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  • 1969 Galaxie 500 - high school budget build

    Judd has been on the lookout for a project car he can truly call his own. Well, yesterday he found it. It's a 1969 Galaxie 500 Sportsroof. It is a 390/C6 car with power steering and power disc brakes. It doesn't run and needs work, but it was cheap. It was last on the road in 2002. These cars could be had with a 429, so a 460 swap is just a set of motor mounts away.

    These cars have never really been on my radar. The Sportsroof consists of a recessed rear window with sail panels that is very similar to a 68-70 Charger. Chassis-wise they are very simple. Body on frame with a 3-link coil-sprung 9" in back.

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    Last edited by BBR; March 10, 2022, 11:22 AM.
    Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
    1969 Galaxie 500 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...69-galaxie-500
    1998 Mustang GT https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...ix-to-4sixzero
    1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
    1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
    1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

  • #2
    I always liked the look of those big bruisers.
    Act your age, not your shoe size. - Prince

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    • #3
      Great find and it doesn't even look too rusty. Hope you guys have a blast building it.

      Dan

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      • #4
        love all of the cars with those lines (e.g. Bonneville, Talledega, etc).

        Neat, neat project.
        Doing it all wrong since 1966

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        • #5
          thats gonna be sweet......

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          • #6
            Very, very nice!!
            I believe I had one or more of those as a slot car.
            1997 Ranger 5.0L HO, GT40 heads/tubular intake, 65mm TB, 1.7rr, B303, Tri-Y headers, dual 2.5" exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers, T5 trans, Tri-Ax shifter, CenterForce Dual Friction clutch, 8.8 Traction Lok 3.55 gears, Cobra 13" front brakes, Cobra 11.65" rear discs.
            1997 Mustang GT
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            • #7
              The hard part is going to be keeping my hands off it!!!

              He paid $1300, so it was dirt cheap. It has a couple of dings and a couple of small rust spots, but it is definitely a solid car.

              It seems big, but really is only 4" longer than a B-body Dodge like a Super Bee or Charger.
              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
              1969 Galaxie 500 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...69-galaxie-500
              1998 Mustang GT https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...ix-to-4sixzero
              1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
              1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
              1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BBR View Post
                The hard part is going to be keeping my hands off it!!!

                He paid $1300, so it was dirt cheap. It has a couple of dings and a couple of small rust spots, but it is definitely a solid car.

                It seems big, but really is only 4" longer than a B-body Dodge like a Super Bee or Charger.
                Cars were certainly bigger back in The Good Ol' Days! My Roadrunners were "mid size" cars and now seem huge.

                Dan

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DanStokes View Post

                  Cars were certainly bigger back in The Good Ol' Days! My Roadrunners were "mid size" cars and now seem huge.

                  Dan
                  Yeah, trunks were 3 or 4 body in the midsize models. It took a full size car for 5 or more...

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                  • #10
                    Check frame welds. Many many were miswelded.. flux instead of filler.
                    nobody derbys these from 65-71-2 due to that
                    good find.
                    nice car.
                    bro had one with a 302 Nothing special.
                    but the 390/428’s were fun to watch

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                    • #11
                      Like it! Although not exactly the same car ( better ) brings memories of Burt Reynolds in White Lightening and Gator . Great find .
                      Previously HoosierL98GTA

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DanStokes View Post

                        Cars were certainly bigger back in The Good Ol' Days! My Roadrunners were "mid size" cars and now seem huge.

                        Dan
                        I think it really depends on the vehicle. a 65 Malibu is smaller then a new Malibu, a mid-70s Malibu is larger then both - but the 65 and the 70s Malibu weigh less then a New Malibu. Camaros are the same put a 67 Camaro next to a 2020 Camaro and you'll note the new Camaro is larger (and weighs nearly 2000 lbs more).

                        Trucks, My Colorado is about the same size as my old 83 Chevrolet truck (externally), and can pull more. Dodge, Compare a 90s Dodge truck to a new Dodge. There are certainly smaller cars available now, but if you compare across platforms - they've usually gotten super sized.

                        I think the perception comes from less space in the same external package - all that reinforcement, airbags, emissions controls, 'accessories like a/c' take up a great deal of space. Just as a crank handle window is lighter and smaller then an electric window.... or, conversely, try to fit an electric window motor in one of those old, narrow doors.
                        Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                        • #13
                          Heads up ......
                          The "Round Bell C6 off the FE 390"
                          WILL NOT bolt up to a 460.
                          ALSO check, that C6 uses "Type F" trans fluid.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Captain View Post
                            Heads up ......
                            The "Round Bell C6 off the FE 390"S TRANSMISSION
                            WILL NOT bolt up to a 460.
                            ALSO check, that C6 uses "Type F" trans fluid.
                            fixed it for you.... and you are right.
                            pretty sure the 'fix' is a matching
                            460/toploader swap....

                            Last edited by fatguyzinc; December 6, 2021, 10:49 PM.

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                            • #15
                              The real fix is the 460 and C6 that are sitting in my shop..
                              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                              1969 Galaxie 500 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...69-galaxie-500
                              1998 Mustang GT https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...ix-to-4sixzero
                              1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                              1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                              1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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