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11/28/2015 at #6826
This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL rumbles thanks to a 460+ cubic inch 428 fed by two four barrel Holley carbs on top, and is shifted with a 4-speed manual transmission. The car came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop or some basic maintenance, as well as bodywork and a re-spray. Follow the progress here!11/30/2015 at #6862
The car came to our shop because the owner wasn’t sure about the tune-up on the dual quad stroker 428, and the front suspension felt a little “off”. We really liked the car, and put it on the rack for an inspection.
We noticed a few worn-out bushings, and the steering linkage was a little loose.
There was a little leak from the 4-speed or rear-main seal, but nothing major.11/30/2015 at #6863
It looked like we would be doing some general maintenance on the car, until it was involved in a little “incident”. It turns out that the brake pedal pin was not properly retained in the master cylinder pushrod, and the pedal slipped out causing a brake failure.
The result was some minor damage to the nose of the car, and also to the doors of our paint booth.
We were all sick over the situation, but luckily, the car is insured with Hagerty and they were quick to help us with the repair plan.11/30/2015 at #6864
Luckily, we have the capabilities to fix the car, and after many conversations and consideration, the owner wanted to take the car up a notch. Sometimes a bad thing can become a catalyst for improvement, so the car went into our body shop to begin a new journey.
In addition to the nose damage, the fender bumped the door.
The front sheetmetal was removed for repairs.01/20/2016 at #7131
The glass and interior were removed and the dirty work began.
This car had a fairly recent paint job, so we elected to strip the top most layers and evaluate if we could repaint the car without stripping it all the way down to bare steel.
We discovered some body filler, but most of the car was pretty straight.01/20/2016 at #7132
The floors are really solid in this car, which is nice!
We found some rust in the lower quarter panel on the driver side, so it was removed and a steel panel repair was made.
The rough shape was formed with the old panel still in place on the car.
Then the rusty area was removed, and the inside structure was repaired.
The new panel was slowly tack welded in place with an HTP MIG 200 to keep the warpage to a minimum.01/20/2016 at #713304/23/2016 at #7562
One upgrade that our customer wanted was a fiberglass teardrop hood. These are known more commonly as the Thunderbolt hood, but many companies make them for the full size Galaxie as well. These hoods can be challenging, because they are primarily intended for racing and are not show car quality. Although this car was not intended to be a full-on show car, we knew the dark blue color would show off any imperfections, so much time was spent making the hood fit the car. And early challenge was making the crown of the windshield edge match the cowl shape.
The rear edge of the hood was cut and a steel support structure was bonded in with fiberglass and resin to help match the arch of the cowl.04/23/2016 at #7563
When the fit was close, the fiberglass was blended and sanded smooth.
Then the top side of the hood was skim coated with fiberglass reinforced body filler to build up the thickness of the hood.
After much sanding and shaping, the hood was looking much better, free of waves, low spots, and it better matched the fenders.07/11/2016 at #7848
Next, the Galaxie was masked, cleaned, and sent to the paint booth for a coat of Axalta sealer and high-build primer as the beginning of the new paint job.
Back in the body shop, the primer was treated with a black guide coat before more block sanding began.07/11/2016 at #7849
The fenders and other parts were treated to the same proces.
The hood was also primed with high-build primer.
There were no tears on this teardrop hood… maybe “Tears Of A Clown?”
Craig begins block-sanding the guide coat, even in the trunk jambs.07/12/2016 at #7853Frank SzymkowskiParticipant
moving right along on the Galaxie!07/15/2016 at #7880Ward FrahlerParticipant
Love seeing a 64 any time. :cheer: I may be biased.09/25/2017 at #9110
More block sanding is done to the car over all the exterior surfaces.
After the guide coat is block sanded, the Galaxie is cleaned and masked prepped for another coat of primer which will be wet sanded and then color application can begin!09/25/2017 at #9111
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