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7/22/2017 @ 5:03am
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1963 Rangoon Red Ford Galaxie

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Lithia Springs, GA   30122 Model Year: 1963 Mileage: 77335
VIN: 3J68Z148688 Engine Displacement:
Exterior Color: Red Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
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What you're seeing here is Ford's answer to the Super Duty Pontiacs, the industrial-strength Mopars, and the 409 Chevy. This 1963 Galaxie 500 hardtop is quite simply Ford's finest example of the ""Gentleman's express."" It packs 427 cubic inches, a 4-barrel carburetor, and a 4-speed, and with an exhaust note straight out of Valhalla, it also means that people notice when this machine arrives.

Originally a Z-code 390, this car has been upgraded to 427 cubic inches. The Q-code 427 was a mid-year replacement for the 406, bumping right up against the NASCAR engine displacement limit. Bright code J Rangoon Red is this car's original color, and that's really the only color it could possibly be now that it's been given a serious horsepower injection. Of course, as an apex predator, you know they spent some extra time block sanding the bodywork to make sure its straight, and with that beautiful paint job this car is 100% extrovert. It just stands out in a crowd like a heavyweight boxer at the opera. Finish quality is excellent, with doors that fit right and great gaps all around, all indications of a prizefighter that has only been to the show field but never used regularly. Plenty of jewelry helps the upscale Galaxie look the part of Ford's top-of-the-line machine, including the fender ornaments and none-too-subtle 427 badges. And I'm still convinced that Ford had the right idea with their taillights looking like jet exhaust, particularly on a car that can accelerate like this one does.

The red interior is really the only choice in a bright red luxury liner, and it has been restored with new seat covers, fresh carpets, and a restored dash. Buckets with a console-mounted 4-speed is how it came originally and most of the soft parts are new. The gauges cover the basics, but there are no give-aways like a column-mounted tach or under-dash gauges, keeping this car strictly 1963. A correct shifter (they're not reproduced) manages the 4-speed manual gearbox and the big steering wheel feels great for managing this big boat. The original AM radio is still in the dash, but who cares if it works? You'll never use it after you hear the exhaust note. And yes, the trunk is truly massive, carrying its spare way up front, but remember that it also helps plant the rear tires and you're going to need all the help you can get.

The engine is a correct-looking 427 cubic inch mill that accurately reproduces the original R-code look. But this is no garden-variety 427; no, it's been rebuilt to its original 410-horsepower spec complete with solid lifters, fresh flat-top pistons, and two 4-barrel Holley carbs on top. The engine bay sparkles with that highly-detailed look that only high-quality cars can offer, with every part showing exactly the right finish, right down to the original cast iron exhaust manifolds. Everything around the engine is new, too, from the belts and hoses to the ignition system, and it exhales into a rumbling Flowmaster dual exhaust that sounds threatening even at idle. The 4-speed manual feeds a 9-inch rear with 3.00 gears inside, so you don't have to worry about breakage and it's still very street-friendly. The chassis is detailed for show with body-colored floors that show off a lot of fresh hardware. And as the perfect finishing touch, there are vintage Torque Thrust wheels and 215/70/15 BFGoodrich blackwalls for a truly industrial look.

Fast and brutal, this is one heck of a find for Ford fans. With it you can intimidate lesser cars without even starting the engine, and it's one piece of muscle that truly delivers on the promises its looks make. Call today!



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