Bill Erdman
December 1, 2008
'61 Galaxie Engines
Cubic-Inch Disp. Configuration HP
223 Inline-6 2V 135
292 V-8 2V 175
352 V-8 4V 220
390 V-8 4V 300
390 V-8 4V 375
390 V-8 6V 401*
* (375hp engine equipped with dealer available 3x2s)

The Details
Frank Laidlaw's '61 Galaxie Starliner


  • Holman-Moody-prepared FE 390 V-8
  • 4.05-inch bore
  • 3.78-inch stroke
  • 9.6:1 compression
  • Forged pistons
  • I-beam connecting rods
  • Nodular iron crankshaft
  • Ford cast-iron cylinder heads
  • 2.03-inch intake valves
  • 1.56-inch exhaust valves
  • 64.6 combustion chamber volume
  • Hydraulic camshaft
  • 1.76:1 ratio non-adjustable shaft rockers
  • Factory intake manifold
  • Three Holley two-barrel carburetors


  • Borg Warner T-10 four-speed manual
  • Hurst Competition Plus shifter
  • 9-inch
  • Traction-Lok differential
  • 3.89 gears
  • Factory cast-iron exhaust manifolds
  • 2 1/2-inch exhaust system
  • Passenger car mufflers
  • Front: OE with new coil springs, OE type shock absorbers
  • Rear: New leaf springs, Lakewood traction bars
  • Front and rear suspension rebuilt by B&V Auto Service of Maywood, New Jersey


  • Front: OE drum
  • Rear: OE drum
  • Front: Cragar SS five spoke, 15x7
  • Rear: Cragar SS five spoke, 15x8
  • Front: Goodyear Eagle ST, P235/70R15
  • Rear: Goodyear Eagle ST, P255/70R15
  • Repainted original black color, body and paint work by Enterprise Auto Body of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, Crites "teardrop" hood, bumpers re-chromed by G&H Chrome Plating of Paterson, New Jersey
  • Original factory instrumentation including a sweep speedometer, fuel gauge, clock and warning lights, stock bench seat, black vinyl rolled and pleated upholstery, replacement headliner, interior work by Custom Corners in Clifton, New Jersey