Inside The Build: 1967 Firebird


May 13, 2020

By: Sinjin


Inside The Build: 1968 Ford Galaxie XL

There’s no telling what goes on in the mind of Richard Rawlings and how he decides what Gas Monkey’s next build will be. After so many rust buckets have rolled into this shop, you’d think he had something against his crew.


Well after finding what looked like a pristine 1968 Galaxie up in Minnesota, it seemed like this classic was a pretty “solid” find. With only a little surface rust showing, this wasn’t going to be much of a challenge. With a minimal timeline for this build, it was expected that this Galaxie wasn’t going to put up much of a fight.

Like many cars from similar environments like Minnesota, surface rust likes to hang out with other rust that you can’t see. With some extra love and even more time, the fabrication team got this classic in one solid piece and over to the body shop.


After a quick once over, this build had to be in the paint booth as quickly as possible due to Richard’s short timeline. There are 3 things in life you shouldn’t ever rush: surgery, a glass of a nice scotch, and a paint job. The inevitable happened, the paint came out sub-par and had to be completely redone. Finally, the original paint color with a little GMG sparkle had the boss man’s stamp of approval.

After coming down to the wire, the final product was remarkable. Let’s take a closer look at the details of this build.

Keeping the same power train, this Galaxie is still powered by its original 428 engine, and to stop all that power the car was outfitted with Wilwood 6-piston disc brakes. After the original exhaust rusted off and fell onto the shop floor, the GMG crew installed a brand new Magnaflow Exhaust.

The holy trinity of muscle cars is power, stance, and wheels. To give it the perfect stance, a Pure Muscle Suspension kit was installed from PMT Fabrication. Then to compliment the new paint job, this Galaxie was sitting on a fresh set of copper color Budnik Wheels.

It was all in the details to turn this classic is a respectable hot rod. Getting rid of the original vinyl top, color matching the front and rear bumpers, stripping the lower trim, and having subtle pieces of chrome. To top it off, all the weather stripping was replaced with products from Steel Rubber. This Galaxie looks like it wants to burn some rubber just sitting still.

Ultimately this build had all the makings of a badass hotrod and didn’t stay on the market for too long. Any time that the Monkeys can convince Richard to not paint his latest idea green, that’s a win.

Did you miss both episodes of this build? Well, you can watch both of them, as well as all the other episodes from this season on DiscoveryGo now!


Like this Galaxie and want to see how the GMG crew transformed another one? Well you can check out another one that got that Gas Monkey treatment right here.

Tune in for a brand new episode of Fast N’ Loud on Monday at 9 pm ET on Discovery!

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