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Hey all,
After owning my Gal for 13 years, i'm finally making serious progress on my rebuild...Excuses: Kids, Military moves, deployments, etc. hahaha.
Ok down to the questions:
1) Is there a bump stop for the UCA? I know and have the LCA bump stop but want to make sure I'm not missing anything.
2) If you have installed new front coils, how much did you have to compress? mine measure 17.5 inches free and I'm assuming i'll have to compress down to around 12 inches for install....does this sound right?

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More Plans and questions (that i couldn't find specifically from searching, and i read a lot).

- Going to order the Wildwood 4 piston Galaxie setup up front, Hydratech booster, dual bowl, etc. seems straight forward...any gotcha's?

- Planning on the Borgeson adapter to my Power Center Link, removing power ram, then installing Borgeson modern box....anyone have feedback?

- Going to drop in Moser center section (3.50/posi) and Moser 31 axles. I'd like to add wildwood's basic 4 piston rear brakes but it calls for a specific (2.50 or 2.66) offset between axle flange and axle tube flange. My stock setup was smaller than this....anyone use Wildwood and do this? Im assuming i can work with Quick Performance and request one of these offsets to match the Wildwood requirement. Again, anyone done this and have feedback

Looking forward to doing this over the next year or more....
 

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Nice build! I went with the Hydratech set up on my 63 and it works fantastic. My car is a coyote swap so there is a cantilever bracket that i had to install. I had to use the die grinder to make the mounting holes line up correct to the fire wall but other than that it was a simple bolt on.

I installed the unisteer rack on my car so i cant speak on the borgeson box.

For the rear brakes i used Wilwood 140-13206-D. When I ordered my 31spline axles from Strange i ordered them for the 2.5" offset. I also had to replace the bearing retaining Tbolts for longer allen bolts when installing these brakes. I couldnt find longer T bolts so thats why i went with the allen bolts.

I believe there is a bumpstop on the underside of the upper control arm.

For the front i installed QA1 coil overs QA1-GS401-10750C and just made a plate to go in the bottom of the control arm. The top sits in the normal spring pocket.

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Thanks Chris,
I did a quick search..did you post about your coil overs somewhere? i thought i remember reading someone who did this...maybe i'll take a quick at those look while I'm waiting on my Quikor bar to come in.
I have the shocks/springs but if those are better i am certainly interested.

How's the ride, cornering, etc?

Good info on the rear brakes, i'll be giving QP a call this week to confirm axles and all before i order. Which bolt are you referring to? Is it one they provided? hopefully not the pressed in axle housing flange bolts?

I like the unisteer but worry about clearance with the 460 and i already have the PST kit ready to go in, should be nice and tight with the Borg box.

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You probably saw Dazecars thread. Building a coil over front suspension for my 62 Galaxie This is for the most part what i copied with exception of spring rate.

I feel like the ride and handling is pretty good. I also have ridetech bolt in 4 link with coil overs in the rear. I keep pushing it more and more everytime i drive it. Ive only been driving it occaionally for about a month. I have the quickor sway bar on the front as well.

Yes i am refering to the axle housing flange bolts..
 

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So you done with the Military now or just finally found a place to homestead at? Some Mil jobs allow that due to duty stations available in a small local areas.
 

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Still going strong at 17 years in, actually more just decided to stop making excuses and get my car done. My kiddos aren't getting any younger and this is supposed to be a family cruiser...
 

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Ricky: I am in New Orleans right now, down here near Marine Forces Reserve HQ but i am actually flying out of the navy base here. It's not bad but man living in the swamps in brutal!

Update: Quick Performance/Moser drop in third member is on order with 3.50 posi/31 spline axles. My goal is a good cruiser that has the punch. I think the 460/C6 will provide the punch while the GV OD and 3.50 will provide a good cruising combo.
Also ordered the Borgeson box and manual adapter...we'll see how this upgrade goes. I know i'll have to shorten the column but I'm not scared of cutting/welding....i just want it to work properly!

Based on others feedback and seemingly simple mod, I ordered QA1s and will be going the coil over route up front. So those are on order and I'll be making the mounting plates this week or in two.

Waiting on parts right now and have to go out of town for a week. More pics to come as i get them and install.

QUESTION: I am primarily considering the hydroboost setup but has anyone used an electric brake booster? They are a little more expensive but i like the idea of hiding it and not having 12-18" of brakes sticking out beside the motor...any thoughts?
 

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Here's some photos of what i started with...its pretty exciting to see just the frame updated from nearly 60 years of grime and road dirt...and it's not in bad shape overall.
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Up Front didn't look too bad...
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This is the worst of the rust, drivers side floorboard. This has already been fixed. Man look at the spray on liner..that crap was everywhere and on every stupid bolt, body mount, washer....
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Small areas on the front of the rear wheel wells but overall still good...
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Just good ole disassembly fun!!
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i had to cut these frame holes because apparently my frame was the Taj Mahal for mice...that pile was about 10% of the total crud that i had to pull, vacuum, blow, and burn out of my frame.Nasty..
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I can't explain the feeling of seeing that fresh metal...that gets you motivated.
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Epoxy and painted myself (neighbors booth). This was good to learn on as i go forward because i'll likely be doing all the body work and painting myself.
In addition to the outside, i bought several cans of Eastwood's internal frame encapsulator...this frame should last until my kids drive it! Hahaha.
Ok more pics to follow as i build it up...but i know everyone likes Pic Porn like me.
 

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That's Narlins is how you say it in New Orleans. Been to the Joint Base there at Belle Chasse. Got to love those bugs.
460/C-6 is a good setup. I have a set of D0VE heads that have been ported and a set of CJ valves to go in them and guides and studs to, looking for a good home. Torker manifold that works real good. I switched it out for a Pref RPM. Also a set of tall valve covers, not the sky high ones, but they'll clear roller rocker arms.
Lots of parts available for the 63-66 Galaxies. I worked for a guy here for a year dong sandblasting trading for free sandblasting and powdercoating, that has 8 63,64 galaxies setting behind his shop. That and about 10 early Broncos. He drives around 3 different Broncos, 1 he put a 351W in, real screamer. His a 63 Galaxie he had a 428 CJ installed in it, another real screamer. But he never parts with anything. To bad letting them just waste away.
I see you used one of those portable blasters, any good?
 
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