY be akin to that same "notwithstanding concession" (OR they may be Aussie slang)...

The first was the word "sourced", which in reading it with the context in mind, I interpreted as meaning "acquired", as in "I sourced the parts", meaning he GOT the parts.

And the other was "stuck", which in reading IT with the context in mind, I interpreted as meaning "involved" or "proceeded", as in "get stuck into it", meaning that he actually started DOING the deed.

But all in all, I think that Danv did an admirable job of writing a "caper" type "update", and for that he gets, for whatever it's worth, a "commendation".

There DOES have to be something said for efficacious writing, for it DOES make our Forum appear to not only be competent when it comes to dealing with these old Gals, but also makes it clear that that we are intelligent, and conscientious, not only as mechanics, but also communicators.

Anyway, every little bit helps.

Hope YOU are well.

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Hey JC and QCR. I've been looking for "mouldings" on eBay, and they are spelled (spelt?) both ways, so I wasn't sure which was correct, although my spell checker did highlight it.
Hey Danv,
"Mouldings" IS acceptable as long as everyone KNOWS what you mean. It's just that here in the "West", "moulding" is what happens to bread when a fungus is among us.

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Also JC, I hope you didn't mind that I called this a "caper", because I was following on what one of the most famous people here does, and that is you.
I don't mind at all. I'm actually flattered by your assessment, especially in light of the fact that those who are REALLY the MAIN people here, and who are the REAL authorities, and who, by the way, are ACTUALLY the ones behind any successes that I have had in dealing with Ms. American and Lorrie, thanks to their guidance and advice, generally eschew any basking in the limelight.

THEY are the ones who from extensive experience are able to steer those of us who are plying our somewhat limited skills in pursuit of this "hobby" so that everything STILL comes out pretty good.

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Although I wont be using the quote button too much.
We each have our preferences.

I remember when I first came here in December of 2007, YOU were the first to respond to my post. And it wasn't long after that that the MAIN people here started giving me quite a bit of "flak" for my propensities citing "eyestrain", and extraneous and un-necessary information as the reason.

BUT, after a while, seeing patience, persistence, and diligence applied to some pretty knotty problems, they have pretty much become quite permissive, and have accepted the way I write.

It probably wouldn't have been thus had I not delved so deeply into actually DOING the things that have needed to be done, along with the subsequent reporting of almost EACH and EVERY detail of the process, even with pictures at times.

I have to say that I cherish the phrase that I FINALLY got from Mr. Deadhorse (Rich), when he said: "You've come a long way, pilgrim!", especially since HE, in the early stages of my being here, had exclaimed, in exasperation: "I'm threw with yew!", citing as the reason: That I was trying to "reinvent the wheel". Remember THAT?

Anyway, we all MUST be doing something right, seeing as to how we seem to have the BEST of ALL the Galaxie forums.

BTW, just another note on something about spelling here. I find it endearingly ironic that on a forum dedicated to a specific "model" of automobile that the "spell checker" still lists "GALAXIE" as being incorrectly spelled (spelt?)!

Hope this finds YOU doing well.

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Thanks JC. Keep posting, because I want to make it to at least a couple of pages.
Whatever was said in the past is all water under the bridge now. We are one real good Galaxie community here.

Because I never started this caper as I was actually doing the work on the Galaxie 63.5, there's always something which is forgotten.
Over our last very hot Summer, it sometimes got a little too hot to work on the car.
I think it was around mid January that over a couple of stinking hot days, that I decided to restore the steering wheel as best I could.
Once it was all done, the existing horn ring looked pretty crappy in comparison, so luckily there was one on eBay just a few days later, and I ended up winning the bid.
Here are the results.





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Any ETA on a first inspection Dan?
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I'm waiting for the billet Rocker arm pedestal stands to arrive from the US, then I will install them and also find out what's causing the oiling problem. If it's simply the restrictors under the rocker shaft, then I am laughing. If it's not, then I have to look at valve stem seals.
Once this is done, then it'll be ready.
But with Winter almost here, I'm in no hurry.
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Dan, when's the seat cover and console removal caper coming!
Just joking.... but if you need a hand.
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Thanks JC.
Hey Danv,
You are, of course welcome, to be sure.

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Keep posting, because I want to make it to at least a couple of pages.
The secret to getting "at least a couple of pages" is to keep the updates coming.

Getting your Gal ready for inspection HAS got to be as interesting as getting Ms. American ready for inspection.

I mean, YOU have what is considered to be the epitome of a Galaxie: Two-Doors; Hard-Top; Fast Back; BIG engine; Four-Speed; Bright-Red; Steering Wheel on the Wrong-Side (at least for where YOU are); Nice Interiour; Great Condition. All things that make YOUR Gal, while NOT very "rare" (due to being a very popular model, many of them have been restored and taken VERY good care of), is a VERY "valuable" vehicle.

One thing that I WOULD recommend is to come up with a REALLY nice name for her. Something flashy and memorable.

I don't know if any of you remember the "Car&Driver" and "Road&Track" Magazines. But back in the 60s, they had a series of stories about a fictional Ferrari/Lamborghini/Bugatti type Italian car manufacturer named "Pignatelli", which manufactured a vehicle called the "Cyclops", which made the old Yugo look like an "all-out" luxury/racing vehicle.

BUT, every once-in-a-while, Pignatelli would build a "prototype" that would make Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Bugattis look like ordinary old "Blue-Hairs".

These prototypes were reminiscent of the Mecom Racing Team in Houston, Texas, Stiletto-Style Road-Racing vehicle known as "Hussein I" (dubbed "Insane I" for it's INABILITY to change direction once it got going. It had a SERIOUS under-steer problem, probably related to it's nearly 2,000 lb weight).

It had a huge, rear-located Chrysler Hemi Engine with an all-aluminum, hand formed body from Cooper. It had the kind of lines that were super-mean. It was a MONSTER!

Well that's what the Pignatelli would look like, EXCEPT the Pignatelli would be covered with louvers! I mean every square inch would have a louver on it somewhere. Also, instead of Dzuz fasteners, they would have leather straps and belt buckles for holding access panels, hoods and trunk lids shut.

Anyway, one of the characters in these stories was a GORGEOUS, VOLUPTUOUS sex-kitten, driver-groupie who was a cross between Bridgit Bardot, and Sophia Loren, and her name was "Imaculatta Von Climax".

I tell you this because I'm illustrating what I think is a "flashy" name!

Having a good name for your Gal personalizes it in the minds of the readers, and over time, people come to actually "know" the vehicle.

Pictures help too. I mean, there are people here who know what the Headers on Ms. American look like better than they know what the headers on their OWN Gal looks like.

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Whatever was said in the past is all water under the bridge now. We are one real good Galaxie community here.
Agreed. There is NONE better. I feel so fortunate to have found it.

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Because I never started this caper as I was actually doing the work on the Galaxie 63.5, there's always something which is forgotten.

Over our last very hot Summer, it sometimes got a little too hot to work on the car.
I know what you mean. Only here, it's not only heat, but humidity. Like today. Here I am bug-bombing the house for fleas, and it is too humid to be out working on Lorrie, so I'm sitting here in the Sound/Music Studio where it's cooler, and away from the toxicity of the main part of the house, unable to get anything done on Lorrie.

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I think it was around mid January that over a couple of stinking hot days, that I decided to restore the steering wheel as best I could.

Once it was all done, the existing horn ring looked pretty crappy in comparison, so luckily there was one on eBay just a few days later, and I ended up winning the bid.

Here are the results.
It came out looking REALLY G-R-E-A-T!

What do you do to restore a Steering Wheel? You see, you could do a whole article on THAT.

Anyway, I'm going to try to get myself together here. I started the fogging at 10:00 a.m., and the instructions were to wait two hours, and then air the place out for an hour. I'm off to do that, and then see if I can do something on Lorrie.

Keep the updates coming.

Hope you are well.

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