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Hey Guys and gals.

My name is Travis, I have a 63 Ford Galaxie COM 352FE. I’m in the process of bringing it back to life and browsing through this forum has helped quite a bit. Of course I still have some unanswered questions I’m hoping someone more familiar with Galaxies might be able to assist with. My biggest set back right now is she doesn’t shift from 1 to 2. I do not know if I’m missing linkage from the carburetor, so if anyone has pictures of their set up that would be beyond helpful. I will be ordering a transmission modulator valve but I’m fairly certain I’m missing a a piece somewhere...

Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing all suggestions!
 

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Hey Mel,

Yes, cruise-o-matic. I only have a D and Low. I’ve now replaced the tranny modulator valve but it didn’t seem to fix the issue. I have good vacuum.... nothing is broken or seized in the valve body.... I’m at a total loss.
 

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Hey Mel,

Yes, cruise-o-matic. I only have a D and Low. I’ve now replaced the tranny modulator valve but it didn’t seem to fix the issue. I have good vacuum.... nothing is broken or seized in the valve body.... I’m at a total loss.
Have you tried shifting it manually?

Some of those old Cruise-O's require that they be shifted that way.

If it's not the trans in the pic, then do you have the aluminum 2 speed?

Note: the trans in the pic is 55 to 58.
 

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This is 61 to 63 and what your car should have...
My current issue is now trying to decipher what transmission we’ve got in this beast. I’ve counted the bolts and looked on every website I could possibly find. I’ve got 14 bolts and I don’t see any sign of a recess anywhere. Still not shifting
 

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My current issue is now trying to decipher what transmission we’ve got in this beast. I’ve counted the bolts and looked on every website I could possibly find. I’ve got 14 bolts and I don’t see any sign of a recess anywhere. Still not shifting
I assume you mean pan bolts.

How about a pic of the trans?
From underneath is fine.

Pic of the shift quadrant on the column or console?
 

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I’m fairly certain it’s a three (3) speed but maybe I’m wrong. I’ve read that attachment before and none of it really makes sense. I don’t have D1, D2 etc, just P R N D L here’s a picture of the transmission pan though! I guess another question is, what other transmission could I put into this 352?
 

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In the attachment look at the first transmission.
It matches what you have.

You have (according to the shift quadrant)
The 3 speed Single Range small case.

Read the description at the top of the page, it talks about the differences...

More confusion...

You say the car is a 63, but the shift quadrant for that trans P-R-N-D-L was only used up to 57.

57 to 66 it changed to P-R-N-D1-D2-L

The P-R-N-D-L transmissions are known as "Single Range"

The P-R-N-D1-D2-L transmissions are known as "Dual Range"

Are you positive of the year of the car?

Post some pics of the car so we can see what it is.
 

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In the attachment look at the first transmission.
It matches what you have.

You have (according to the shift quadrant)
The 3 speed Single Range small case.

Read the description at the top of the page, it talks about the differences...

More confusion...

You say the car is a 63, but the shift quadrant for that trans P-R-N-D-L was only used up to 57.

57 to 66 it changed to P-R-N-D1-D2-L

The P-R-N-D-L transmissions are known as "Single Range"

The P-R-N-D1-D2-L transmissions are known as "Dual Range"

Are you positive of the year of the car?

Post some pics of the car so we can see what it is.
I’m questioning everything I thought I knew now lol. See attached.
 

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I’m questioning everything I thought I knew now lol. See attached.
Well that sure looks like a 63....

Here's a thought....

Perhaps your car was built with the aluminum Ford-O-Matic 2 speed trans, (used up to 64)
and someone swapped in the 352 and 3 speed,
but left the 2 speed P-R-N-D-L column.

The all aluminum Ford-O-Matic 2 speed was used with inline 6 cyl and small V8's
I don't know if they ever used it with the FE big block.

Do you know for sure that the 352 and trans are original to the car?

Can you post the VIN?
Or is there a data tag somewhere?

Tranny info...

https://www.charlietranny.com/2speed.htm

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I’m questioning everything I thought I knew now lol. See attached.
Well that sure looks like a 63....

Here's a thought....

Perhaps your car was built with the aluminum Ford-O-Matic 2 speed trans, (used up to 64)
and someone swapped in the 352 and 3 speed,
but left the 2 speed P-R-N-D-L column.

The all aluminum Ford-O-Matic 2 speed was used with inline 6 cyl and small V8's
I don't know if they ever used it with the FE big block.

Do you know for sure that the 352 and trans are original to the car?

Can you post the VIN?
Or is there a data tag somewhere?

Tranny info...

https://www.charlietranny.com/2speed.htm

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All I know is that the guy who sold it to me had purchased it under the impression it had a 427 (?) in it which he wanted to swap into his truck and was disappointed to find out it was a 352, or maybe it’s not. Maybe he was misinformed which in turn led to us being misinformed and so and so on. The VIN is 536914475A63L. Try as I might, I can’t decode it. It was made here in Canada and from what I see majority of the sites are for the states. Not sure if that makes a difference or not.
 

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All I know is that the guy who sold it to me had purchased it under the impression it had a 427 (?) in it which he wanted to swap into his truck and was disappointed to find out it was a 352, or maybe it’s not. Maybe he was misinformed which in turn led to us being misinformed and so and so on. The VIN is 536914475A63L. Try as I might, I can’t decode it. It was made here in Canada and from what I see majority of the sites are for the states. Not sure if that makes a difference or not.
Your VIN 536914475A63L doesn't make any sense.

Give us a pic of your vin plate stamped on a tab attached to the top right side (weld flange) of the dash panel in the engine compartment,
and data plate on the drivers door.

Go here for 63 Galaxie VIN info...

http://www.so-calgalaxies.com/1963

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All I know is that the guy who sold it to me had purchased it under the impression it had a 427 (?) in it which he wanted to swap into his truck and was disappointed to find out it was a 352, or maybe it’s not. Maybe he was misinformed which in turn led to us being misinformed and so and so on. The VIN is 536914475A63L. Try as I might, I can’t decode it. It was made here in Canada and from what I see majority of the sites are for the states. Not sure if that makes a difference or not.
Your VIN 536914475A63L doesn't make any sense.

Give us a pic of your vin plate stamped on a tab attached to the top right side (weld flange) of the dash panel in the engine compartment,
and data plate on the drivers door.

Go here for 63 Galaxie VIN info...

http://www.so-calgalaxies.com/1963

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my mistake, here it is
 

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Canadian VIN decode...

1963 Ford Galaxie and Mercury Monterey Identification Canadian Built Vehicles

Looks like yours came with the 352 from factory.

Looks like the Canadian built cars used the older single range trans longer than the USA built cars.

Wouldn't be the first time and probably not all that unusual.

They probably had a bunch of leftover trannys and just used them up.

Ignore that it says Mercury, it all applies to the Fords too.

So to sum up...

You have an 8 cylinder (4) 63 Galaxie 4 dr hardtop (75A) with 352 engine with Single Range Ford-O-Matic 3 speed trans. (GB)

In "D" the Single Range trans starts off in 2nd and shifts to 3rd.

If you want to start off in low, you need to pull the lever down to low and then manually shift to D.

Supposedly, if you floor the gas in D,
the trans will drop to low and as it accelerates,
you ease off the gas and it will upshift to 2nd and then to 3rd.

HTH
 

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Canadian VIN decode...

1963 Ford Galaxie and Mercury Monterey Identification Canadian Built Vehicles

Looks like yours came with the 352 from factory.

Looks like the Canadian built cars used the older single range trans longer than the USA built one's.

Wouldn't be the first time and probably not all that unusual.

They probably had a bunch of leftover trannys and just used them up.

Ignore that it says Mercury, it all applies to the Fords too.
sorry, just to clarify because for some reason I’m really not comprehending- does that mean I don’t actually have a third (3rd) gear?
 

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Canadian VIN decode...

1963 Ford Galaxie and Mercury Monterey Identification Canadian Built Vehicles

Looks like yours came with the 352 from factory.

Looks like the Canadian built cars used the older single range trans longer than the USA built cars.

Wouldn't be the first time and probably not all that unusual.

They probably had a bunch of leftover trannys and just used them up.

Ignore that it says Mercury, it all applies to the Fords too.

So to sum up...

You have a 63 Galaxie 4 dr hardtop with 352 and Single Range Ford-O-Matic 3 speed trans.

In "D" the trans starts off in 2nd and shifts to 3rd.

If you want to start off in low you need to pull the lever down to low and manually shift to D.

Supposedly, if you floor the gas in D,
the trans will drop to low and as it accelerates,
you ease off the gas and it will upshift to 2nd and then to 3rd.

HTH
Sorry, I understand it says three speed. So, I guess I’m still not shifting into third. The lockdown linkage was stuck down, preventing the 1-2 but now we’re trying for that 2-3
 
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