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Ford Muscle Cars of 1964
Year of the First Mustang
1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
The car that set the collective
automobile industry on its ear, the
1964-1/2 Mustang. (Mike Mueller)
If 1963 began the year of Total Performance, then 1964 represented the year various animals
began infiltrating the Ford ranks in earnest. During 1962, a snake came to live in the Ford
stables, and in 1964, a horse joined the ranks. The April 17, 1964, introduction of the Mustang
had such an impact on the automobile industry and the public that all the similar offerings of the
other automakers subsequently came to be known as “pony cars,” giving the Mustang a well-
earned place in automotive history. More on the Mustang later.

Ford began reinforcing its Total Performance image more in 1964 than any other year. The 427
Galaxie continued its winning ways on the NASCAR tracks, winning an unrivaled 30 victories, an
unmarred achievement that remains today. Due to its very sluggish performance, and in keeping
with the performance image, the old two-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission was no
longer available in full-size Fords. The Fairlane was completely restyled into a car many Ford
lovers feel is the most attractive of the early Fairlanes. The High Performance 289 became an
option in the Falcon line-up, the Cobra was continuing to show the Corvettes and European
sports cars the fastest way to the finish line, and of course, there’s the Mustang.
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible with 427
The big Galaxie 500 was a very rapid
beast when equipped with either 427.
Many competitors were caught
off-guard by the pedestrian
appearance of hardtops, such as this
example. (Mike Mueller)
You could go fast with a flair in 1964 in a 427-
powered Galaxie 500 convertible. Loaded with
accessories, this ultra rare example is an 18,000-
mile original. Notice the front and rear bumper
guards, hood ornament and Foxcraft fender skirts,
which were all Ford dealer-installed accessories.”
The 1964 full-size Fords continued the trend of annual, major restyling of models. They shared
absolutely no body panels with the beautiful 1963 models, except the fastback top. For the first
time, quality became a major selling point in Ford products. Three vertical ribs appeared equally
spaced on the new full-width grille. The outer headlights were moved to the extreme edge of the
grille, and elongated convex pods tapered back along the side toward the center of the door, to
give the headlights a type of “nacelle” effect. Two body-side feature lines, one at the beltline and
another at about knee level, began at the front, swept back and merged at the taillights. Between
these two feature lines was a slightly recessed area. At the rear, the traditional round Ford
taillights with a center-mounted back-up light highlighted a concave rear trim panel on the upper
trim levels, and a bare panel on the lower levels. Once again, the fuel filler was located in the
center of this rear panel.

All full-size 1964 Fords featured a 119-inch wheelbase, and 209.9 inches of overall length.
Weights ranged from 3,521 pounds for the six-cylinder Custom four-door sedan, up to 4,000
pounds for the nine-passenger Country Squire station wagon.
1964 Ford Custom Interior
Even though the Custom was the base
series, interiors were comfortable,
especially by base-level standards.
The floors were carpeted and the
steering wheel featured the chrome
horn ring. While some examples used
the standard three-speed manual
transmission, most were equipped with
the three-speed automatic
transmission. This particular Custom is
a very special example, with its
floor-shifted B&M T-10 four-speed
The Custom was the base trim level full-size Ford for 1964, and featured two sun visors, chrome
trim around the windshield and rear window, a full horn ring, arm rests on all doors, and three
chrome stripes on the front fenders, on the teardrop area behind the headlights. For the first
time, nylon and rayon carpeting was used in the base models.

The Custom 500 was the top trim level for the base Custom Series, and included all the standard
Custom features, plus bright metal roof drip rail moldings. The CUSTOM 500 script was
positioned at the rear of the quarter-panel and the FORD name, in block letters, appeared
across the front of the hood. A bright paint-accented molding was mounted on either side of a
black and bright Ford crest at the center of the rear deck panel, on the fuel filler door, and a
single, chrome spear ran along the center of the body side.
The Galaxie 500 represented the top trim level for 1964, and included all the features of the
Custom 500, plus chrome ornaments atop the front fenders, chrome window frames, a chrome
spear with aluminum insert along the body side, aluminum trim bearing the Galaxie 500 logo in
the concave rear panel and the Ford crest on the roof C-pillar. Inside, the seats featured a
combination cloth and vinyl upholstery material, color-keyed steering wheel and steering column,
and bright metal scuff shields on the seat sides and backs. The 1964 Galaxie 500 Convertible
models also featured a glass rear window, an industry first.

The Galaxie 500XL was the sporty version of the Galaxie 500, and included all the standard
Galaxie features plus polished inserts and courtesy/warning lights on the door panels, bucket
seats and center console with floor shift, “Galaxie 500XL” exterior ornamentation, and the 195-
horsepower, 289 2V V-8 engine as standard equipment. Also, a four-door hardtop became
available in the XL line-up for the first and time in 1964, joining the previously available two-door
hardtop and convertible models. Although the new four-door hardtop was attractive, it was the
slowest seller in the XL line-up, with only 14,661 examples finding owners, compared to 58,306
two-doors and 15,169 convertibles. This low sales figure no doubt caused the four-door XL to be
discontinued after just one year of production.
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL 1964 Ford XL Interior
In the third year of production, the Galaxie
500XL added a sporty touch to the standard
Galaxie 500 hardtop and convertible models.
As shown on this example, vinyl tops were
becoming more popular throughout the
The 1964 XL interiors featured revised
upholstery patterns and interior door panels.
As in 1957 and 1958, the instrument face
colors were reversed, with silver faces on
the 1964 models. Factory air conditioning
was not installed into the instrument panel
until 1965.
1964 Ford XL
XL models added a small emblem
at the rear of the body side
chrome trim. Many buyers opted
for the wire wheel covers to
further add a sporty image to their
XL models.
Popular options for the 1964 full-size Ford owner included the 289 V-8 engine ($109); the 352
V-8 engine ($180); the 390 4V V-8 engine ($246); the 427 4V V-8 engine ($515); the 427 8V V-8
engine ($571); Cruise-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission ($189 with six-cylinders and
289, $212 with FEs); four-speed manual transmission ($188); Equa-Loc differential ($53, N/A on
427s); tinted windshield ($21); power steering ($86); power brakes ($43); power windows ($102);
push-button AM radio and antenna ($57); AM/FM radio ($129); electric clock ($14); vinyl roof on
two-door hardtops ($75); power tailgate window on station wagons ($32); wheel covers ($45);
and white sidewall tires ($34).
1964 Ford 427
The “427-T” decal on the valve
covers indicates this engine has
a transistorized ignition, one of
the few changes from the 1963
The Thunderbird 427 Super High Performance V-8 continued as the most powerful production
engine available for the 1964 full-size Fords, with 425 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, 480 ft-lbs of
torque at 3,700 rpm, an 11.5:1 compression ratio, ultra-high-lift mechanical camshaft, and two
652cfm Holley 4160 four-barrel carburetors on an aluminum intake manifold. Streamlined,
header-style exhaust manifolds routed the exhaust to a low-restriction dual exhaust system. The
engine block and cylinder heads were black, with chrome valve covers and a natural finish, oval
aluminum air cleaner. Also included in this engine package were heavy-duty front and rear
suspension components, heavy-duty drive shaft and universal joints, heavy-duty rear axle with
four-pinion differential, fade resistant brakes, 15x6 steel wheels, 40-amp alternator, and a 70-
amp heavy-duty battery. Fords originally equipped with this engine have an “R” engine code on
the data tag.
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Super 60s Fords Super '60s Fords - The Inside Story of the
Most Powerful Fords Ever Built
by John Smith
In the ‘50s, Detroit built cars with style in mind . . . but as the
‘60s arrived, a younger group of car buyers had another
thing in mind: Performance! Ford Motor Company met that
demand with some of the fastest and most powerful cars on
the street. In this book, John Smith covers the entire Ford
performance story in the ‘60s, -- and not just Mustangs and
Cobras, but Galaxies, Torinos, Falcons, Fairlanes, Shelbys,
Mavericks, and every other Ford that got extra horsepower
stuffed under its hood in this fast-moving decade. Models are
covered year by year, from the Supercharged T-birds of
1957 to the last gasp of the muscle car era in 1973, and
everything in between. Performance engines and stats are
listed for each year, and an informative appendix includes
information on deciphering VIN tags and parts codes.
With 200 black and white and more than 100 outstanding
color photos, this book has the images and information that
Ford fans want on their favorite performance models, from
supercharged Y-blocks to Boss 429s.
Click below to view sample
pages from each chapter.
Chap. 1 -1957 The Foundation
Chap. 2 -1958 352 Big Block
Chap. 3 -1959 High Style
Chap. 4 -1960 New Ideas
Chap. 5 -1961 Back to Tradition
Chap. 6 -1962 Legends
Chap. 7 -1963 Fast Backs
Chap. 8 -1964 The First Mustang
Chap. 9 -1965 Big Changes
Chap. 10 -1966 Beat Goes On
Chap. 11 -1967 Changing Guard
Chap. 12 -1968 428 Cobra Jet
Chap. 13 -1969 Boss 302 & 429
Chap. 14 -1970 429CJ & SCJ
Chap. 15 -1971 Last of Breed
Chap. 16 -1972 - 73 End of Era
This is without a doubt one of the best books about
Ford muscle cars ever written!
Soft bound
8-1/2 x 11
160+ pages
200 b/w photos
100+ color photos
Item #SA25
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This is a book any Ford enthusiast will enjoy to read over and over.
Read the sample pages to learn more.

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Ford Thunderbird Performance Portfolio 1964-1976
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1964 Ford Shop Manual on CD with 64 1/2 Mustang
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section provides information on the operation of major
systems including diagnostics, troubleshooting and overhaul,
as well as the removal and installation of major components.
Written in an easy to understand format, this manual contains
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