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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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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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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.

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

Nice looking mill.

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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



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    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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    February, 2008
Posted by gbeaird on Thursday, October 26, 2017 4:04 PM

Interesting that they mounted the carburetors 'backwards' from what is commonly-accepted as the 'normal' configuration with the primary venturis (the ones under the choke plate) toward the back of the car and the throttle linkage on the passenger side of the car.  To do that, they had to use a belcrank and pass it between the carburetors from the driver's side to the passenger side of the engine. 

It's nice you caught that detail!

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas


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