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post #16 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-25-2009, 06:33 PM
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Re: The first owner of your Galaxie.

I bought my 65 country squire off the original owners,they lived about 15 miles from my house when the bought it and moved to Florida in 69 and I brought it back home in 2000.
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Re: The first owner of your Galaxie.

I am the fifth owner of my 61 Mercury Meteor 800....the car was built in the Los Angeles plant on October 17, 1960, and was sold at Berkeley Motors in Berkeley, CA. It was sold to Professor W.F. Langelier, who it appears was a professor at UC Berkeley. He died in 1981, and the car went to his caretaker; an older woman who owned it until she passed away in 2003. She was very meticulous about her record keeping; I have all of the receipts for any work that's been done to the car, including the original dealer window sticker, the warranty sheet, and the owner's manual. She was also very careful about caring for the car; it was kept in a garage when it was not being driven, so the paint still shines like it's brand new. Strangely, she had the engine rebuilt in 1982 when it only had 24,000 miles on it, but I suspect she may have done that so she would be able to run unleaded gasoline.

After she passed away, the car was acquired by means of estate by a man who worked on her property. He later turned around and sold it to the guy I bought it from. The guy I bought it from mostly bought it to look cool; he didn't do any actual maintenance to it.....when I got it the carburetor adjustment needles were so out of tune (VERY rich) that it actually backfired and blew apart the muffler when I went to start it one day I bought it from him through an ad on craigslist....I've been working on it non-stop and I don't think I'll ever be finished, but she's a rare, beautiful old girl, and she's worth every penny.

Off-topic, and I know it's not a Galaxie, but my 64 T-Bird was purchased by my dad brand new in December of 1963 from Pearson Ford in San Diego. It was his primary method of transportation until a few years ago when he bought a '59 Edsel Ranger 2-door.

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I would love to know who owned my 71 conv., cause the car has been cut in half at one time. I suspect it happend when new or almost new, as you could tell it was done a long time before I got it, and I bought it 19 years ago.

I've always wanted to know the story.
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Cool '72 Ford Galaxie 500 - 4th owner

i bought my galaxie the day before yesterday as a statement against the cash for clunkers program from a guy on his way out of seattle to brooklyn. all i know about it is that it's not originally white [hard to describe the deep pumpkin color in the trunk - 6F!] and it has a matte black coffee can concealing something under the hood. it has a lot of the receipts and ownership information in the trunk and i look forward to learning all about the car.

i love my new car. pictures later - she will be driven!

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Welcome and congrats on the anti clunker acquisition! The matte black coffee can under the hood is a vacuum canister.

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new ride.

I was just looking at the clunker thing and did you know that if it's over 25 yrs old it's not a clunker? That's right folks, if it's older than 25 yrs they won't takem on the cash for clunkers program! lol

So when someone tries to tell you it's a clunker you just tell them nope, even the government doesn't see it as such!
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Re: The first owner of your Galaxie.

I bought my 62 500 XL from my uncle who bought it new in Laurel Montana. He bought it so late in the year that they couldn't guarantee him a 62. When I changed the tranny filter on the outside of the pan June 6, 1962 is stamped. I'm assuming that was the manufacturing date of the tranny.

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Sometimes the date on stuff can be 6 months earlier than the car was assembled. Cool you have one of the old family cars.
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I'm the third owner of my 1970 XL. I bought it Jan. of '00 (hurray! no Y2K!) in Kirkland, WA. from a fella moving back east who didn't want to tow it. He bought it 15 years or so before that from the original owner.

The original owner purchased it in Glendale, AZ from Sanderson Ford (I know because the dealer sticker is still on the rear bumper, faded but there). He got with 4-wheel manual(!!!!) drums, A/C, column shifter and a bench seat. I have yet to run into another XL with a bench, column shifter and manual drums. The story I got from the 2nd owner was he was real comfortable with the new fangled discs. =D

PS I've long since switched the manual drums to power. Whew.

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My grandfather was the first owner of my 62 Galaxie. He bought it shortly after he retired and kept it until he passed away many years later. He used to pick me up from kindergarten in it.

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Re: The first owner of your Galaxie.

I wish I had this kind of info for mine, but alas I do not.

What I do know (at least what I've been told) is that my 65 lived in California its whole life. The previous owner to me he was the 2nd owner, making me the third. He bought it from the original owner in mid 2009, shipped it out to Australia in October 2009 and had it complianced for use on Australian roads in December 2009. And there it sat in his garage, clocking up 200 miles in 2010 until I bought it. I've done nearly 500 in it already.

I wish you could get Marti reports for these cars, but apparently not. Maybe one day I'll find a build sheet under the seat or in the door, but I won't hold my breath...

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My grandfather was the first owner of my 62 Galaxie. He bought it shortly after he retired and kept it until he passed away many years later. He used to pick me up from kindergarten in it.
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My 1963 convertible was purchased without history, so I'm creating my own with the restoration...documenting it well for some future owner. Also, I've found an ancient beer bottle under the driver's side convertible top mechanism, along with what might be a drive-in movie ticket stub to a theater in Washington state.
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I bought my car from a car dealership/owner. I bought it from a guy that lives by my house he owns a used car lot. He told me that he took it on a trade in with some cash for a F450 truck. He said that the guy told him that the car was from Hawaii. He said that a sailor bought it and drove it while he was stationed there then Uncle Sam shipped it back to the states when he was stationed back to the states. He said that was the reason that the guy who he bought the car from said that the car was heater delete and a 6 cly. Heater delete because there was no need for a heater in Hawaii and 6 cly because in the 60's gas was more expensive in Hawaii because it had to be shipped in.
I really don't know and wish I could find out who the first owner was.
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I picked up my 66 a few months back from the estate of the org. owner.
The guy quit driving it about 8-9 years ago and it sat parked out in his drive ever since. After he passed a the son of the trustee tried to start it by installing a battery and fresh gas but it would not start, so I got a good deal on it. After I got it home I shot oil in the cylinders and cleaned the carb, new points plugs wires etc. and she fired right up, But I have very low oil pressure I kinda think the bearing might have been scared from improper restart procedures. So I found a 429 thunderjet to drop in it. Now just waiting for $$ to drop it in. here is a short you tube vid on it....
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