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

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18 Oct 2016 00:14 #2874 by nytling92
nytling92 replied the topic: Re:1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop
BEAUTIFUL!! Look forward to seeing the whole car in color..... and out in the sun. :) You all do some nice work.

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18 Oct 2016 07:06 #2875 by TopBlissGT
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looking good.. I like this part of resto's too. Everything is like new clean and ready to paint..

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26 Oct 2016 11:02 #2894 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop
While the paint department was doing their thing, the mechanical side of the shop turned their attention to the 428 V8 that powers the 7-Litre. The 7-Litre was a special car, used to launch the 428 in the 1966 passenger car line. It was intended to be quiet and quick, and this one has served it’s purpose well. The factory rating was 345 HP and 463 lb. ft. of torque at 10.5:1 compression. The engine underwent a mechanical rebuild when it was removed from the car many years ago, but we wanted to check everything before putting it back in service.





We’re glad we took the time. First off, we noticed that the new pistons were not all installed properly, with the forward-pointing arrow pointing rearward on at least one piston.








We also noted that the bore size was + .060” over, which is a big cut on any street engine. We’re not 100% sure why the block required a .060” cut, but here we are. We also noted some corrosion in the bores and passages from being stored improperly.





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26 Oct 2016 11:05 #2895 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop
There was a little debris in the pan as well.








We pulled the bearing caps to measure the clearance, and noticed some scuffing. It was enough to make us want to pull the crank and check everything.











With all the rubbing on the bearings, as well as the tightness of the rotating assembly, we determined that perhaps the crank should be measured and possibly recut.


We found some nicks on the cam bearings, possibly due to the nick on the cam.








Time for some machine work!

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07 Nov 2016 21:30 #2909 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Complete Restoration at V8 Speed & Resto Shop
We sent the crank out to be machined down .001, and the machine shop had a “whoopsie” and the crank slipped in the fixture and damaged the crank, cutting it over .100”. Crank = done. After some searching, our good friend Eric Vanberkum came through with a fresh crankshaft. Once balanced, we re-assembled the engine with the pistons facing the proper direction, new gaskets, and a new bearing set. The block and heads were prepped and painted with Eastwood ceramic engine paint in proper Ford blue.























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13 Dec 2016 22:09 #3053 by oestek
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Next, the attention was turned to the interior parts on the car. This interior shares the color as the exterior, but the original color was worn and faded.


As the car arrived in our shop:





Stripping and refinishing the plastic and steel interior parts…














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