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1963 Lightweight Galaxie Driven by Les Ritchey

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    January, 2011
1963 Lightweight Galaxie Driven by Les Ritchey
Posted by John Witzke on Friday, October 06, 2017 8:36 PM

Since building my first '63 lightweight Galaxie, Brannan's car, (can be seen in the Gallery) I learned a lot about how I would improve upon my next build.  With that said,  I have started another 1963 lightweight Galaxie.  This one will be Les Ritchey's Viking Blue/Beige interior car.  I figured this time I would put more detail into the engine, specifically the intake and carb areas.  So I ordered resin carburetors, Holley 4160 from Fireball Modelworks.  These carburetors have excellent detail and really make the engine look real.  I highly recommend them.  I have added addition detail making the intake and carb as close to factory correct as I can.  I will be adding to this topic as the build goes along.  Enjoy and thanks for looking.....John    

63 427 engine Ritchey (800x600).jpg

 63 427 engine Ritchey 2 (800x600).jpg

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    January, 2011
Posted by John Witzke on Friday, October 06, 2017 9:00 PM

Sorry trying to figue out how to add a photo

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    January, 2011
Posted by John Witzke on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:32 AM

Update on engine build.  Making progress, but a lot still left to do.  The wiring will be per original firing order.  Next photo will be of the completed engine.  Until then, here is what I have done so far.  The oil filter is a true red and has the correct Rotunda marking on it.

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:24 AM

Nice looking mill.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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    January, 2011
Posted by John Witzke on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:43 PM

Since the hoods on the '63 lightweights were fiberglass, the underside was rough and unfinished.  To replicate, I removed the bracing detail so that I had a smooth surface, then I used Scale Motorsports textured spray paint, followed by primer, then body color (Viking Blue).  

63 underhood detail Ritchey 2 (800x600).jpg

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: southeast Texas
Posted by texwardfan on Friday, October 13, 2017 7:58 AM
Engine looks awesome, John. Looking forward to more updates.
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    July, 2017
Posted by Oldschool4x4 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:35 AM

Not sure how "detailed" your going, but the fuel line would look better if you used wire to replace the section you have painted silver.. Just a thought.

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