CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR NOVEMBER 2015
By Ray Mahoney
OWNERS: CARL & BERTHA GLAZE
1961 FORD GALAXIE SERIES 50 CLUB VICTORIA
ENGINE: 352 CU.IN FE V8 250 HP. (5.8 L) CARBURATOR: FACTORY 4BBL.
LOWERED 2.5” TRANSMISSION: STOCK CRUISE-0-MATIC DUAL RANGE
FRONT DISC. BRAKES. REAR END: 3.00:1 CURRIE AXLES FACTORY A/C
1961 saw Ford re-designing the Galaxie again; morphing the tail fins down, which would be the last year, & a return to the ‘pie pan’ tail lights. With performance being the big selling point in ’61, Ford offered several engine combinations & the introduction of the 390 cu.in. FE. The new design earned Ford an award from the international fashion authority, Centro per L'Alta Moda Italiana, meaning 'functional expression of classic beauty'.
Carl & Bertha Glaze, long time Cal-Rods members, located their Galaxie at the La Verne car show. At the time Carl was driving a 1960 Ford Pickup, but found another car enthusiast who was willing to trade Galaxy for F-100. Research shows that this Galaxie was assembled in Pico Rivera, Ca on the 18th of January, 1961.
Inspired by friends & the need to keep his car running as a teenager, Carl Glaze learned to swap engines, alter & be creative with what was available in a ‘One Up Man ship Game’ that was & is his hobby. His enthusiasm has continued to today with the Galaxie upgrading to Disc brakes & a new booster, new steering wheel, Currie axles, lowered, new rims & even installing a Montgomery Ward record player.
Carl and Bertha have taken the car to Laughlin, NV, club events & cruising the Southland in comfort. With only 69,000 original miles; it’s still in its prime. It’s a classic look that even looks good 54 years after it rolled off the California assembly line. Oh & it’s for sale too.