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1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7-Litre Restoration Thread

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This '66 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre just arrived in the shop for a resto... we're excited about working with the owner on an uncommon Muscle Car!

 

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This one will be an all-stock restoration, as the car has been in the same family since new!

It's a very cool car.

 

It's a pretty solid car, we're really diggin' the Emberglo color scheme.

 

These 1966 Ford 7-Litres are very unique cars because they were used as a platform to launch the new for 1966 Ford 428 in. V-8 engine.

 

They were advertised as their own model, even though they were essentially  a jazzed up Galaxie.

 

We had the pleasure of spending some time with a very rare 427 powered 7-Litre on Muscle Car Of The Week.   This is one of 2 427-powered convertibles ever built:

 

 

Now our '66 7-Litre is not as rare as the 427 Convertible, but it is a pretty low production car, with around 11,175 built, with 2367 convertibles.

 

We extracted this car out of a storage barn and brought it to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for a once over.

 

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At first glance, it is a pretty clean car. There is some rust bubbling in the quarter panels, and it is sitting low because the trunk was full of extra parts at this point.

 

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One of the most unique features of these cars is the interior. The bucket seats are similar to what you would see in a Thunderbird, but it has a full backseat with plenty of room. The wood rimmed steering wheel is spoked with racy-looking holes, and it has a full length automatic console on the floor.

 

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This is a true hardtop, meeting there is no pillar when the windows are rolled down.

 

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We were impressed by the fit of this car, the door gaps, deck lid, and even the hood fit very well. The hood was interesting, because there were no hinges installed when we picked it up.    The engine have been removed and rebuilt several years ago, and we did not bring it in with the car. We will freshen up and install the engine later.

 

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There are many unique parts to the 7-Litre model, one of which is the grille. Time will tell if we restore this one or find a different piece, but most of these parts are not reproduced.

 

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Underneath, the car demonstrated typical Midwestern rust, but the floors appear pretty solid.

 

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Looks to be an interesting restoration.  Will be great to follow the work being done.  Hope that you keep it up to date for us to follow progress. 

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Looks to be an interesting restoration.  Will be great to follow the work being done.  Hope that you keep it up to date for us to follow progress. 

 

We will keep you up to date, thanks!

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We gave the car a bath, and we began our disassembly and documentation process.

 

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The back sides of the fenders seemed to be dirty but not rusty.

 

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THe disassembly continued removing the heater assembly from the firewall.

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The crew was happy to see that the floor seemed to be in excellent shape. 

 

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The original bucket seats were dirty, but perhaps they will clean up without the need for reupholstering. 

 

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All the parts were photographed, tagged, and bagged or wrapped for safe storage.   

 

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Once we removed all the parts from the trunk, we spied some rust in the seams where the wheel tubs attach to the trunk floor, but we’ll get the whole picture after the paint is removed. 

 

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Found a little crust in the doors… 

 

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Door condition reminds me of my '73 Gran Torino Sport.  That wasn't the only place my poor car was rusty, either.  The color was Medium Copper Metallic, which appears much like this car.  Thanks for your work and posting on the forum.

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Door condition reminds me of my '73 Gran Torino Sport.  That wasn't the only place my poor car was rusty, either.  The color was Medium Copper Metallic, which appears much like this car.  Thanks for your work and posting on the forum.

 

This one was hiding a lot of rust, as you'll see as the story develops.     Thanks for having us!

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And a little crust in the door skin…

 

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The teardown continues… 

 

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Soon, the body was ready to remove from the frame. 

 

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And the body was mounted on the rotisserie for paint removal. 

 

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The chassis was disassembled for media blasting. 

 

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We elected to use a dustless media blasting technique for paint removal.   In this process, crushed recycled glass bead is the cutting media, and it is blasted at the subject with high-pressure water.   The water contains a rust inhibitor, so the clean panels do not immediately start corroding.   The benefit is that the water keeps the temperature down to prevent the friction of the glass bead impact from heating and warping the panels.   The other benefit is that the glass bead does not harm the environment, as the dust simply integrates with the gravel in our lot.     

 

Go Green Dustless Blasting brought their mobile unit to our shop to do the work. 

 

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The first sheetmetal panels stripped clean, without significant damage or warping.  

 

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We had mechanical parts stripped like the rear axle housing and pieces.   The parts retained all their stamping details and appeared nearly new when cleaned.  

 

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great job, at the rate you are going you should be done in a few weeks, ha,ha, i follow you every day.

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great job, at the rate you are going you should be done in a few weeks, ha,ha, i follow you every day.

 

Right!   We all know these jobs only take a week or so!      ;)    Thanks for following along, we'll try to share things that are worth checking out.   

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Next, the chassis was stripped.   

 

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Finally, the Go Green team stripped the body shell.

 

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The Emberglo paint was hiding many secrets on the body shell, like the holes in the quarter panels. 

 

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Numerous pinholes and previously damaged areas were revealed after paint stripping. 

 

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The Go Green crew rinsed the body shell and we rolled the body shell into the paint booth for epoxy primer. 

 

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There are numerous areas that will require repairs. 

 

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This is below the rear package tray. 

 

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Quarter panel:

 

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Other quarter panel:

 

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There are areas of the frame that require reconstruction as well. 

 

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It sure didnt look that bad when you first got it. were you able to get inside the box frame? green team did a great jom.

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It sure didnt look that bad when you first got it. were you able to get inside the box frame? green team did a great jom.

 

They never look as bad as they really are.       We were able to get inside the frame, you'll see the repairs soon!

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Wow. Some of those factory welds look like they were done by a beginner in welding class. My istructor called those pigeon welds cuz it looks like a pigeon flew over let go of some droppings.

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Holy cow.  Appearances can be deceiving.....  &, it's amazing what a little cleanup can do.

 

 

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Owning a restoration shop, we're not surprised by much anymore.    All old cars have secrets if you dig deep enough!

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The parts were then coated with black epoxy primer. 

 

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The body was primed, save for the areas we knew we were removing. 

 

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The frame on this car had some obvious repairs over the years.    We noticed that these large sections of angle iron steel were added to “fix” something… wonder what it is?

 

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After a little cutting with a wheel on both sides of the frame… 

 

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… these giant holes were revealed on the driver’s and passenger side of the frame!   Yucko. 

 

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Obviously, the correct way to repair this stuff is not to just hide it under a patch.      The top side of the frame was still intact.    Out comes the rusty metal.    

 

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We measured the rails and determined that 2” x 2” box channel is a perfect fit inside the stock rails.    We elected to leave all 4 sides of the box tube intact to add a little more rigidity to the stock frame.   The reinforcements were MIG welded in place, and ground flush.    

 

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It’s hard to tell the repair ever occurred.  

 

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