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rolling out the galaxie 5 oh oh

nothing says spring like putting the galaxie on the road for the first time since fall. after a winter of driving the oh-so-sensible jetta tdi station wagon, i almost forgot how much fun it is fire up the old school badassedness that is a 1965 galaxie 500 .

i was surprised when it started, after judicious pumping of the gas pedal [ aha! how many of you remember when you hand to pump the gas pedal before starting a car? ]. i forgot to unhook the battery before storing it for the winter and i was pleasantly surprised when the i didn't find the battery to be completely drained.

unfortunately i was foiled in my first fix-it project of the year. the drivers side window won't roll down anymore, which i thought was a simple case of the crank being stripped. it didn't take long to determine that it wasn't the crank and before i knew it i more of the door disassembled than i planned and still couldn't get at the crank innards, which is hidden behind an acre of steel that doesn't want to budge. i'm fortunate to have the original shop manual, but it only dedicates a paragraph to fixing the window crank. i suspect i'm missing something blindingly obvious.

i rather enjoy getting greasy and finding an excuse to bang on metal. perhaps i'll have to start a new blog to chronicle the trials and tribulations of restoring the galaxie to her original glory.

i'm sure the neighbors will appreciate it if i put it up on blocks in the front yard.

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4/13/2003 09:16:00 PM 0 comments


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