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    Posted: 02-November-2013 at 12:39PM
Sometimes, certain things are meant to be.

I now have a 1967 Ford LTD sitting in my driveway. When I awoke this morning, buying a car was the last thing on my mind. However, sometimes things happen for a reason. Long story of the circumstances surrounding the car, and I am somewhat emotional about it, but C thought I should start this thread to at least brighten my mood. I will explain the story later, but suffice to say that sometimes people come into our lives in a roundabout way and it is all in God's plan.

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1967 Ford LTD 2 door hardtop. Black over Maroon cloth. A/C, radio, PS, PB, automatic, V8. 65,745 miles, original paint and interior. Started it up, drove it home about an hour ago. Extremely solid, some rust in the trunk well, original dual exhaust, stored in a dry barn from the mid 70's until 3 years ago. Engine and transmission were removed from it when it was pulled from the barn and installed in something else, since the original owner's family figured the LTD was not worth much. What original engine was in it, I do not know - perhaps someone can decipher the vin. Now has a 400/C6 with a 4Bbl intake and carb. Loads of new parts plus a MINT set of Galaxie 500 Black F&R seats, extra fenders, door, deck lid, rims and chrome.

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Went by the old owners house last night for another load of parts and did find the original 390 fender emblems he had removed. 2 more truck loads and should have everything.

He had started restoring the car and had a list of what he had done:

Installed the low mileage 400 and rebuilt C6
New front suspension, new heater core
New A/C components
Boxes of parts from Dearborn and Mac's
Extra door (to replace dented passenger door), trunklid, trim (all rust-free)
Replaced all electronics under the hood, wiper motor, blower motor, 1 wire alternator
Complete new braking system throughout
Disassembled the front clip and detailed everything
Bought the black interior, Etc...

Here is a picture of the engine and tag as it was last registered before the barn. Engine compartment is dusty, but pretty orderly as he tried to make it look like it grew there.






Edited by madmaxtorino - 25-January-2016 at 2:47PM
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That will be a great, comfortable cruiser when it's done.

The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
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The story is that this gentleman bought it from the original owner's family 3 years ago. Brought it home and started restoring it as a keeper. Spent a lot of time and money getting it right and discovered he has terminal cancer a few weeks ago. He hopes to make it to Christmas. This past weekend he put a sign in front of his house selling everything he has in and out of his home. Some people were actually trying to bargain him down on his absurdly low prices - $25 operational riding mower, $5 home stereo, $5 porch swing with frame, $25 washer and dryer, etc... Sold his '95 V8 Thunderbird for $725, offered me his Town Car for $450 - he just needs to be rid of everything before he is too ill to do it. His children do not appear to want to help, although one is allowing him to stay with them until the end. Very, very sad and I was pretty depressed that evening and the next day. Guess when you have family members that have been stricken with cancer, it brings back those memories. He is a great guy, 71 and wants to forgo any treatment so that he can live what time he has left feeling good. Very little difference in time between treatment and non-treatment anyhow in his case. He was happy to see it go to a car guy.
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Need some suggestions.

I am in a quandry as how to go about finishing up this car. It is really just needing reassembly, minor dings fixed and paint. I am sort of ok with making it look original with full wheelcovers, but since it is not a super valuable car (and a later 400 engine), I kind of like the small caps/factory racer/moonshiner look. Perhaps some 17 or 18 inch wheels and a bit of lowering, even?

Car is/will continue to be Black. Keep in mind that it is an LTD (Formal treatment) and is B I G.

Edited by unlovedford - 05-November-2013 at 2:18AM
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This has the 1968 style small rear side windows? Did it come with all the chrome and side trim?
Black with all the chrome polished and and Cragar SS wheels.
If it doesn't have discs up front, torino parts swap right in. The entire front suspension (Knee assembly) will swap in. The front springs are the same as a torino, so any lowering you can do to a torino will work. Both cars are even close in weight.
Rear axle housings won't swap, but rear springs do.
These galaxies and LTDs are sharp cars, Good luck with it.
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Could we see a picture of the entire car? I would love to add my two cents, but pics of the engine do not give me much to go on. I am amazed at the story behind it, be a survivor myself I can understand the mans thought process.
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Yeah, let's see a pic soon.
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Pictures coming this weekend. It has been dark when I get home every night.

I understand his thought process as well, but it gave me a guilty feeling - like I was taking part of him away - when I bought it. Gave him what he was asking because of his situation, but still made me very sad. I've been over there every evening after work talking to him as I gather all the extra parts. So sad to see a man sell every item he has knowing that his life is disappearing piece by piece.
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Is it a fastback?
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On the LTD's, they used the fastback roof, but filled in the C pillar to give it a formal look. Oddly, you can plainly see the metal areas Ford added once the vinyl roof is off. Small side rear windows.

Has all the side chrome trim and then some. Yes, drum brakes, but all new. Stops pretty well, but absolutely want to swap discs in if I keep it. Hard to believe this monster is even remotely close in weight. However, the doors, fenders and hood ARE lighter than a Torino. I was astonished.

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I vaguely recalled what a 67 LTD looked like but I had to go to google images to be sure.  It turned up this nice black one... I really like it, kinda like an overgrown Fairlane GT.
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That is EXACTLY the same car, less wheels. Mine has the factory 15 inch steelies.

Yes, it does have that Fairlane vibe. This is an original paint car but has had the front fenders sanded. Paint would have been salvageable if not for the dented passenger door.
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I'd own it
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After doing some research, I found out that the '65-'66 Galaxie front suspension was the blueprint for NASCAR front suspensions. Better ideas - Ford.

Thanks for the compliments and suggestions guys.

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I would drive the hell out of that I like it.
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Love it Joe!  I've always been a huge fan of 66-67 Fairlanes.  Your LTD is just a larger version of it.  I like the idea of some chrome wheels to go with that black paint and chrome bumpers.  Gotta be traditional 5-spoke.  Heck, Magnum 500s will look good on most any old Ford.  Or maybe some Cragar SS or Torq Thrust.  I've got a pair of these available in 15x8, if you're interested.  New ones are still available, or you said that you had seen some on Craigslist recently.
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Let me see if I can find the pair on CL here. I really do like that style.

Picked up the last load of parts yesterday at 7pm. Going back Saturday for a few boxes of fasteners and the Lincoln. Boy, that Lincoln's 4.6/AOD would look sweet in this old car.
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What year towncar?

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