- This prairie-sized Galaxie is especially imposing within the hardly ever seen fastback physique type.
- Beneath the acres of sheetmetal, this ’60s cruiser has been modernized with a reworked Hotchkis suspension and Wilwood brakes.
- Metallic blue paint, a refined hood scoop, and black steelies with dog-dish hub caps full the understated look.
One of many world’s most scenic roads, Canada’s Icefields Parkway runs north from Calgary as much as the vacationer city of Jasper. Certain, you can lease a Chevy Equinox to make the journey, however here is a way more charismatic sled to haul you previous the glaciers. Up for public sale in Calgary is this 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe, a prairie-sized cruiser with some very cool tips hidden up its sleeve.
As we speak’s decide from Convey A Trailer (which, like Automotive and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos) is the form of fastidiously ready classic machine that gives Sixties nostalgia with out the old-car dynamic drawbacks. This Galaxie is a real full-sizer, a giant ol’ boat from the blue oval. It must be pushed whereas sporting the full-denim Canadian tuxedo, singing together with Stompin’ Tom Connors as he belts out Bud the Spud. However tucked behind these 18-inch metal wheels are a number of components from the likes of Wilwood and Hotchkis. It is a boat all proper—however a speedboat.
The Hotchkis sport suspension is the actually tasty a part of this construct. When Jay Leno went in search of a approach to enhance the dealing with of the 1966 Ford Galaxie he constructed as a tribute to a beloved Leno household automotive, he had Hotchkis design a setup incorporating large anti-roll bars, Fox shock absorbers, uprated springs, and even reworked management arms. This ’68 Galaxie will get primarily the identical therapy, and it ought to nook as flat as a Saskatchewan wheat area.
Beneath the USS Eisenhower–sized hood is a comprehensively rebuilt 390-cubic-inch V-8. Galaxies got here with greater powerplants, however this 6.4-liter makes all the appropriate noises with none high-strung motor dangerous habits. It huffs out growly V-8 noises by means of Hooker long-tube headers like a giant pleasant mastiff.
The transmission is a highway-friendly three-speed automated, refreshed and rebuilt. A 9-inch rear finish with an Eaton restricted slip differential will get that V-8 energy to the bottom through 255-series Firestone Firehawk tires wrapping 18-inch metal wheels.
Wilwood six-piston entrance brakes linked to braided traces and an upgraded grasp cylinder ought to allow this large Ford to securely shed freeway speeds. A 3-core aluminum radiator with twin 11-inch followers retains issues cool in the summertime.
Throw in a laundry listing of different driver-friendly tweaks—higher seats and steering amongst them—and this Galaxie is a perfect retro highway tripper. Cruise on up into the Rocky Mountains, make mates with the bighorn sheep, then thunder throughout the Plains in your approach again house. Bidding at this writing is just below $10,000, and the public sale runs by means of Could 31.
Brendan McAleer is a contract author and photographer primarily based in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He grew up splitting his knuckles on British vehicles, got here of age within the golden period of Japanese sport-compact efficiency, and started writing about vehicles and other people in 2008. His explicit curiosity is the intersection between humanity and equipment, whether or not it’s the racing profession of Walter Cronkite or Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s half-century obsession with the Citroën 2CV. He has taught each of his younger daughters find out how to shift a handbook transmission and is grateful for the excuse they supply to be perpetually shopping for Scorching Wheels.