1966 Ford Galaxie 500 – Sitting in barn for over 16 years
The Ford Galaxie was the staple in America for the car to have since its debut. To drive, to enjoy, and to share family time just taking a nice Sunday drive in. The Galaxie became this way because of its style, its simplicity and its reliability. According to this 1966 Galaxie’s previous owner, this car was his first car. It was driven to high school and used as an everyday driver until the mid to late 90’s. Then it was used periodically until hardly every used at all. While the car sat just sat in storage, the owner decided to pay it tribute and clean it up. New interior, top, paint, new tires and started gathering new and used parts to really do her up….but the project maybe got 70% complete and there it sat once again, bouncing from storage facility to storage facility until finally it was taken up to a barn in Shoemakersville, PA to sit until 9/11/20. Thats where I came in and purchased the entire collection.
The exterior of the car is definitely at least a 10 footer and a very presentable driver. This car is perfect for the beginner who likes to tinker, polish and buff. The chrome needs a good cleaning, the paint came up really nice for what is was like the day I got it. But still an amateur quality paint job. All the glass and trim are there and lights and bezels. Outside is pretty complete but may need fender badges. The door jambs need to be freshened up and detailed and new weather stripping would be a great idea. The vinyl top is over 20 years old but looks new because it was never in the weather. There are about 12 hubcaps that go with the car. Underneath is about 90% solid with a few rot holes here and there. Very minor. The frame is solid and looks as if there were a few repairs to it over time but 100% solid. Some lower quarter patch was done prior to painting. I detailed the heck out of the undercarriage with fresh undercoating and detail to the rear and engine and transmission. Looks very good. This car is not for the picky person, it’s just a car to enjoy, tinker with and drive the family to the local cruise night. It’s presentable enough for that type of stuff.
The interior again is very presentable. There is a new carpet which has to be fitted better, seats have been done along with headliner. There is a new dash that goes with the car. All the seatbelts need to be reinstalled also. Again, a very presentable interior that was just freshened up but needs that little extra going over the hump to make it pop. The floor matts are new also. I do have some extra dash material I will leave in the trunk.
The car has the original 289 2bbl (you will see 4V on the decal). So when I got it back, I hooked up an auxiliary fuel tank, cleaned the points and fired her up. The car started and ran nice for sitting for almost 2 decades. No smoke, taps or knocks. I removed the tank, cleaned it, put a new fuel sending unit and some fresh hoses and now shes running under her own power. The carburetor definitely needs a rebuild and the car needs a good going over. Plugs, wires, cap, rotor, fluids etc. We also got the brakes working just to stop the car in the yard, not for road use. They need to be gone over as well. I got it running, moving and stopping for you, the rest is up to you. It also has a power steering leak. The car needs to be freshened up before road travel.
In summation, this car needs to be gone over before being road worthy. Its a great car for the beginner, who wants to get into the car collecting hobby. Great for the guy who likes to tinker on the weekends and a great father and son project because the expensive stuff has already been taken care of.
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Location: Sicklerville, New Jersey, United States