Freshly restored 1968 Galaxie 500XL GT – from Bruised Muscle
It can happen in a flash. One moment you are cruising along in your freshly restored 1968 Galaxie 500XL GT, and the next you are an unwilling roadside attraction, standing helplessly as flames consume your ultrarare 428, four-speed fastback. You didn’t bring a fire extinguisher to this party. Passers-by linger to shoot cellphone videos of the spectacle. A nitwit proclaims, “That Mustang’s on fire!” Fire trucks arrive, the flames are extinguished—and so is your spirit.
In this first installment of Bruised Muscle, we review the sad results of an engine bay fire that nearly took this rare Ford last year. Purchased at auction by New Braintree, Massachusetts, Ford enthusiast Paul Maio, the Galaxie will be repaired by the guys at NextGen Performance and Fire Suppression of Spencer, Massachusetts. They remind us to keep a fully charged fire extinguisher in the car at all times.
Got a similar tale of woe involving a mangled muscle car? Then or now, we’d love to see pictures and share your lesson here in MCR. Just send your pix to firstname.lastname@example.org with Bruised Muscle in the subject line, and we will run it in what could become a somewhat regular feature. Just make sure your pictures are high resolution so they won’t be the size of postage stamps when printed.