Here is our latest project, a 1964 Galaxie 500, factory Big Block 390 Cubic Inch 4-Speed Car!

The picture to the right is not the same car--it's merely an illustration of what our car will look like when it returns from metal work in a few months. We'll be using different wheels for sure and the drivetrain will be another radical departure from expected. Can you say, SLEEPER?

These were taken by the seller at time of purchase. We purchased this one (6/7/14) via telephone and hired a transport company to get it from Idaho to Indiana where the restoration shop is located. She had 54K miles on the odometer and a 390/3-Speed just sitting in the cradle. The original drivetrain was long gone—likely donated to a drag car back in the day. This particular motor is from an early 70’s truck; so it’s on the way out for something much more radical.

The teardown started on 9/19/14 and only revealed a couple surprises. There was some rust on the passenger side dashboard (possibly from a leaking A-Pillar seal), and on the inside of the driver’s front inner fender. The body, however, appears to be as straight or better than expected for a fifty year old barn find.

Stripping began on 11/13/14 when the area’s most prone to media blasting warpage were worked down to bare steel and epoxy sealed.

Fresh back from media blasting on 2/6/15, both interior and exterior (top and bottom) has been stripped down to bare steel revealing all of the rust damage that has occurred in fifty-one years.

All of the solid areas not requiring additional body work are epoxy sealed to keep out contaminants and prevent the bare steel from rusting.

Area’s containing rust holes are cut out and patched.

The entire forward section as well as the lower passenger corner of the trunk lip had to be replaced, most likely due to water accumulating above the trunk seal which overtime lead to rust.

Most noticeable from the outside of the car was a rusted driver’s side rear quarter panel. These panels are large and have to be purchased in sections. We were able to do the job with two lower sections.

Next up, the roof line and passenger’s side quarter panel.

Time to lay down some basecoat clearcoat!

After the firewall was painted the heater blower motor was removed, prepped and painted satin black for cleaner appearance.

The steering column was prepped and painted while the wheel left original. We’ll likely replace it later with a more modern wheel.

This is a replacement dashboard located in Clearwater Florida—the original had several rust holes on the passenger side where the window to A-Pillar seal likely leaked over the years.

With the dashboard and steering column installed back in the car we turned our attention to the doors and undercarriage.

Although rarely seen, the undercarriage needs to be protected from rust so everything was blasted to bare steel, rust cut out and repaired, epoxy sealed and painted “Hot Rod Black!”

Final assembly--doors and lids have been reinstalled and aligned.
After some light sanding and masking work she’s back into the booth for a few final coats of color.”

The color is on, even and setting in preparation for clear.”

On with several coats of clear.”

The color is on, even and setting in preparation for clear.”

It’s like Icing a cake as the stainless steel trim is meticulously buffed out and reinstalled on the car.”

She's coming home!

Goodbye, Indy, Hello Florida!”

On to the front brakes, drums out, discs in!

I purchased a set of spindles and caliper brackets from a 1979 Thunderbird, bead blasted, rust neutralized, primered and painted; then installed them with new rotors, seals, bearings, caps, calipers and hoses.

Other sections coming soon…
  • Custom Interior (keeping the split bench)
  • Bagged Front & Rear Suspension Fabrication
  • Rear Differential Suspension Fabrication
  • Late Model "Coyote w/6-Speed Manual" Drivetrain
  • Limited Slip Differential (replacing the 9 Inch Carrier w/Trac Loc Posi Traction & Shorter Gear Set)
  • Wheels & Tires Package