Easy Restoration: 1967 Ford Galaxie 500

As a basis for a restoration project, this 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 has quite a bit going for it. After sitting in a barn for an extended period, it has been returned to running order, and its rust issues appear to be very minor. Barn Finder Patrick S spotted this great old Ford for us, so thank you for that Patrick. The Galaxie is located in Trenton, South Carolina, and is listed for sale here on Craigslist. Interested? Then all you need to do is to hand the owner $6,500 OBO, and this one could be yours.

It appears that the previous owner drove the Galaxie into a barn to commence some restoration work, and as so often happens, the enthusiasm ran out pretty quickly. Thankfully, he hadn’t managed to dismantle the Wimbledon White and Raven Black classic too far, so reassembly shouldn’t bee too difficult if that’s what the next owner chooses to do. The owner refers to the Galaxie as being 90% rust-free. Certainly, external rust seems to be pretty minimal. There are a couple of spots in the lower corners of the doors and in the passenger side lower quarter panel, but these are really only candidates for patches. The worst that is visible is along the top of the windshield, and I think that the glass will need to come out to fix it. The floors and frame aren’t mentioned in any way, but the general condition of the rest of the car gives us cause to be optimistic. It’s worth noting that although they aren’t currently fitted, all of the hubcaps are present, and look like they are in good condition.

As well as appearing to be a physically solid car, the Galaxie becomes an even more attractive proposition once the hood is opened. What the next owner will get for their money is a 390ci V8, a 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, and power front disc brakes. The owner has gone to the trouble of getting the 390 back up and running following its long slumber, and apparently, it runs and drives okay. I’m betting that the dual exhaust also makes it sound pretty nice as well. The only fault that will require addressing is a leaking radiator. If that’s it, then it might not take much effort to return the car to the road and enjoy the power of that 390.

The previous owner commenced the restoration work by dismantling the dash, and it remains as he left it. I’m not quite sure what his intentions were, but at least it appears that all of the pieces are still present. Beyond the reassembly work, it really doesn’t look like the next owner is going to get themselves bogged down with restoration work. The carpet looks tired, and I think that this will be a candidate for replacement. Beyond that, all of the upholstered surfaces, the headliner, and the dash pad look like they have survived quite nicely. If I look really carefully I think that some of the decorative stitching may have worn away on the driver’s seat, but there’s no sign of splitting there.

As I said, this Galaxie has a lot to commend it as a restoration project. With such a minimal amount of rust, its needs are largely cosmetic. I can’t see any reason why it couldn’t be returned to active duty as it stands, and lead a life as an original survivor. However, once fully restored, there is no doubt that it would be a truly eye-catching vehicle. Personally, I wouldn’t be able to resist the urge to restore it, because it’s a car that seems to be well worth the effort.


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  1. Keith KeithC

    This Ford is in restorable condition with the right number of doors however it would take a lot of massaging on that 390 to get any performance out of it. This car would be better used as a restored highway cruiser.

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  2. Keith Keith

    This would make a great highway cruiser!

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  3. Chebby Staff

    Cars that require hubcaps look like old junkers without them; this was true even when they were only a couple years old. Those look like 7-litre Galaxie caps in the trunk—even if incorrect, they are great-looking. Why not photograph them on the car?

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    • PeteMcGee

      Agree! Even a set of hubcaps from another year or model would look better than no caps.

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  4. Gaspumpchas

    Nice galaxie- I’d be worried about the roof around the windshield and under the vinyl top. These cars would scoot right along with the 390. Good luck to the new owner!!

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  5. TimM

    Big block Ford!! Good body and not a bad price!! Disc brakes, cam and carburetor and away you go!!!

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  6. 71Boss351

    Nice big block Galaxie. Looks to have minimal rust except around the top of the windshield and top. Vinyl tops can hide some serious rust issues.

    Wish it had a/c. That 390 with a few tweaks can scoot down the highway.

  7. Miguel

    The car is pretty low on the tires. It looks like suspension damage to me.

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    • local_sheriff

      To me it looks better with the lower stance…! 😁

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    • Dusty Stalz

      Probably just needs shocks. Other wise it looks fine.

      • Eric B.

        Shock absorbers do not support the weight of the car. With or without shocks, it will have the same stance.

  8. Troy s

    Pretty neat full size Ford in fair shape. One thing I don’t like on this year is the dumb steering wheel, minor problem though. If it’s just a nice easy Sunday cruiser this is just fine, if real performance is on the list cobra jet heads, high rise aluminum intake with a bigger carb and a decent cam is a start. Then of course dialing it all in, shift kit, street gears but it seems better suited for strolling, not causing trouble.

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    • Snotty

      The 67 model yr. cars were to have collapsible steering columns,but Ford wasn’t ready, So they came up with the oversized horn button instead to apease the feds?

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      • angliagt angliagt Member

        I had the same “button” on my ’68 Cortina.
        They just twist off.I replaced it with one from an
        earlier model.
        ’67 is probably my favorite year of Galaxie.
        There’s a shop here in Roanoke,VA that has about
        four of them.

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    • Chuck

      You don’t want to push a 390 too hard in the performance department. They came with cast pistons, a cast iron crankshaft, and 2 bolt mains. Also, check to see if it has a C-6 transmission, or a cast iron FMX. The C-6 will take higher horsepower & torque better. Actually, putting 428CJ heads on it is a waste of money, because you’re not going to gain that much with the other limitations the engine has. If you’re really serious about performance, fine a 428, or better yet a 427 for it. Both will bolt right in, and both were factory options for that year. This is interesting: https://www.automobile-catalog.com/make/ford_usa/full-size_ford_7gen/full-size_ford_7gen_galaxie_500_2-door_hardtop/1967.html

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      • Troy s

        406? Yeah, my dad rebuilt a 390 in his ’74 F250 when I was eleven or twelve, he had it souped up pretty good although I was too young to know what he was using for parts outside of various Edelbrock things. I asked him once much later if had considered swapping in a 428 and his response was like, no, no I didn’t need That much power! FE’s really are great engines but I don think Ford did the 390 any justice, maybe the very early 3×2 set up.

  9. Dougie Member

    Once you start adding up all of the money various people put into restoring these cars, ad Infinitum, throw all logic out of the window. This car will always be upside down. As are most cars on this site. If it’s an emotional thing from high school, or your grandmother had one, and you have nothing better to do with you money, then go for it. But frankly, this just doesn’t make sense to me.

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  10. PeteMcGee

    I love these cars, but as with most, it’s better to spend a couple thousand more and find a done one or minty survivor. Ford build a million full size cars per year in the 60’s, and they are still out there in garages, barns, and quonset huts.

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  11. Ken Carney

    Get it up on a lift and check for rot in the
    frame. A lot of these cars went to the
    crusher from “70 onward for that reason.
    The main area to check the rear half of the frame where the Panhard Rod joins
    the frame above the rear axle. My late
    FIL lost a gorgeous ’67 4-door sedan that
    way. With of work, this one will be
    sharp again in no 5ime at all. 2-doors are
    great, but I need a 4-door for my brood.
    That and the fact that insurance companies here in Florida will charge you
    twice the monthly rate for owning a 2-door vehicle as opposed to a 4-doir model. And if it’s red, you’ll pay 3 times
    the going rate. Sounds stupid, but it’s
    true. Just sayin’…

    • Gaspumpchas

      Great point Ken! We here in the rust belt of New yawk saw plenty of this vintage with rotten frames. Got them right quick, 3-4 yrs old.
      Good luck with this one.

  12. Jeff T.

    nice ol gal good price to worth looking at awesome car as a project

  13. Tom M

    The car would show so much better if the original hub caps were on it! Not hard to find them. These cars looked so good when new!! If the 390 CID has a 4 barrel carburetor it would have the C6 transmission. If it was built with the 2 barrel carburetor it would have the C4 or FMX transmission. The C6 was a more heavy duty transmission. The 390 4 barrel also required premium fuel where the 2 barrel only required regular.

  14. Little_Cars

    Seller must have heard our pleas. The CL listing shows the car with modern spoke “mag” wheels. I’ve got a set of 67 Ford wheelcovers right now! Including a fifth one from the JC Whitney catalog.

    Family had a 66 7 Litre hardtop and a 67 Galaxie sedan. I owned a 59, 68 and 71 Galaxie convertibles. Only the 66 coupe survived our ownership without frame rot that dropped the car to the ground.

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