Bill Griffith's
1966 Galaxie 500 XL Convertible
Olathe, KS

I purchased my 390 '66 about 10 years ago, drove it a little "as-is" for two years, then proceeded to dismantle it for restoring. I soon found with a family (4 kids) I had very little time to actually do work. I ended up finding a person nearby that specialized in FE engines and had him rebuild mine (basically to the guise of a High Performance 390 with enough head work to get 430 Horse Power and 460 foot pounds of torque), he also did the C6 (with a 2400 stall converter) and rear end (3:55 with a full Detroit locker).

A friend of mine owns a body shop and we made a deal that he would have his guys work on it (full rear quarters replaced) whenever they have down time. It's now nearly finished, and not in the original Sauterne Gold, but rather in a 1966 Corvette Nassau Blue. I'm sorry, but I'm not a purest, but honestly, none of those '66 year colors look good in my opinion. Nassau blue with a Black Interior and White Top looks fantastic! But I may change the top color to black.

My winter efforts will be to do the interior, convert the front drums to disks and replace the wheels and tires. At that point I will call it complete (at least for the summer). I'm not one to have something you only take out once a month or on weekends, so the plan is to drive it on my 50 mile round trip to work once or twice a week and on the weekends. There's a nice hill exiting my work parking lot that's just beckoning for 150 feet or so of two black strips.

My other vehicles are an '08 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, and a '98 SAAB 900 SE Turbo. Fairly recently departed is my Honda CRB 1000 RR sport bike (no one ever needs that much power on a bike but oh man was it fun). Anyway, that's my story.

~ Bill Griffith

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