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Anyone rebuilding/restoring their '62 Galaxie?
Just purchased a nice '62 Tudor, 292 Y block with 3 speed. Nice car. Will post some pics after work today.
Just finished the gauge cluster/dash lights. will be installing this week.
Disc brake kit from Tomsclassic on ebay will be going in this week.
Interior scheduled for next week.
The 292 looks, runs and sounds like it has had a recent rebuild, but leaks like a sieve from most of the gasket areas including oil pan, oil pump, valley gasket, oil filler and dipstick tubes, etc.
The overflow for the radiator also seems to have a leak, anyone encountered that before? It has the remote tank mounted to the front of the engine and looks like it might be coming from where the downtube leaves the tank itself.
needs a passenger lower ball joint, but can't seem to find a reasonably priced quality replacement. There is a front suspension rebuild kit on ebay, reputable seller, parts look good. Anybody tried that route?
Give me shout or send some pics of what you have/are doing, or if you have any suggestions.
 

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I rebuilt my 62 xl f.e.with a kit from Kanter.Ive replaced everything on this car except the rearendn Gas tank.I boiled n sealed the tank than put in the new sending unit.eng& tran (390) C.O.M) rebuilt in 07.Finishing up the interior now.Good luck
 

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You can take your radiator tank to a radiator shop and get it claned out, sealed, and pressure tested. The last time I had this done was last summer and it costed about $45. Go to the following sites to get a ton of 62 Galaxie info.

http://www.62ford.com/
62 Ford Galaxie Registry - Home
 

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Good luck on the rebuild... Love some 62' gal porn if you can hook it up!!! Good luck and make it what you always dreamed it could be...
 

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I have a '62 country sedan.
The entire front suspension need to be rebuilt (mostly control arm bushings)
Have seen a few different rebuild kits available but not really sure which ones are quality and which ones are off shore.

But until the pick-up sells I am the proud owner of two lawn ornaments.

so keep up up to date with what you find and we'll do the same.
 

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Thanks for the replys so far. My first membership in an automotive forum.
Took a couple of pics early this am before work. trying to find lower ball joints for both sides, any help out there? trying to find the federal mogul (moog, etc) with the mounting tab. uppers do not seem hard to find. As soon as I have those, the disc brake kit can go on. Instrument cluster waiting on LED bulbs. Making the relay harness for the headlights, just going to use halogens, may upgrade to h4/h1 bulbs later if still not bright enough.
62XL: thank you for the idea. will let you know how the fix goes!
mikhett: will look at what kantner has to offer on the suspension.
Galaxie227: started off with some well dressed and unexciting pics...try not to get the keyboard sticky :)
 

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needs a passenger lower ball joint, but can't seem to find a reasonably priced quality replacement.
'65 to '72 Full size Ford ball joints will work in '57 to '64 Fords if you grind the big hole in the A Arm out a little so the ball joint will fit through. The tapered stud is the same size.

Let me qualify this further-

This pertains to the lower joint. The uppers are still reasonable.
 

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Cool car. I am especially partial to the 62B body style. I replaced one of my lower ball joints with one from Kanter years ago. It wasn't cheap, but it fit well and has been working like a champ.
 

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Thanks for the tip kultulz.
I did look on the Kanter website and saw the part. Rare Parts also lists one. Found a couple of lower ball joints out of a parts house in California. They arrived today. Will work on the rivets tomorrow. Replacing the passenger side is the priority, you can really feel the front passenger wheel wobble.
It goes for the new interior on Monday. Sonny's out of Tempe will be doing the seats for me. He has a good reputation and has been in business a long time. I will post some pics of the interior when it is done.
I finished upgrading the dash lights to LED, and the difference is appreciable. It is not overwhelmingly bright, I choose a 3 bulb intensity replacement. The gauges are easier to read. I can see the speedo needle and the turn signal markers much better and can even read my mileage! (142,000)
My first time trying to punch out rivets for the ball joints without a trusty air compressor. Will try a cold chisel and BFH first. I think I approach them from the bottom (if not correct feel free to let me know if you read this). The heads on the upper side of the A arm are larger, flatter and more uniform. The lower side of the A arm, the rivet heads are smaller and appear to have a stamping mark from a tool, so will approach from underneath.
More pics of everything soon. Thanks everyone for the tips, resources and encouragement.
I do like the 62 body as well, you don't see many around and there are some contours to the old gal...
 

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Hi
I'm doing a 62 Country Sedan right now.
I'm using my 77 Ranchero as a doner car
front disc brakes, upper ball joint, outer tie rods.
351c with a 4r behind it, and a 79 Lincoln rear axle,
not being an expert in front end alignment, it almost looks
like the Ranchero upper control arm would work, it was off
set a little so I did not go that way, but I'll be talking to
my front end guy and see what he thinks, they are an old
school shop,
my one problem now is getting the springs compressed
to bolt the control arms in.. my spring compressor will not
work on this style. 2 threaded rods with hooks on them.
anyone using something differnt, or home made?
best
 

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Trolley jack under the lower control arm. Raise the jack compressing the spring until the ball joints line up in the tapered bits in the stub axle assembly. Install nuts. All done. :)
 
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