1964 Ford Galaxie 500 289 2V

Summary:

Great car, but now-a-days 12 MPG doesn't cut it

Faults:

It had the top end of the engine in the trunk with a cracked head when I bought it for $50. So a friend and I put in a rebuilt motor ($400).

Down the line I had the transmission replaced because it wasn't 100% perfect (I worked at an AAMCO trans. shop).

General Comments:

My first car and best car I have ever owned. Lots of power, especially in the '80s when most folks were driving economy cars.

Excellent driver position for my 6'2" frame (Hey, that was considered tall back then).

The A.C. still blew ice-cold after 22 years.

It got 12 MPG using premium gas (or regular if you retarded the ignition a couple degrees), which is about par for a '60s vintage full sized car.

It was large with "bench" seats, which meant I could pack 5-7 friends in there. (try that with modern bucket seats).

Sure wish I had kept that car. I was moving (I thought) to Thailand in 1986 and sold it for $200!!! It was near perfect in all respects.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2009

8th Nov 2016, 16:27

That MPG was pathetic for a relatively small displacement V8, even for 1964, but it's probably explained by the "lots of power" reference to driving style. Not sure why premium gas would have been needed for a 9:1 compression ratio engine, either.

8th Nov 2016, 19:00

I have to fill up every 100 miles so I will trade 12 MPG any day. It's not the fuel costs, it's the inconvenience. We caravan in a group and bring our EZ passes. But the stops are a pain at times. That's not very far on a road trip with multiple cars to consider.

1973 Ford Galaxie 400

Summary:

They don't make them like this anymore!

Faults:

The heater was fixed by dealer when he sold it to me; it stopped working again just before I sold it.

The A/C leaked, but was jury-rigged/fixed with a leak seal kit and a freon conversion kit, and 3 cans of R134-A from Wal-Mart. It slow leaked after that, but I'd just charge it and add one can of seal in May, and the A/C would blow cold thru next year. Way cheaper than an A/C shop!!

Anything else was my fault because I couldn't keep from tinkering with it!!

Oh yeah, the driver's side window crank wore out.

Most reliable 30 year old car I've ever had!!

This was a base Galaxie, with manual windows and locks.

General Comments:

It had a 400 Modified block and a C-6 transmission. The rear was a 8.7 with 2.73 gears.

I had some excess bucks, so I put in an Edelbrock cam and intake package and a 600 CFM Edelbrock carb. I also added a dual exhaust and Flowmaster mufflers, chromed open air cleaner and a Pertronix electronic ignition.

Once I got it set up right, I could get an honest 16 MPG at 65 mph with the A/C off. I also would cruise at 90 hauling a trailer, and my wife would hear me chuckling at how much power it still had left.

I never did find out how fast it could go; the speedometer bottomed out at 120. Second gear was good til 80 mph and was really strong.

I found the steering to be numb like any typical 70s American car, but the power brakes were great!

I let the car go once gas prices became impossible... but I still miss hearing that big V-8 sucking in that air. It was comfortable, could haul me and my family in comfort, and was quiet on the highway. Parts were cheap and readily available, and upkeep was minimal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2007

1965 Ford Galaxie 500 289c.i.d.

Summary:

My '65 Galaxie does turn a lot of heads

Faults:

The oil pan gaskets leak a little.

The driver's side of the front seat has started to wear badly.

The weatherstripping is old and worn.

General Comments:

The car has an AM radio built in the dash that cannot be replaced. The power and sound this little 289 puts out beats a radio any day!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd April, 2005

23rd Apr 2005, 04:59

A little 289 in a big ol two-ton Galaxie, yet you rate performance a 10/10, hmmmm...