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Bodie Stroud and rare Galaxie on tonight’s ‘American Restoration’

[dropcap style=”style1″]D[/dropcap]uring the ’60s the Ford Galaxie 500XL fastback was the car to beat as they rocked the NASCAR and NHRA fields with unbeatable performance. As NASCAR is taking over Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, race fans can get excited for the action with a throwback and watch Bodie Stroud restore a 1963.5 Galaxie 500XL R-code with a 427 Ford V8 on tonight’s episode of American Restoration (9/8 p.m. CST on HISTORY).

Bodie Stroud is known for his ability to retain an original look while updating the technology in his restorations and this Galaxie is no exception. The exterior of the car will show subtle mods such as a hood scoop, Brembo brakes, and MagnaFlow mufflers while the serious mods will take place under the hood. The 427 is set to output around 800 horsepower and is known as the 90-day wounder due to Ford producing the motor in just 90 days during the ’60s purpose built to be used in NASCAR. The engine was so powerful that Bill France, the head of NASCAR, vetoed the use of it and it was then re-purposed by Ford to focus on their drag racing efforts.

“The Galaxie project was fun because I was trying to strike a real balance between classic and modern,” said Bodie Stroud. “I was able to keep the best of the classic look of the iconic Ford Galaxie that raced around NASCAR tracks in the ‘60s, drop one of Ford’s most powerful and legendary engines in it and add modern technology to create something for my customer that no one else has.”

The seventh season of “American Restoration” features five new shops across the country. Representing the West Coast is Bodie Stroud Industries – the only shop to appear on all 13 episodes of the new series.

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