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Light Weight Galaxie Details

April 14 2011 at 5:56 AM
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Response to could I get the definitive description of what exactly is a Thunderbolt? A LWG?

1962 Lightweight Galaxie
11 units, (1) from Chicago Assy Plt, (10) from Wayne Assy Plant
based on a 406 6V, model 51 Galaxie 2 Dr. Sedan
Conversions performed at Dearborn Steel Tubing Co. and Ford X Garage
Fiberglass hood, front fenders, doors, and deck lid
Aluminum inner aprons, front bumper and front and rear bumper brackets
Aluminum RC Ind bell housing
(9) units built for A or B/FX, factory experimental with lightweight buckets, 8V induction system
(2) units built as an all steel lightweight with bench seats for SS/S class
Lightweight frame with inner body mount brackets deleted
No sealer or deadeners

(5) units were later converted by installing a pre-production 1963 Galaxie 500 2 dr Sportsroof body, with fiberglass hood, front fenders, aprons, deck lid, and lightweight Bostrom police seats and interior
Aluminum front and rear bumpers and brackets
427 Low Riser and Alum 2.36 BW T-10 trans

1963 Lightweight Galaxie
Approximately 200 units built at Wayne (2 units) and Norfolk Assy Plants
Based on a model 63B 2 Dr. Galaxie 500 Sportsroof body, with fiberglass hood, front fenders, aprons, deck lid, and lightweight Bostrom police seats and interior
Aluminum front and rear bumpers and brackets
427 Low Riser
Alum RC Ind bellhousing
Alum 2.36 BW T-10 trans
4.11 axle
Corinthian white with red interior
No Sealer or deadeners
Light gauge frame
Polyethylene front and rear floor mats
Hood springs, heater, clock, one horn, arm rests, spare tire, trunk mat, jack assy, and hold down bracket deleted

1964 Lightweight Galaxie
50 units, 25 automatic and 25 four speed built at the Atlanta Assy Plant
Fiberglass hood with bubble
Modified grille to allow maximum air flow to ram air induction
No Sealer or deadeners
Lighweight frame
Bostrom Lightweight front seats and polyethylene front and rear floor mats
Trunk mounted battery

427 High Riser engine (same as Thunderbolt)
Forced air induction tubes
Alum RC bellhousing
Drag clutch (same as Thunderbolt)
BW T-10 2.36 four speed with unique ratio
HX Automatic trans (same as Thunderbolt)
Axle 4.71 - auto 4.57 - four speed
Detroit Locker differential
31 tooth axle shafts

There was also one all fiberglass 1964 Galaxie built. The project was cancelled when discovered the vehicle weighed more than the production unit. Allegedly the vehicle mysteriously dissapeared after receiving orders from management to scrap it.

Regards,
Dennis

 
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