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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-29-2016, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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1968 Ford Galaxie 500 Restoration Project

1968 Ford Galaxie 500 Coupe
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Hi all! I have been wanting to restore an old car forever now, and finally found one that looks like it would be a "fun" project. It essentially sat parked in this guys yard since 1986.... 30 years.

I was able to get the motor to turn over, so that was a plus for me....

Car was only 300, cannot find title (yet), however I do not plan on selling so a Certification of Ownership will work just fine for me.

Interior, shot. Floor pans- solid. Trunk, just the center area shot, everything else solid.

Haven't been able to fire it up yet, getting a new ignition coil and starter next week. All the glass is good, no cracks.... No major rust, a little on the bottom of the doors. i will probably get a new hood and trunk lid, both seem like the need to go....

When I turn the key, the lights turn on in the dash, but the starter won't activate. My ignition coil is shot, is this something that could be the culprit or no?

Never worked on anything older than a 1989.... Hoping to find some people on here to pick their brains if/"WHEN" I have questions...

Ill post some pics here shortly.
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Sounds great find man, it will be fun to bring that back to life. The pics are teasing to see.

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I dont know what Im doing with these photos.... Its giving me a hard time uploading, but if you right click and open in a new window they come up
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hopefully this one works
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I dont know what Im doing with these photos.... Its giving me a hard time uploading, but if you right click and open in a new window they come up
Hello theck4291,

To upload photos, far as I know, you have two choices. One you can upload a limited amount of photo's to this site and paste in or create an online account with photobucket or something similar. You can store many photo's there for free and then paste the link into these responses to share your photo's.

If you need step by step instructions, let us know.

But for now, let me say congrats on your new project. I too would like to see pics '68's are definitely simple enough to work on.

How ironic we just bought a '68 LTD as a parts car for our '68 XL 2 days ago. Like yours the LTD sat in someones back yard for countless years. I bought it strictly for the frame but it turned out to have a 'Z' code 390 (315 horse) in it and we got it running and it runs really well, even drove it around our lot.

You'll have fun no doubt...

You asked about the starter not activating. By 1968 the starter safety switch (only allows the starter to activate in park or neutral as well as controls the back up lamps) was primarily mounted on the steering column near the firewall. The only exception I know of is on the XL when ordered with the factory floor shifter, then it's mounted in there.

These are notorious for misalignment and not working properly especially when the steering column shifter and linkages are worn. First try wiggling the shifter on the column with your left hand while your right hand is holding the ignition key in the cranking position. See if you can get the starter to work. If that doesn't work, it still could be a broken starter safety switch or a starter solenoid or the push on wires are off on the solenoid.

To test the starter solenoid, first make sure the car is in park or better yet set the parking brake or block the wheels. Then remove the two little push on wires at the solenoid (on the fender next to the battery). Take a jumper wire (any small gauge wire will do) and attach one side to the 'S' terminal (one of the small stud terminals on the relay) and touch the other side to the '+' of the battery. The starter should engage. If it doesn't check the solenoid, battery cables and indeed the starter.

If it does engage and still doesn't work with the ignition key after wiggling the column shifter, then make sure you put the little push on wires back on the solenoid. I believe the red (may have a strip) wire goes on the 'S' terminal and the other (I think it's brown or black) on the 'I' terminal. You can go back inside and locate the neutral safety switch on the lower portion of the steering column and unplug its 4 pin connector. You can jumper the red wires (may have stripe) on the connector leading up into the wiring harness. Make sure the car is again in park or the parking brake is set and try to crank the engine via the ignition switch. If it cranks now with the key you have a misaligned, dirty contacts or broken neutral safety switch.

Don't leave the neutral safety switch jumpered as you can now start the car in gear and it can take off on you. Use as diagnostic only.

Hope that helps...

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I fixed the issue. Photo's should be available
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just uploaded some more pics...

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Hello,

Doesn't look too bad. Hard to tell from the photo's but it looks like surface corrosion, are there any corrosion through holes on the body?

Did you have any luck getting it to at least crank? In seeing the pictures, I would strongly suggest a new set of points and a new condenser as those can open over time then suddenly short or intermittently short after a long storage then put into use. That could cause the points to burn in short order (condenser opens) or cause the timing to flutter all over the place (intermittently shorted). Probably a good idea to inspect the plugs and before you crank it shoot some oil in the cylinders especially if it's been sitting outside for a long period.

But looks like a fun project none the less.

Keep us apprised.
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There is a hole behind the rear window just between the trunk and window that rusted through, other than that it seems pretty solidTrunk pan is shot, needs a new one but I am sure I will find one with time.

Never worked on any engine this old, and NEVER restored an engine before, so thank you for the advice and keep it coming!

Before I bought the car, I was able to turn the engine over by jumping the solenoid, however that is the only way I can crank the engine,(until I try your advice).
I am buying a new ignition coil in the morning as mine is COMPLETELY shot, when you shake it it sounds like a maraca! It is almost completely rusted through, and I was not getting any spark so I figured I would start there.

I do have a question though. The engine will crank for about 2-3 seconds, then all i get is a loud whine, I am assuming coming from the starter. Do I need a new starter(I plan on purchasing one regardless, just trying to see what the problem is)
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There is a hole behind the rear window just between the trunk and window that rusted through, other than that it seems pretty solidTrunk pan is shot, needs a new one but I am sure I will find one with time.

Never worked on any engine this old, and NEVER restored an engine before, so thank you for the advice and keep it coming!

Before I bought the car, I was able to turn the engine over by jumping the solenoid, however that is the only way I can crank the engine,(until I try your advice).
I am buying a new ignition coil in the morning as mine is COMPLETELY shot, when you shake it it sounds like a maraca! It is almost completely rusted through, and I was not getting any spark so I figured I would start there.

I do have a question though. The engine will crank for about 2-3 seconds, then all i get is a loud whine, I am assuming coming from the starter. Do I need a new starter(I plan on purchasing one regardless, just trying to see what the problem is)
you may be able to just disconnect battery, drop the starter and disassemble/lube the bendix... dunno why they call it the bendix, musta been the brand of sprag(one way) bearing used inside the gear- but a little corrosion and they will release and freewheel- 50/50 as to if a little cleaning will fix it, and maybe 50/50 on the long/thin starter end bolts coming out without snapping- might first just lower the starter enough to blow out the gear side of the bendix, then just put a couple drops of light oil in it, pop back in and try again...not much oil, as it will just collect dirt faster.

be real careful jacking up a 1965~74 or so ford this way- the frames are notorious for rusting from the inside out- should the jack punch thru unexpectedly, easy way to get hurt... lifting from suspension points safest usually, if must lift from frame, I'd lean towards using a spreader to distribute force over a wider area, just be sure it cant kick out. once safely on stands, a mallet thumped firmly around the framerails and torque boxes usually tells the tale- unless obvious cracks/holes are apparent.
nice body style- and looks like a great start point- good luck on her
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How much should a paint job cost? Just trying to figure out how much I need to save!
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