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1963 Ford Galaxie 500 - Don't Ask It's Not For Sale

Jim Murray's '63 Galaxie

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Tech Notes
What: '63 1/4 Ford Galaxie 500
Owner: Jim Murray
Where: Oroville, California, where it can reach 115 degrees in the summer

Engine: The 460 that was resting on the motor mounts when Jim bought the engine had no crank bearings. He replaced it with a Ford Motorsports SVO 460 crate engine. It came with all the good factory stuff-10.5:1 pistons, 244/254 duration, 0.588/0.614-inch Ford Motorsports cam, and aluminum Cobra Jet heads. He figures all this is good for about 560 hp and 535 lb-ft at the flexplate. To deal with Oroville's superhot summers, Jim backed all this up with a Moroso electric water pump and dual 12-inch Flex-a-lite electric fans.

Induction: An Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake bridges the lifter valley. Jim scoffs at fuel economy with his Holley 850 double-pumper.

Exhaust: Crites 131/44-inch primary tube headers got the nod. They spill into a 3-inch system custom-bent by King Mufflers in Oroville. Magnaflow mufflers make the sound bearable.

Ignition: Jim mated a Ford electronic distributor with an MSD 6ALN ignition box and a Blaster II coil, Motorsports wires, and Champion plugs.

Transmission: A C6 slush box is bolted to the engine. Jim augmented its internals with a TCI 3,500-rpm-stall torque converter, a B&M shift kit, and a TCI trans cooler with its own electric fan. He installed a Gear Vendors Under/Overdrive unit just before the Anti-Tour in April.

Rearend: The Galaxie still sports its original 9-inch rearend. It houses an Auburn Gear Pro Series limited-slip differential with 4.30:1 gears and 31-spline Strange street/strip axles.

Suspension: Jim is the co-owner of an anodizing and powdercoating company, so it's a given that his suspension bits got the spray-and-bake treatment. He retained the stock springs front and rear, added KYB shocks to all four corners, and stiffened the leaf springs with a pair of Traction-Master traction bars.

Brakes: Jim shelved his stock front drums in anticipation of Anti-Tour as well, installing 11-inch discs from Stainless Steel Brakes. He's still got the stock rear drums but says their days are numbered, too.

Wheels/Tires: You can't go wrong with Cragar S/S wheels. Jim mounted a pair of Mickey Thompson 315/60-15 ET Street radials out back.

Interior: Jim rewired the dash and added an Auto Meter tachometer and the ubiquitous three-gauge pod down below. The seats are out of a '64 Fairlane and were reupholstered by Coy's Upholstery in Palermo, California. Future plans involve adding a much louder stereo-the Clarion unit that's in there now just can't compete with the exhaust note.

Performance: Though his best time so far is 12.30 at 115 mph, Jim figures he can drop into the 12.10s as soon as he gets the hang of shifting with his new Gear Vendors gear splitter.

What's Next: Since the car is only half done, Jim still has a lot of work to do. He plans on upgrading to a Survival Motorsports 545-inch FE package, redoing his instrument panel, and improving the front suspension components. He still has to fix the trunk floor, too.

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