Ford Galaxie 1962 and 1963

The body styles offered in the 1962 Galaxie were the Sunliner convertible, two-door sedan, and two-door hardtop, the latter two models available with four doors, as well. The buzzwords that year were “The Lively One,” an option that meant buckets seats and a console if you chose it for your 500 or 500XL Galaxie. This option was a good fit on the XL because it enhanced its sporty look both inside and out. The budget-minded customers could order the 223-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine, but the basic motor was the 292-cubic-inch (4.1L) V8. The 390 with the power options was still around, but the large engine offering for ’62 was a 406-cubic-inch (7.0L) V8 engine offering two carburetor options, a four-barrel or the “six-barrel” with three two-barrel carbs.
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 Ford’s Galaxie was a nice looking car so there were no major body changes in 1963, but the rear end looks different without tail fins and a newly styled bumper; the taillights are recessed, giving the car a rounded look. Some minor trim changes and a new reshaped windshield are the only visible alterations. A new style swing-away steering wheel was an available option.
Halfway through the year, Ford lowered the rear of the roof, which gave the car a fastback look. The company made this change to make the car more competitive at NASCAR, giving it more down force and better traction, as well as making it more competitive in the showroom because the sales went up. Ford called the ’63½ model change a sports hardtop, which the Galaxie shared with the Falcon.
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© Fernley | 1963 Ford Galaxie
Some engine changes also showed up for the ’63½. Ford dropped the 292 and replaced it with two choices of either the 260-cubic-inch V8 or the 289-cubic-inch V8  small-block motors. These smaller engines came with the two-speed Ford-o-Matic automatic mostly but could be ordered with a three-speed standard transmission. The FE series 352-cubic-inch and the 390-cubic-inch still came with the three-speed Cruis-o-Matic unless you ordered an optional standard transmission.
Ford replaced the 406 with the 427-cubic-inch V8 engine and, when ordered equipped with the solid lifter camshaft and two Holley four barrels, it put out a conservatively rated 425 hp (317 kW) and came with the Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed transmission. This power engine was also available with optional aluminum heads, which cut down on the weight but the ’63½ still needed to reduce some more. The 427 also came with 4.11:1 rear axle, heavy-duty suspension, and heavy-duty brakes. With five transmissions, eight engines, and many rearend gear ratio offerings, the ’63 Fords had a huge number of drive chain combinations available, although the Cruis-o-Matic three-speed with the highway-friendly 3.0 rearend gears was the most common combination sold.
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© Andy1960 |  1963 Ford Galaxie 
The full-size Fords had a lot of power available, but they were still having a weight problem. In January 1963, two lightweight Galaxies equipped with the new 289 competed against the Chevy, but the much heavier Ford couldn’t keep up. It was partially to do with the weight, but the Galaxie also has a problem with brake failure on other tracks, which led to many crashes  throughout the remainder of the 1963 season.

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Caterham Seven Superlight with power to spare

In the beginning, 1972, Caterham 7 uses the Lotus twin camshaft engine sourced from Vegantune. The new company tried Ford cross flow engines but Cosworth BDR began appearing in Caterham vehicles in 1983; firstly with the 1.6 Liter engine producing 140 bhp (104 kW) then they kicked it up a notch to the 1.7 Liter developing 150 bhp (112 kW). In 1990 there was more than one engine available but the largest regular production unit is the 2 liter HPC made by Vauxhall rated at between 165-175 bhp. There were a few HPC Evolution models built by Caterham that used a Swinton Race Engines that gives the HPC between 218 bhp (163 kW) and 235 bhp (112 kW).

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Jonathon Palmer is a formula one race driver that has the Caterham manufactured JPE Special Edition vehicle as his namesake in 1993. The JPE uses the  Vauxhall 2 liter touring engine under the hood which not only produces 250 bhp (186 kW) but it is also lighter and this special edition has a curb weight of 530,kg !,168 lbs.). This car also has more weight saving measures taken such as removing the windshield and replacing it with an aeroscreen. The JPE with Jonathan Palmer at the wheel manages to do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and goes on to set the track record for 0-100 mph (180 km/h) in 12.6 seconds.. Long about 1997 the Vauxhall cross flow engine is replaced by two Vauxhall units-a V8 and a V12 with some variations but remain as two of the Caterham standard offers until 2002.

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The mainstay of Caterham vehicle power plants for 15 years is the Rover K-series which is first offered in 1991 as a 1.4 Liter engine sourced from Metro GTi. The Rover K-series 1.6 Liter engine comes online in 1996 quickly followed by 1.8 Liter version the following year. The Rover 1.8 coincides with the superlight Caterham line-these units are bare bones with all the creature comforts removed although you can choose to furnish it as you like. The model can be mounted with the aeroscreen instead of the windshield to shed a few more kilos. The superlight could also be ordered minus the trunk and hood if you choose. The seat in this version is an ultra-low weight Tillet GPR Bucket or two if you would rather, as well, the nose cone and the front wings are made of carbon fiber to squeeze the maximum return out of the high performance 1.6 liter Rover. The superlight features a wider wheel track to negotiate curves and corners quickly. The super light R series is a natural progression is to the“R500” series superlight powered by the Rover K series dry –sump VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) 1.8 liter engine  which produces 180 bhp (134 kW) and offers 230 bhp (172 kW) at 8,600 rpm in a light weight 460 kg (1,014 lbs.,) vehicle. The car can do 0-100 mph (180 km/h) in a neck snapping 8.2 seconds. The high performance engine is finicky and although the car was originally only available as a kit car it soon became only available as a finished product.

Extreme performance is achieved in 2004 with the R500 EVO powered by the Rover engine but now bored to 1.998 Liters and putting 250 bhp (186 kW) under the hood. There were only three of these produced but they carried a price tag of 42,000 British pounds or around $69,000.00 US without a heater or any other optional goodies. One of the three units sold left a  high end Ferrari Enzo in its dust-a vehicle that someone paid ten times the price for took second place

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Hey You! Got A Woodie?

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I got a '34 wagon and I call it a Woodie
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Well it was probably a Ford wagon as they were one of the car manufacturers of that era that made Woodies.
The Woodie was a utility vehicle or station wagon that originated from the early practice of making the passenger compartment of a vehicle in hardwood. They were popular as styles of sedans,convertibles and station wagons.Eventually, bodies were made all steel because of safety,comfort and the fact that steel was stronger and would last longer.

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Shelby Mustang Cobra Jet powered GT 350-GT 500-GT 500 KR

The 1965/66 Shelby cars were quick on the track but not really tame enough for city streets and Carroll Shelby's audience is growing so the new 1967 Shelby’s are more road friendly vehicles. The Shelby Mustangs have the stock hood and trunk lid replaced with light weight fiberglass versions. They are also sporting more scoops and air vents than the basic factory units.

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The GT 350 Mustang for 1967 has the high performance 306 hp “K” code 289 engine under the hood mounted with an aluminum intake hi-riser manifold. The GT 500 was also introduced in ’67 which is powered by a 428 Thunderbird engine with two four barrel carburetors bolted to the intake. Mechanical upgrades for the GT 500 include a front end strut brace, heavy duty suspension, wider brake drums with wider shoes, and power brakes. The interior is protected by an added roll bar, with revised instruments; an 8,000 rpm tachometer, 140 mph speedometer, and power steering are basic for the GT 500 versions.  Either chosen engine can be bolted to the four speed standard or the three speed automatic transmission. Both these versions are available in a coupe or a convertible body style and have some minor cosmetic body revisions but few of the performance alterations previously offered. Shelby has a lot less input with the production of the model from mid-'67 onward. The work is done by A.O. Smith in Ionia, Michigan with Ford controlling the operations.


The 1968 Shelby high performance cars are the same two engines as ’67; beginning the year as the Shelby Cobra GT 350 and the Shelby Cobra 500 but in February a new version  is introduced as the Cobra GT 500 “King of the Road” packing the 428 Cu in (7.0 L) Cobra Jet engine with a 335 hp (250 kW) rating. The GT 500 KR kicks it up a few notches with this police interceptor engine; it is high is performance although only one four barrel carburetor is used in the version. This reliable engine is low priced compared to any competitive big block offers and Ford refers to it as their “bread and butter” engine. It also sports well aerated heads and weighty exhaust manifolds with lower back pressure from the larger diameter exhaust pipes. According to Ford all the Cobra Jet engines, including the 428 police version, develop 335 bhp  but this one is producing 440 ft-lb of torque at 3,400 rpm so this is obviously highly under estimated horse power for lower insurance premiums. The KR is also equipped with a 3.50 traction lock differential and is a productive drag race model-achieving championship status at Winternationals eclipsing the high performance Hemi engines. This Ford police interceptor 428 also left the Ferrari in its dust at Lemans in both ’66 and ’67 with the cast rocker covers regally etched with “Cobra Lemans” commemorating the fact. The movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds” uses a ’67 Shelby as the object that Memphis Raines desires to possess by any means possible. “Gunsmith Cats” also has a Shelby Mustang as Kenichi Sonoda’ ride, but when it is blown up it is replaced by a Mustang II King Cobra in the sequel “Gunsmith Cats Burst”

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The 1969 Shelby Mustang is no longer displaying Cobra badges; it is now called the Shelby GT 350 or the Shelby GT 500. The car is about four inches longer and the sheet metal has had some major changes this year as well with the GT 350 version now powered by the 351 cu in engine. Ford is the major decision maker on the Shelby line with Carroll Shelby leaving his association with Ford entirely by the summer of 1969.

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  1. The ’65 Shelby wasn’t tame enough for the streets (with its lack of power steering, power brakes, AT, AC, back seat… The Detroit locker differential made for difficult driving as well and some complained about the side exhausts), but the ’66 was (hence the entrance of creature comforts that year). The ’67 was not available as a convertible. That came in ’68. The 428 Police Interceptor was never raced (at least not at Le Mans). That engine was a boat anchor compared to what it was up against.. You’re getting that confused with the 427 Side Oiler. The ’69 G.T.350/500 did display a cobra badge on the front grille. Also there was a one off ’67 G.T.500 Super Snake with a full snort 427 Side Oiler instead of the 428. There was also a one off coupe for ’68. Sporting G.T.500 EXP on the sides it was known as “The Green Hornet”. It had a fuel injected 428 CJ and an IRS rear end… Sold at auction a few years ago, fully restored.

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Ford Mustang GT500KR 1968 images

By April 1968 the 428 "Cobra Jet" engine, soon to be known as the Cobra GT 500KR, is being installed in the Mustang. The engine is very much under rated at 335 hp (250kW) and will develop 440 ft-lbs of torque at 3400 RPM. After the Mustang win over the Ferrari at Le Mans in '67 and '68, the Shelby KR engine is left stock, but die cast aluminum valve covers are added with "Cobra Lemans" emblazoned on them to mark the Ford FE engine victory. The name was retired before the 1969 model year, only a couple of months before Shelby ended his contract with Ford.

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