1965 Ford Galaxie 500 352

Summary:

Great Classic Cruiser

Faults:

I had to replace all fuel lines, brakes, wheel bearings and carburetor.

General Comments:

Drove this car 1100 miles before replacing the fuel lines, brakes, etc. After all it is 50 years old. She now purrs (loudly) and is a joy to take to local shows.

Got 22 miles per gallon on that 1100 mile trip. Around town is 12. It is a heavy car, but the ride is smooth, doesn't turn on a dime, but the ride makes up for it. Turns heads. It is a Springtime Yellow convertible with a Palomino interior. The 352 is great to tool around in and has enough HP to feel like I'm back in the 60s.

Still enough around to be affordable in the Classic Car Market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2015

1963 Ford Galaxie 500 352

Summary:

Awesome, can't wait to get it running better

Faults:

Leaky transmission. Not sure where it is leaking from, but it leaks a lot.

The generator won't keep a charge. Thinking of switching it out for an alternator.

Seats and headliner are in bad shape, but the interior door panels and dash are in good shape.

Wheel bearings need tightening or replacing.

There is a lot of play in the steering. I assume the gear box needs adjusting or replacing.

The brake booster is bad. When I hook it up, it kills the idle, probably due to a vacuum leak.

It backfires out of the carburetor once in a while. Again, I assume due to some timing or vacuum issues.

General Comments:

This car has no factory seat belts. Planning on putting some lap belts in. Can these just be bolted to the floor boards?

The body on this car is in great shape; it was garaged for most of its life.

The suspension seems tight, but seems to be a bit low in the back.

The 352 runs strong, but I would like to increase the horsepower.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2013

31st May 2013, 23:38

"Leaky transmission. Not sure where it is leaking from, but it leaks a lot."

Probably needs a new pan gasket or fluid line.

1970 Ford Galaxie 500 351 Windsor 2v

Summary:

I like it

Faults:

The car was sitting in a field when I found it, so I had some minor work to do.

Replaced floor pans.

New points distributor.

Tires.

Gas gauge don't work, need a sending unit.

Needs rear shocks ASAP.

I plan to restore it in a couple years.

General Comments:

This is my summer driver, so I have two cars on the road at once.

I've only put 500-600 miles on it so far, and it hasn't given me any problems.

The power is pretty decent for a cruiser, but I wouldn't win many races; the highway gears and 2 barrel carb holds it back I'd say.

It's got 4 wheel drum brakes, which are vacuum assisted, but you do need to stay on your toes and not tailgate anybody, which I don't do, no matter what I'm driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2011

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2 door 390

Summary:

They truly don't make cars like this anymore

Faults:

Fuel pump went bad, rebuilt for $35.

Mufflers needed replacing. Used lifetime warranty from Midas mufflers to replace at no charge.

Master cylinder was rebuilt for $60.

Turn signal canceling cam broke - replaced for $35.

Original engine, never rebuilt. Runs like a top.

General Comments:

Grandpa purchased new, kept in perfect condition.

I received in 1980 - only driven to shows and events.

The car is very powerful, comfortable and solid.

15 mpg on the highway, 12 around town.

Other than fuel, it's very inexpensive to operate.

Other than tires and shocks, it's all original.

A real testament to Ford's emphasis on quality that year.

A real joy to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2010

19th Aug 2015, 14:47

Clarification: the replacement mufflers under the "lifetime warranty" from Midas are not "free" unless they just toss it into your trunk.

If you want it installed, you'll pay for labor plus all the clamps, hangers, pipes and whatever else they will tell you needs to be replaced.