|Well here's my very long, but interesting Galaxie story...
I remember the night my Dad brought home a '64 Galaxie 500-XL. He sold
Fords at a Ford dealership, as I found out years later. Someone was about to buy the last '64 on the lot and my Dad wanted it. He purchased the brand new Galaxie with $5.00 down. I think that was all the money he had in his wallet. We had 8 kids in my family, never had a new car, never had much new
clothes for that matter, and my Dad comes home at dusk with a white '64 XL ragtop with the top down. My Mom almost killed him as she wanted a station wagon if anything. But my Dad was way too cool to drive a wagon. (He looked like Guy Williams who played Zorro on Disney) Talk about love at first
sight - that Galaxie looked awesome at dusk, white with its blue intererior and that glow of the car lights. I was only 9 years old but knew I was going to have that car or one just like it someday.
I grew up in that car until it started to wear out. It was the first car I drove. My Dad was not very mechanical but he had plans on restoring her someday. He put her away in our family single garage. The garage was not the greatest, it leaked and the floor started to stay damp after heavy
rain. Years of sitting ruined the frame and froze up the engine. We still saved the car because the interior was in great shape. As I got older my Dad and I always kept a look out for a '64 Galaxie convertible in the papers. We never saw too many, or when we did we didn't have any money, or they were all rotting away.
One day my Dad found a '64 Galaxie in the paper and it sounded pretty good. We also found out previously from doctors that my Dad had, as he called it, the "Big C", cancer. So at this point, not knowing how long my Dad had to live, I was going to buy the Galaxie convertible no matter its
condition. I remember that my Dad was in bed a lot because of the cancer. He did not have much energy and it was hard for him just to sit up in bed. I went to his bedside and said hello, he said hi and asked me if I checked out the '64. I said yes. He asked me how it looked. I said, "Check it out
yourself, it's outside" . It was like a miracle. He got right out of bed and headed outside. I had purchased the convertible for $800. It had some rust holes, needed a new top, but the chrome was nice. With a big proud smile on his face he checked her out. He drove our Galaxie a few times with my assistance. When friends came to see him he would show them our car.
Shortly thereafter my Dad passed away. With a limited budget I fixed her up and drove around for years with the feeling my dad was with me.
Three years ago I totally restored my Galaxie with the intention of making her perfect. I re-did or had re-done everything. I wire wheeled and painted every bolt. I took out and painted the dash board, rechromed all the bezels, painted the console and put in new carpeting. I spent so much time on this car that my wife was getting jealous. I would tell Judy "At least you know where I am". At this point I had my family help on occassions. I was worried while restoring the car that when I finished, I would lose that feeling of my Dad being with me. I remember putting the dash back together and seeing how beautiful it looked with everything rechromed and polished. Thinking, "Now I know why my dad bought this car". It looked awesome.
I finally enjoyed my "Baby" last summer after 3 summers without her. It looks better than the night my Dad brought her home. Plus I added a few original options, such as the 390 with 3x2 carburator induction, hood ornament, rear deck antannae, rocker panel mouldings, and original AM-FM
radio. I have won three "Best of Shows", two "People's Choice" and one "Dealer's Choice". My favorite is a "Ladies Choice". I have also won a trophy in every show I have entered.
Still, the most gratifying thing to me is just driving around on some back country roads, with the family in the car, the top down, the roar of the engine, and my Dad watching over me with a big proud grin on his face.
I would also especially like to thank my good friends, Lenny,
Tom, and Ken, for their great assistance in the restoration of my Galaxie.
Thanks for reading my story,
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