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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by frank spittle, Feb 25, 2011.
Original Mercury Marauder
I owned a 375 hp 4 speed 62 all I can say the t10 was not up to the task numerous times.
Here is our all-original 427/410hp, circa 1974. Paid $700 for it. No, not the air cleaner, the whole car, as is. Original owner was so careful he had newspaper down on all the floors so the floormats/carpet didn't get dirty.
He must have driven it pretty hard though, the T-10 would pop out of 3rd gear on decel. Even better, we sold the car for just over twice what we paid for it. Oh wait......
Maybe somebody knows the car, this was Detroit suburbs.
I've been digging for all the old ET-MPH I can from these big cars lately - I think the "little" 7" NHRA tires hurt them or they would have run even better, especially the 4-speed cars. The Ed Martin 63 LWG "should have" won the 1963 Indy NHRA nationals as the winning dodge was found illegal. No record of what ET-MPH either of them ran since the whole class was deleted. That same year 1963 Pomona Winternationals, Ed Terry won B/S in what had to be a 406/385 63 Gal. Again I cant find an ET-MPH.
Lots of NHRA wins out there even at nationals, for the 406 and 427 big cars.
But overall, it seems the 427 Gals had their most NHRA success as AUTOMATICS - less demanding on tires, and yet Ford never offered the car that way.
Then again I never saw an original with power steering either until loudbang just posted that Merc above.
Werby, you know better to ever used the word “ never” in conjunction with Ford. Lol
Amazing car here
I have pictures of that same car...
Gotta dig those up...
I had a 67 in HS , transplanted 69 428SCJ , Big Spline Top Loader , 3.90 TracLok from a smashed 69 Cobra . Not an R car by any means ! But plenty fun for a HS kid
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kentuckian, Are you willing to share the scan files of the 65 Winternationals? Len Freebern
Len, that first shot reminds me of an AMT model box for some reason.
Love this thread. while I'm a mopar guy I also like the 427 cars from back then. My friend had a new 63 ford convertible with 410 HP 4spd that we added the two 4s to that car was something else on Woodward race seen, It was Red with Black convertible top and red XL interior. Not sure if he bought it from Bob Ford in Dearborn, Mi. Can't be to many Red 427 convertibles that were sold?
Let's revive this thread. Found this old ad for Brannan's race car. $3000 for last year's car?
Seems like a lot of money when you are making $1.35 an hour.
May 64 HRM by CDXXVII posted Feb 20, 2019 at 12:18 PM
Brought this girl home this summer.
Unrestored, not an "r". Originally a 352, 427 installed at a later date. Has 4-speed top loader and came with OG headers not currently installed due to ground clearance issues.
I am looking to buy a 63 or 64 R code Galaxie. Any idea on values now? It seems these cars have dropped in value over the last few years. I know good restored cars that are all original bring the most money, but do some colors bring more money if they are painted in original color? Anyone selling any R code cars can contact me. Thanks
Let's give a shout out to Frank (30 years ago):
APR1989 HMN by CDXXVII posted May 22, 2019 at 12:44 PM
All I see is an error message. Was that the T-Bolt?
Question for the Ford experts. A man who worked for my dad for 30 years bought a new 63 1/2 Galaxie with 390 and 4 speed. He wasn't a hot rodder of any sort at all. He'd previously been a truck driver back in the 50's and preferred manual transmissions, and the car he bought just happened to be the only manual trans Galaxie the dealer had in stock.
But, the 390 had solid lifters, cast iron headers that looked like the ones used on 406's and 427's, and a Holley carb on an iron manifold. Thinking maybe the engine was a left over 406 since the 427 had just come out, I looked with a flashlight to see if the bolt heads were there for cross bolted mains, but there were none. Ford's literature at the time, at least the brochures I saw back then, didn't show any option for a solid lifter 390. Any idea what that engine was, and was it actually a common option?
FWIW, he retired in the early 90's and drove that car to work daily until he retired as it was his only car. Unfortunately, the last mile or so to his house was a dirt road for a number of years, and the car was riddled with rust by the time he retired to the point where it would've needed just about a complete rebody to be presentable.
Years ago (1988-89 or so) in La Mesa, California, I saw a '66 Mercury Cyclone sitting in a back yard. It was red and had the large front edge hood scoop and "427" badges on it. I drove by many times and when I FINALLY went to ask about it, it was gone. My usual luck.
Most 406s did not have cross bolt mains but they did have aluminum intakes.
It was a 390 Police Interceptor Special. They were rated at 330 horsepower and had solid lifters. It was a popular option.
We ran a 67 Fairlane station wagon in S/E in the early 70s until I rolled it. We then built a coupe for SS/E, no more 7 inch tires for me ! Both cars were clones. I also had a 57 Ford Custom 300 with a 427/425 & 4 speed out of a wrecked 63 1/2 R code Galaxie back in 1964. I tried to put a picture on here but not having any luck doing it
Sorry. It's a full column history lesson. You must have had a lot on your plate, Hemi Darts, Lightweights, even a nostalgia drags in Rockingham.
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