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I have a 1963 Galaxie 500, not the XL.

This is my question :

What are the major differences ? The bodys are exactly the same right ?

I have :
Bench seats
Column shift
352
2 barrel carb
C4 trans

XL :
Bucket seats
Center console shifter
390
4barrel carb
C6 trans

The reason i ask this is, I hate the column shift and i want bucket seats. I want the center console and im probably gonna put a 390 in there.

Should I just find an XL ? , i think it kinda makes sense
It has everything i need and want

Any opinions on this matter ??????

Is it easy to convert from the column to the center console ?
If i did all these things , would I eventually have all the XL options, would i have converted it to an XL or is there other things i cant change ?

Thanks

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xl's didn't have to have all that. You could get 260-289-352-390-406-427 engines. Cruse-o or 4-speed. Not that hard to do. Just have to find a donor car.
 

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I don't know much about the 63s more familiar with the 64s but XLs might have different door handles and door panels plus the rear seat might have a speaker in it also. The exterior chrome might be a tiny bit different or have chrome/stainless where the regular doesn't.
If you got all the linkage for the floor shifter I dont' think it would be that difficult. That's including the lever on the tranny itself which will have to be changed also. And either change columns or remove the handle of the existing one.

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The XL has a bigger and curvier package tray, has the fancy red white and blue "belt buckle" in the back near the trunk key/fuel door area. I'm not sure if the trunk on the regular '63 has the trunk edgers or not - I'd never seen the trunk gutters covered before my '63 XL. Yeah, you probably have the cast iron Cruise-O unless somewhere somebody swapped a c4 or c6 in. Other differences are fairly minor- the steering wheel has an 'XL centerpiece, and other little trim variations. You could very easily make an XL clone if you wanted to - I did it once with my old '65 Galaxie (and then I sold it).

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Good luck. I just finished mine and did the exact same as you want to. The back seat is different hasa notch in the top middle. If you find one with good foam ur set but otherwise you have to make your own with 1 and 2 inch foam. The floor pans have dimples in it where the seats need drilled for buckets and you will need a package tray but deer borne sells them new. Door panels are deffinatly different. Joes rust emporium or Stan the ford man will have what you need. If your like me I enjoy tracking the parts down its part of the fun however the shipping costs deffinatly takes away from it. If your interested I know a guy with a center console and seats for a s 55 they are the same if you get seat covers for a 500 xl
[email protected]. I don't get on here often so if I don't reply email me
 

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Seems to me that 63 XL's did not automatically mean 390 engines.

You couldn't get a 63 XL 6 cylinder, but Ford would provide you with any V8 you wanted in an XL, I believe.

I converted my 64 500 column to a 64 500XL interior. No problems with one caveat.

I needed a trans guy to install the linkage to convert my column to console shift.

Everything works (except the backup lights), and I am defintely NOT a mechanic.
 

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ALL Galaxies {regards to same models I.E. fastback formal hard top etc...} Fastbacks regardless of the Trim,packages have 100% Identical sheet metal.

The Trim is the only difference, whether inside or outside.
 

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I'm pretty sure that after 8 years that he would have worked it out by now. :)
 

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Hahaha yes, i got a 64 XL hahaha, sold it and now im back with a 63 bench seat car

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Good luck. I just finished mine and did the exact same as you want to. The back seat is different hasa notch in the top middle. If you find one with good foam ur set but otherwise you have to make your own with 1 and 2 inch foam. The floor pans have dimples in it where the seats need drilled for buckets and you will need a package tray but deer borne sells them new. Door panels are deffinatly different. Joes rust emporium or Stan the ford man will have what you need. If your like me I enjoy tracking the parts down its part of the fun however the shipping costs deffinatly takes away from it. If your interested I know a guy with a center console and seats for a s 55 they are the same if you get seat covers for a 500 xl
[email protected]. I don't get on here often so if I don't reply email me
this guy is on the money.
 

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Is it easy to convert from the column to the center console ?
If i did all these things , would I eventually have all the XL options, would i have converted it to an XL or is there other things i cant change ?
For the center console shifter its just a matter of changing your linkage. If you end up using that AOD tranny it would be a matter of just screwing it in the shifter and drilling a hole for the cable, and of course making a new tranny crossmember.

Don't forget to pick up a XL horn emblem, XL glove box emblem, and XL gas fuel door to complete the look. Otherwise its just the package tray, seats, and door panel that differentiate the 500 from the 500xl.
 
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