Flat black paint, five percent window tint, and a slammed stance give this ’63 Galaxie a sinister look. But it isn’t a pieced-together ratty driver like a lot of other frame-laying customs – this car started out as a complete running and driving rust-free four-door from Coral Gables, Florida. The seller than shaved all the emblems and trim, installed air suspension, painted the body, and pinstriped the hood, trunk, and engine compartment. Think four-doors aren’t cool? This one might have you changing your tune.
Ford fans may not appreciate this car’s GM powertrain, but you can’t deny that a 350 Chevrolet V8 is both cheap to maintain and easy to fix. Behind this car’s fresh 350 V8 is a TH350 automatic transmission (another GM piece) that sends power to a 9-inch Ford rear end. Engine compartment shots also show a new-style power master cylinder, HEI ignition, a GM alternator, and a Holley 4-bbl carburetor.
As for that air suspension, it consists of new Dennis Carpenter hard pieces, Firestone air bags, and half-inch valves for quick air dumps. The seller says it lays frame on all four corners, and from the photos it looks like its relatively new BF Goodrich Radial T/As tuck nicely up into the body.
The interior isn’t complete, with headliner and carpet both still needed. But the seats are original, and the original door panels have been covered in burlap. The transmission tunnel cover was done in leather and reportedly took 70 hours to handtool. Although you’ll never see any of that with the windows rolled up.
This car’s combination of parts should make it both easy and comfortable to use. The seller says he took it on a trip from Cincinnati, Ohio to Daytona, Florida this year, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it leaving you stranded. And if it does, parts will be as close as your nearest NAPA.