Well two weeks ago I bought a '63 Falcon (econo-box style, 144 cube 6-banger
and 3 on the tree) to puts around in as my daily driver so I could get on
with the 460 and get that sucker in the '68 Galaxie. Unfortunately the whole
Falcon thing didn't last. The powers to be don't want me driving a econo-box
and saving $100/mo in gas to put straight into the Galaxie's performance
department. So nary a week after obtaining the Falcon it is totaled.
I was driving home from my classes this past Friday, enjoying the nice
weather and looking forward to cruise night. Next thing I know the car
coming in my direction on the other side of the road is turning in front of
me. No turn signal or any warning that he was gonna turn. I was about 20-25
feet from him when he turned. I hit the brakes and started to turn the
wheel. Two thoughts went through my mind. "Oh my God he doesn't see me",
which was immediately followed by "Oh shit, this is gonna hurt".
Needless to say, it did. Thankfully I didn't go through the windshield as
the steering wheel broke my momentum (LOL). My knee impacted the dash pretty
hard, then when I bounced off the steering wheel I slammed back into the
roof of the car (was no longer conscious at this point), then came to rest
with my right foot jammed on the brake, my leg wedged under the dash, and my
left foot jammed on the clutch... Of course I was bleeding all over myself.
My front top teeth are chipped. From front two teeth are both pretty much
snapped in half. I have 5 staples in the back of my head, and walking is
slow and painful from when my right knee slammed into the dash and wedged
itself underneath. Got a fun ride to the hospital strapped down on a board
with my head immobilized, then all the scans, shots, stitches and
knocking-of-teeth back into position. Then to the oral reconstructive
surgeon the next morning.
It sucks about my teeth, and I'm a little worried about long-term damage and
pain with my knees. My knees weren't the greatest to begin with, so I hope
this trauma hasn't made them worse in the long-run. I've been aching all
over and my right shoulder and neck have hurt a lot over the past couple
days. Yesterday I stayed home from school and work and pretty much slept all
day. I can't even remember the last time I've slept so much. So I suppose
I've been managing well enough, though it sucks being on a soft foods diet.
Mostly soup and ice cream, but I can't complain about the ice cream part.
Well, have a look at some pics of the damage...
So now the Galaxie is being thrust back into daily driver service. It needs
a new radiator support and hood. Also a heater core and at least a passenger
side window regulator, possibly a driver side too (windows stuck down). The
heater core involves removing the passenger side inner and outer fenders.
I'm not really up to all that work but I have some friends who can help me
So the operation 460 is now on hold. I was getting psyched about it. This
past weekend when the accident happened I was planning on going to the local
yard and pulling the FE frame mounts from a '68 Fastback and using them to
position my 460 with enough firewall clearance. I actually had the 460 and
C6 in the car a couple weekends ago. Just couldn't get both sides of the
motor mounts bolted in as there was maybe 1/4"-1/2" of interference with the
firewall. Next time around I'll use the modified FE motor mounts which I
know will work.
Here are some pics of the 460 going into the Galaxie:
I actually fired it up on the garage floor. It was on a Sunday night. haha
Neighbors weren't too happy about that, but oh well. It was fun. I have
video of it running, but haven't taken it off the digital camcorder yet.
Maybe I'll get around to that one of these days.
Anyhow, that's about the sum of my depressing events lately. If anyone knows
where I can get a hood and/or radiator support for a '68 Galaxie/Custom
(preferably in or near NJ) please let me know as I sure could use those