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1963 Ford Galaxie
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 2 Door Hardtop

1963 Ford Galaxie

For 1963, the cars from Ford come in more than forty different versions and Ford spent $10 million dollars in redeveloping them.  Improvements came in the form of new front and rear suspension.  Inside, Thunderbird inspired bucket seats and console in 500 XL’s while other models have full width seats.  Full carpeting, crank vent windows, and contour-formed foam cushioning adds to comfort while color-keyed carpet, set side shields, arm rest, sun visors and courtesy lighted interior give it the look of a luxury vehicle.   In addition, the new Galaxie Swing-Away Wheel which before was only available in Thunderbird moves aside 9 inches to allow getting in and out with greater ease. 

According to Ford, the ‘XL’ in Galaxie 500 XL stands for extra luxury which means that these Fords have extras as standard equipment.  Inside deep foam cushioned bucket seats is accompanied by nine different trim choices and a full length console and a spacious storage compartment in the rear.

Station wagons were available as a 4-door Country Squire or Country Sedan and came in 6 or 9 passenger models.  The wagon loadspace offered 91.5 cu. ft. stretching over 10 ft to end of open tailgate – 8 feet with tailgate closed.   The Country Squire was distinctive among station wagons with its simulated wood body trim and interior. 

Overall, the Ford Galaxie offered 25 power teams with 7 different engine choices and five transmissions including the new 195-hp Galaxie V8 and Synchro-Smooth Drive – a fully synchronized 3-speed manual.

1963 Ford Galaxie Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Galaxie Six Series
V 52 4 Dr Sedan $2,507 3,665 lbs 82,419*
V 51 2 Dr Sedan $2,453 3,575 lbs 30,335*
Galaxie V8 Series
N/A 52 4 Dr Sedan $2,616 3,660 lbs 82,419*
N/A 51 2 Dr Sedan $2,562 3,850 lbs 30,335*
Galaxie 500 Six-Cyl Series
V 62 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,667 3,685 lbs 205,722**
V 61 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,613 3,605 lbs 21,137**
V 64 4 Dr Town Victoria $2,739 3,700 lbs 26,558**
V 63 2 Dr Club Victoria $2,674 3,620 lbs 49,733**
V 66 2 Dr Fastback Coupe $2,674 3,620 lbs 100,500**
V 65 2 Dr Sun Convertible $2,924 3,775 lbs 36,876**
Galaxie 500 V8 Series
N/A 62 4 Dr Town Sedan $2,776 3,680 lbs 205,722**
N/A 61 2 Dr Club Sedan $2,722 3,600 lbs 21,137**
N/A 64 4 Dr Town Victoria $2,848 3,695 lbs 26,558**
N/A 63 2 Dr Club Victoria $2,783 3,615 lbs 49,733**
N/A 66 2 Dr Fastback Coupe $2,783 3,615 lbs 100,500**
N/A 65 2 Dr Sun Convertible $3,033 3,770 lbs 36,876**
Galaxie 500 XL V8 Series
N/A 62 4 Dr Town Victoria $3,333 3,750 lbs 12,596
N/A 67 2 Dr Club Victoria $3,626 3,670 lbs 29,713
N/A 68 2 Dr Fastback Coupe $3,268 3,670 lbs 33,870
N/A 69 2 Dr Sun Convertible $3,518 3,820 lbs 18,551
Station Wagon Six-Cyl Series
V 72 4 Dr Country Sedan - 6P $2,829 3,990 lbs 64,954***
V 74 4 Dr Country Sedan - 9P $2,933 4,005 lbs 22,250***
V 76 4 Dr Country Squire - 6P $3,018 4,005 lbs 19,922***
V 78 4 Dr Country Squire - 9P $2,933 4,015 lbs 19,246***
Station Wagon V8 Series
N/A 72 4 Dr Country Sedan - 6P $2,938 3,985 lbs 64,954***
N/A 74 4 Dr Country Sedan - 9P $3,042 4,000 lbs 22,250***
N/A 76 4 Dr Country Squire - 6P $3,127 4,000 lbs 19,922***
N/A 78 4 Dr Country Squire - 9P $3,197 4,010 lbs 19,246***

Notes:

* Total Series production for ALLGalaxie's was 112,754 units both 6-cylinder and V8. Ford does not have individual breakdowns per body style.
** Total Series production for ALL Galaxie 500's was 440,526 units both 6-cylinder and V8. Ford does not have individual breakdowns per body style.
*** Total Series production for ALL Galaxie Station Wagon's was 126,372 units both 6-cylinder and V8. Ford does not have individual breakdowns per body style.

Chassis Data

Model Number Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tire Size
Galaxie 119 in 209 in - - 7.50 x 14
Ford Station Wagon 119 in 209.9 in - - 8.00 x 14

Vin Number Decoding - 1960 - 1969 Ford (All Models)

Location: stamped on top upper flange of left front fender apron. Located on top of dash visible through windshield. On lock face of left front door.
 
First Symbol - Year
0 = 1960 1 = 1961 2 = 1962 3 = 1963 4 = 1964 5 = 1965 6 = 1966 7 = 1967 8 = 1968 9 = 1969
Second Symbol - Assembly Plant
A = Atlanta L = Michigan Truck
B = Oakville N = Norfolk
C = Ontario P = Twin Cities
D = Dallas R = San Jose
E = Mahwah S = Pilot Plant
F = Dearborn T = Metuchen
G = Chicago U = Louisville
H = Lorain W = Wayne
J = Los Angeles Y = Wixom
K = Kansas City Z = St. Louis
Third & Fourth Symbol - Body Series
01 = Mustang 2 Dr Hardtop 51 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom)
02 = Mustang 2 Dr Fastback 52 = Ford 2 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
03 = Mustang 2 Dr Convertible 53 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Custom 500)
10 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan 54 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (Galaxie 500)
11 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan 55 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (Galaxie 500)
12 = Falcon Station Wagon 56 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
20 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Futura) 57 = Ford Convertible (Galaxie 500)
21 = Falcon 4 Dr Sedan (Futura) 58 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (Galaxie 500)
22 = Falcon 2 Dr Sedan (Bucket Seats) 60 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback (XL)
23 = Falcon Station Wagon (Futura) 61 = Ford Convertible (XL)
30 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop 62 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
31 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan 63 = Ford 2 Dr Fastback Coupe
32 = Fairlane Station Wagon 64 = Ford 4 Dr Sedan (LTD)
33 = Fairlane 2 Dr Hardtop (500) 65 = Ford 2 Dr Hardtop Coupe
34 = Fairlane 4 Dr Sedan (500) 66 = Ford 4 Dr Hardtop (LTD)
35 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500) 70 = Ford Station Wagon (Ranch Wagon - 6P)
36 = Fairlane Convertible (500) 71 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 6P)
37 = Fairlane Station Wagon (500) 72 = Ford Station Wagon (Custom 500 Ranch Wagon - 10P)
38 = Fairlane Station Wagon (Squire) 73 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire - 6P)
40 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 XL) 74 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Sedan - 10P)
41 = Fairlane Convertible (500 XL) 75 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -6P)
42 = Fairlane 2 Dr Fastback (500 GT) 76 = Ford Station Wagon (Country Squire -10P)
43 = Fairlane Convertible (500 GT) 76 = Fairlane Convertible
47 = Fairlane Ranchero 83 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop
48 = Fairlane Ranchero (500) 84 = Thunderbird 2 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
49 = Fairlane Ranchero (GT) 87 = Thunderbird 4 Dr Hardtop (Landau)
Fifth Symbol - Engine
A = 8-289 Q = 8-427
B = 6-240 R = 8-427
C = 8-289 S = 8-390
E = 6-240 T = 6-200
F = 8-260 U = 6-170
J = 8-302 V = 6-240
K = 8-289 W = 8-427
L = 8-221 X = 8-352
M = 8-390 Y = 8-390
N = 8-429 Z = 8-390
P = 8-428  
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Starting at 100001
Code Transmission Type
1 3-Speed Manual
5 4-Speed Manual (std. ratio) 2.78 1st.
6 4-Speed Manual (opt. ratio) 2.32 1st.
T Cruise-O-Matic (FMX-L)
U C6 Automatic (aluminum 1 piece case)
W C4 Automatic (aluminum 2 piece case)
X Cruise-O-Matic (C.I. case)
Y Cruise-O-Matic(C.I. case)
Z C6 Automatic Special (aluminum 1 piece case)

Engine Data

Engines Displacement Horsepower Bore & Stroke Compression Ratio Carburetor
S 6-144 85 3.50 x 2.50 8.7:1 1 BC
U 6-170 101 3.50 x 2.94 8.7:1 1 BC
T 6-200 116 3.68 x 3.13 8.7:1 1 BC
V 6-223 138 3.62 x 3.60 8.4:1 1 BC
L 8-221 145 3.75 x 3.30 8.8:1 2 BC
F 8-260 164 3.80 x 2.87 8.7:1 2 BC
C 8-289 195 3.00 x 2.87 6.6:1 2 BC
K 8-289 271 3.00 x 2.67 10.5:1 4 BC
X 8-352 220 4.00 x 3.50 8.9:1 2 BC
P 8-390 300 4.05 x 3.78 9.6:1 4 BC
Z 8-390 330 4.05 x 3.76 9.6:1 4 BC
M 8-390 340 4.05 x 3.76 10.5:1 6 BC
B 8-406 385 4.13 x 3.76 11.4:1 4 BC
G 8-406 405 4.13 x 3.78 11.4:1 6 BC
Q 8-427 410 4.23 x 3.78 11.5:1 4 BC
R 8-427 425 4.23 x 3.78 11.5:1 8 BC

 

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