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Hi all, Im new here and I was wondering a few things aout my galaxie. I have a 1966 frd galaxie 4 door and i was wondering if that has a full fram or is it a unibody? also if it is a full frame how hard would it be to fix a small section right under the passenger side front door?
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You could try, but it would be better to replace the frame. If there is rust in the rail, it is very likely more extensive than you think. Another spot for rust in in the kickup over the rear axel. Be sure to check the entire frame for rust before thinking it'll "just" be confined to one place. A hammer, some small mirrors, a flash light and ice pick are your best friends.

There is a web site that shows exactly what you are talking about. A guy inherited a 4-door 65 Galaxie, found a little rust in the frame and replaced one side, found more rust - which lead to a full frame off restoration. If, a pretty big IF, the front and rear suspension sections are rust free, the side rails are straight dimensional steel. It is possible to replace the section.

Good rust free frames can still be found and purchased. The good thing about having a replacment frame, is you can detail it before you install it. Get everything right, then separate the body from the old frame, clean everything and put it back together. If you are lucky, you may not find any floor sheet metal damage...maybe. Then all you have to worry about is saving as many of the bolts as you can.

Remember...Rust never sleeps. If you don't get it all, it'll just resurface.
 

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Ahh rust...hope yours is a lot better than mine was. I agree easiest thing would be get a clean frame from out west, just make sure they'll guarantee its rustfree if you cant check it out firsthand- if its ever been driven thru salt once, its probably got some hidden stuff going on.

heres my mess from a couple years ago...dont think I ever put so much effort into anything ever done before, and certainly never will again...glad to see it all done, but it was a challenge.

http://hometown.aol.com/ford4v429/gal1.html
 

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That's the web site I was thinking about...thanks for posting the link. There are a lot of guys that would have walked away from that project after seeing how much work it would end up requiring.

A guy could do a whole lot worse for not learning from your efforts. A "fresh" frame could save a lot of aggrevation.
 

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I read the whole thing before I started on mine. There is a lot of good reading there. Luckily I can't see through any parts of my frame.
 

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What year frames will work with my 66 4 door, does anyone know where to get one?
Thanks for the help so far
 

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On 2006-05-17 14:46, eeswanson wrote:
What year frames will work with my 66 4 door, does anyone know where to get one?
Thanks for the help so far
Do some more research.

Click me for a frame
 

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Ok well thanks so far for all the help, I have a couple of other questions. I have the original 390 and cruise-o-matic tranny, What are some good preformance parts to use in the 390 that would give me a decent hp rating? Im trying to get around 400hp. I will be getting the cylinders bored probably .30 over, I do not know much about motors so I need help in selecting a Cam, crank (stock or not stock), intake, carb or carbs, pistons and rods.
Thanks for any help.
 

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I asked basically the same question regarding a 352 motor. Check out Engine Rebuild Cost thread - some great info has been posted by other members of this forum. Good luck with the project.
 

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Yeah, what Jhovis said. Be prepared to open the wallet though if you truely want 400 or more hp...out of an FE motor that is.

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