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Zig's 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 - PICTURE HEAVY

I've been meaning to start a progress thread since I bought the car, just haven't gotten around to it. I bought the car mostly restored, so there isn’t anything crazy going on here. Just small stuff.

I bought the car in November of 2014 from Southern Classic Cars in Wake Forest NC. Was recently restored with 80 miles on the rebuild 289.

Pictures from the day I picked her up:




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It came with a Vintage air system, here are a few pictures of it in case someone ever tries to put one in.


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On our way home, my sister was following, we realized the brake lights didn’t work. One light just stay lit up at all times and the other was always off, even if the headlights were on. After doing some research we realized the turn signal switch had gone bad.

So I ordered and replaced the switch.

Dorman - Help Turn Signal Cam - Part No. 49305 - $21.99

In this picture you can kind of see the broken piece jamming up the switch to the left.






Once that was done my turn signals worked, however my brake lights still didn’t really work, I really had to step on the brakes to get them to light up. Bad brake light switch.

CARQUEST by BWD Brake Light Switch - Part No. S255 - $6.99

So finally have working rear lights, I go to drive it and realize that I don’t have any dash lights. After taking the dash apart I realized that the dimmer switch had gone bad. So it got pulled and replaced.

CARQUEST by BWD Headlight Switch - Part No. S149P - $14.99



Here you can see me pointing to the corrosion build-up that was the problem.

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So I finally think I’m good to go to enjoy the car I just bought, I hop In it, go to fire it up, and the brake pedal goes to the floor. After further investigation; I realized that my brakes were a ruin. A few broken springs, a few leaking cylinders, and a few bad pads. So I replaced as much as I could get my hands on: all the hardware, all the wheel cylinders, all the shoes, and the front rubber hoses.

Rear Shoes- Wearever Silver Brake Shoes - Part No. FR263 - $19.99
Front Shoes- Wearever Silver Brake Shoes - Part No. FR264 - $15.99
Hardware Right Side- Wearever Drum Brake Self-Adjuster Repair Kit - Part No. 2545 - $9.99
Hardware Left Side- Wearever Drum Brake Self-Adjuster Repair Kit - Part No. 2544 - $10.99
Front Right Cylinder- CARQUEST Wearever Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder - Part No. WCA49233 - $25.99
Front Left Cylinder- CARQUEST Wearever Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder - Part No. WCA49232 - $25.99
Rear Right Cylinder- CARQUEST Wearever Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder - Part No. WCA17508 - $10.99
Rear Left Cylinder- CARQUEST Wearever Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder - Part No. WCA17507 - $10.99
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Traded my CD player from my old car for window tinting. I think it’s 50%.
Before:


After:


Had some issues with my driver vent window, wouldn’t shut all the way, and was super loose.








Ended up being a screw missing.





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Since I bought it I was having suspension issues. I would drag the back end sometimes coming down my driveway and when I had a full car my front tires would rub on the fender when I turned. Realized I had a pretty bad sag going on. Not wanting to do new springs I decided to go with Monroe Sensa-Track Load Adjusting Shocks. They are designed for towing, but I figured they would perk up my suspension some until I got around to new springs.
FRONT: Monroe Load Adjusting Shock Absorber - Part No. 58263 - $67.99
REAR: Monroe Load Adjusting Shock Absorber - Part No. 58510 - $89.99



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Shortly after I came across a deal that I couldn’t pass up, wanting to add power on in the future I knew a better intake manifold was a must. I found an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake new on craigslist for $100. Took me two tries to install. The first time I refused to remove the distributor and didn’t get a good seal since I had to drag it in place. Second time I took it off and used studs to guide it in place… Worked much much better.

Edelbrock 7121 Performer RPM Intake Manifold, Dual Plane, Ford 289/302 – Part No. 7121 - $100.00







To accent my new intake manifold I decided to order a little dress up kit (air filter and valve covers). I hated the chrome.

Steel Black Powder Coated Engine Dress Up Kit 260 289 302 351W V-8 – No Part No. - $99.99 + shipping








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Got a few good weeks of driving out of it before I was in a parking lot and it wouldn’t turn over. No charge. Opened the hood to see that my alternator/compressor belt was super loose. Tracking down why I realized that all the points of “support” that the previous owner put on the compressor had failed.













So, in order to mount it correctly, I tracked down a factory compressor bracket, once I had that I ordered a York to Saden bracket from eBay. Both brackets were slightly too long and hit the power-steering pump bracket, so they had to be modified.

YORK TO SANDEN 508/709 CONVERSION BRACKET – No part number - $49.99










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Next up I decided to delete my radio (it was never going to work and I didn’t care to fix it) and replace it with a few gauges. I originally had Oil Pressure and Temp mounted under the dash. I cut some plexi-glass and modified the dash trim and set the gauges up behind the plexi-glass, makes them much easier to see. I originally used the plastic line, it quickly fell on the exhaust, melted, and sent me smoking down the highway, so I switched to copper.

Bosch Gauges 3 Gauge Kit 2"-Blk - Part No. FST 8218 - $39.99
Bosch Gauges Copper Tubing Kit - Part No. FST 7584 - $10.99












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The metal on the taillights were super pitted when I bought the car, I’d been keeping an eye out for a better set, while at Charlotte Motor Speedway Annual show I found a set for sale, ended up buying them for $25. They were very dirty, but that’s all. Took them home, took them apart, and used some mothers polish for a few hours and got them as good as I could get them.










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About this time, summer has started to roll around, and I started having overheating issues. I took the radiator out to inspect it and realized it was very clogged up, I also realized that I didn’t have a thermostat. So I replaced the thermostat, radiator, upper and lower hoses, water pump, and had a fan shroud fabricated. I drew up what I needed out of a shroud and gave it to my sisters company, she worked for an HVAC fabricator.

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Superstat Superstat™ Super Premium Thermostat, 180 Degrees Fahrenheit - Part No. 45358 - $8.09
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At a local car show, won top 75 out of the 50 cars there lol.



Victory was short, on my way home from the car show my power steering gear box started to leak. So with the help of Desert, I rebuilt it.

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Which finally leads to today. I dropped the drive shaft last night to replace the rear extension housing seal to hopefully stop my transmission leak that I’ve had since I bought it. While I had the shaft out I figured I’d go ahead and replace the U-Joints. Auto Zone only had the front one on hand, I’m picking up the rear after work. I pried the seal out with a flathead and installed the new one with a hammer and a pipe that fit on the outside of the seal.

Driveworks Oil Seal - Part No. S-7692S - $1.79
FRONT Duralast/U-Joint – Part No. 1-0153DL - $12.99
REAR Duralast/U-Joint – Part No. 1-4635DL - $9.99










I hope to keep this thread updated as I go along now, instead of a big one catching up. It’ll help me keep track of everything and hopefully help/entertain a few of you guys.

Latest pic of my car while getting sno-cones.


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Great progress on the Gal. I bet it took you a while to get all these pics lined up in order. Hope your rear seal will end your transmission leak problems.

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Great progress on the Gal. I bet it took you a while to get all these pics lined up in order. Hope your rear seal will end your transmission leak problems.
Thanks, yeah it took quite some time. It was a slow day at work lol.

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