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Old August 17th, 2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default Project MudSlide-1966 Ford Galaxie

Why Mudslide? Because there's more bondo then steel in the lower half of the car.


I owned a Torino a few years back, Did a ton of work to it and sold it cheap to fund my buggy.

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Finally pretty happy with were the buggy is at, so I decided to take on a new project. So I went and found a 1966 ford Galaxie 500XL. Its pretty rough all in all. Lots of bondo, bad areas of the frame etc.. but it photos very very well and looks good from 20ft. Plan is to do minimal as possible for the next month or so. Drive it, enjoy it, then in the winter fix it up. I want a driver not a car show winner or dragstrip competitor. But an all around nice ride that most importantly my wife feels comfortable driving on her own. And as it sits, that's exactly where its at. It runs out nice, stops and handles decent for what it is and my wife has been putting some miles on it.

It has power brakes and steering, 390 with an auto. Did a few upgrades and maintenance since purchase. I bought it a couple weeks ago from north muskegon area.
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Old August 17th, 2014, 09:30 PM   #2
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Here it is on its way home from purchase..


Seller stated it had a drivability concern, stumble and stalling. I couldn't verify it on the test drive. But it ran out decent and felt good. Bought it knowing it had mud and frame issues. Not to the extent i have found since, but still don't feel it was a bad deal.
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Engine bay at purchase.


Not a big fan of MSD. I think of MSD like the warn 8274, You love it or you hate it . Well Im not a fan. Poorly wired in, and the cap/rotor were in terrible condition.

So i opted for a single wire HEI unit to replace it. New wires, but had to get a new air cleaner as the hei unit is much larger.



Keep in mind I have no intention of keeping the drivetrain after the winter. Plan is a fuel injected power plant with an over drive transmission. So trying not to invest to much for 2 months of use.

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Had some pretty retro looking rims on it circa 1990 , had to ditch those ASAP lol.
They were 16x7s Utlras w/ Dual lug pattern. They be up for sale shortly.


Went with some American Racing torq thrust anthracite 17x8s all the way around with 245/45/18s for the low balanced look. Don't care for the big tire rear small front rake look anymore. Low and balanced .



The wife really enjoys driving it. So gets lots of comments and compliments when out in it.
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17x8s all the way around with 245/45/18s for the low balanced look.
looks great and will keep an eye on the transformation. but how the hell did you get 18" tires to work on 17" rims?

good luck with the build. looks like a great start
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So far I have, swapped out the ignition. Replaced all the shocks. Thoroughly inspected it on the hoist. Found lots of mud, some floor sections needing love, and most likely a new frame as that would be easier then fixing what I have. Pretty rough from just in front of the torque boxes up front to all the way out back.

Yesterday i replaced the mufflers, was way to quiet. Sounded like a 1994 cutlass ciera not a 66'390 . So I put a pair of thrush chambered mufflers on it. Not to loud and has a nice tone with no interior drone at speed. And the thrush mufflers are cheap in comparison to a lot of other brands out there. Ive used them on multiple vehicles I have owned. My wife's explorer and my buggy both run them right now. One of the old mufflers was full of acorns lol.

I also added a little support to the gas tank strap mounting at the trunk floor. Somebody did a shitty repair job on the floor and i didn't feel safe with it holding the gas tank in place. Since purchase I have been nervous putting more then a half tank of fuel in it. So I added a quick piece of steel to the trunk just to add a little more support for the next month. Of course I moved the tank a little during the repair. Went and filled it 3/4. And now I have a leak. Don't know if the leak was there or not prior to me moving the tank, but regardless I am gonna need a new tank now. And they are not cheap .

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looks great and will keep an eye on the transformation. but how the hell did you get 18" tires to work on 17" rims?

good luck with the build. looks like a great start
oops. they are 18x8s.
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oops. they are 18x8s.
leave it to the tire guy to catch that

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Was pretty happy most of the interior is intact and present. And in all reality not to bad or molested over the years.

The interior lights all work and even the glove box lamp. Headliner has been done in the past few years and the vinyl top is pretty nice except for some of the edges around the door trim is peeling up a little. Paint is pretty poor overall. Shot the black over the red and then somebody rubbed the black to hard in a couple spots exposing the red undreneath. Again in pics it looks really nice



Really like the floor shift and center console.










Working on the year of manufacturer plates for it. Got a temporary 30 day sticker for it now. Hoping for 2-3 weeks to get the 66' plates on set on it then I'll be insuring through Grundy for it.



Out for Ice cream, was its first legal trip out onto the roads with it

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Plan is to drive it as much as possible the next month or so
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Since being with my wife, I have had a
63 Fairlane (owned it when we started dating) and she never drove it.

Several 70's Trans Ams, of which only one she drove about 5 miles

70 Torino which she only rode in once for about a mile before I sold it.

This galaxie she has driven a few times in total probably about 50 miles so far .
Ive been calling it her car. The whole idea around this is to cruise and for her to drive when she wants to. She really does like driving it, which I find rather sexy seeing her behind the wheel .



She really likes the new mufflers, she digs the tone

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Better before and after with the rim comparison.



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Since being with my wife, I have had a
63 Fairlane (owned it when we started dating) and she never drove it.

Several 70's Trans Ams, of which only one she drove about 5 miles

70 Torino which she only rode in once for about a mile before I sold it.

This galaxie she has driven a few times in total probably about 50 miles so far .
Ive been calling it her car. The whole idea around this is to cruise and for her to drive when she wants to. She really does like driving it, which I find rather sexy seeing her behind the wheel .



She really likes the new mufflers, she digs the tone

Plus, my TMNT pants make it super classy
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John, do you have any experienc with Grundy yet? I need ins for the buggy and trying to find the best place to use for it. trying to get as much coverage as possible for it

you can pm me if that's easier

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love the new look
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Pm me if there is anyparts you need. My father may have some left. The last week of july he scrapped 3 66 galaxies. One was nice but he hates these bodies so off they went. He's into the 63-64 body style. I know he kept the drive trains and i think some other peices for his swapmeet supply.

Btw looks good.
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