Hello all...I was referred over here by Slck64 (He's known as something else on my other car club), and it seems this is the place to come to for my restomod needs.
I'm Bradley, and I live in Cocoa Florida. I bought back in Feb this year a '62 Galaxie 500 4-door with the 390 T-Bird and only 46k original miles on it, though it has sat for quite some time. It ran when I brought it to my home, but not well, and just about every gasket had failed, so I started tearing into it.
Well, fast-forward to a week ago. I finally tore the heads off the car (well, one side anyways), and found scoring on one cylinder wall, and pitting on all the pistons. I was hoping to stay away from a rebuild, but now it looks like I have little choice other than doing the 429/460 swap (which I bought the conversion kit on ebay for 80 bucks shipped...you can't beat that!), but I really like the look of the FE engines, plus the T-Bird covers really look good now that I refinished them.
Anyways, I know that it would be a sin for me to not post any pictures. I don't have any pics in it current state, but I do have these...
(By the way, that is the original plate for this car)
Where I am going with the engine...or was...depending on what I decide now. Wrinkle finish everything that is supposed to be black (not only does it look cool, and is old-school, but also serves the purpose of heat dissipation which this engine will sorely need here in Florida), and a Holley 750 that I rebuilt (new throttle plate I bought for under 70 bucks). Valve covers are original and refinished in silver as they should be for '62 Galaxie applications.
Where I am at right now. This is what is holding up my progress...