1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Town Sedan 352 FE 4 bbl Carb from North America
Fun and reliable
My grandma ran her out of gas once, and that sucked some junk past the filter into the carb. I rebuilt the carb, replaced the fuel filter and that took care of that.
Other than that nothing has gone wrong. I've never been stranded.
This was my first car. I bought her when I was 19, and took her to college in 2010. Has always been the most reliable vehicle in the garage. I daily drove this car for 3-4 years, and she's been a seasonal driver ever since.
She gets 12 miles to the gallon. Regular gas with 10% ethanol is fine.
She needs zinc in the oil, so diesel oil or racing oil is the way to go.
I have no problems keeping up with modern traffic, and she stops fairly well for a big car. Smooth ride. The only thing that doesn't work is the clock.
I like the fact that she's easy to work on, and parts are relatively easy to find. In the last 5 years, a lot more full-size Ford reproduction parts have become available, so you don't have to do as much junkyard-scrounging or swap-meet haggling.
For anything mechanical, O'Reilly's usually has the part I need in stock.
My car has the 352 4 bbl, the Interceptor engine on previous models. Power goes thru the Cruise O'Matic trans to a 3.00 to 1 rear end. Definitely a cruising set-up. She runs real nice at 75 on the freeway. She's got enough power and torque that she's fun, but you won't win any street races.
All in all, a fun and relatively cheap classic car. A reliable driver too, if you can afford the gas.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th April, 2020