1970 Ford Galaxie Reviews

1970 Ford Galaxie 500 351 Windsor 2v from North America

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 351 Windsor 2v Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired87100 miles
Most recent distance87600 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala

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

1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Wagon Country Sedan V8, 351cid, 5.8 liters, gasoline from Mexico

Model year1970
Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1970
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission V8, 351cid, 5.8 liters, gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 220

Summary:

Great, memorable car, with lots of power and quality, but with a terrible fuel addiction

Faults:

- Electrical system, shortcut, after 20 years of life.

- Automatic transmission didn't engage quickly first gear in 1988.

- It was left in a sea house for many years unused in California, so it began a terrible corrosion process, quite extensive, mainly in parts where paint was scratched. This was due to my negligence, of course.

General Comments:

I used very little this car, almost nothing: in 1982 it had 13,000kms, in 1988 it had 53,000kms. It is a terrible thing that it was neglected so much. This was a fabulous car. The engine was solid as no other, strong, very powerfull; also it drank gasoline without limits.

The transmission was also very good and strong, but the car was saw very little service and this affected it at the end. It passed almost years unused, so that was the main reason of its problems, but I cannot remember of a more solid and well constructed car.

Something strange was that this was an expensive car at the time, but it didn't have A/C, nor even heating system, just ventilation -"conditioned" by the car's speed.

Those were the finest days of Ford, I believe. Construction quality was top-notch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2007

27th May 2012, 09:15

The Galaxie 500 was not a particularly "expensive" car when new, so its lack of air conditioning is not unusual for a car from that era.

However, the only way it would not have had a heating system, was if someone had removed it. Heater/defrosters have been standard equipment in American cars at least since the early 60's.

27th May 2012, 14:01

People seem to forget how quickly cars of this era rusted out; even the floorboards. The cars of today last much longer, as they aren't rusty in 5-10 years as was common in that era.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews