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BangShift Project Files: This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Was Loaded With Mud When Found!


BangShift Project Files: This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Was Loaded With Mud When Found!

Scott Liggett is no stranger to the pages of BangShift. His black 1965 Impala is pretty much his calling card, his 1967 GMC has been his latest project, and in-between he’s worked on some neat Chevy luxo-cruisers, has spent plenty of time out on the road, and that’s all with working full-time. The dude’s got talent and drive, no doubt, and when he got offered a “please just make this thing disappear” price on a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 by a friend, he bit and drug the sled home. Seeing Scott outside of his normal array of GM vehicles is interesting, and so far has proven to be fruitful.

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The Galaxie is a two-door post car, which immediately brings up images of stockers running rings around Talladega. Back then, stock cars still weren’t too far removed from the moonshine rigs that they were inspired by. And that leads one to wonder what this car did in a past life, because in order to get any kind of work done underneath the Galaxie, Scott has had to break out hammers, chisels, shop vacs, pressure washers, and whatever else it takes to make tons of accumulated mud and grease disappear from the underside. He’s even found a mud dauber wasp nest the size of a baseball. No thank you, we’re good.

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In the couple of weeks that he’s had the Ford, he’s gotten it running, put nice, wide rolling stock on at all four corners, and has still been hammering away at cleaning the car up. Other than the slightly bashed rear wheelwell and a slightly ventilated floor, overall the “Mud Bomber” is fairly complete and only will need detailing and typical repairs to get it back up to snuff. The Ford FE mill underhood seems to be ok, though the three-on-the-tree might meet it’s end for a TopLoader four-speed. If you want to see a car come back to life after living in a field somewhere for a bit, this one is for you!

BangShift Project Files: Scott’s 1964 Galaxie 500 Project

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5 thoughts on “BangShift Project Files: This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Was Loaded With Mud When Found!

  1. Scott Liggett

    Hey Bryan. “Off the road for a bit.” ? It was last registered in 1983, which makes the fact that FE engine runs so darn good so shocking.

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  2. oldguy

    Soft spot in my heart for any 64 Gali – My Mom’s 2 door 289 w/a slush box took
    took my sister and I through high school in the late 60’s early 70’s ….we did things to that poor car I’m almost ashamed of – but not quite…when it was on it’s last legs Mom would pull into the gas station and tell them to ‘ fill the oil and check the gas ‘ . It should have been bronzed and put an a pedestal

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