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    New 1959 Galaxie Project

    Got a new project, a 1959 Fairlane Galaxie 500. Runs/drives, 332 auto, needs quite a bit of love though. Rockers, glass, full interior, some rust in the trunk, etc. Car was originally white/turquoise, red/black is just rattlecanned (hideous). Plan is to lower it, not sure if I'll link the rear or leave the leafs, possible air ride, steel wheels with beauty rings, undecided on color yet though. Key is trying to do it on the cheap. Just hoping I didn't overpay for the car, as it seems the '59's are the bastard child of the big Fords, parts wise.
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    Cool '59 ! It's gonna cost a few bucks to link the rear and if you did I would go with air ride or equivalent on the rear. To keep costs down maybe a lowered spindle on the front... has real potential. Thanks for posting!
    The only thing on my mind is how good she's running. Labels are for those in need of recognition. - Diém

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    Think there was another 59 ford on here before. he is from squires car club from napa calif. He might of posted the photos in his introduction.

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    Harvey's Front Row

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    Those are neat cars. An old friend from MoFos had one years ago. I think it was 2 linked in the rear. I don't remember what they look like in the rear, but there's nothing wrong with dearched leaves, blocks, and a c notch to get it down. Don't be so quick to bag it, especially if you're thinking of low cost fun. For being as rough as you say, it presents fairly well. Wash it and hit the streets! Hahaha. Like Dave said, thanks for posting!

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    Harvey's Front Row

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    nice, and its nice to see some activity
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    Man that's cool. Get her low and cruise, no reason not to just start with blocks in the back and cut some coils in the front for the meantime until the funds are available for adjustable suspension. Post some pics when you get her on the street. Funky thing!
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    Thanks for the kind words. Car has a name now. I asked a friend to come up with a 50's type name, and "Maybelline" seemed to stick. Been cleaning it up, going over a few things the past week. I'll post progress photos as I get things done. Thus far, the car is filled with black widow's (who'd have thunk, with the color and all?). I've decoded the VIN, 332 V8, 2.19:1 rear end in a 9" housing, original colors were Colonial white and Indian Turquoise, originally built in Long Beach, CA. I have found more rust than I had hoped- trunk floor where it drops off to the quarters, bottom of drivers door, drivers floor well, trunk weatherstrip channel, drivers side rain gutter. I'll have my work cut out for me on that, and I haven't even pulled off the aluminum "washboards" yet.
    Tune up engine/carb (it smokes a bit, I'm hoping it doesn't need a rebuild)
    Have 3-speed trans re-sealed
    Overhaul steering- hydraulic power piston is leaking all over the place (different power steering than most, kind of like a hydraulic assist)
    Convert to power brakes (has manual), maybe with front discs
    Smooth the body, fix rust, replace missing trim, glass, possible de-trimming, maybe frenched tail and backup lights
    I will narrow/tuck the bumpers, as they just stick out too far.
    I like the look of the stock grill, but I'm really feeling like fabbing up a square tube grill for it.
    No real decisions on interior yet, other than it needs seatbelts. Current interior is mismatched and shitty looking to boot.
    Paint- no solid decisions yet, but for some reason, I'm feeling pearl white with a metallic/pearl pink paneled roof, and matching pink wheels. Don't know why, but I bet my daughters would love it!
    And it will definitely have Bellflowers!
    An aside, the car is missing the door glass. The rear quarter glass has chrome frames around it (the car is a pillerless coupe), does anyone know if the door glass had chrome frames as well, which were attached to the glass, and moved with it. I have searched for hours, and can find nothing regarding this.

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    Boulevard Bomber

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    Time and money good luck, take your time and get it right*

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    Spent the evening pulling a leaf out of each pack. Not impressed, still needs another one out. Finding I'm afraid to pull the "washboards" off the quarters, I imagine the rust underneath.
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