Great stuff - still very cool what you did. I personally love those wheels on a Gal. We have ONE that came with the car and I'd like to do more but my son has a different look in mind.
Thanks for sharing!
thanks Stephen- I was always a fan of the big fords wearing the 'handling package' wheels too- especially on the more formal 4 doors. my 2000 will be heading to the recycler in the spring, its wearing them too- will need to keep at least a spare as the 65 and 02 have same wheels, but *might* be able to sell three of them if you change your mind- or if you decide to get rid of the one you have, let me know
the 2000/2002 are fully painted, where on the 65 I squeezed them in the lathe and skim cut the lips/polished them...eventually want to do the 2002's the same way
a little background on the lady in the first picture- Alice was married to Jim. Jim grew up with Ben(original galaxie owner). in the slow time after WWII, our allotment had been lotted off from a big farm- Jim bought one lot, started building a small house... halfway thru, he cut his budget to buy adjacent lot, and had hoped to buy a third if work allowed- it didnt...he told Ben about the area, Ben skipped one lot, thinking Jim was gonna buy it, and Ben bought two, started building his small home... over the years, they both built on many times, but the lot in the middle was sold off before Jim could afford it. Ben and Maria(his german war bride) had a daughter, Pam about the same time Jim and Alice had a son Jim... JimII and Pam married, had 2 daughters...how cool was that... sadly they divorced 10-12 yrs later, around the time I moved in, but Jim and Ben were still close friends.
as a kid, I grew up a mile or two away, 2 doors up had a few friends...whose Dad was Ben's brother. barely a year out of highschool, I bought the house between them, not knowing anything about neighbors- I just saw a 3 car garage and had to get it (had worked a LOT thru school- 55hrs a week even during schoolyears, 70+ over summers) banks were reluctant to loan a 19 yr old, but I got it- locked in at only 14% too- yikes.
anyways, man did I luck out...found out Ben was related to childhood friends, got to know him pretty well, Maria had some issues, rarely came outside- I actually only ever talked with her maybe a dozen times over the years, they never vacationed... Jim and Alice were 180 opposites of Ben and Maria- ALWAYS taking trips and things... they were more like parents than neighbors.
Anyways, Ben's galaxie was the first 'new' car in the neighborhood when Ben bought it in 1965, Alice remembered the four of them going out in it...it was a kinda big deal... Alice was the one that told me Ben washed that car every single day if he drove it, and waxed it monthly till he started rubbing the paint off of it. 1965-1978 it was his daily driver, then he bought a 78 Merc 'last of the big ones' he was told it would be... then the grand marquis came out, he got rid of the 78, traded on a 93(I think it was a 93). I helped him redo the carb on the 65 back around 1984 or so, it had sat in his garage for most of the time from 78-on, he only drove it a couple times a year- but if it came out, he washed it both before and after driving it... he sure loved polishing that old car
Anyways, Alice's eyes lit up when she saw his old car shined up again, as she hadnt ridden in it in over 30 yrs, and hadnt seen it since I moved 10 yrs ago...said she never knew a car could last that long and still shine up like that
I have repainted the roof and passenger quarter, Ben had both quarters painted in 78, the drivers still needs redone badly too, but the passenger side I couldnt put off- it was really wavy- terrible...rest is 1965 Ford enamel though, and although I'm sure Ben kept it a mile deeper polished than I, it still shines up incredibly well for its age...too bad there are little rust holes coming thru the doors(undersides have large holes, just sealed/not fixed). I bought new doors for it, but cant bear to pop the old original laser straight- albeit rusty- doors off it for keeps...still looks ok from 20'