file 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop

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18 Apr 2017 11:25 #3682 by oestek
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The hood, cowl screen, and deck lid were all painted separately on this car to achieve better coverage on all sides. Matching the color and metallic pattern is tricky, but Jeff nailed it!







After the Axalta paint had some time to outgas and harden, the wetsanding and buffing process began. Every inch of the car was wet block-sanded with either 800 or 1000 grit to start, then Jeff moved on to 1500, 2000, 2500, then 3000 and 5000 on a 3M Trizact dual action sander. The goal for this surface was to look nice, but still have a hint of factory texture as too keep an original look.



These random spots show where the texture was highest and sanded with the most coarse grit, but only where needed. The whole panel will be sanded next.

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18 Apr 2017 11:26 #3683 by oestek
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Here, the car has been “cut” to 3000 grit just before buffing.




This is a BIG car!




Buffing starts to bring out the shine.


During this process, more of the interior items were installed, as well as some of the exterior trim parts. We had much of the exterior chrome replated and other parts polished and painted for a new appearance.





New lenses were installed all around the car, along with seals, gaskets, bulbs, and hardware.



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18 Apr 2017 11:28 #3684 by oestek
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Soon, the mighty 428 will come back to life! It’s a near-stock rebuild, save for an overbore and the crank cutting as noted earlier in the thread. Here, Tyler adds a bottle of COMP Cams valvetrain lube to protect the new flat-tappet cam on engine startup and break-in.



We’ve installed external oil pressure and temp gauges on the car to keep an eye on things during break in.



The 428 roared to life with minimal drama, save for a collapsed lifter that made some noise. A quick replacement solved the issue, and the FE has been happy ever since.



Watching timing and vitals during break-in…

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18 Apr 2017 11:29 #3685 by oestek
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You’ll note the fenders have been on and off a couple times during the build, we find it safer to finish the engine bay with them off, and in this case, the lower windshield trim was easier to install without the fenders in place. We also wetsanded them and buffed them off the car for easier access.



Here, John, Jeff, and Caleb taped up the edges of all the sheetmetal and reinstalled the fenders and hood. Tape keeps things from getting scratched during reassembly.



You’ll note some of the exterior window trim has been installed, as well as the door glass.



More FBS tape keeps the edges safe from the buffer, and John works the polisher all around the car.



The multi-piece 7-Liter grille goes back in, with new lenses, seals, and hardware.





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18 Apr 2017 11:30 #3686 by oestek
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John double checks his spelling on G-A-L-A-X-I-E… in truth, there is tremendous stress in reinstalling replated letters, as the holes in the car and the studs on the letters are all slightly different shapes and sizes after paint and plating. The last thing you want to do is crack the paint or break the letter. A very fine file can be helpful in the holes.











More details and trim coming together…



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18 Apr 2017 11:31 #3687 by oestek
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Replated bumpers and restored brackets are held together with new hardware. These cars use a curved spring-type washer to maintain tension, a detail we included on the restoration.









Tons of tape used in the fitting of the headlight bezels to prevent scratches. Although these have a rubber gasket behind them, they were a bit tricky to fit.



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