On a nice warm summer day when I should be working outside, I am typing away on the computer.
Doing so does allow one to refocus their otherwise addled brain. A certain carburetor sitting atop a Ford FE engine is where I should be directing my focus. Instead, I’m pondering engine swaps.
My ’63 Galaxie has developed a hard (next to impossible) to start problem when the engine is cold. There is spark and there is fuel – that leaves only the carburetor, a device whose internal workings possess a much greater mystery to me than does than the female reproductive system. I suppose I do have more experience with one than the other.
All this jaw-flapping does lead somewhere; it actually leads to this ’62 Galaxie.
This spring, I met our very own Tom Klockau in Hannibal, Missouri, for the annual Loafers Car Show. As I was driving up Route 19 between the little burgs of Perry and New London, I was behind this Galaxie. This car had me curious. Despite driving 70 mph (or so) on this two-lane road, I was not catching up with this Galaxie. Upon arriving at the interchange of Route 19 with US 61, the Galaxie had to wait for oncoming traffic, allowing me a better look. A single romp on the accelerator of the Galaxie indicated something was a bit different.
At the show, a quick peek under the hood explained it all. In place of the 292 or 352 V8 it likely had originally, somebody had worked some magic by installing a Ford 4.6 liter V8 from a late model Ford Crown Victoria. It even still has its four-speed automatic transmission. It’s a twist upon the Ecoboost Edsel.
I’m not ordinarily a fan of re-powering serviceable vehicles, but for all I know it may have been divorced from its engine many moons ago. It is far preferable to see a car repurposed than discarded.
During my futile attempts to diagnose a carburetor, the idea of such a swap is an intriguing thought. Yes, such a swap would require a myriad of other unique challenges but it still intrigues the idealistic part of my brain.
So here’s the question: What engineless car would you like to marry with what power train? There is a substantial penalty for using a Chevrolet 350 as your power source!