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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-28-2015, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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New to the forum, but not to Galaxies and Hi-Po FEs. I am 69 years old. When I was 15, in the Fall of '61, one of my best friends talked his father into ordering a '62 Galaxie 500 XL 406 tri-power 4 speed, which duly arrived on a late September day and I was blown away! His Dad always ordered a new top of the line Ford every year. Because it was a 406, he was not allowed to have power steering or power brakes, but it had power windows! I just had to have something similar. It took a while. In college ('66) I bought a '65 Galaxie convertible (390, 4 speed, 3.25 rear, 15 inch tires) for $2000 from a guy who had been drafted and was going to VietNam. Stupidly, I abused it, hurt the engine, had it rebuilt with solid lifters and a "three quarter race cam" which wiped out my low end torque, which meant that I then had to put 3.89 gears in it so that it would get off the line. All this with money I didn't have. Fast forward to now, I have been into restomodding, really since the late '70s when I got a junkyard '66 Mustang convertible (again for $2000) and changed it into the car I want. It's probably still not done. I've also done a restomod '64 Falcon Sprint, and a '66 F100 restomod with a 390 roller motor and an NV4500 5 speed. Finally, a couple of years ago I bought what was supposed to be a 63.5 427-8V. I knew it would need a lot of work, which is the fun part, but it wasn't all that it was supposed to be and I let my "I want it" override what should have been my good sense. But we're getting there. I've been surfing your forum for awhile and you seem like a great bunch of knowledgeable people. I hope to learn much from you and contribute where I can. Thanks!
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welcome- I am a Ohioan transplanted from Tucson

I think of all the Galaxie sites out there, this one little thread on FM is my favorite, mostly very friendly/enthusiastic old ford lovers, and theres quite a few really top notch folks in here that over the years have helped me and countless others, and a lot of the 'conversations' have made for some interesting reads and rethinking for me...

the sites been a little quiet lately, usually a lot busier over the winter months when us poor northern folks are wrenching during the snow/salt months.

we all crave pictures- so your 63.5- did it come with the 427/8v? one heck of a powerplant, whether it was supposed to be there or not

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Tim - thanks for the welcome. My father was from Columbus, Ohio and I have spent a lot of good time in your state. Still have two cousins who live there. As a new guy, how do I post pictures? I'm sure this question must have been answered a zillion times and I should probably do a search first before I ask, however . . . My car was advertised as a 427-8V XL, which is what I was looking for. When the previous owner gave me the Warranty Plate codes over the phone (he was in Atlanta and I in Tucson) I realized that it wasn't close to original. I wanted a car that was a little tired so the price would be lower and I could have the fun of working on it. Went to look at it and it appeared to be all there. It had obviously had a hard life of drag racing as there are some massive traction bars welded to the axle. Engine had the two fours, cast iron headers, dual point distributor, ⅜ fuel line with fuel filter up near the cylinder head, solid lifters, and nuts denoting cross bolted mains. It passed every test. As the PO didn't have a lift or a decent light, I decided to accept the car was legit without checking the block casting number which I couldn't see without the lift and the light. This was my downfall. When I got it home, I put it on the lift and found a D4TE casting number - '74 360 cubic inch truck motor. And it crumped after driving it only about 40 miles - camshaft lobe failure. The nuts for the cross bolted mains had been glued on - they were fake. There's a lesson here somewhere! It wasn't the guy I bought it from. He didn't have a clue. But it was the guy HE bought it from. He had a 427, blew it up racing it, went to a junk yard and bought the cheapest FE he could and dressed it as a 427. Oh, well! I found an old guy in Phoenix who specialized in building 427s. He agreed to build me an engine from one in his stock, a '68 service block so it's a side oiler. I saw the guts with my own eyes. It's now waiting impatiently for the rest of the restoration to be completed. I won't even tell you how much bodywork was required on what looked like a reasonably straight car. Too much "I want it" when I should have been more careful. It'll be all right in the end.
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635rangoon427,

Sounds like you've got an upbeat attitude to an otherwise unfortunate incident. Good luck with the build, and I agree that this is probably the best online forum for Galaxie fanatics.

Post some pictures of your Galaxie when you have a chance.

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glued on cross bolts- thats just cold...

my 16 yr old kid bought a ranger used, we redid a lot, all brakelines except one that was new...couldnt bleed. found out why- the dingbat put a NAIL inside the master cyl flare fitting of the new line as a hidden plug...and sold it to a kid. nice

to post pics, easiest to open a flickr.com account, put there(pretty much unlimited storage), then click the share button and copy the bbcode, paste it in- pretty unlimited, and you can share on any site

to post directly from here, click on the 'manage attachments' button in the window below where the 'submit reply' button usually is, you can upload directly to FM... I dont know if you can link to FM photos on other sites though, some let you, some dont...

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to post pics, easiest to open a flickr.com account, put there(pretty much unlimited storage)
or you can set up a free Photobucket account
https://secure.photobucket.com/register

and here's a youtube video showing how to attach pictures on forums...

%201964%20Galaxie/?action=view&current=09-03-10_1408.jpg Lars...
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Thanks for your help and comments. I'm losing the argument with my computer over posting pictures at the moment, but I'll keep trying.
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There may be a picture attached to this post (or there may not be). If there is, it's a shot of the stripped Galaxie on its way to the body shop in early 2014. Tow vehicle is my '66 F100 (looks small, doesn't it) powered by a roller 390 and an NV4500 5 speed overdrive transmission. The '67 Brand X C-10 in the background belongs to a mechanic friend. I tried to post four pictures at one time, but it doesn't look like its going to let me do it. Or is there a trick to it?
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Well, that worked well, didn't it? Will keep trying (later). Perhaps you can imagine what it looks like from my description in the last post.
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Hello 635Rangoon427,
Sorry to hear about that story with your car, It's one thing for someone to drop another engine in but that is unbeleivably deceitful to Glue the heads of bolts onto the side of the block, That's a rotten trick.

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Well, that worked well, didn't it? Will keep trying (later). Perhaps you can imagine what it looks like from my description in the last post.
If you're post pics directly to the site from the "Manage Attachments" dialog, you have to load them one at a time. The other issue is that they have to be a smaller file size than what typically comes out your camera. When I post pictures I resize them to 1200 X 800, which is plenty high resolution for posting and doesn't take long to download.

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OK, I'm following your advice using "Manage Attachments" and the one picture I have tried to upload has had the JPEG mini treatment so the file shouldn't be too big - however, I don't see any evidence of a picture appearing. I'll send this anyway and see what happens.
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Eureka! It's a miracle! OK, this next picture is of the 427 engine that wasn't one, taken in Atlanta on the day I bought the car. You can see that the previous owner has added a Be Cool aluminum radiator with twin electric fans, and power booster/dual master cylinder for four wheel disc brakes which are also on the car. He had spent a lot of money on this car which he would not have done if he was just trying to dump it off on some dummy - which turned out to be me.
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One more (don't want to bore you) also taken in Atlanta the day I bought the car, giving you a general idea of what the exterior condition appeared to be - which again was flattering but false! Previous owner had installed some nice new 15 inch Torque Thrust D wheels and new BFG Radial T/As.
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OK, I'm following your advice using "Manage Attachments" and the one picture I have tried to upload has had the JPEG mini treatment so the file shouldn't be too big - however, I don't see any evidence of a picture appearing. I'll send this anyway and see what happens.
That worked well. You can attach more than one picture to your post, but you have to load them one at a time. The dialog box where you browse for the files tells you when the file has been accepted by the site. Then, when you are back to the "Submit Reply" page the attachments are listed, so you can know what files were successfully uploaded. Clicking the "Preview Post" button should let you see the pictures, if you want to check before submitting.

Pictures are wonderful and make most posts better. Your car sure looked pretty good. I just hope the deal was OK in spite of the deception.

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