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Looking for an opinion on 1961 thru 1965 Ford Galaxie?
Any problems with frames or front ends rusting out?
All answers good or bad would be great!!

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The area you list as living in is called the rust belt for a reason.....anything I would look at there would be suspect for possible rust damage. That being said there are no unusually rust prone areas on the 61-5 Galaxies I am aware of.

Personally I tend to like the 63 and 64s but this should apply to all of them. A pluses are; front cross members are the same for all of them meaning on even a 6 cyl car a small block windsor or FE will bolt in with the correct mounts (and a 429 or 460 will fit without too much work). Disc brake are easy to adapt using factory parts from 79 T Birds (and other cars that use the same components. The factory made some neat cast iron headers for the FE engines in these bodies and although pricey they are not all that much more than some of the aftermarket ones.

The down side is they are HEAVY you will be hard pressed to get the car with a big block and full interior much under 4000 pounds.
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those cars are gorgeous to me and if you find one that is decent go for it. You just have to make a choice as to the particular car being worth the asking and if your skills and resource is up to the job of restoration..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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Originally Posted by twoat8low
Looking for an opinion on 1961 thru 1965 Ford Galaxie?
Any problems with frames or front ends rusting out?
All answers good or bad would be great!!
You'll find nice, rust-free examples in drier, warmer areas of the country where they don't use salt on the roads. In my opinion, these are the ones to start with, no matter the cost, because you'll likely spend less in total than you would to pay less for a rusty example and have to do all the work and spend all the money to get it back to acceptable.

Rent a motorhome and tag a flat-bed trailer behind it. Take off for Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Utah and the eastern half of California. If you find a nice example, make certain that you have a valid title with it. You may enjoy fiddlin' with the State over the title, but I've been there, done that and do not want to do it any more.
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