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    Hi all, not really sure where to post this thought this was the most appropriate place. I have the opportunity to buy a restored 66 Galaxie convertible. Unusually its right hand drive having been ordered new in the UK. I know the frames are susceptible to rust but are there any particular areas to look at or check ?
    thanks in advance
    Jon
    Jon
    Deepest Hertfordshire
    Old enough to know I'm right...
    1960 Hardtop T'bird
    1961 Hotchkiss M201

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    Hi Jon, I would think that one would want to check the driver and passenger side floor pans, and the trunk, just as you would in any Thunderbird of that age. Rocker panels also. Check the whole car over well, by getting it on a rack so you can stand under it and look for all the rust issues. Like also under the radiator at that support beam. Mine was rusted on the passenger side probably do to 60 years of battery fluids getting to it. Or from road water splashing all over it for those 60 years...

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    • #3
      Thank Ray. As you say, all the usual places.
      Jon
      Deepest Hertfordshire
      Old enough to know I'm right...
      1960 Hardtop T'bird
      1961 Hotchkiss M201

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      • #4
        I reinforced my '59 around the rear axle (leaf spring perches and the arch) and rear bumper area (#4 crossmember and bumper mounting areas). Some portions of the frame channel have an inner reinforcement 'strip' of steel, so look inside. Most of the frame can be seen as the body sits on top of it.

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        • #5
          Hi Dave
          Well the first one I was going to look at fell through. Typically looked really nice in the photos but when you start to ask the right questions it became less appealing. Things like not replacing the font suspension bushes when you do a bare metal resto...? (and they need doing...) I have another to possibly look at on Sunday, technically its an LTD but it does have a factory 428 in it.
          A Galaxie badge carries a bit of kudos in the uk, an LTD badge less so so I am a bit on the fence with it if I'm honest.

          Jon
          Jon
          Deepest Hertfordshire
          Old enough to know I'm right...
          1960 Hardtop T'bird
          1961 Hotchkiss M201

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          • #6
            white convertible that fell through, interesting that Ford fitted a 63 Lincoln dash to RHD cars.
            Blue 428 LTD

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            Jon
            Deepest Hertfordshire
            Old enough to know I'm right...
            1960 Hardtop T'bird
            1961 Hotchkiss M201

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            • #7
              In New Zealand they fitted ' 59 Edsel dashes to '63 Galaxies (which were right-hand drive for the NZ market) so I guess Ford just used what they had that fitted!
              A Thunderbirder from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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              • #8
                Well, the best laid plans etc….went looking for a 66, ended up with a 64 ..

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                Jon
                Deepest Hertfordshire
                Old enough to know I'm right...
                1960 Hardtop T'bird
                1961 Hotchkiss M201

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