1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500
Tudor Hardtop R code Lightweight,
1 of 212 Produced
The Body: 1963½ Ford Galaxie 500, the following is a list of Factory Ford Special Components specific to the lightweight:
*Lightweight Chassis Frame
*Special “427” (8V-dual quad) engine with aluminum flywheel housing
*4 Speed Manual (aluminum case) Transmission
*Hood Assembly (Fiber Glass)
*Luggage Compartment door (Fiber glass)
*Front Fenders (Fiber glass)
*Front and rear bumpers impact bars and outer arms (Aluminum)
*Special Red Vinyl Red Trim Set
*Bostrum Bucket seats in red vinyl only
*Light Beige Front and rear floor mats
*Hood Support Rod
*Spring-hood support rod
*Cover-instrument panel clock opening
The Paint: Completely restored in original “M” Code Corinthian White (the only color produced for the lightweight). All surfaces on, under, and inside the car are equal quality, very high quality paint work.
The Engine: Ford FE 427 “Medium Riser”, solid lifter cam, dual quad, producing an advertised 425 horsepower, restored with correct original intake manifold, headers, carburetors, dual point distributor, lightened flywheel housing.
The Transmission: Borg-Warner T-10 Heavy-duty aluminum case, rebuilt, and restored
The Differential: Original Ford 9” Heavy Duty with factory equipped 4.11:1 gear ratio , restored
The Suspension: Heavy Duty (Anti-Harsh)
The Interior: Red Vinyl Factory “Bostrum” Bucket seats, full back seat, headliner, and dash with factory instruments. All completely restored.
The Following is a list of Ford Factory Deleted Items to lighten the Galaxie for Drag strip Duty. When the list was complete, Ford had lighten the Galaxie 420-425 pounds giving the lightweight a very sharp cutting edge advantage at the Dragways.
*All body sealer and sound deadeners where possible
Delete Sound Absorbers:
*Package tray trim panel
*Front floor pan
*Dash Panel (R&L)
*Steering panel opening
*Side, top, instrument, and roof panels
*Door and quarter trim regulators
*Luggage Compartment door hinge torsion bar
*Rear Seat to wheelhouse
Delete Sound Deadness:
*Luggage Compartment lining and floor mat
*Door and quarter arm rests
*Quarter Ash Receptacles
*Spare tire and wheel
*Jack and wrench assembly
*Dome and courtesy lamps and switch
*Hood Hinge Springs
If you are familiar with the 1963½ Ford Galaxie light weights, and their slightly younger brother, The Thunderbolt Fairlanes, then you are a true aficionado of extreme 1960's Drag Strip dominating Ford Factory offerings.
This particular '63½ Galaxie lightweight could perhaps be the car most all of the few others in existence should aspire to. This magnificent factory built, and painstakingly, completely frame off, restored to a very high-end museum quality standard Lightweight is as close to perfection as one could ever possibly be. Current long-term ownership, and completed with a vast knowledge and tireless research, along with Concours' D Elegance provenance, this Lightweight is completely first class and four star.
Offerings from the other brands would typically use aluminum to lighten their cars, but Ford decided to use fiber-glass, and perhaps gained a little weight advantage there.
The body panels and fitment of this Galaxie including the rare ultra smooth fiberglass panels are exemplary. The Aluminum bumpers, and brackets are excellent as well.
The lightened frame, the heavy duty suspension, the engine and drive-train, along with the lightened body, all work in concert to provide a ¼ mile drag-strip experience like no other.
Take a look at the under carriage, and you'll see that this Galaxie Lightweight is a nice underneath as it is on top!
Most of us don't have an opportunity to see one of these Drag Strip Icons too often, and to be around these cars is to be around greatness.
Truly a very special, very rare car, for someone looking to bring their Collector Car collection to the next level. Beautiful car everywhere you look!