I sent out the following text message to a bunch of my friends Friday night: “I just bought a 1968 ford galaxie for $400.00 from a pagan biker gang member who was possibly high as fuck tonight.”
I think gamble had my favorite response when he texted back: “That’s awesome, don’t know what car that is but it’s a typical awesome Johnson story!!!!” I would have been perfectly happy with just two exclamation points, but gamble went all out and tossed in four of those bad boys.
It should be noted that the guy who sold it to me really wasn’t that high, i don’t think, and even though he totally was a Pagan, he and his friends seemed like real nice people. I’ll talk more about that below but before anyone gets too excited about me getting an almost muscle car for only $400, check out the pics of what it currently looks like.
No bumper on the front or the back, but it does have all of the original emblems, inlcuding the “390” badge that came with the 6.1 L 390 hp engine. And yes the engine is the original engine so that’s kind of cool.
Some how the hub caps disappeared between me going to see the car and it getting dropped off. Not happy but i’ll live with it since I probably was going to get nicer ones anyway.
One of the downsides to looking at a car at night, even when illuminated by a bank of flood lights, you tend to miss minor things like cracked windshields. I don’t think Cindy Rowe is going to be able to take care of that.
You can see a piece of the grill they cut with a jigsaw in order to get the engine out when they thought they were going to part it out. Also, i guess cars back in the day use to have two spare tires???? Also, i don’t know what that blue thing is.Not sure if that misshapen goal post looking part is important. It wasn’t connected to anything so i’m guessing its like IKEA furniture where they always add in an extra part or two.
How did I get such a sweet deal? Well like most other things it all started when I was searching craigslist. I was in the
casual encounters cars and truck section looking for jeep wagoneers like I do every Thursday (and saturday, sunday wednesday, friday, and tuesday) and decided to do some other searches i’m found of. See I’ve always wanted a muscle car, and although I would love a 69 blue dodge charger that I could call the General Grant, I always though I’d rather go with something less main stream that was still a classic, and could turn heads, but wouldn’t be so over priced like a camaro or mustang would be.
Weirdly, I’ve never wanted an elcamino or ranchero …. which holy shit I never thought about it, but are those cars racists? anyways, I never look for those but I do usually do searches for the following, Lemans, Torino, Wild Cat (not the DC super hero), and Galaxie. Btw, I hate Novas and Chevelles, I dont know why. I guess a case could be made for some of the late 60’s impalas, but after watching too many episodes of MTV cribs, I kind of got turned off to those cars.
So I found a listing for this ford galaxie that had been a thousand but then was relisted at $500 since there was no titile. Titles aren’t that hard to get, it just takes some effort and patience. In addition the add listed that the engine ran recently and is numbers matching. plus it is an automatic (very important for me), and has AC, power steering, and disc breaks.
When i talked to the guy he revealed that he engine had already been removed cause someone offered to buy the engine and tranny for $350 but he was still waiting for that deal to go through.