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Old 03-11-2004, 16:54   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, My name is johnny im 19 years old. I got a 1965 Ford Galaxy 500, with a 352 cbft engine. 2 barrel carb. I want to Sup it up. but i dont really know what to do to add more power for a good price. Everything is pretty cherry on it. I put in a new distributor, vaccumm advance, alternator, voltage regulator, spark plugs and wires. Now im ready to build. what should I put to build up my Horsepower??? Any suggestions????
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Old 03-11-2004, 18:55   #2 (permalink)
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Hello Johnny and welcome to us guys that like these old big thirsty heavy monsters. I can understand your enthusiasm at 19 and wanting more power - it's easy all it costs is money. So as an old cruiser let me suggest the first thing - put a decent exhaust system on so that it SOUNDS RIGHT. Then just go cruisin'. That's what these big cars are for. There's no better sound than that 351 slipping into top gear at about 20 mph as you cruise. Make sure you invest in a good pair of sunnies and a nice bright shirt!
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Old 03-15-2004, 20:49   #3 (permalink)
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Re: gALAXY 500>> thats 'Galaxie'... : )

When I was 19, I could barely afford the gas for my car, but most bang for the buck I got was a boneyard 4v iron intake/with used carb. rebuilt carb, back then cost me about $75. Big power difference. Next got headers/duals- cost 150, sounded great, but not really that much noticeable power(sure if you wound it up, but in everyday driving, no diff).

If I had to do it all over again, I'd have saved a bit more $ up, done 'towing grind' cam/lifters/chain/iron4v(spreadbore for better mileage than 2v) all at once.
Next step would be duals on iron manifolds- these cars are so heavy, the few pounds youll save with alum intake and headers wont amount to much percentage wise, and I hopefully will never, EVER buy another set of headers for a street car...friggin gaskets blow regularly, changing plugs becomes contortionist act, underhood heat soars, starter life goes downhill...you can wrap them in insulation, but foul weather/moisture= rustout...never again for me.
Build motor for low/midrange, and in my opinion its a lot more 'powerful feeling' in normal everyday driving, and you might even SAVE money on gasoline. I threw away every hard earned penny I made back then for big cams/carbs/exhaust, ended up tired of the lousy idle,horriffic mileage, and tendency to get into trouble 'getting into the powerband'...then went backwards for a more powerful feeling motor, that would idle when cold, and not kill me in gas costs...just my opinion.
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You're right about those headers Ford4V429! I put them on a 1976 Ford Fairmont. A good brand too - Lukey! Had all sorts of problems with the starter motor sticking because of the heat. In less than a year the hraders developed holes. I went back to the guy that sold them to me and did a deal to go back to the original stuff!

And Johnny65 - mirrored sunglasses would be my first pick, they go quite well with a bright red Hawaiian shirt.

How about some pics of your car?
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Thanks everyone, I guess ill just do some tune ups. And i think ill get those sunnies and a good shirt. Ill take it cruisin on the beach : ) Maybe ill just invest in a good radio system.
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Johnny, good radio system is a pretty good idea, performance is great and all that, but if you really think about it, where can you drive the car at high speeds, apart from the track of course. Get the car to sound really mean, and get the audio sorted out and you are set. Of course, having said all that, I am still trying to get more hp out of my 351, for what, I do not know, its my quest in life, and, I'm 41, so I deserve it. :)
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Thanks everyone, I guess ill just do some tune ups. And i think ill get those sunnies and a good shirt. Ill take it cruisin on the beach : ) Maybe ill just invest in a good radio system.
please, reconsider 'beaching' your car- one trip in the sand/salt and you might regret it in a couple years. These old Fords had really bad metal in the frames, areas that used road salt had cars only 3-4 yrs old with bad frames. older cars usually have drains clogged with dirt already, get some saltwater in there, bad things can happen.

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