Hey guy! Jake here. First off, great site! Lots of neat info, and have seen alot of beautiful cars around while lurking. Make a long story short, Ive been helping out a friend who owns a restoration shop here in town, and who is also a mechanic. He decided to shut down the mechanic side for the most part as it kept him too busy dealing with the public, keeping him from his restoration jobs. He has a long time customer with some motor issues in an old, idk late 80's early 90's chevy truck but since its a sudden, unexpected problem the only payment he could offer was a 66 Galaxie 500 4 door. Owner of the shop pawned the job onto me, so looks like I may have me a car here in the near future. We went to check it out, me being as excited as I was to see the car, I forgot the bondo tester, no magnet, and didnt take any pics of the tags etc to do any more research on the car. As it is, and its supposedly original, its a 390ci, 3 sp on the tree, bench seat car, no ac, 4 door car. Looks pretty solid, but it looks like its had a cheap paint job at some point in its life, so who knows whats under it. Fires right up, runs great etc. Only problem he knew of was a little frame rot on the right rear I believe. No big deal, im a welder by trade im sure I can get that worked out. If and when this deal goes thru, which it sounds like it may show up this week.. im not sure which direction to go with it. Friends tell me to upgrade brakes, suspension, etc and just drive it. Might not be a bad idea as funds to do a complete restoration might not be available. Plus, just having a good running reliable old car to drive daily with no worries of scratches etc would be fun. One of my biggest questions is, is im not sure how excited i am about 3 on the tree. I can drive em, but would rather have a manual on the floor. I know nothing about fords... except for the ranger that I own. Having a tough time finding things on google etc. What are my options on the swap? Would it be worth the effort, would leaving it on the column be "cooler" so to speak? Another question, is while out searching for parts on this car, is there any other models that'll interchange? Ive seen a few post about people using more modern parts like sway bars etc and adapting them to fit their galaxies. Any more info on things like that. Thoughts on a newer fuel injected v8, 4.6L possibly?? I know the car will end up in my possession at some point. Just trying to get a little ahead of myself and get a game plan goin. Any help, tips, pointers, opinions etc would be awesome! Like I said, I dont know much about these old fords.. so anything would help. Websites too, if anyone knows of some good links for ford parts and what not. Cars about 99% complete as far as I can tell, which will help. Ill include a pic. Doesnt look like much, but she runs/sounds great! Thanks in advance for any help guys!!