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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2020, 07:49:14 pm »
Bullshit!! Pics or it didn't happen!!! :grin: :grin: :burnout: :burnout:

I see you made this evil post with post number 666
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #26 on: July 01, 2020, 12:54:39 pm »
Well - here you go!!

« Last Edit: September 07, 2020, 09:14:59 pm by jiffy »
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2020, 10:28:35 pm »
Took the beast out before lockdown....


the car - not the boy... He's a monster, not a beast.
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #28 on: September 07, 2020, 09:29:01 pm »
and there - windshield trim is installed - bastard of a job, but there you go.

The last piece that "has" to be done.

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #29 on: September 16, 2020, 12:14:44 pm »
A good job..

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2020, 07:16:31 pm »
 :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:Very nice!!!

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2020, 07:57:31 pm »
Great work

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2023, 01:51:44 am »
The new engine for the Galaxie that I've been waiting for since mid 2021, if you zoom right in, you can see my name on the pistons!!





Nice shiny new Romac balancer!!



top end starts next week hopefully - original '63 427 heads, new valves, springs, rockers & pushrods.

It's been a long time coming, but the Galaxie is always waiting....
« Last Edit: March 17, 2023, 03:39:13 pm by jiffy »
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #33 on: May 29, 2023, 12:43:17 pm »
ok - engine was on the dyno - not disappointed by the outcome but felt there might have been a few HP's left on the table. 422hp and 493lbft but only 34 degrees total.

https://youtu.be/g81CQRd5UMc

Biggest concern was the time taken to build oil pressure and how fast I lost it afterwards - I need to get to the bottom of this before it goes in....

« Last Edit: October 09, 2023, 04:30:17 pm by jiffy »
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #34 on: October 09, 2023, 04:29:14 pm »
ok, so - update on the 427, and latest on the Galaxie...

Well - I thought I'd found the smoking gun, but I didn't.

Then, I did!

So, I pulled the oil filter adapter and had a look at the gasket surface and the adapter - on early 427 FE engines, there is an odd extra hole in the pad, NFI what it's for.


Worryingly, there is only the merest suggestion of a gasket surface between that drain hole and the channel for the oil pump, which - if it failed - could allow oil pressure to drain straight back into the oil pan.
So, there should be the oil pump hole, the oil gallery hole (for the rest of the engine) and 4 bolt holes. You can see the extra, small hole sitting there serving no discernible purpose. The oil filter adapter gasket (which is pretty shitty to be honest) only has the smallest amount of gasket between the oil channel and this hole (at about 11 o'clock), so I put a new gasket on there, and blocked the hole so it couldn't dump oil pressure there again..


But - that wasn't the issue.

So, I checked on the oil pressure relief valve at the back of the engine above the CAM. Very hard to find pics of the valve, or how it goes in, but I found this pic:

Which might be the one the engine builder used during reassembly as when I removed the plug on the back of the block, I found this:

The first thing out should have been the valve, not the spring (and there were 2 springs in there, not one) - this is how it's meant to look when reassembling:


So, with the valve and spring arranged like that, the valve was leaving the oil-bleed hole in the block (here it is on a 427 side oiler, but it's the same thing on a top oiler above the cam):


So, as a final check, I removed the big-end bearing caps for 4 & 8 and they were perfect, so as far as I'm concerned, we're off to the races and the new engine can go in once I have done the next things....
« Last Edit: October 11, 2023, 02:28:02 pm by jiffy »
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #35 on: October 09, 2023, 04:36:36 pm »
so, over the last couple of weekends I've been getting the trusty 352 ready to pull, and (other than forgetting to pull the clutch inspection pan and the starter duuuur) it came out a treat!



Now that the engine bay is clear, the new owners of the 352 will be coming to pick it up in a couple of weeks (it's going to replace a tired old 2-barrel 332 in a '59 Tank Fairlane, so that will be a nice improvement), then the disc brakes can go in at the front, then the A/C setup, then a general clean up and then the 427 can go in.

More pics to follow soon.... (well, soon-ish, to be fair)
« Last Edit: October 09, 2023, 04:41:22 pm by jiffy »
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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2023, 07:00:38 pm »
you have been busy!!. Lucky to find the problem!!

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Re: 63.5 Galaxie
« Reply #37 on: January 08, 2024, 04:38:30 pm »
latest project has been to replace the off-set pivot shafts used in the lower control arms:
These are the arms that were factory installed, as the suspension compresses, the shaft turns and alters the geometry. It makes the suspension plush at low speeds but vague and floaty at higher speeds.

So, I replaced them with these straight shafts made by a guy (Paul Turner) in Australia and I have to say they fitted up a treat, very well made:

I lobbed in a set of new lower control arm bushes because the ones in there appeared to be the originals and they were extremely fcuked.

I now am about to fit a disc brake conversion kit to improve the stopping power (and hopefully no more brake fade!!)


Then I'm adding a Classic Auto A/C kit (because it's bloody hot in QLD!)


and if I get all that right, then the 427 can go in and I might be able to drive it again! How good would that be?
« Last Edit: January 08, 2024, 04:40:15 pm by jiffy »
Black '69 CJ 4SPD car under construction (425/504)
Black 2002 SVT Cobra - 2003 Terminator Clone (575rwhp/716rwtq - SOLD)
Black ‘63.5 Galaxie 4SPD fastback (just you wait...)