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This 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500 XL is my first car which I've owned here in WI since 1972. In 1974, we painted it black and added the flames which were inspired by the movie "The California Kid". It has a 390 and 4-speed from the factory. I am currently restoring the car back to the way it was originally made by Ford on February 13, 1963.
1965 KELLISON J5
Fiberglass body with a custom tube frame and C4 Corvette suspension. It has a LS1 and 6 speed and weighs about 2500 lb. It is in Tucson AZ where I built it over 20 yrs. I did all the work myself including building the frame. Only the interior finishing and the paint were done by someone else. I would have painted it also since I have painted about 50 vehicles but now that we are retired I have better things to do with play time.
We already have over 2000 mi. on it and drive it whenever we can while home.
The best time so far at the drags was 12.8 sec.
This is my second Kellison J5. I built my first when I was 18 in Waterbury Ct in 1966-1967. It was the only car I was really sorry that I sold.
I literally bought this one in a barn. At least 2 previous owners gave up on it. See the last picture that shows how it looked when I bought the body.
For those that wonder about the wheels--- I wanted the build to reflect what it could have been in the 60's and it should have had wire wheels but I really liked these 'Vette wheels so I deviated a little. I also widened the front and rear fenders to fit the C4 suspension a little because I didn't want the fender flares that are usually added to this model with that suspension.
My 16 yr old son is building his version of a hot rod. He has a 1986 BMW 325 coupe that he is dropping an EFI Ford 5.0. So far things are going smooth. I can't wait to see it run.
1966 C10 Chevy Step side.
Lowered 5 1/2" front (3" coil, 2 1/2" spindle)
Lowered 5 Rear (3" coil and 2" block)
Frame shortened (Brothers kit) was a long bed.
C Notched frame.
283 V8 (1965) was originally 250 I6
Offenhauser tri power with 2GC carbs
Power steering conversion
Front Disc brakes
Door art, hand painted
Faux Patina paint
Coffee stained bed, color matched bed strips
Tach., Vac. gauges added
22" Transport rims, Chevy LUV dog dishes, 265/35-22
Custom Autosound GM AM hidden audio
Color matched Grey trim and bumpers
Tribute Truck to my Wife's deceased parents, we have a 1967 polaroid of her Dads 1966 C20 and her older sister as an toddler in the window, so we created this truck as a tribute, door art has her Moms name and custom Lic. plate has her Dads name