Wayne Cook
September 1, 2008
Photos By: Tracy Stocker
Galaxie Engine Availability
CodeDisplacementInductionHP
V Code223 cubic inch1V I-6138 hp (Mileage Maker 6)
C Code289 cubic inch2V V-8195 hp (Fairlane V-8)
X Code352 cubic inch4V V-8220 hp (FE passenger car)
Z Code390 cubic inch4V V-8300 hp (FE Thunderbird V-8)
P Code390 cubic inch4V V-8330 hp (FE Police)
Q Code427 cubic inch4V V-8410 hp (FE high-performance mechanical tappet)
R code427 cubic inch8V V-8425 hp (FE high-performance mechanical tappet)

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The Details
Tony Palazzolo's '64 Galaxie 500 XL

Engine

  • Ford FE 390ci "Thunderbird V-8"
  • 4.090-inch bore
  • 3.78-inch stroke length
  • Ford steel crank
  • Ford I-beam connecting rods
  • Diamond Racing Pistons
  • 10.5:1 compression ratio
  • Howards Camshafts solid lifter flat-tappet cam
  • 586/0.586 lift at the valve, 240-degrees duration at 0.50, 108-degrees lobe separation
  • Edelbrock Performer FE aluminum cylinder heads
  • 2.15-inch intake valves, 1.60-inch exhaust valves
  • Heads polished and port-matched by Advance Flow Performance
  • Ford 1.76:1 rocker arms
  • Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold
  • 750-cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor
  • Ford distributor

Transmission

  • Top-Loader four-speed manual
  • Hurst Competition Plus shifter

RearEnd

  • 9-inch axle
  • Traction-Lok differential
  • 3.91 gears
  • 28-spline axles

Exhaust

  • Factory "cast-iron header" exhaust manifolds
  • 2 1/2-inch tubing
  • DynoMax Ultra Flow mufflers

Suspension

  • Front: Stock coil spring, OE-type shock absorbers, factory antisway bar, manual steering
  • Rear: Stock leaf springs, OE-type shock absorbers

Brakes

  • Front: Stock drum
  • Rear: Stock drum

Wheels

  • Front: American Racing Torq-Thrust D, 15x7
  • Rear: American Racing Torq-Thrust D, 15x8.5

Tires

  • Front: Cooper Cobra Radial, P215/60R15
  • Rear: Cooper Cobra Radial, P275/60R15

Interior

  • Original interior
  • tu-tone vinyl
  • factory bucket seats
  • Auto Meter instruments
  • tachometer
  • oil pressure and water temperature
  • stock AM radio
  • six-disc CD changer in trunk
  • speakers in stock locations

Exterior

  • Wimbledon White over Guardsmen Blue
  • repainted with two-stage paint system
  • sideview mirrors relocated to fender tops
  • bumpers feature perfect original chrome