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Hello, I'm new to the site and new to Galaxies. My son is almost 14 and we have been talking for a while about restoring a car for him when he starts driving. I know what you are thinking, "this idiot is going to give a 16 year old a 62 convertible galaxie?" I know, but hear me out. I will hold this over his head for 4 years. Good grades or else!! He sold his motorcycle and paid $700 (I paid the rest) for the car. Anyway, we started looking around and he fell in love with galaxies. I have always been more a chevy guy myself but I have to admit, I love the galaxie. The car we found is pretty rough but we have two years right? I just bought a 62 hard top parts car. It was t-boned but it has almost everything we need.

This is my first restoration but I have a good network of friends and family with experience. I have already searched these forums and found helpful information. I look forward to getting to know you guys and I know you will all provide my son and I with valuable information.

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Welcome to the forum. Have fun with that 62 vert. I had pant loads of fun with my 61. How much body rot do you have to deal with?
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Cool project and good job you raised him wrong and he wanted a Galaxie for his first car! Only kiddin! lol I still have my first car which is a '64 galaxie convertible. Mine probably looks like your parts car in convertible form now but still have the love for it like i did the first time i saw it.

I see you are also an Oregonian! I am also! Got my car from people in Corvallis and I grew up in a teeny town about 20 miles SW of there. What area you from, Portland or further south or?
 

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The four floor boards are rusted out and when I got it, it had a console from a late 60's Thunderbird (I was told) but that was complete junk so I took it out. When I go tit out, I found out why it was there. The previous owner(s) had gone through a few transmissions and had cut a hole in the tunnel for each one. The guy I got it from said he drove by it for two years before he bought it and it was sitting in the weather with no hood. The rain was going down the manifold and he told me it would be a good boat anchor. One the bright side, it is only missing the trim across the front of the hood and I can get that off the parts car.

I am in Southern Oregon after being in Bakersfield for 20 years. It's nice to be home.

 

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Okay, here is where all you smart guys come in.
This is where I am at:
I am dismantling the car now and making a list of the stuff I will need to put it back together. The convertible has no motor or trans and I'd like to put a 390 in it later. The parts car has a 289 and I can use that for now just to get it on the road while I build a motor. I have limited space where I live. My thoughts were to tear down the car and start on the suspension, frame and rear end. I am terrified to take the body off the frame. I have heard horror stories from by buddy and I'm afraid if I take it off the frame, I will never, ever................. ever .....get the doors to close again.

My dad just had his 71 El Camino (one owner) redone by a guy who does really good sheet metal and paint. I've seen his work on two cars and it is show quality. He will do my body and paint.

Originally, I was thinking to do engine first as I have always been taught to do motor before paint so you don't mess up the paint taking the motor in and out. But My dads friend did all of his body and paint first and is now assembling his car.

What do you guys think?
 

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The parts car is a 62 two door hard top. It was smashed on the passenger side and I got it for $800. I was planning to spend that just to get my bumpers done. The "vert" (thanks 61Sunliner) is set up for an automatic and the hardtop is
3 on the tree. My son wants a standard and I was worried about getting the peddles and other stuff to convert it over. The hard top has good bumpers, interior, dash and molding. The molding is different but I figure I can sell it and recoup a little cash. It also has four nice hubcaps and all the little things that really add up.
 

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I would think do engine while car is being painted so the engine bay and all gets done well also. Although it isn't easy to get the engine in and avoid scratches and dings. Plus gives you something to do while waiting on the paint to be finished. If you take the body off the frame be sure to brace it up good in the doorways and all as the verts are super flexy. If i put jackstands under the frame between the front of door and rear of front tire there is issues with the doors opening and closing. I don't know what one would be like off the frame as much flex as there is on the frame.

I was in Oregon on the 1st near Eugene for the Function 4 Junction car show and cruise. I was there last year and will be there again next year. It's become my yearly pilgrimage. Next year my dad should have all the bugs worked out of his '48 Ford to do the cruise with me. Maybe you'll have the car done in a couple years and join us too! My whole family was there almost this time but only 1 out of the 4 vehicles was able to get much cruisin in for this or that reason. And that was my tboned wonder car. lol

I am not positive on the complete swap from auto to stick but you have everything you need there. Steering column, pedals, etc and I don't think there is a lot to the swap really when you have all you need there.
 

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Good to see another 62 Convertible reborn. I'd agree with Shotrod and do the paint and panel before installing the engine. If your going to all that trouble to make it look nice, I'm sure you can take some care re-installing the engine and gearbox when you get the 390 rebuilt. Have a look around, there's a complete motor for sale at the moment in the Sales Area of the forum.
 

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Don't go with the 289 then switch to the 390 later.... No. please. save your headaches. :)

Just scoot on up to Springfield and pick up a cheap 390 to rebuild then rebuild it and stuff it in a corner under some blankets. V-8 engines Or skip on down to Redding and grab this ford 390 &2wd C6 trans, and sell the tranny...

don't matter 390's are everywhere and still relatively affordable.

Then finish the car, then install the engine and tranny and be good to go.

Do NOT worry about doing the engine bay after the engine, do them all before assembly, THEN put the motor in, it's not going to mess anything up. And you can set the engine and tranny in place then bolt on the front end after if your'e afraid. :)

The Hardtop has EVERYTHING you need to make the Vert A Manual Trans car :) Just swap the tranny cross member, and swap out the clutch quadrant and the steering column.

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I hope the rear quarters and wheel wells are as good as they look in the pic. They are usually first to go. Unfortunatly the rear foot wells are different in the convertables to clear the X member. Hopefully there is enough intact that you can patch them.
Two or three 62's sacraficed body parts to resurect my 61.
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Y'all will enjoy this project during and after it is finished .. Take a lot of picture before ,during and after. How is the pump and cylinders. If you see you'll need one , I have the pump and cylinders. It's out of a 63 Mercury montorey. Some say it will fit a 63 galaxie convert. don't know about y'alls . Any way good luck ,have fun and keep us posted..
 

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I restored my 62 xl.It took me 7 yrs but my daughter passed away during that time so.....It knocked me for a loop.No need to do a frame off if body mounts are solid.I did all the work on my 62 except cruise-o-matic tranny rebuild(700.00).I rebuild a 390 out of a merc station wagon.YOU CAN DO IT!.
 

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All good information thanks guys, you all rock!!! I was having second thoughts about putting the 289 in and I have to admit, I am still up in the air about it. One of the things I am thinking about is where this car is going. We are building it for my son. Do I want my teenage son driving around a 390 or a 289? See, it's not so easy. If I was just doing this for me then 390, 427, big motor, big fast. But, its not (just) for me.

I talked to the body paint guy today, he guestimated 10k for all the sheet metal and paint. That puts body and paint out till Christmas if the stars align and June 14 if they don't. I'm cool with that. I can do a lot of the stuff I need to do before then. I will have a motor running, my parts car stripped and other parts purchased by then.
 

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I am subscribing because this a a cool project and I am happy to see another 62 making a comeback.
 

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Are you sure that is a 289? Might be a 292 Y block, I think 62 might have been the last year for the Y block. Of course anything could have been transplanted in 50 years.
I thought about pulling the body off as I have a lift but was worried about folding the body in half, plus figure it was better attached while doing sheet metal replacement. I did all my sheet metal work body on frame. Replaced outer rockers, repaired inner rockers replaced Floor pan under rear seat, repair drivers side rear footwell, Rear quarters, rear wheel wells, trunk dropdowns and trunk floor brace repairs.
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No I am not sure it is a 289. All I know is it is a straight 6. Remember, I know nothing about Fords and only a little about Chevys.

I have a deposit down on the parts car but I will pay the rest on Monday or Tuesday. I will get a better look at the motor then.

You guys can all laugh at me now for not knowing what motor is in the car I am buying. I could have sworn the guy said it was a 289.
 
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