The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ambrosio, Nov 29, 2015.
this is the title of the page....
i dont see where is says no Thunderbolts
How about posting some clear current pictures, including the fender apron VIN's, unique details, etc ... of this car. A couple photos from the 1970's of a wrecked vehicle, an alleged warranty plate, and some parts doesn't necessarily mean the original car, crashed or otherwise, is still around today. Too many rebodied/bogus T-Bolts have been surfacing lately.
Does anyone have any photos of Jim Price's 1961 Fairlane?
The "Alcoa Presents" car came from NYC. That picture is at Dover Dragstrip in NY. It also raced at Westhampton and Islip as well as on the street at "Connecting Highway". I believe it was at a used car lot on Queens Blvd. called Elm Motors, I hung out at a shop that did the work on all Elm Motors cars called "Speed Garage" and that car (or a duplicate) was in there sans lettering. I believe the time frame being 1963-64. I don't have any pictures of it but it may be on some video taken at Westhampton. All the old timers that raced at Westhampton know of that car.
Dan; Any progress or updates on your T-Bolt restoration? Sylvanus
Here you go thunderbolt guys, what are your thoughts?no it wasn't bought at harbor freight, haha
Big FoRds with round tail lights, yes!
The 64 Galaxie lightweight body has just been sat back on the body, I'll get some pictures posted tomorrow
The 64 is coming along
The 62 is almost done
The 63 is done!
The bonner 62 Galaxie is also on the schedule after being in a forest for over 50 years
The Moyer comet has just came in for restoration
Nice you get to work on some "Good Stuff"
I see someone has made several purchases from Rick Kirk. The cars are looking great. I can't wait to see how you make out on the Bonner car.
I remember "Big Ma Mau" from the '60's racing all around Atlanta.
Frank Vego Ford - Bonner
Al Means Ford - Bonner
"Big Chief" Taber Pontiac - Beswick
Nalley Chevrolet - Nicholson
All dealerships were in Atlanta. Those were the days..
I wonder why Ford didn't use the 2 door sedan (Custom) for the 63-64 Galaxie light weights.
They would have been slightly lighter and less prone to body flexing, if it was ever a problem
with them in the first place.
If I remember correctly I think I posted the story in another thread. They were supposed to be Sedans but someone unfamiliar with drag racing decided the hardtops were a better choice. They were ordered and the rest is history. I will try and locate that post for you.
The someone must have been a Nascar fan.
Also I'm from the Northwest and raced a couple times at the Bremerton all Ford drags in the mid-80's and remember a white 64 Galaxie. Now I'm not sure whether it was a regular r-code Galaxie or a factory light weight car but it did have a tear drop hood and it also had just a few hundred miles on it which leads me to believe it was raced from day one. Anyone remember this car?
That's the reason behind a T-bolt being a hardtop not a sedan, not the Galaxie. My guess is because Ford was running the fastback in NASCAR along with the fastback 500 & 500XL being the more desirable model for public sales.
Troublemaker427 is correct it was the T bolts that got mixed up when ordered not the lighweights.
Re 1963 Lightweight Galaxie, as of 3 Jan 1963, the public was to be allowed to select from models 62A, B, and C and 63 A and B. However, as of 26 Feb 1963, only Model 63B was being offered. Not certain what a model 62C is. I suspect, models 62 and 63 were transposed, as there is a model 63C, or a 62C is an XL formal HT.
Re t-bolt, the 1963 was a 2 dr HT, however the 1964's were 2 dr Sedans. Two thoughts on why this happened. The story that the wrong model was ordered. The other, that the hardtop was heavier than the sedan. With the sedan chosen, in order to meet the 3205 # weight goal, the more logical reason.
Any updates on the Bonner Galaxie restoration?
Boy you have to keep this thread going. Very interesting info. How about some back ground on how you became the restorer of all of these wonderful cars.
I'm sorry, I thought when there was a comment added, the forum notified you of a message. The bonner car had been put on hold by the owner to do the afx comet first. He wants to make it to a show with it next June (2018), but I'm anxious to get on that bonnet car, trust me
terry, I just
Terry, I just feel very fortunate and lucky to do so. It started with one and they come out of the woodwork, amazing!
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