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1962 FORD Galaxie 500 XL 352-2bbl MPG= 10.2 City

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Writing copyright D. S. Brown/ Research and photography courtesy and copyright William Nawrot.

Metric= 5.8 L engine-  L/100 km City and  L/100km Hwy

62 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Bill Nawrot gas log

This article profiles a 1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL owned by William Nawrot driven back in the day of bias ply tires and freedom from ethanol laced gasoline. Above is a closeup look at a Galaxie 500XL. This detail shot of the car is cropped out of a Ford advertising poster which Bill cut out of a magazine and put up on his wall back when he owned this car.

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GAS MILEAGE TESTS OF 1962 GALAXIE'S WHEN THEY WERE NEW City/  Hwy

The standard engine in the 1962 base Galaxie was the 223 cubic inch straight six. Many Galaxies came equipped with the optional V8 292 engine. The Galaxie 500 and 500 XL were higher end cars sporting extra chrome and interior trim.

The XL model was introduced as an answer to the Chevrolet Impala SS. Like the SS the XL also had bucket seats and console that added a sporty flavor. The XL was available in 2 door and convertible models.

The Chevrolet Impala and Ford Galaxie were first and second place in sales and were also first and second for top gas mileage as determined in the Mobil Economy Run.

The annual Mobil Economy Run was sponsored by Mobil gasoline. Driver's competed over highway terrain involving mountains and city traffic. The goal was to extract the most economy out of the cars while maintaining a minimum speed. The cars were carefully scrutinized and guarded to ensure they were factory stock. The Mobil runs provide a general idea of the ultimate mileage that could be squeezed out of totally stock showroom condition car.

A 1962 Ford Galaxie V8 driven by Bill Levy managed 20.7478 MPG in the 1962 Mobil Economy Run. For comparison a 1962 Chevrolet Impala V8 squeaked past this with 20.7788 MPG when driven by Byron Froelich (sponsored by Bob Rosenthal Chevrolet, Arlington, VA).

Bob McDaniel squeezed 20.7141 MPG out of a 1962 Plymouth Savoy V8 sponsored by Monroe-Zeder Chrysler Plymouth in North Miami. John Hine Pontiac in San Diego, CA sponsored a 1962 Pontiac Catalina V8 which managed 19.2010 MPG when driven by Roy Swanson. A 1962 Dodge Dart, Chevrolet Bel Air and AMC Ambassador were all down in the 18 MPG range.

These gas mileage figures were attained with the most economical base V8 engine installed. In the case of the Galaxie this is a 292 V8. Bill's XL has a larger optional 352 V8 which would likely have dropped below 20 MPG in the Mobil Economy Run conditions.

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OOCC GALAXIE 500 XL MILEAGE= 10.2 MPG City

The OOCC Galaxie 500 XL by definition is a 2 door car. In Bill's case it was a hardtop model. The 500 XL was also available as a convertible.

Bill bought his Galaxie 500XL for $750.00. After tax and title fees the total came to $778.50. For a young kid that was a lot of money. Bill paid the majority of it by check as seen below on his original receipt.

jack stewart ford 62 galaxie Nawrot receipt

Bill bought his car from the used car lot of Jack Stewart Ford, Chicago, Illinois. Bill took delivery Nov 25, 1966. See a story on the dealership filed under ILLINOIS/ CHICAGO in the DEALERSHIPS section of this website.

Bill recalls that the engine in his Galaxie 500 XL was what guys on the street referred to as a "352 Blue". Back then the Ford engine blocks were painted black but valve covers were painted a special color to denote their displacement. Blue valve covers indicated a 352 cubic inch engine. This engine was a step above the smaller V8 292 usually found in Galaxie 500 XLs. Because this was the sportier XL model it makes sense it was ordered with a stronger optional engine.

62-galaxie-bill nawrot numbers

Bill's original notes shown above taken from his Galaxie 500XL door tag confirm the presence of a 352 engine. His VIN 2G67X205547 decodes:

2= 1962 Model year

G= Chicago, Illinois final assembly plant

67= Galaxie 500 XL 2 door hardtop

X= 352-2 barrel V8 220 HP engine

205547= Sequential number

The other codes are:

65B= Galaxie 500 XL

Color T= Sandshell Beige

Trim 84= Beige

Date 25G= July 25, 1962

DSO 41= Chicago, Illinois District Sales Office zone

Axle 1= 3.00:1 ratio regular (non locking) axle

Trans 4= Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission

Aside from the bigger optional engine Bill's Galaxie had optional radio, automatic transmission, padded dash and visor, and clock. The Galaxie was very close in size to the Chevrolet Impala which it competed with: 119 inch wheelbase and 209.3 overall length. The factory spec curb weight for a 1962 Galaxie is 3,478 pounds but this is for a base version with the straight six cylinder 223 cubic inch engine and manual transmission.

The big V8 adds about 200 pounds, the automatic transmission adds about 15 pounds over the manual transmission, the padded dash and clock add 10 pounds, and the radio weighs around 10 pounds. Bill's Galaxie XL 500 with options weighs about 3,715 pounds with fluids topped up. In metric that is 1,685 kg. With driver the XL probably was about 3,875 pounds.

Bill noted that the XL came with a mix of Sears and Firestone white wall tires. It's possible the Firestones were original to the car. The tires were original size for the car and kept at recommended factory inflation.

This gas log gives us a very good idea of what a Galaxie XL could do back in the day. Using the gasoline produced at the time and riding on the bias ply tires of the time period and churning through the heavier engine oils of the era this Galaxie managed a respectable 10.2 MPG.

The 1960s products impede gas mileage when compared to hard rubber low rolling resistance modern radials and super slippery thin low resistance engine oils used now; however, the gasoline back then packed much more energy per gallon than the watered down ethanol unleaded gasoline used today.

Bill's Galaxie 500 XL used regular leaded gas which cost around $0.34 a gallon in 1967. Bill didn't completely fill his tank back then. He just added an even dollar amount to get it reasonably replenished. Neither of these inexact issues causes an insurmountable impediment to figuring approximate MPG.

Using $0.34 per gallon as a rough guideline we can calculate the approximate amount of gas put in the car. Tracking use of the car over several months will even out any spikes in the calculations caused by the tank not being completely filled. Some calculations can range as high as 26 or as low as 1 MPG but averaging figures over a long distance will allow a general trend to emerge.

62 galaxie XL 500 bill nawrot gas log 67 jan

The calculations for the Jan, 1967 gas log in the table below have the notation 'apx' after gallons to indicate approximate gallon amounts based on the going price of gas at the time. The entries for Jan 21, 23, and 30, 1967 actually noted both the cost and gallon amount which works out to 31 cents a gallon on those particular days. Those entries in the table below are exact and therefor don't have the 'apx' notation.

Odometer  Gallons    MPG (uncorrected)

52,064.4    8.8 apx    N.A.

52,146.2    5.9 apx    13.9

52,222.5    2.9 apx    26.3

52,249.6    2.9 apx     8.6

52,282.4    2.9 apx    11.3

52,298.5    9.7           1.7

52,365.9    6.5          10.3

52,436.9    9.7           7.3

Summarizing Jan, 1967 the rough MPG calculations total 79.4 divided by 7 entries equals an average MPG of 11.3. Assuming the gas tank was roughly at the same level at the start and end of the logs the Galaxie traveled 372.5 miles and used 40.5 gallons which works out to 9.2 MPG. Chances are true mileage is somewhere in the middle of the 2 figures= roughly 10 MPG.

62 galaxie XL 500 bill nawrot gas log 67 feb

The Feb, 1967 gas log above contains exact entries for Feb 4, 7, 1967 noted both the cost and gallon amount which works out to 31 cents a gallon on those particular days. The exact gallon amount from Feb 18 works out to 36 cents a gallon as does the exact gallon amount from Feb 24. Those entries in the table below are exact and therefor don't have the 'apx' notation.

Odometer  Gallons    MPG (uncorrected)

52,563.2    6.5          19.4

52,611.5    6.5          26.8

52,665.9    3.3 apx    16.5

52,712.4    3.3 apx    14.0

52,733.3    3.3 apx    17.6

52,749.7    3.3 apx     4.9

52,767.5    3.3 apx    10.4

52,784.3    6.6 apx    16.8

52,875.6   12.3           7.4

53,000.1   13.9           8.9

Summarizing Feb, 1967 the rough MPG calculations total 142.7 when divided by 10 entries equals an average MPG of 14.3. Assuming the gas tank was roughly at the same level at the start and end of the logs the Galaxie traveled 436.9 miles and used 62.3 gallons which works out to 7.0 MPG. Chances are true mileage is somewhere in the middle of the 2 figures= roughly 10.5 MPG.

62 galaxie XL 500 bill nawrot gas log 67 mar

The March, 1967 gas log above contains exact entries for Mar 5, 8, 12, 1967 noting both the cost and gallon amount which works out to 33 and 34 cents a gallon on those particular days. The exact gallon amount from Mar 24 works out to 38 cents a gallon but this amount is likely an anomaly since gas stations routinely raise their prices on holiday weekends like Good Friday. These entries just mentioned in appear as exact gallons in the table below and therefor don't have the 'apx' notation. The mileage is unknown for the Good Friday fill and is recorded as 53,000.

Odometer  Gallons    MPG (uncorrected)

53,106.1    11.8 apx  8.9

53,226.5    13.0        9.3

53,331.3    11.8        8.9

53,474.0    16.0        8.9

53,608.5      ?           N.A.

53,727.0     8.8 apx   N.A.

53,000.0     8.0         N.A.

53,827.0    14.7 apx   4.4

53,909.2     8.8 apx   9.3

53,980.1     5.9 apx  12.0

54,056.4     8.8 apx   8.7

Summarizing Mar, 1967 the rough MPG calculations total 70.4 when divided by 11 entries equals an average MPG of 8.8. Assuming the gas tank was roughly at the same level at the start and end of the logs the Galaxie traveled 950.3 miles and used an estimated 107.8 gallons (one missing entry is assumed to be 11.8) which works out to 8.9 MPG, which agrees with the rough average method.

62 galaxie XL 500 bill nawrot gas log 67 apr

The April, 1967 gas log above contains no exact entries where both the cost and gallon amount are noted together. Using an average price of 34 cents a gallon gives estimated quantities for this month. All the gallons have the 'apx' notation following them to indicate 'approximate amount'. There is an entry scratched out that seems to imply gas put in the car on April 8 at 54,268 miles which would fit between the entry for 54,196.4 and 54,276.3 miles. There is another possible entry on April 15. Neither of these potential entries are recorded in the table below but the MPG remains consistent which suggests these notes were related to something else.

Odometer  Gallons    MPG (uncorrected)

54,122.7    5.9 apx    11.2

54,196.4    8.8 apx     8.4

54,276.3    8.8 apx     9.1

54,365.6    8.8 apx    10.1

54,450.8    8.8 apx     9.7

54,555.0    8.8 apx    11.8

54,636.7    8.8 apx     9.3

54,714.3    8.8 apx     8.8

Summarizing Apr, 1967 the 8 average MPG tallies add up to 78.4 which is an average MPG of 9.8. Assuming the gas tank was roughly at the same level at the start and end of the logs the Galaxie traveled 591.6 miles and used an estimated 58.8 gallons. which works out to 8.9 MPG, which is within range of the rough average method. The middle point of the 2 methods is 9.3 MPG

Tallying up the individual months gives these results:

Jan, 1967- total 79.4/ 7= average 11.3 MPG// 372.5 miles/ 40.5 gal=  9.2 MPG// 10 MPG

Feb, 1967- total 142.7/10= 14.3 MPG// 436.9/ 62.3 gal= 7.0 MPG// 10.5 MPG

Mar, 1967- total 70.4/11= 8.8 MPG// 950.3 miles/ 107.8 gal= 8.9 MPG// 8.9 MPG

Apr, 1967- total 78.4/ 8= 9.8 MPG// 591.6 miles/ 58.8 gal= 8.9 MPG// 9.3 MPG

The logs start at 52,064.4 miles and end at 54,714.3 miles covering 2,649.9 miles. Taking out the first fill of 8.8 gallons means the XL used 260.6 gallons averages 10.2 MPG.

The gas logs end here because Bill bought a brand new GTO. See the story on this car in the GAS LOGS further down under 1967 Pontiac GTO.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 March 2017 09:37 )