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Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Ignition Engineering Anaheim CA » December 17, 2019 1:36 pm

Look at Google maps to see if there are any businesses next door or close by. If so, try calling them and seeing if they know the owner of this business and what's going on.

Another possibility is to do a search for the business owner's name using quotes and CA (for California) to help narrow the search.  Idea is to find alternate contact info.  Likewise, you can do searches on the business owner via the state of California that might provide you alternate contact info.

If you find a home address or home number you might be able to contact him or his family. It could be there are health issues or something else going on.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Show Me Your Ride(s) » August 29, 2019 3:23 pm

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Hi all ... some really nice cars here.  Hat's off to all the folks who've bought, restored and helped keep these Galaxies (and more) on the road. 

I recently completed a frame-off restoration on a `66 Galaxie 7-Litre.  I had never restored a car before and it took several years.  It was a collaborative effort and most of the big work was done 2013-2017.  Over the last 1.5 years I've been tweaking, re-working, fixing and you-know-how-it-goes in order to get it right.  Pretty much done now.  

I've been taking it to high-end/concours shows while it's fresh as that won't last forever.  I didn't build this to be a trailer queen, it's meant to DRIVE. 

I also want to help drive awareness of these cars and their lineage.  In many ways, they are the result of Ford's commitment to NASCAR and racing in general (Total Performance Program).  Results include the 1963-1/2 Galaxie fastback, the race-proven 427 sideoiler, the collaboration with Carroll Shelby, the historic Ford GT 1-2-3 finishes at the 1966 LeMans (powered by what they called the "7-Litre" 427).... and the $50M in R&D to develop the underlying full-size platform introduced in 1965 featuring a perimeter frame with a wider track and torque boxes; 3-link coil spring rear suspension with Panhard rod; forged steel front spindles; and lateral front control arms with torsion bars for greater road deflection.  The front setup proved to be the NASCAR benchmark into the 1980s.

Here is a video of the car at the Quail Motorsports event which takes place 2 days before the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance during Monterey Car Week.  Love live all these old Galaxies!    


Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Looking for idler arm retaining nuts for 1965-68 Galaxie/Full size » July 24, 2019 5:54 pm


I am looking for a pair of retainer nuts that "clip" onto the frame where the idler arm bolts in.  There are holes in the frame where you slide the these retainer nuts through an access hole.  Then you move them into place so that the clip side is "clipped" onto the frame at the access hole, and the nut sits in the bolt hole.  Then you can bolt the idler arm onto the frame.  

If anyone on the board has access to a 1965-68 Galaxie/full size or 1967-69 Thunderbird (these retainer nuts are shared on both cars) ... or knows someone with either who might be able to spare them, I’d be GRATEFUL!! 

Thank you, 



Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Axle ratio suggestions » July 22, 2019 1:06 am

First of all, congrats on your car, those `61 Starliners are just terrific looking beauties.  Before sharing on the rear end, assume your car is a 352 or 390, but curious, is the close ratio a Borg Warner T-10 or Toploader? 

So here's my opinion.  For these heavy Galaxies, part of the answer to your question lies in finding the right starting line ratio (SLR).  As you may already know, SLR is calculated simply by multiplying the rear-end gear ratio by the first gear ratio.  It's also a good way to look at how the gearing will work on the car.  

Let's say a Galaxie has 3.50 rear gears and a 2.78-1 first gear.  To find the SLR, you multiply 3.50 x 2.78 which is 9.73-1.  While racing enthusiasts may also consider stroke and weight when finding the right SLR, generally the rule of thumb for cars in the 4000lb weight class like our Galaxie's is an SLR in the mid-8s or higher.  

The further below 8.00-1 the SLR, the more the car will feel like a dog off the line.  That's because it'll be "under-geared".  Now granted you're not going to be taking your car to the track, still you want to keep some balance between good launch characteristics and comfortable cruise speed.  

To have a good cruise speed, the motor is turning around 2,500 RPMs while the driving speed around 65-70mph.  

Whether your Starliner has a T-10 (2.36 1st gear) or Toploader (2.32), for a car that won't see the track and instead will be driven on the street and perhaps cruising on the highway too, a good choice would be 3.50 rear gears.  That way, your SLR would be around 8.25, giving you somewhat reasonable off-the-line launch feel and decent cruise speed too.  

If you'll be cruising more on the highway and that's more important to you, you could always go with 3.25 rear end. Your SLR will be around 7.65 and you'll have higher cruise, but the car will feel a bit more sluggish off the line.  Overall, the higher you go with the gears (i.e. 3.00, 2.80, etc), the worse the car

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » lead for 2.80 gears for 9 3/8" » July 18, 2019 2:34 pm

Tom - there's a gent named Dan in the Denver/CO area who's been specializing in Ford rear ends for decades.  He advertises on Craigslist which is how I found him.  Good guy.  I was going to buy a pinion snubber from him but realized I already had one that was correct.  Anyhow, he may have the 2.80 9-3/8 gear set you need.  His number is:  303 828-3910.  Good luck - Roger

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » Machine shop » July 18, 2019 3:28 am

That and go to local car shows
to ask Ford guys for reputable shops.

Full-size Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars » 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 xl power windows » July 4, 2019 4:55 am

Good call by lesdab.  Once you remove the console plate and disconnect the switches, you can drop the entire master switch housing out. 

Next, you remove the brass bus bar and wire terminals.  Take pictures first so you know how to reinstall everything.  The switches themselves are held in by tiny clips, use care to remove them. 

Once the switches are out of the master housing, then as lesdab said you can easily restore them.  First, you want to carefully remove the rubber dust boots.  Given their age, it's likely they'll tear if they haven't already become destroyed by the elements of time.  If so, it's possible to fashion new ones by cutting to shape from a black latex glove.

Next, drop the switches into a jar of lemon juice and let sit overnight.  The citrus elements act as a perfect (and simple) cleaner.  Then remove the switches and pat dry before flipping them upside-down so you can remove the retaining screw one by one.  Once the screw is out, the switches will come apart leaving you with the screw, toggle, spring and the housing.

From here, you want to clean the metal contacts inside the housing.  Coarse steel wool, folded sandpaper or even scraping with a flathead screwdriver will do the trick.  Once the contacts are shiny and clean, blow out any dust & debris.  Next, add dilectric grease to the contacts.

After that, reassemble by inserting spring & toggle before screwing down, then you can put everything back together.

Here is some additional background:

First, the 1965-66 Galaxie switches are the EXACT same size as the 1964-66 Thunderbird switches, however that's where the similarities end.  T-birds used 3-terminal switches including separate wires for power, up & down.  Galaxies used 4-terminal switches which also include a 4th wire for ground.

In effect, the Thunderbird switches are a better design by virtue of having 3 wires rather than 4 and thus being simpler and more reliable.  Conversely, T-birds also used old-style PW motors with three w

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