" BLUE OVALS IN BARNS - PAGE # 26 "







These pictures are of Gas Ronda's 1963-1/2
Galaxie 500 Sports roof factory drag car, R-code 427-8V 425 hp engine with a
Top loader 4-speed manual transmission.  This car had fiberglass doors, hood
and deck lid, aluminum bumpers front and rear, shell-type racing buckets, no
armrests and no seam sealer.
I took these pictures in September of 1995 in
Connecticut, where the car had recently been brought from California by Jim
Barillaro (owner of the 427 SOHC-powered "Chrisman's Comet" funny car).  He
reportedly sold the car shortly after I saw it for $30,000 to a group of
people who were going to restore it to its former glory.
It is interesting to note that the door tag on this car listed the following information:
VIN:  2W51G156040
BODY:  62B
COLOR:  M
TRIM:  22A
DATE:  03V
DSO:  blank
AXLE:  blank
TRANS:  5
Apparently, some parts from Gas Ronda's 1962 Galaxie 2-door Club Sedan
G-code 406-6V 405 hp/Top loader 4-speed manual transmission drag car were
reused on the 63-1/2 Sports roof drag car, such as the driver's door with the
1962 door tag.  Enjoy! Yours in old Ford iron, Adrian