Dad's 62 Ford Galaxie

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Enjoy your ride, that's what makes it worth all the headaches. A trick I do all the time with those copper washers is.. Lightly sand both sides on emerypaper on a flat serface and then do that on a scotchbright pad. Works every time for me. Happy cruising!
 
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Great to see you guys are on the home stretch.
Thanks. It feels great to be this far along. I'm looking forward to seeing this car go to paint. I'm really happy for Dad and I'm glad to have been a part of it.
I agree with Driven, after all the hard work and setbacks, it's nice to see it all starting to come together! congrats on the re-maiden voyage!
Thanks Darin (Did I get that right? I always have to think one "r" or two? Sorry if I didn't get it right). It was a rewarding ride and it feels good that the list is getting shorter.
Awesome! Glad things finally swung in your favor. If I posted about all my automotive setbacks on this forum, there would be no room on the internet for anyone else.
I think we all know what that feels like. If this was an easy hobby, everyone would do it.
Enjoy your ride, that's what makes it worth all the headaches. A trick I do all the time with those copper washers is.. Lightly sand both sides on emerypaper on a flat serface and then do that on a scotchbright pad. Works every time for me. Happy cruising!
Thanks for the tip Zach. The washer that was on it appears to be steel, with a little bit of rubber on the i.d. I replaced it with copper.

Thanks for the replies guys. Update coming....
 
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A lot of life has happened in the last month. A good bit of it wasn't good. That's life, I guess.

Dad and I were able to get together on Saturday and make some progress. I started out looking under the hood with a mirror and a bright light trying to find where Christine is leaking oil from. Wherever it is, its not much. There was one small spot on the floor, that admittedly, I didn't look at very closely. I ended up rolling around over it with my coveralls and inadvertently cleaning it up before I got a chance to examine it. I had observed some oil on the plate for the PCV valve at the back of the intake when we stopped for gas on our first test drive since the latest build on the transmission. I pulled the bolts for the plate and put some thread sealant on them. I'll keep an eye on it....

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I found some evidence of oil on the back of the passenger side head. It wasn't much. I cleaned it with surface cleaner (think pre-paint prep solvent) so now I know it is dry and will keep an eye on it. I suspect the passenger valve cover gasket but I'm not sure. I spent a lot of time under the car looking and wiping. Like I said, there wasn't much, but there was a little. There had been a little oil on top of the oil filter from pulling and replacing the oil pressure sender. I know that was some of it so I got that cleaned up. We just need to drive the car some more and see how it does at this point.

Meanwhile, Dad finished up the sound deadening in the trunk. He was nearly done with it and pulled off for some reason none of us remember. Probably to work on something else and the trunk was being used as storage for the project. Here he is working on it....

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Finished up...

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Followed by the mat, spare, jack, etc....

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Sad story on the spare tire. Dad had the spare out of the trunk to install the Dynamat. In the meantime, it was in his shed, in the back yard. There were some utility workers back there installing a fiber optic cable. One of them stole his spare, along with some other things out of his shed. Needless to say, his shed and his gates are locked now, and it isn't likely that any utility workers will be allowed access without his supervision but it sucks. It was a 15" Kelsey-Hays wheel which is sort of rare. Few of these cars had 15's. Most had 14's. It is unlikely the wheel was usable so they probably threw it away. The tire was brand new. It cost Dad just under $300 by the time he bought a wheel (lucky he could find one), painted it, and put a new tire on it. We're both glad there is a spare in the trunk though. We want to start driving this car places so it needs a spare.

While Dad was working on the trunk, I jacked up the car and put it on stands. I pulled the drain plug on the GearVendors and replaced the sealing washer on it with a copper washer. Then I refilled it with fresh fluid so it got like a 70 mile oil change. Next I replaced the front emergency brake cable. There wasn't really anything wrong with the one on the car except that the little rubber dust boot where the steel cable comes out its housing was pretty decrepit. We couldn't find a replacement dust boot and Dad happened upon a NOS cable with a good boot so the car got an upgrade. There was a little bit involved with that project since you have to pull the pedal loose from the cowl to get the cabin end of the cable out it. It went smoothly and I went with a much less aggressive adjustment of the emergency brake that is much more to Dad's liking. Finally, Dad got under the car with me and we adjusted both of the tail pipes. Both were hard against the upper shock mount bolt on their respective side. They must have moved around on us while we had the intermediate part of the system out. It wasn't hard. We have a V-band clamp right before the tailpipe goes over the rear axle and then a strap type clamp at the muffler at the other end. It was just a matter of breaking both loose, rotating the pipe and then tightening each end while the other of us held the pipe to make sure it didn't walk on us.

That should have a good bit of the punch list I included in my last post done. Hopefully there is no more oil leak but I'm unconvinced at the moment. The next time I go over there I plan to pull the low pressure A/C line off and work on lengthening it to get it off of the driver's side valve cover. Then I want to pull another vacuum on the system and see how it holds. Once we get some warmer weather we'll charge the system.

Dad is still working on blocking the car but he is working towards getting it painted, hopefully this spring or early summer.

That's it for now gents. I'll update again as progress warrants. Until then, best wishes and thanks for the interest, likes and comments.

Sincerely,

--Jared
 
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I know it's been said before but it's great to enjoy the same hobbies together with your Dad. My Dad has turned 93 and all he can do is to is talk about the cars and bikes he has worked on. Too bad, I was a young Kid with grease under my fingernails and he was the professional - it took many years for him to accept the fact that I know what I'm doing. But...he still follows me around with a torque wrench whenever I change his wheels.
 
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Thanks for the current updates, Jared.
You guys have come a long way on the Ford project. It's great to hear that it was cruising nicely on it's freeway shakedown voyage. (y)...all systems go.
I think it's finally nearing time to get back on the GP.:)
 
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I know it's been said before but it's great to enjoy the same hobbies together with your Dad. My Dad has turned 93 and all he can do is to is talk about the cars and bikes he has worked on. Too bad, I was a young Kid with grease under my fingernails and he was the professional - it took many years for him to accept the fact that I know what I'm doing. But...he still follows me around with a torque wrench whenever I change his wheels.
Ed,

I'm glad you still have your Dad, especially at that age. That's truly a blessing. My dad's mom just turned 98 and is in great shape for her age. I'm really grateful for all the time I've gotten to spend with my Dad and my brother on both of their projects. They are both chomping at the bit to help me put my car back together.
Thanks for the current updates, Jared.
You guys have come a long way on the Ford project. It's great to hear that it was cruising nicely on it's freeway shakedown voyage. (y)...all systems go.
I think it's finally nearing time to get back on the GP.:)
Thanks Jack. I may have to suck it up and power through the heat this year to put the car back together. I would have probably gotten back on it by now but I'm consumed with the 4L80E swap in my truck right now. The truck has long needed some TLC so I'm glad it's getting the attention but the GP continues to just sit there. Dad was asking Sean about going on the Power Tour next year. Sean didn't think we could make it since it's long been announced and Dad's car hasn't gone to paint yet.

That leads to this small update. Going on the tour is definately on Dad's mind. He's been working on some other projects around his house but he's been working on the Galaxie too. He's done some additional adjusting on both doors and the windows and has them pretty near perfect. Half of his garage is full of furniture for my Sister right now and that doesn't help. This past weekend he pulled plastic over all that furniture and put some more filler on the passenger side quarter panel and started blocking. Sean had blocked the quarter in epoxy primer but Dad didn't feel it was ready for high build. Dad had a few cars painted in his youth, that weren't ready and he doesn't want to make the same mistake with this car. Sean and I are there for him to help him mask it up or spray material on it. Sean doesn't feel like he can get the car any closer to straight with his skill set and I know I can't. I'm a total novice on filler and on sanding/blocking it. Dad is making progress though I hope the car will go to paint this summer. Dad has driven the car a little bit. He doesn't seem to enjoy it with the unfinished interior (no door panels) though. The car needs to get painted so we can finish putting it together. There is a little oil on the floor. I think the passenger valve cover is still leaking, even though I've glued the gasket to the cover and to the head. The covers aren't very straight. I wish those finned aluminum covers would clear the brake booster. That would solve that problem. There isn't much out there for low profile covers that don't have openings for oil filler/breather/pcv.

Anyway, here are some pics Dad sent to document the work.....

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I'll update when there is progress to report. Until then....

Best,

Jared
 
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Jared,
It looks like Dad is determined to get it right. I can't say I blame him. It still would be nice to see all your cars done and roadworthy. I realize time passes quickly. Are you guys going to paint Dad's car, or is someone else going to do it?
Looking forward to updates.
 
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Jared,
It looks like Dad is determined to get it right. I can't say I blame him. It still would be nice to see all your cars done and roadworthy. I realize time passes quickly. Are you guys going to paint Dad's car, or is someone else going to do it?
Looking forward to updates.
Thanks Jack. He is determined to get it right. We're hoping/planning to have the gentleman who painted Sean's Camaro paint the Galaxie.
 
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Thanks Jack. He is determined to get it right. We're hoping/planning to have the gentleman who painted Sean's Camaro paint the Galaxie.
That's right, I forgot that you had a guy paint Sean's car. As we know, Sean's Camaro came out absolutely beautiful. I could only imagine how nice Dad's car will turn out.
 
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Exciting update!

The Galaxie went out to paint on Saturday. My brother was out of town on vacation so Dad and I took the car over to the painter's house and dropped it off. The same gentleman that painted the Camaro will be painting the Galaxie. We're really excited that he was willing to take on the job. Dad's been working a lot lately and just hasn't had that much time to work on the car. He decided to outsource the final body work to the painter. The painter is finishing up a project now so the Galaxie won't be his primary project for about a month. I'm guessing we'll get it back in October. We're all very excited. 30 years after Dad bought the car it is going to get painted. Here are some pics that I snapped in Dad's driveway before we took the car over there....

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If I have it right, the general plan is for the painter to start with some disassembly, like pulling the bumpers, the driver's side view mirror, the headlight doors, etc. He is going to leave all the sheet metal on it and get the car completely in epoxy. If I understand right, then he's going to put it in high build primer and block it, and take it from there. He's planning to pull the front clip and possibly the deck lid. Dad asked him to leave the doors on it and leave the glass in it. It's just too big a can of worms to pull the glass and doors. The painter is real good about sending progress pics so I'll share them as they come in. The best thing about him is he is a great guy that does what he says he is going to do. Thanks again to JAMCAR223 for the introduction to him.

I can't wait to see the car painted and to see all the trim go back on it. Once it is painted and the trim goes on, the headliner and door panels can go in. At that point it will be close to 'finished'.

Dad really has the car tuned well. He hadn't cranked it in a week and it fired immediately when he started it up. All the mechanical work we did from April of 2018 through February of this year really shines. I'm really looking forward to Dad getting to enjoy his car. I'm looking forward to getting it and the Camaro to some shows and hopefully my GP will be with them.

I guess that's it for now friends. I'll leave you with a pic of the car on the way to the painter's house....

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