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The Ford Galaxie ruled NASCAR racing in 1964. In 1965, when NASCAR changed the rules, GM and Chrysler sat out the season in protest and the Ford drivers were club racing. But would it be able to stick around with a new engine package?
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It's. -- 1964. Was a complicated year for the American auto industry before 64 things were -- big cars were faster more luxurious. More expensive. The ones everyone wanted to. But with a one swing of the bat of the game changed and it was forty changed. -- -- Four and still nearly half a million of its own young customers with a new mustang. And those affluent performance got this car buyers who have been the Galaxy best customers. Now -- cars like TO and meals for Ortiz and all of a sudden the Galaxy with a car from another generation. That you mark. It was evolving toward smaller more sprightly cars and that's where the mustang -- cocaine and they fill the marketing void at fort at anfield but soon would -- with intermediate said. And -- line. But such was the appeal of the Galaxy and the power of the big Ford engines but even though it's drag -- days were over and the muscle car revolution had started on the street. 1964. Would be to galaxies finest year. On the NASCAR tracks than Ford teams put this big monster in the winner's circle thirty times them all parts 28. Even though women face Richard Petty took the driving title this year the manufacturer's championship went to the Galaxy. I guess you could say that the writing was on the wall in 64 for before Galaxy as a performance vehicle. But four had read that right and it was charging toward -- they did -- to the 65. Even the 66 season with the Galaxy their standard bear. As the race teams gathered to kick off the 1965. Season it was clear from the start that this year would be a snarled. Rules changes boycotts and confusion racers and fans alike. The opening shot was fired by NASCAR when they -- everything that didn't look like a production engine. Which included the Chrysler hammy the super secret overhead cam engine that Ford was developing an even tricky engine pieces like high riser intake manifold. Chrysler responded by boycotting NASCAR racing involved again. Choosing instead to run -- sack and even drag racing. Already on the sidelines and -- -- sitting the season out and protest. NASCAR races begin club races for four drivers and attendance plummeted. It might have been boring -- Plymouth and -- events for fans of the big Galaxy it was their last days in the spotlight. Never satisfied though Ford engine designers have been working completely off the page for a couple years. Cranking out if you are racing engines they never hope to be available as regular production items. 1966. Ford decided to take this new -- went to the track and challenge if you rule books -- start develop. In his engine and 1964. They called tonight -- wonder. Suppose it was done -- nine days I think your. Develop process went on for a probably easier to. The motor was built to run in NASCAR as motor came out on podcast thing before -- -- fifty horsepower and you've sports 607 horsepower. The camera engine with the batters that a long line of bad boys from Ford's engine laugh and the ultimate stage of development of -- -- legendary FB antigens. This lottery has been nearly indestructible bottom and the old reliable NASCAR for 27. With them necessary improvements in the league system. But it was the cylinder heads that made this engine so spectacular. The cam -- Until probably head. Yet you should definitely try for the rockers. Which directly. About them are known if you know -- Have a letter about trying to say -- educators say the combustion chambers on this this is in mr. from the time with him valves and a browser two point -- find ourselves in 1900. The adults are usually have a nice round -- of flows well this is the chain that runs the Campbell's. That runs them well that ends the set up was that they using conventional type timing chain. All the great players championship and while the motor. This -- -- that can shift. You -- that you can't have opinions but it's at six foot I was just -- -- -- your -- that. Very long time change. After the disaster in 1965 Chrysler boycott NASCAR decided that level the playing field once and parole. By putting huge -- handicaps not only on the -- with a single overhead cam motor is well. The camera suffered the most in order to run this engine the Ford would have to wait nearly 500 pounds more than the competition. Already team Chevy this was the last nail in the coffin for the Galaxy as a high performance racer. Rough but he suggested to bill France. That a concession should be made that would allow Ford fair lanes which is a -- body car. To be drafted to the front half of the 65 Galaxy -- them. So -- half Jesse Carr which is what the NASCAR insiders Karl called was born in. The end of this 66 season the Galaxy was essentially. A thing of the past the failing which was lighter and more dynamic was now the the principal racing vehicle. With the passing of the Galaxy is the NASCAR -- it marked the end of the year where big cars yeah. At least this performance cars but George -- past the smaller less expensive models that young people people around him. The Galaxy continued for another decade as sport's top of the line cruiser was planning -- -- and max luxury. Of the world return and muscle cars just weren't as big anymore. But thanks to cars like the Galaxy -- -- star liners son lives in all the big dog from Dearborn that came before. Fairly GTs at Talladega it's amateur Reno code reds had more than enough heavy duty hardware under their mid sized bodies. We go head to head with any other team up north. Eight when total performances in your blood -- you just gotta go with it thanks for watching and please remember don't -- restored.