Chuck Phillips loves the design of the 1964 Galaxie 500 fastback. This stunning red beauty, rebuilt from the ground up, is the fourth one he has owned and the first car he ever restored, adding some custom touches to spice things up a bit.
Phillips opted for a custom interior for the Galaxie, choosing the whitest white vinyl with pleated red inserts. Roger Maunz did the upholstery work, making the '91 Ford Escort bucket seats look right at home in the big Ford's interior.
The engine and transmission were missing when Phillips bought the Galaxie in 2001. He took care of that problem when he found a correct 352 V-8 and had it rebuilt by Midwest Engines. The C-6 automatic transmission was brought up to snuff by Cottman Transmissions.
Phillips wanted to keep the lines of his Galaxie clean and simple, so he opted for a set of Rocket wheels that use a smooth center cap. They mount a set of Continental American Classic 225x75x15R medium-wide whitewalls.
Phillips used white-faced Auto Meter gauges, slipping a perfect-sized tachometer in the left pod, a 120-mph speedo in the right. He removed the factory horizontal speedometer and crafted a 4-hole aluminum panel to hold the smaller accessory gauges.
Chuck Phillips logged more than four million miles behind the wheel of an 18-wheer during his 36-year driving career, a million of those miles in this Freightliner. Originally painted white, the truck wound up looking like this. `I'm kinda partial to red,' Phillips admits.