By on March 10, 2014

21 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinToday’s Junkyard Find isn’t the first ’62 Galaxie we’ve seen in the series. Yes, we had this ’62 Galaxie with the very rare Harlequin paint option more than three years ago. The second-gen Galaxie sometimes gets overlooked these days, because the Chevy Impala of the same era has become so iconic, but it’s a very good-looking car. Unfortunately, even a fairly straight two-door hardtop Galaxie with big-block isn’t worth restoring these days, so this example ended up in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard late last year.
16 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinSome dealership, or maybe the junkyard, tried and failed to sell this car for $1,999. Look, “engine runs good.”
11 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinTypical of California cars of this age, there’s no cancer in the wheelwells or fenders, but the areas where rainwater builds up under trim pieces have rotted.
07 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe last year that car radios were required to have the CONELRAD atomic-attack-alert radio stations (640 kHz and 1240 kHz) was 1963, though I owned a ’69 Toyota that still had the CONELRAD marks.

So, the driver of this brand-new Galaxie would know when he or she had to duck and cover.
03 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinOf course, some later owner installed this Field Expedient Engineering cassette deck under the dash.
02 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe interior is pretty much toast, which is the main reason this car wasn’t worth fixing up.
23 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe engine is some member of the Ford FE family, which in most cases isn’t worth rescuing from the wrecking yard.
25 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Thunderbird valve cover should indicate that it’s a somewhat desirable 340-horse 390 instead of the scrap-metal-value 352. Heck, maybe it’s even the 385-horsepower 406!
26 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinBut then the regular FORD valve cover on the other side argues for the 352 or low-performance 390. These cars had so many engine swaps over the years that the only way to tell what you’ve got here is to scrape off the mung and look at block and head casting numbers.
13 - 1962 Ford Galaxie Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinBy the time you read this, today’s Junkyard Find has already been crushed, shredded, and put in a container at the nearby Port of Oakland.

I couldn’t find a ’62 Galaxie ad, but this one for the ’61 gives you the sense of class Ford was shooting for with these cars.

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14 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1962 Ford Galaxie Coupe...”

  • avatar

    Shame to see cars like this go. Somebody could snatch this up, and in a few years turn out a nice daily driver….

    Wouldn’t have to be perfect, just a cool ride.

  • avatar

    The only FE engine used in a full-size Ford in ’62, equipped with a two barrel carburetor, was a 352 so I would assume that’s what it is (unless the original engine has been swapped).

    • 0 avatar

      I’ll bet the original EVERYTHING has been swapped.

    • 0 avatar

      There is at least the outline of visible engine designation flags on each front fender, so we could have found out what this car started life with if the flags were still on the car. The ideal go-fast, look-good model of the 1962 Ford was the bucket seat and console-equipped Galaxie 500XL with 406 CID motor,tri-power, and four-speed. Hemmings Classic Car magazine found a like convertible to feature in their March 2013 issue, and it’s fine alternative to a Chevrolet Impala SS with a 409.

      • 0 avatar

        In 1962 the engine designation “flags” were only used for the 390 and 406 engines. This engine is clearly an FE block, so it could be a 352 or one of the two larger ones. 62 was also the last year for the base V8 which was the 292 “Y Block”.

        • 0 avatar

          I don’t know if it was possible to get the first-year 221 or 260 Windsor V8 in the ’62 Galaxie. If so, then full-size Ford buyers had a choice of three completely different types of V8 in their new cars.

          • 0 avatar

            The 221 and 260 V-8s were not available in the 1962 full-size Fords. (A good thing, as the 221 V-8 had trouble powering the Fairlane, which was why it didn’t last too long.)

            Midway through the 1963 model year, the 260 and 289 V-8s replaced the old 292 V-8 in the full-size Fords.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    What’s with the angled spark plugs?

  • avatar

    Well, at least they didn’t cut the dash to put in the AM/FM cassette radio.

    (The bane of the ’60s Ford restorer: people who cut the radio openings to fit aftermarket radios in the ’70s/’80s…)

    Not that it matters as this is $500 from The Crusher…

  • avatar

    Nice looking car. If you look at the “new” Chryslers for MY 1965, they seemed to have much in common with the Fords/Mercs/Lincs of a few years prior. Perhaps that was Elwood’s influence carried over when he moved to Chrysler in 60-61(?).

  • avatar
    Mark in Maine

    Thanks, Murilee – a blast from my past. This is exactly my first car – right down to the interior/exterior colors. Mine was in fantastic shape for being fourteen years old, and a decent deal at fifty bucks. I buffed it, performed an oil change and tune-up, drove it around the neighborhood (illegally – age 15) for a few weeks, and then sold it for five hundred. Used that cash as a down payment towards the mint ’67 Buick special hardtop that came after the Galaxie.

  • avatar

    What a shame ;

    These were such lovely understated design cars .

    In 1973 I had a ’62 Ranch Wagon with the 292 Y-Block and automatic , only other option was the AM radio .

    Ran great , cost $150 , G.F. ran a red light and sent some poor shmuck’s new Renault to the promised land , we hung a used fender on it and traded it in on a Mustang a few years later . lickily the poor schmuck wasn’t hurt .

    In the late 1970’s I was given a cherry clean ’62 Galaxie Coupe from Arizona , 223 I6 three on the tree and over drive plus aftermarket (IIRC) AC ~ I got it running well but before I sorted out the paperwork (free because of no title) it tossed a rod as I was showing the 15 Y.O. kid from down the hill how easily it breezed along @ 85 MPH thanx to the over drive in it .

    I shoulda yanked the oil pan and replaced that slightly knocking rod but yanked the O.D. tranny instead , gave that to the 15 Y.O. kid who put it in his Dad’s brush painted ’59 F-100 and gave the car to the scrapper , back then a heavy full steel beast like a ’62 full size Ford brought maybe $35 in scrap .

    Oops ~ it had perfect paint , body and upholstery , looking back I wished I’da saved it but I had a dozen old cars so…..

    BTW : when I bought my second house in 1988 I bought the kid’s dad’s old ’59 F-100 and ran it for a year or three as I up fixed the old 1923 house .


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