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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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'64 Galaxie CruiseO to C6 Conversion

Hey everyone. I'm a new subscriber. My project is a '64 Galaxie 500 Convertible w/ 352fe and 3 spd cruise O matic. When I bought the car the trans fluid level was a quart over full. Before I corrected the fluid level issue the car started to develop a shudder on low rpm take offs sometimes accompanied by clutch plate squack at times. Since correcting the fluid level I have now completely lost reverse and 1st. I feel as though there's a low oil pressure situation at low rpms maybe causing poor clutch engagement? I'm no mechanic but I plan to learn. Anyway, my first question is, if it's more than a simple fluid change and maybe re seal (it does have a leak) should I bother with it or should I rather just put a C6 into it that I've already bought? Actually it's a full 390fe with factory air, C6 auto and danna 60 rear end from a '72 F250 so I believe everything is there to bolt it right in except for an extended cross member? My last question is, would it be a better idea to drop in the 390fe with factory air and the C6? This way I could freshen both before swapping. Anybody know what issues I might encounter? Oil pan maybe? Anyway, I'm getting wordy Lol. Thanks for any and all thoughts!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 08:43 PM
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Re: '64 Galaxie CruiseO to C6 Conversion

Man, that is a real toss up question! So, IMO I don't think there is that much diff between a 352 and 390 power-wise but the A/c would be nice. Trannywise there may be more problems than you might think putting all that new stuff in. If it were me (low skills) I would opt for a repair of the MX - if you can be sure you use real MX parts .

Putts drives a 1965 customized Galaxie. Rebuilt 390, 4100 electric choke on a Performer, MX, AC, PS, PB w Scarebird front discs on Cragar 17" S/S.

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First let me say I'm all for "modernizing" and putting newer, better stuff in...

But that is really nice, and I don't like hacking and modding original cars that are that nice.

If that was mine I'd keep it original and fix the trans.... but then, I'm a transmission builder going on 43+ years.

If the car was a beater, I wouldn't think twice about dropping in the 390 and C6. I like the C6. Great trans!

If you decide to fix the original trans, beware that they can be tricky to work on and get working properly.

Most of today's tranny guys have no clue about those units, and I have seen quite a few of them messed up before they got to me.

Find an old guy, trans guy with experience to help you, or to work on it.

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Re: '64 Galaxie CruiseO to C6 Conversion

When the FX tranny went bad in my '66, I ditched it for a 4R70W and put in a UShift controller. I couldn't be happier. My car was already not original when I purchased it, so I wasn't concerned about keeping it that way.
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Re: '64 Galaxie CruiseO to C6 Conversion

I picked up a '67 column shift C6 for my 63.5 500XL. My FMX works well, so I plan to rebuild and rollerize the C6 in the next year or two, before rebuilding the motor. IIRC, Broader said that I would need to send them my valve body to modify. Seems like it was going to run about $800 in parts to do it myself. Looking forward to it, just need to figure out how to stand the case vertically to re-load it. I picked up a TCI shift lever adapter too. Just need a 9x3x1/8 steel plate for the conversion, I believe. (If anyone knows the hole size and positions, I wouldn't mind having a titanium plate w/ slotted holes made up.) Seems like Crites might also offer a conversion cross-member...???

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Re: '64 Galaxie CruiseO to C6 Conversion

I have a 64 vert with a C6. I relocated the mounts on the frame for the cross member and used a cable for the column shift.


https://www.fordmuscleforums.com/gal...project-4.html


https://www.fordmuscleforums.com/gal...e-linkage.html
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I have a 64 vert with a C6. I relocated the mounts on the frame for the cross member and used a cable for the column shift.


https://www.fordmuscleforums.com/gal...project-4.html


https://www.fordmuscleforums.com/gal...e-linkage.html

Nice! Probably have to do something similar for my kickdown linkage.


That's a sexy brake line, pre-bent or custom? What is that coming off of the rag joint bolt?
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Nice! Probably have to do something similar for my kickdown linkage.


That's a sexy brake line, pre-bent or custom? What is that coming off of the rag joint bolt?

Pre-bent stainless line from inline tubing. I think what you're seeing the the brake line happens to line up with the washer on the rag joint it's an optical illusion. The line on the frame is the fuel line.
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Thx! Were you able to use the original trans cooler lines?
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Thx! Were you able to use the original trans cooler lines?
Yes also stainless from inline tube. I think I had to bend them a little at the transmission but it was very minor.
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