Thursday, March 19, 2020

No Power Brakes, No Problem: 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Sedan Wagon

I've got to assume that prices of used cars (classics, late models, you name it) are gonna take a hit due to this COVID-19 thing...firstly because the economy is playing rope-a-dope and second because people are supposed to be sheltering in place instead of going around and buying/selling cars. Regardless if you surf over to the craigslists in the places hit by this nasty virus, you'll still see people selling cars...and while nobody loves a vulture...everybody loves a deal?  Is it wrong to look at Seattle or the Bay Area Craigslist and see what you can get with a face mask and a pair of rubber boots? Find this 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Sedan Wagon offered for $5000 near Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1970 Ford country sedan
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
paint color: blue
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
Very nice cool old station wagon.
Not many of these around anymore.
It’s got a newly rebuilt 390 and C6 trans.
Less than 200 miles on rebuild All new brakes all 4 corners.
Rebuild includes holly ultra double pumper 750 four barrel carb
ElderBrock performer 390 intake manifold
New cobra jet heads.
RV cam and lifters.
Double roller timing chain and gears.
New fuel pump oil pump etc. Custom valve covers.
Over $5000 spent on engine alone.
Still needs dialed in a bit but runs excellent.
Has dual exhaust.
Body is super super straight with very little rust.
Floors are in excellent shape no rust at all. Tailgate opens two different ways .

Its a unique ride that gets a lot of attention anytime I drive it.
Sounds excellent ,tranny shifts smoothly also.
Tires are in good shape.

Has collector plates so no tabs to buy ever
We have well over $8000 into the car.
Asking 5000 cash or trade for cruiser motorcycle with low miles in excellent shape.

I have some excellent extra parts
to go with car for right price;

Super comp headers - new!
Dual bullet style mirrors with remote cables - from 72 Torino
Brake master cylinder & brake booster, both brand new & painted ford blue

Chrome deep sump tranny pan

Please serious only!
I don’t need help selling this! 

 See a better way to drive something that is called a sedan, but isn't?


  1. Beautiful engine that alone is worth the price of admission. Ditch the front seats (and small hound) and upgrade to power disc brakes and enjoy the ride.

  2. The young folk don’t realize that well designed drum brakes don’t really need a power assist since they are what they call “self actuating”, and they will stop just fine. Extended periods of slowing down, well yes they suck at that, and they don’t work so well going backwards either. The backwards thing isn’t too much of a problem - at though I remember some excitement parking in San Francisco and in Topanga canyon in a 69 Chevrolet convertible with drums all around.

    Actually the hidden gas cap behind the rear license plate dumping all the gas on the ground when parked pointing up a steep hill was somewhat more worrisome now that I think of it.

    1. My '66 Dart stops just fine with non-power discs on the front. Granted, they're discs off a '79 St. Regis that had to have weighed over a half-ton more, but still, it works pretty well. Better than the allegedly power brakes in my '94 Ranger, in fact... maybe I should check if the truck's brake booster actually works.

  3. I had a '67 Country Sedan for a few years and wish I still owned it. I had it repainted a nice bright-ish red color which suited it nicely. Just a massive car that could haul lumber and always made people smile out on the road. Sadly I didn't have the wrenching skills to maintain it affordably and I sold it to a friend about 15 years ago. I'd like to think that somewhere the Red Zeppelin still patrols the upper Midwest to this day.


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