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hey guys/girls. i am new to the forum but not to the car scene. i recently got a 69 galaxy 2dr hard top. i dont know anything about it other than it has a 351w in it. its still sitting in my friends driveway until hopefully later today or tomorrow. i have tons of plans for it being as it is pretty hurt cosmetically right now. a lot of people are probably not going to like the route that i go with but that is ok. anyways this is going to be my project thread. it will be a slow project but check back for updates

plans...

tear car completely down
clean up and paint frame
replace all bushings
replace all steering components
disc brake conversion
9'' rear swap
put in sway bars

straigten body if needed anywhere
powder coat all chrome peices
shave door handles, emblems, key holes, trim lines
paint color not decided yet

cam
headers
exhaust
better intake manifold
better carb
head work

air ride all the way around
2 viair compressors
8- 1/2'' valves
1/2'' airline
7 switch switch box
2- 5 gallon aluminum air tanks
165/200 psi pressure switch
dominator bags for front and rear

black American Racing Daytona wheels
20x8.5 fronts
20x9.5 rears
 

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hey guys/girls. i am new to the forum but not to the car scene. i recently got a 69 galaxy 2dr hard top. i dont know anything about it other than it has a 351w in it. its still sitting in my friends driveway until hopefully later today or tomorrow. i have tons of plans for it being as it is pretty hurt cosmetically right now. a lot of people are probably not going to like the route that i go with but that is ok. anyways this is going to be my project thread. it will be a slow project but check back for updates

plans...

tear car completely down
clean up and paint frame
replace all bushings
replace all steering components
disc brake conversion
9'' rear swap
put in sway bars

straigten body if needed anywhere
powder coat all chrome peices
shave door handles, emblems, key holes, trim lines
paint color not decided yet

cam
headers
exhaust
better intake manifold
better carb
head work

air ride all the way around
2 viair compressors
8- 1/4'' valves
1/4'' airline
10 switch switch box
2- 5 gallon aluminum air tanks
165/200 psi pressure switch
truck arm conversion for rear
dominator bags for front

black American Racing Daytona wheels
20x8.5 fronts
20x9.5 rears
That would take me about 30 years at the rate I work.....sounds like a cool project. Lets see some pics!
 

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HAHA i dont have 30 years. im hoping to have it all done except paint in the next 9-12 months. ill post pictures when its at my house. its still at a friends and i have no pictures.
 

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by the way. does anyone know what kinda rear suspension is on a 69? is it the 3 link with springs over the axle?
 

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hey guys/girls. i am new to the forum but not to the car scene. i recently got a 69 galaxy 2dr hard top. i dont know anything about it other than it has a 351w in it.
Hey Mr. K.
Welcome to the FMF. And to get you started off right: It's Galaxie, not galaxy. :) Is it a 500? LTD? Or XL?

Also, there are a number of really nice publications with GREAT information that will familiarize you with your new Gal. They are generally available at Auto Zone. They are:

"Super 60's Fords: The Inside Story Of The Most Powerful Fords Ever Built" by John Smith

"Ford Performance: Includes All Modern Ford Performance Engines" by Pat Ganahl

And probably one of the most helpful things that you might consider getting is a "1969 Ford Shop Manual". They are generally available on e-Bay.

its still sitting in my friends driveway until hopefully later today or tomorrow.
You have a garage or shop in which to work on your Gal?

i have tons of plans for it being as it is pretty hurt cosmetically right now. a lot of people are probably not going to like the route that i go with but that is ok.
It's your vehicle and you can do as you please. By the time you're finished, you will have come to realize that Galaxies are living creatures and as such have feelings and emotions about what you do with and to them. You can tell that they like what you're doing by how well they cooperate with your efforts. If they don't like what you're doing, they have all kinds of nefarious ways to let you know. Be sensitive (or else). :)

anyways this is going to be my project thread. it will be a slow project but check back for updates
Although in the present economy, a picture is now worth only two hundred words, it is pretty much appreciated by everyone to have lots of JPGs of your Gal and what you're doing. Pictures will get you lots of attention around here.

plans...

tear car completely down
clean up and paint frame
replace all bushings
replace all steering components
disc brake conversion
9'' rear swap
put in sway bars

straigten body if needed anywhere
powder coat all chrome peices
shave door handles, emblems, key holes, trim lines
paint color not decided yet
You might consider posting the information found on the Warranty Plate. That's always a good place to start.

cam
headers
exhaust
better intake manifold
better carb
head work

air ride all the way around
2 viair compressors
8- 1/4'' valves
1/4'' airline
10 switch switch box
2- 5 gallon aluminum air tanks
165/200 psi pressure switch
truck arm conversion for rear
dominator bags for front

black American Racing Daytona wheels
20x8.5 fronts
20x9.5 rears
Sounds like a plan. Will be watching your progress with abated breath.

Hope this finds YOU doing well.

JC
 

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its just my house garage. and there will be tons of pictures. what is this warranty plate you speak of? 500, xl or ltd, i have no idea. is there any easy way to tell just by lookin at the car? there are no badges on it currently
 

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by the way. does anyone know what kinda rear suspension is on a 69? is it the 3 link with springs over the axle?
Yes, it is a three link with panhard bar.

There are threads on the board that discuss suspension mods and upgrades on the 65 and up, as well as, air bagging these cars. Use the search function and be sure to post plenty of pics as you progress. It sounds like a real cool project.

The warranty plate should be a sticker on the edge of the drivers door. It will have info on the body type, engine, trans type, rear end and gearing, colour and trim codes and serial number. There should also be a VIN tag visible at the base of the windshield, on the drivers side, that will give some of the info. Be careful during tear down because, if it hasn't been torn down before, the factory build sheet may still be hidden behind the door panels, or under the carpet, or under the seats.

The XL will have the LTD front end, with the hide-away headlights, and the sportsroof, which is ford speak for fastback. The sporstroof will have long buttresses which stretch the sail panels almost the full length of the quarter panel, with a fairly vertical rear window. They look extremely cool, but I'm a little partial to that model. The high back buckets and console shifter are also very cool.

Sheet metal is very difficult to find for these cars, but patch panels are available. If your car does not have a 9" rear end, it will have the WER type, which has an 8 3/4 ring gear, and probably pretty tall gears. If you want shorter gears it may be just as well to replace the whole rear, and the 9" would make sense.
 

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its just my house garage.
Hey Mr. K,
At least you're in out of the weather.

and there will be tons of pictures.
GREAT!

what is this warranty plate you speak of?
That the little aluminum plate with the all the stamped numbers on it that is generally found on the Driver's Side Door. It will have a bunch of numbers that tell a LOT about what your Gal was originally. For instance, in the fifth position of the VIN, it will, if the 351W engine is original, have an "H". There are also numbers that delineate what Transmission, Differential Gear Ratio, Body Style, Color, Trim, and etc. with which your Gal came. All those numbers are translatable. BTW, how to translate those numbers can be found in the Shop Manual.

500, xl or ltd, i have no idea. is there any easy way to tell just by lookin at the car? there are no badges on it currently
That information is also probably available on the Warranty Plate.

JC
 

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best news ever that it has the 3 link with panhard. that will make it so much easier to bag.

i dont have the car at my house, its still in my friends driveway but i do know it does not have the hideaway head lights. and the shifter is on the tree, not console
 

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i dont want to be this guy, but i can not find much of anything on bagging a 65+. i searched through multiple search words, and forum sections
 

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jsut did a vin decode.

Assembly Wayne, MI

Body Galaxie 500 2-Door Hardtop Formal

Engine 8 Cyl. 351 CID
Horsepower: 250
Carbs: 1-2BBL
Compression: 9.5:1
 

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i dont want to be this guy, but i can not find much of anything on bagging a 65+. i searched through multiple search words, and forum sections
we have the same setup. i have a 66

basically, use a Universal air suspension Aerosport bag on the front, and run a good shock (im gonna use a QA1) through it to factory mounting location. you can use S10 cup for the top of the spring pocket and put a hole in the middle for the shock.

rear, ist just normal. weld some mounts and be done.
 

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that sounds easy enough. i am very familiar with air ride. i built custom air setups for mini trucks and street rods for 4 years.

on the front i plan on just running some slam ss bags, universal cups for top and bottom, unless i dont need cups on the bottom. then in the rear i plan on welding a flat plate on top of the mount that the spring used to sit on (on the axle) and then mounting the bag to that. then for the top, well i will have to see whats up there.. slam bags in the rear as well. ill be redoing the 3 link with new bars that ill make myself to be a lot stronger and well newer. super pivot bushings. limit straps front and rear. ill either be running no shocks (never did on any of my other bagged vehicles) or i will be making custom mounts for front and rear for them
 

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we have the same setup. i have a 66

basically, use a Universal air suspension Aerosport bag on the front, and run a good shock (im gonna use a QA1) through it to factory mounting location. you can use S10 cup for the top of the spring pocket and put a hole in the middle for the shock.

rear, ist just normal. weld some mounts and be done.
so you plan on running a coilover bag setup? i had that on my current car (infiniti g35) and loved it. handled great.
 

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yeah. i had the bag laying around from my last car, so i figured id see if it would work. the QA1s are an aggressive shock that has adjustable dampers, so should e a decent match for the bags. i had em on a couple of my cars (y33, RF1, UCF10)
 

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yeah. i had the bag laying around from my last car, so i figured id see if it would work. the QA1s are an aggressive shock that has adjustable dampers, so should e a decent match for the bags. i had em on a couple of my cars (y33, RF1, UCF10)
that will be bad ass. i definatly want to hear how that works out as far as handling. on the rear, do you know how the spring is set in place on the top? is it a bracket/seat just like on the bottom?

i want my damn car at my house now so i can just start tearing into it.
 

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just picked the car up, got it in my garage and put it on stands. ill start tearing into it tomorrow.

im confused though about it being a 69. i keep reading that a 69 has the back window that is kinda inset in the back sails. and this one is not? am i just reading it wrong?
 

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69 hardtop! looks like my first galaxie :)

those cars had IMO the best looking dash ever put in a car- except for the idiotic lefthand radio.

personally, I liked the non-XL/LTD grilles better too- if its not pitted on the chrome face, mask the face, paint between ribs black and viola! I loved that big 4 eyed grille with the background blacked out...looked much wider for some reason.
I bought a set of 69 gal 429 sidemarkers last year, just in case I ever find another 69...loved that car- Ive still got the motor from mine- Mom and Step-Dad bought it at police auction in '72 when I was 8 (dad worked at PD, it was the small towns only 'detective car', a 2door base gal with the copcar underpinnings, man did that thing MOVE). 8 yrs later I promptly totalled it, but still have that old 429/C6 :)

question- doesn't that ALREADY have a 9" rearend? I thought all the fullsize did back then?

on your window question, the inset glass was on the more 'swept' roofline of the XL hardtop models...the non-XL sedan and hardtop had the roofline youve got (sedans have the post/hardtops dont- hardtops with all the windows down are wide open). I dont think they made a XL sedan, never thought about it till now, who knows. most copcars were sedans as the body was a bit stronger, but the hardtops looked a lot nicer to most folks- especially back in the days when most cars didnt have ac, all windows down in the summer was the norm :)
 
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