1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2 door 390 from North America

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.

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 289 2V from North America

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.