1964 Ford Galaxie 500 NASCAR stock car tribute - rare and unusual, needs restore
Price: - Item location: Rescue, California, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Ford
- Model: Galaxie
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: 500
- Year: 1964
- Mileage: 175000
- Color: Purple
- Engine size: 289 cid, 4 bbl
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Red
- Safety options: Roll cage and 5-point harness
- Vehicle Title: Salvage Want to buy? Contact seller!
1964 Ford Galaxie 500If you're looking for something unusual, congratulations, you found it!
As much as it hurts me to do so, I am selling the project I'd envisioned since I was 17 years old and finally made a reality 30 years later. For sale is my 1964 Ford Galaxie Fireball Roberts Tribute car, built to honor an amazing driver and a pivotal period in NASCAR history.
Let me be clear: this car is not a real Holman-Moody race car. It was never a race car at any point in its existence.I built it in 2006-2007 from a salvaged fire-damaged street car and restored to approximate a Grand National racer from the 60s. This Galaxie runs, drives, and is street legal. The car needs another restoration as the custom-mixed paint has faded and the vinyl graphics have cracked over time, but it still looks pretty cool cruising down the street. I intended to do that 2nd restoration but now have neither the time or place to do so. Of course, you can rebuild the car into anything you want. This is just a nice starting point.
Okay, here's what it's got (and some things it no longer has)...
Engine and exhaust: Car-original 289 and C4 transmission, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, 2-inch carb spacer, Edelbrock carburetor (don't recall the cfm), an (I believe) original Cobra single carb oval air cleaner with a K&N air filter, Mallory Unilite distributor, Cobra valve covers (which I think are re-pops), GM 1-wire alternator, Flex-a-lite fan, 5.0 shorty headers that feed into 3" downtubes, custom built exhaust system with H-pipe, Flowmaster 40 mufflers, and side-dump exhaust pipes.
Cooling: Cross-flow radiator from a '74 Ranchero, overflow reservoir tube, and transmission cooler. Car has never overheated.
Suspension and tires: 1-1/2" front sway bar upgrade, wheels are steelies; 15x6.5 Kelsey-Hayes up front, 15x7 Stockton wheels on rear, wrapped in 235/65/15 Uniroyal Tiger Paws (that are now 12 years old and should be replaced for age). Original drum brakes on all 4 corners with factory fruit-jar master cylinder. You might think about upgrades here, too.
Interior: Since the interior had been significantly burned it met my needs for gutting it to create a racing-style interior. It now includes a 6-point Jegster racing cage, Mustang bucket seat with custom-built side bolster, 5-point safety harness, roll bar padding as needed, battery cut-off, Wink 5-panel rear view mirror, Gennie floor shift conversion with cueball 4-speed shift knob, fake clutch pedal, flip switches for lights/wipers/ignition, and vintage Stewart-Warner gauges. There is no speedometer. Race cars didn't need them and they are not required if you have another means of reasonably determining the car's speed (at least in California). I used the tachometer to provide a general idea of my speed. 12 years later, I never received a speeding ticket, just lots of eye-rolls from law enforcement. Heater, glove box, and rear seat are gone.
Exterior: I filled 161 holes in the body after removing 90% of the Galaxie's chrome trim. There is a small 3rd brake light in the trunk, and the gas filler is exposed within a molded-in pocket. Period-correct hairclip pins hold the hood and trunk closed, while aluminum straps make sure the rear window doesn't blow out at freeway speeds. Period-correct vinyl graphics (which all need replacing). Headlight buckets are covered, but the interior two buckets can be removed and headlights installed as needed.
Some of the car's history and high points while I owned and drove it... was displayed with and paced the charity race of historic (and real) stock cars at the 2007 San Jose Grand Prix, received $1,000 from Mobil One through Cardomain,com, received $500 from 3M/Bondo for use of their product, appeared in the Cruise of Champions at the 2007 Hot August Nights weekend at the Atlantis Hotel, featured in the first-ever Online car show (.com) calendar, made the cover and featured story of the Galaxie Club of America monthly newsletter, appeared in the National Street Rod Association 2011 yearbook, appeared in the July 2016 issue of Hot Rod Deluxe magazine's reporting of the 2016 Sacramento Autorama, photoshopped onto the cover of my 2011 novel Hiding Behind Thunder, etc.
Okay, now that you know more about this car than you ever wanted, do you have an empty space in your garage that is just screaming for this Galaxie to fill?
Questions? Please ask. Winning bidder to pay a non-refundable $500 deposit via PayPal within 48 hours of action close. Pickup and shipping are the responsibility of the buyer.
Thank you for checking it out and good luck!