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  1. The new toy

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    Looks good! Enjoy it!
  2. 1966 galaxie 500XL Refurbishment

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    XL, I hear you about the Caprice springs. One reason I grabbed the Snap-On tool is because I have lowering springs to install in my '64 Lincoln - at over 5,300 pounds it has some very stiff springs. Even with the tool I still haven't done the job - I'm a little afraid so I keep finding excuses...
  3. 64 galaxie shifts

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    Hey Stanley. Welcome to the forum. I was just about to respond to your first post when I read your second. Glad you figured it out! Now, how about some pics of that '64? - John
  4. 1966 galaxie 500XL Refurbishment

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    XL, Thanks so much for posting this write up. I love it. I don't have any time to tinker right now, so it's great to see the details of what other people are doing. Compressing coil springs is scary business - your "incident" must have been terrifying. Glad you weren't hurt too badly. I...
  5. My garage find story

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    Jiffy, I laughed out loud at your last line. That is exactly what I was thinking as I read your post!!! That Cobra sounds like fun. Quite a set up! I seriously considered adding a turbo set up when I was doing the swap. This swap took a long time due to family and work obligations and the...
  6. Are these truly Kelsey Hayes brakes?

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    XL, That does look like Kelsey-Hayes. I don’t know a lot about those but I seem to remember they were used for more than just one year. Into the early ‘70s? Unrelated but I had K-H brakes (w/four piston calipers) that came stock on my first car, a 1968 Valiant. Out of 8 pistons, 3 or 4 of...
  7. My garage find story

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    Last post: what next? Rear axle ratio: I kept the stock 3.00:1 rear axle ratio. Fifth gear is really not useful until about 80-85 mph. I lose my nerve at about 75mph in this thing. I plan to switch to 4.11 gears if I can find a Mustang Cobra T45 speedometer drive gear. That will give me...
  8. 1965 Galaxie wiring issue

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    Nick, Find the wiring diagram and trace the circuit from the brake light bulb. There is a sticky post with '65 wiring diagram, color coded to help. The driver side front doesn't flash because the brake light/turn signal circuit isn't working. Those old flashers needed a certain amount of...
  9. My garage find story

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    For those of you still with me on this long story, hopefully some of this information is helpful on your own projects. Now for the inevitable problems and what I did to resolve them. First issue I noticed as soon as the exhaust was hooked up: a LOUD tapping noise coming from the engine. Uh...
  10. Looking at a 67 coupe, need some input

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    Moldymac, I agree with Puttster and XL. Unless you have a frame and time on your hands, this is a parts car. It's a shame because it looks complete and the body doesn't look too bad. I had a '67 coupe very briefly many years ago, in pretty much the same condition. My uncle gave it to me...
  11. My garage find story

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    Ford liked to bolt their shifter covers to the floor. I assume that allowed them to adapt different transmissions to the same floor stamping. I decided I would follow the factory approach. Partly because I wanted access to the transmission and shifter without dropping the transmission. First...
  12. My garage find story

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    By this point I had filled up the fluids, hooked up the ECM, and fired up the engine. And it ran - it actually RAN!! OK, it didn't start the first time. Turns out I had missed a ground wire from the VCRM so the fuel pump wouldn't kick in. And then I found a bad cylinder ID sensor - apparently...
  13. My garage find story

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    One of the small items: speedometer. By nothing more than pure luck, I happened to buy a T45 transmission that came with the ability to run a mechanical speedometer. In fact, the stock speed sensor can be converted to mechanical by removing a plug. One problem: there is no clip to hold the...
  14. My garage find story

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    Keeping this in somewhat chronological order, I'll cover the rest of my fuel pump story later. Now that I had the fuel pickup and fuel pump sorted, I ran a 3/8" line along the left frame rail, right next to the original 5/16" line. Then I bent up a couple of lines that I mounted to the...
  15. My garage find story

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    Hi Jiffy, Thanks for the kind words. I used an inexpensive plastic welding kit from Harbor Freight. I don't know if they have similar in Australia. Here is a link to the one I used: Welder . The kit is nice because it comes with some filler material and fine screen to use for...
  16. My garage find story

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    Fuel. The Mark VIII, like many EFI set ups, uses a return line to maintain correct fuel pressure. The in-tank high pressure fuel pump pushes fuel to a pressure regulator. The regulator lets out excess pressure via the return line, which goes back to the fuel tank. EFI tanks also provide a...
  17. My garage find story

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    Quite a bit of time passed between my air box mods and the final installation. In that time I made a small and simple sheet metal brake for my hydraulic press. I used the new toy to bend up a mounting bracket. Here it is ready for paint. You can see the mounting holes and slots, along with...
  18. (Funny story) 1965 Galaxie gas tank removal

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    I love it - let gravity do the work! Good luck getting that Galaxie back on the road. Do your best to save that tank - the 1965 tanks are not available anywhere. I had mine dipped and then coated at a local radiator shop, and it's been working great. - John
  19. My garage find story

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    Fan mounts painted and installed on the radiator: Fan attached: Installed in the car: Next up, air intake. - John
  20. My garage find story

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    Next step was to mount the fan to the radiator. The stock Galaxie radiator has flanges on the sides for mounting a shroud. I lined up the fan shroud and made some cardboard templates. Then I cut some sheet steel and started bending it. Without a sheet metal brake, I had to improvise. I used...
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