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Old 09-04-2011, 05:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD Body off Frame Resto

Hi Folks,

I just went and picked up someone else's abandoned project yesterday. My father and I bought this as a project to do together. The drive train was pulled previously, but all parts were included. Looks to have very solid frame and solid floors. I have to do some work to the quarter panels, door skins and top of the front fenders were they bolt on.

Here are some starting pics where she sits on the trailer. We are going to begin disassembly tomorrow and hope to have the body off the frame before the month is out.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great pics. Thanks for sharing!

You are only going to be mildly surprised by the amount of bondo in the lower quarters and unsuspected pin hole rust in the floor boards and that one weak spot in the frame behind the driver where it begins to arch over the rear wheel.

You're going to have a blast restoring that beauty!

Keep us in the know!
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Great pics. Thanks for sharing!

You are only going to be mildly surprised by the amount of bondo in the lower quarters and unsuspected pin hole rust in the floor boards and that one weak spot in the frame behind the driver where it begins to arch over the rear wheel.

You're going to have a blast restoring that beauty!

Keep us in the know!
Thanks for the tips buddy! I will be on the lookout for those spots. I already can see I'm going to need to replace the lower quarters, driver door skin, front fenders, and rear deck-lid. Any idea for good sources for replacement sheet metal parts???
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Oh boy, have fun

heres a link to the short and long story on ours, was a lot more work than anticipated, and its just a semi-rough driver...but we got her roadworthy again. although dealing with the rust is never fun, its kinda neat seeing it slowly come back together...especially as my kids/nephews/neighbor lent a hand whenever they could help- thats the key I think on not getting 'project car burnout'. if you love to work on stuff AND dont have a ton of other commitments, a solo project is great- but if youve got to juggle work/kids/a bizillion other things like most of us, Ive only met very few folks that could stay energetic after a year of solitary confinement in their garage...as a father/son project, cant imagine a better way to spend time

http://www.fordmuscleforums.com/maki...e-500-ltd.html

http://www.fordmuscleforums.com/gala...ong-story.html
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Oh boy, have fun

heres a link to the short and long story on ours, was a lot more work than anticipated, and its just a semi-rough driver...but we got her roadworthy again. although dealing with the rust is never fun, its kinda neat seeing it slowly come back together...especially as my kids/nephews/neighbor lent a hand whenever they could help- thats the key I think on not getting 'project car burnout'. if you love to work on stuff AND dont have a ton of other commitments, a solo project is great- but if youve got to juggle work/kids/a bizillion other things like most of us, Ive only met very few folks that could stay energetic after a year of solitary confinement in their garage...as a father/son project, cant imagine a better way to spend time

http://www.fordmuscleforums.com/maki...e-500-ltd.html

http://www.fordmuscleforums.com/gala...ong-story.html

Wow you did an amazing job on that car! I can't wait to get our 65 apart and see what we find for rust!
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Re: 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD Body off Frame Resto

I've located a nice 429 w/ C6 from a 68 Gran Torino I'm thinking of buying. It was rebuilt, bored 30 over, and has 50K miles since rebuild. The guy is asking $1K for it. I sure would like to pick it up for 700 or so.
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I've located a nice 429 w/ C6 from a 68 Gran Torino I'm thinking of buying. It was rebuilt, bored 30 over, and has 50K miles since rebuild. The guy is asking $1K for it. I sure would like to pick it up for 700 or so.
just be sure to find out what heads/pistons...the stock c8ve/d0ve heads with flattops are pushing close to 11:1, gas for that will be pricey...if its got closer to 9.5~10:1 normal 93 should work OK (I think). I know mine always 'growled' when you shut it off (my stepdad used to say that SOB was so mean it growled at you), wasnt till I got it and put a oil pressure gage in it that I realized it was running backwards for a second at shutdown (oil pressure sucked to zero like instantly). It used to run great on that sunoco blue 100 octane stuff, everything else it liked to ping a little and would diesel/un on at shutdown- on the 100 it ran great, except for the 'growl'
I think Crites makes the only headers for this swap, and think they are a little pricey... would sure be a mover though
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just be sure to find out what heads/pistons...the stock c8ve/d0ve heads with flattops are pushing close to 11:1, gas for that will be pricey...if its got closer to 9.5~10:1 normal 93 should work OK (I think). I know mine always 'growled' when you shut it off (my stepdad used to say that SOB was so mean it growled at you), wasnt till I got it and put a oil pressure gage in it that I realized it was running backwards for a second at shutdown (oil pressure sucked to zero like instantly). It used to run great on that sunoco blue 100 octane stuff, everything else it liked to ping a little and would diesel/un on at shutdown- on the 100 it ran great, except for the 'growl'
I think Crites makes the only headers for this swap, and think they are a little pricey... would sure be a mover though
I will double check that! Thank you sir! Great tips!
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Re: 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD Body off Frame Resto

It looks like you got a nice project. They make good looking rides when complete. I'm on my third 65. the first one is on the road for now, the engine will be coming out soon. The second one is still on the rotisserie, waiting to get all all the replacement matel welded out. The third is in the dis assemblely. The thing is that they all has rust out area in the same place. The front floor pans will rust right below the fresh air vent they leak water The resr floor pans, becase the are made like a sink and hole water. Then over the rear wheel. That rust start in front of the rear wheel all the way aroun to the lower qauter panel to the bumper. Over a peroit of time the drain holes will stop up. If you go tomy web site rcchesnutt.smugmug.com and go to r galaxies you will see one picture that show the rear quarter window there is a peeace of tape with a arrow that point to a spot where all the wate from the gutter goes right in that hole into the rear guarter panel. They put sealer over the hole, but with age, the hole will open. It's right where the quarter panel and top join. I got more, but if you go to my web site, you will see it all. I add to the site once a week. Good luck
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It looks like you got a nice project. They make good looking rides when complete. I'm on my third 65. the first one is on the road for now, the engine will be coming out soon. The second one is still on the rotisserie, waiting to get all all the replacement matel welded out. The third is in the dis assemblely. The thing is that they all has rust out area in the same place. The front floor pans will rust right below the fresh air vent they leak water The resr floor pans, becase the are made like a sink and hole water. Then over the rear wheel. That rust start in front of the rear wheel all the way aroun to the lower qauter panel to the bumper. Over a peroit of time the drain holes will stop up. If you go tomy web site rcchesnutt.smugmug.com and go to r galaxies you will see one picture that show the rear quarter window there is a peeace of tape with a arrow that point to a spot where all the wate from the gutter goes right in that hole into the rear guarter panel. They put sealer over the hole, but with age, the hole will open. It's right where the quarter panel and top join. I got more, but if you go to my web site, you will see it all. I add to the site once a week. Good luck
Great web site you've got there Randy for sure! Anyone have any ideas where I can get good replacement body panels? I'm going to need to replace my rear decklid and front fenders.

Thanks!
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Re: 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 LTD Body off Frame Resto

Hey, here's another question...I found a 1965 Galaxie 500 parts car for sale locally with solid body parts. Would the rear decklid and front fenders from the 4 door fit on my 2 door car????
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fenders yes, deck lid i dont think so.
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body parts were funny back then...I needed a gas filler door for our 4dr hdtp, bought one from a 4 dr sedan, and it was 3/8" longer...was able to section it to make it work, but was really suprised to see different parts where they didnt need to be...
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This is worthy of a bump.

Any updated photos? I have a similar car and I live about 3 hours drive from Syracuse.

I would be in favor of an FE engine instead of the 429.
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I'll post some updated pics soon. Just got back to working on the Galaxie. We have the whole front disassembled, doors off, starting interior removal. Looks like we have to replace the passenger side floor pan. We are very close to being ready to remove the body from the frame. My neighbor has a rotisserie he said he is not using now and would loan to us for this job.

Do you guys have any good thoughts on sources for parts? I'm thinking of getting maybe a 4 wheel disc brake conversion kit. I will need a trunk lid, passenger side floor section, etc. Any good resources for nut and bolt kits to reassemble this thing when the time comes? I'm thinking of taking my 390 to a local machine shop to have it rebuilt.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
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