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Hello from Vista Ca

Post  Nick63Galaxie on October 25th 2018, 7:53 pm

Hello, I am new to the group.  I am long time Ford fan and have been around the SBF scene for a while up until recently.  I have a 1963.5 Galaxie 500 Fastback that I am building.  The car currently has a 390FE in it with a Crui-o-matic behind it.  It also has the tubular 427 exhaust manifolds on it as well along with a factory aluminum 4 barrel intake manifold.  I have put the Ride Tech 4 link rear suspension on the car with their coil-overs. The front has Fatman Fabrications tubular control arms with a 1 inch sway bar and Ride tech coil-overs as well. For the Brakes I am running a Wilwood master cylinder and prop valve combo with 13 inch rotors and 6 pistons brakes in the front and 12 inch rotors and 4 piston calipers in the rear.   I am currently building a 521 Stroker with Scat forged internals and CP pistons. I am planning on running the Kaase P-51 or SR-71 cylinder heads on it.  I have yet to decide on a Cam for the engine but that will come very soon.  I have a built C-6 to go behind the 521 with a 3K stall 10 inch converter.  I look forward to learning more about the 385 platform here and sharing my build with everyone.




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Re: Hello from Vista Ca

Post  Lem Evans on October 25th 2018, 8:08 pm

Cool

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Post  jasonf on October 25th 2018, 8:41 pm

Nice car! I have a 64 Galaxie but 63.5 is my favorite. Welcome to the site.
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Post  BBFTorino on October 25th 2018, 9:27 pm

Welcome Nick!!
Very nice ride you have there!!
My father had one very similar to it....same color and blue interior. His was a Galaxie 500 (not the XL) with a bench seat and 390/ 4 speed combo.

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Nice!

Post  wickettoby1 on October 27th 2018, 6:49 pm

It’s like you copied my build!!!

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Post  wickettoby1 on October 27th 2018, 6:52 pm

It’s like you copied my build!!! I have a white 64, originally blue interior now gray tweed, ride tech 4 link with Viking DA’s, Fat Man front ctrl arms, QA1 coilovers, rack n pinion steering, AFR headed 547 build in process, TK0600, etc.......

What size and backspacing are those wheels?

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Post  jasonf on October 28th 2018, 7:23 am

wickettoby1 wrote:It’s like you copied my build!!! I have a white 64, originally blue interior now gray tweed, ride tech 4 link with Viking DA’s, Fat Man front ctrl arms, QA1 coilovers, rack n pinion steering, AFR headed 547 build in process, TK0600, etc.......

What size and backspacing are those wheels?  

Did those Fatman arms make a big difference?
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Post  wickettoby1 on October 28th 2018, 8:45 pm

It's kinda hard to say, I changed the control arms, added coilovers, and switched to rack n pinion all in one shot so it's hard to say what did what.

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Post  wickettoby1 on October 28th 2018, 8:46 pm

I also deleted the offset shafts at the same time.

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Post  jasonf on October 29th 2018, 9:26 am

Thanks.
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Post  Nick63Galaxie on October 29th 2018, 12:51 pm

wickettoby1 wrote:It’s like you copied my build!!! I have a white 64, originally blue interior now gray tweed, ride tech 4 link with Viking DA’s, Fat Man front ctrl arms, QA1 coilovers, rack n pinion steering, AFR headed 547 build in process, TK0600, etc.......

What size and backspacing are those wheels?  

What Rack and Pinion setup are you running? The wheels are Weld RTS s71 wheels. The fronts are 17x8.5 BS 4.2 and the rear is 17x10.5 BS 5.7. I am running M/T ET Street 305/45/17. I did not have to cut anything just a little massaging with a hammer on the inner fender well. I am not very happy with the Ride Tech coil over spring rates. They are way too soft. I am going to be adding some different springs soon. I also updated all of the suspension all at the same time so I cant say what the front control arms did except for getting rid the crank bolts and some weight savings. They said they corrected some geometry on the arms. The cars drives way way better than before with the stock suspension on it. Wickettoby1 do you have any pics of your car?

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Post  wickettoby1 on October 29th 2018, 1:45 pm

My rack n pinion kit came from Unisteer. I'll try and upload a picture tonight.

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Post  wickettoby1 on October 29th 2018, 1:48 pm

After I had to make new axle side upper control arm brackets for the ridetech 4 link setup I didn't figure that id try their coilovers which is why I went with the double adjustable Vikings.

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Post  Nick63Galaxie on October 29th 2018, 3:40 pm

wickettoby1 wrote:My rack n pinion kit came from Unisteer. I'll try and upload a picture tonight.

Did you go with the power steering setup or the manual rack and pinion? I want to put that setup in my car as well. I was planning on doing that when I do the engine swap. How was the install for that? Pretty easy? Or did you run into any issues? What headers do you have on the 547? Did you go with Mad Dog or FPA or custom ones?



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Post  wickettoby1 on October 29th 2018, 3:53 pm

I went with a power rack with the idea of potentially adding hydroboost down the road. The install was pretty straight forward. I had a set of Mad Dog's on it that I hated from the first time I put them on. When the 547 is done (the engine was formerly just a 466) it will have a set of custom headers on it.

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