1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
This story begins in the mid-90’s, when a car like this crossed the auction block in Okotoks, Ab. I looked over the 1959 Skyliner, and remember telling my family that I wanted to build one of these cars someday.
Several years and many projects passed by I finally started to search for a ’59 Skyliner. I spent months looking for the right car, and I found this one on Ebaymotors in May 2005. After lengthy discussions, tons of emails, I finally decided to place my bid. I ended up with the winning bid on the project car. Now I was off to Berwick, Maine USA to get it. The trip was 4053kms (one way) which took 5 days and over $200 worth of toll booths to get there. Once I got to Maine I rolled the completely dismantled car into the trailer along with 26 boxes of parts and pieces. I spent nearly a day at the previous owners place making sure that all the stuff was accounted for. After that it was another 5 day trip back home to Saskatchewan.
With the help of 4 parts books, 2 assembly manuals, and 100’s of hours on the internet, I began the restoration process, starting with a bare frame for a total nut and bolt body off restoration. The restoration involved hours at swap meets, and browsing classifieds ads for NOS parts, original parts, and re-finished parts. I talked to many Ford collectors and enthusiasts just to gather the necessary parts and pieces to put the car back to original condition. There was over 2000 hours logged on this restoration, spanning over a 6 year period, and that is not including any of the time researching or gather parts.
All of the work done on this car, including the body work, the paint, the mechanics, the glass install, the electrical, the stainless polishing, the interior install, and full assembly was done by me in my shop McMillanCustoms Restorations, in Consul, Saskatchewan.
This Skyliner is equipped with a 292ci V8 (212hp) which is a rare engine option for these cars as most were built with the 332ci or 352ci. It has many options including Front & Rear Bumper Guards, Flying Eclipse Hood Ornament, Halo Fender Mirrors, Stainless Fender Skirts, Delta Wing Exhaust Deflectors, Sunburst Wheel Discs, Engine Chrome Dress up Kit, Tissue Holder, Town & Country Radio, Electric Windshield Wipers, Padded Dash, Day/Night Rear View Mirror and extremely rare FoMoCo Luggage Set.
Skyliner Retractable Hardtop Convertibles were built by Ford from 1957 to 1959. Ford discontinued the production of the Skyliner due to the high build costs. Because the Skyliner body was hand assembled the price tag on these cars from the factory compared to Lincoln and Cadillac at the time.
Production totaled 20,766 units in 1957, declining to 14,713 in 1958 and to 12,915 in 1959.
The roof operation takes 3 roof drive motors, 4 lift jacks, 4 door lock motors, 10 solenoids, and 4 locking mechanisms. The Skyliner also has 610 feet of wiring, to make everything work.This car is owned by my dad Larry