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1967 Ford Galaxie 500XL

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Here's a car I've seen in my neighborhood a few times but never had a chance to photograph until now. This super-clean big-block '67 Galaxie belongs to WhatWouldJesseDo's friend, Rocky, who often visits Alameda from his place on the other side of the San Francisco Bay. When I spotted the big Ford on Jesse's block, I called him up and requested that he drag Rocky outside with the keys, so I could get some interior shots.


You don't often see Galaxies this nice at car shows, and this one is no trailer queen; it's a 41-year-old daily driver. Four-buck gas be damned!


It's an original 390 car, although Rocky has upgraded from two to four carburetor barrels (don't worry, numbers-matching Ford purists, he saved the original fuel-delivery gear). The 500XL was the "sport" trim configuration of the full-sized Ford for '67; it appears that the 428 Police Interceptor engine wasn't available on the 500XL, but your friendly Ford dealer could have made it happen. The real question is: did anybody put the 427 SOHC "cammer" engine in a brand-new street Galaxie?

Check out those buckets and console-mounted shifter! Of course, the bench seat/floor-shift-manual combo is a cool setup in these cars as well; the first car I can remember riding in was my dad's '67 Ford Custom 500 (the stripped-down version of the Galaxie) with a 289 and 3-on-the-floor.

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