1963 Ford Galaxie Fastback In 1959, the US and USSR were the two big players in the space market. Each tried to outdo the other by sending bigger and better things to space – like dogs and chimps. Everyone was gearing up to be the first man on the moon, and the space race was on. So, the Ford Galaxie utilized these sentiments and turned the eventual need for space, (not speed at the time), into a nameplate with rather patriotic fervor. Of course, till Neil Armstrong finally happened, USSR was winning hands down in the Space Race, despite not having a Ford Galaxie. In 1969, with Apollo 11, the US upped the game for the USSR. For consignment, a 1963 version of the Ford Galaxie 500. This example has been modified to look and act a bit more racy than the stock version, but still retaining its mostly original looks. A nifty interior, more power and racy wheels, and white lettered tires, it looks a tinge like NASCAR, side exit exhausts and all. Exterior This baby, bathed in blue has all its original badging and trim spears. In front the electric shaver styled grille in chrome is looking good with the dual headlights and rear scooped hood. Below the bumper is suffering from some rust invasion and has dulled just a bit. Nice trimmings for the glass and fastback rear glass to the trunk deck which is long and thin. On back are the jet age inspired taillights looking much like twin turbines that will propel you down the highway. Dual trim spears for the sides, one at the belt line, and the other mid door, culminating with a Galaxie 500 badge on the front quarter. Black American racing 15-inch wheels are wrapped by Cooper Cobra raised white lettered radial G/T\'s on all 4 corners. Chromed pipes are seen exiting the undercarriage just before the rear wheel wells. The rear bumper shows some pitting and dimpling on the chrome. Interior Swinging the simple smooth black vinyl doors with silver paint on their sills, we enter a world of more NASCAR inspired accoutrements. Here we see high back buckets in black vinyl, an original aircraft inspired dash instrument layout, and some extra aftermarket gauges hanging from the bottom to indicate various vitals to the driver. Also, a shift light tachometer is on the dash top. An aftermarket AM/FM/single CD player now sits in this dash front. A billet style drilled rally steering wheel replaces the original, and on the hump is now a B&M shifter sporting silver Ford branded tape covering the original hole for the transmission. Black carpeting with some fading and staining is seen throughout, and above a black and white paneled headliner with some waviness and minor sags is seen. Drivetrain A lift of the hood and some noted peeling of the paint is seen. The engine bay is clean and unrestored. Sitting within this space is a souped up 352ci V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor atop covered by a small round chrome air cleaner holder. Chromed valve covers and red wiring and other red accenting is peppering this space throughout. A C6 3-speed automatic is now strapped to the back of this modified mill, and way back a Ford 9-inch 3.00 gear ratio rear axle takes care of the wheel spinning business. Undercarriage Sprayed black steel is making up the solid structure of this car. Seen are neatly maintained floorpans and rockers. Independent coil springs are upfront along with power drum brakes in front, and power drums with leaf springs suspension on back. A clean rust free Flowmaster exhaust exits stage right and left just prior to the wheel wells. Drive-Ability This car fired right up and on the test track did a nice job. It has wonderfully smooth acceleration, bias free panic stopping, and good handling for this very heavy car. Interior is comfy and I noticed the A/C blower is not working, as is the horn not blowing. The temp gauge has a tendency to jump around as well, but all else is fab! Reminiscent of the space race and inspired by the jet age that was co
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