When I was 15 my dad special ordered this Galaxie with a 4-speed and the P-Code 390 Police Interceptor Engine (Solid Lifters 330hp), Tri-Power, Power Steering, Brakes and Windows, Reclining Passenger Bucket Seat. I took my drivers test in it and in 1968 he gave it to me. I kept it until 1984 when I sold it to a salvage yard in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. In 2005 I discovered it was in a warehouse in Wisconsin in almost the same shape as 1984. I repurchased the car and am in the process of a full frame off restoration. That is my Mom in the picture as we were loading it onto the trailer for the ride back home. Dad passed away in 1994, I wish he could have seen it and what we are doing to it.
Few people have torn down an engine from a 45 year old car that had not run for 21 years and see it this clean inside. I still plan to totally rebuilt it with new rods, forged pistons and a completly new valve train. The engine and transmission restoration is on hold now while we focus on the bodywork and interior restoration.
With the shape my Dad's car was in I needed allot of good sheetmetal and glass. This XL was from the desert with only 64k miles on it. It is 100% rust free and straight with excellent glass & trim. It would have been a minimal restoration to make this a great car on it's own but it is a small block car and not very desireable (lucky for me). I got it for $4k.
Well the front cap is off and the engine/tran removed. I gave the engine and trans to Dale for his help on the project. It will find it's way into one of Dales future projects. I took the car to a glass shop to have the front and rear glass removed & stored. Now the real fun begins BODYWORK. I will post more as the project progresses.
Anonymous on Jan 29, 2011 said:
I had one of these only down sized; 390 PI/solids, 4 BBL, factor 4 speed, 411 rear gears - family came along and needed a bigger "family" car too. I had H70's with spring spacers in the rear (firmed it up some) it would handle very nicely.[Reply to this comment]
oldskoolshop on Aug 3, 2012 said:
I am sure your father is smiling on you and your pride![Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Jan 19, 2014 said:
I have a similar story regarding my 65 390 Police intercepter 4 speed bench seat car. Still have window sticker and original California plates. My email is Mlankford51@aol.com. Would really like to talk to you. Mike[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Apr 26, 2014 said:
please keep us updated, great story[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on May 24, 2014 said:
I would love to see the original window sticker too.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Sep 9, 2014 said:
Hello wow a great story, I am restoring a 1965 Galaxie 500 Conv. 4-speed P code 390 330HP, talked to some expert ford guys and told them I only found 3 like it? May be more. This one sat for 28 years and has around 60K. Frame is good and body is rough Motor runs good, drives and shifts good. It Dark Ive green with tan interior bench seat. My e mail is email@example.com I live in Vernon CT Thanks and good luck John.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Aug 1, 2016 said:
Where are the pictures of the finished car ? Great story ,great car. +Would love a follow up!!!![Reply to this comment]