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    Posted: 10-December-2010 at 6:01AM
I figure as I am a resident here, I might as well set up a thread here, even though a majority of my car is done.
Well, projects like this one are never done...
Going to start off with an old video, and work from there up.
Starting in the Beginning. June, 2001.

{click to play} 
 
I'll update this as needed.
Food for thought. I don't get it, but last time I checked, my home "blog" on Ford Muscle had 21,450 hits thus far.
Anyways...welcome to the insanity.
Editing from the beginning:

I have been posting my progress on one or two other sites dedicated to Torinos, but here is the beginning of the progress, where this mess started from, and incase you wonder where my handle came from.

Progress shots of my 1972 Gran Torino Sport. Should be in order, more or less. I suffer CRS so at times, things get forgotten.
Background for those who don't know me much;
I found my Torino, an original Q code 4 speed 351c CJ setup, HD suspension, sitting in a small barn. Paid $600. Tore it apart, and decided to drive 3,200 miles to get another "puzzle car" shell, from a guy I got to know and become friends with over the last decade.
What's I've done:
Redid original 4 speed car frame front to back, boxed the lower front and rear control arms, all suspension parts new, upgraded my front brakes with the adaption of 12.5" rotors and dual piston calipers off a 1999 CVPI, upgraded to a lincoln dual diaphram booster with larger master cylinder.

**I am still due to get 1976 police drums out back. 
Replaced/battled with passenger wheelhouse and quarter panel. 
Drove from Nebraska to Niagara Falls Canada and back for NOS fenders. Yes, I am nuts. 
I worked the 1/4's, as I was trying to meet a self-imposed deadline for the 2008 powertour after having my Torino apart for 6+ years, and just getting it street legal June 2007. Didn't get to go on PT2008, but I did make the event.

Here are some pics, and a few vid clips.
Hope you get a kick. 

{Note-due to problems with Photobucket and having to rebuild my albums from scratch, I have to go through image by image. I am adding details and pictures early on, from stuff I either did not have added at some point, or felt like it would be worth while additions for others restoring their Torinos.

If anyone has questions, ask me. I've probably had to fix it. Weld it. Or take a BFH to it.

Starting off: My GTS was a true barn find. Not something I pulled from a garage. This 1972 Sport had a stay for 17 years, in a barn, in the middle of Iowa.
 
When I saw the ad on the old Yahoo Torino forum, I went to look this car over that said "Gran Torino Sport, $600".
Opening the doors, I was greeted to this:

My first reasoning was, to be honest, was I was going to take the toploader and comp suspension and stick it under the Elite. Hence, my handle, "Eliteman76".
 
After talking to the guy, and giving him a deposit, I left, and came back 2 weeks later, right around the beginning of June, 2001. I elected to stick it out with the GTS. No regrets, although Elites are and always will be a favorite of mine.

I got a late start on a hot Friday evening, dragging this car out of the barn.
By the time I was in the above picture, I had drug the car out of the barn using my F150, though a pair of gate posts about 6 inches total wider than the GTS.
In the process of backing the trailer up and winching the GTS onto the trialer, I managed to rip the trailer's jack off the front, hit something buried in the grass where we were and shred a trailer tire.
Drove 28 miles, at around midnight, and found a motel and crashed until Saturday Morning.
I awoke to this:
 
 
 
After getting back to Omaha, dropping my soon-to-be wife off at our place, I decided to make a wash run. $10 worth of quarters, cleaned out alot of the mess.
 
 
 
I stuck the car into the garage at my apartment, and proceeded to start the clean up. Not fun. 
 
Around 2 months later, I met a good guy, friends with Jon {FordMuscle ownership} and Drove to California for a parts car to get good sheet metal.
This shell was the one that took a 5 day trip to go get. All for some good sheet metal to work with...now I think about it, piling into my old F150, hooking up a trailer and driving cross the country to get it...it was a pretty interesting trip.

 
Shot of the teardown out at my dad's place.
In case you are wondering, 4x4's on top of a stack of 2x4's nailed together is not the most stable setup. Picked the car up on each end using a heavy duty engine hoist. I don't recommend ANYONE do it this way, as I recall nearly killing myself at least once.
Ah, 23-24 years old and completely lacking a concept of "That might not be safe".:o
Shot from my old job, where I had use of the warehouse on evenings and weekends, for around 8 years. Handy place to have.
 
During the clean up tear down on the GTS in late 2001, I removed the 351c CJ from the GTS, and proptly tore the engine apart. The block and internals were all solid, with some wear. Planning on doing a build eventually, but for now, it's sitting safe. Hindsight, I should have left it assembled!
 
Now, during the teardown process, I elected to start with the frame rebuild first.
 
I took the body off the frame, and proceeded to tear apart. Of note, interesting finds on cars like this. Because it's a Compation Suspension car {refered to as "Maximum Handling" in literature by Ford}, it has the same upper rear arms as the Police package. Also has front and rear sway bars, different setting on the lower control arm bushings with the ecentrics adjusted different.
 
Here is the stripped frame before blasting:
 
Frame loaded up, and headed to a shop, where I used to sell material to years back. Buddy there, hardcore guy who lived a hard life, passed away a few years back, never got to see the GTS done.:(
{This is the same dude, while on oxygen, smoked Marboros...:D RIP Rich, you crazy Motha!

Edited by Eliteman76 - 10-January-2017 at 2:43AM
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As I said, in no particular order, but here is something I managed to get around to finally posting:
OK, grabbed the camera, and took some shots of the finished seat set:

Bottom cushion, with the bottom/side panels from the crown vic seat cover:

And, the seat upper:

The deeper side panel from the crown vic seat cover:

Back view, with the original Torino frame, and the Tbird seat foam:

Shot of how I reused the lower material of the crown vic seat cover {lighter gray color, where the hog rings clamp on to the material}

One area the cover did not have enough material, was the very lower corners of the original Torino frame. I took some of the gray material off the unused Tbird covers, wrapped them and hog ringed them on.
This is hidden when installed, but I want it covered anyways.

End result:


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote 72BlackGTS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-February-2011 at 3:37AM
Nice job!!Thumbs Up Are you going to match the material from the back and use the covers on the fronts?
 
I used the hog rings for the first time this summer replacing a factory seat cover on the wrecker. I was so surprised how well they worked and how easy it was to swap out the covers. I used some tips from different sources and it worked out great. I'll do ,my own seat covers now.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-February-2011 at 5:52AM

Ron-

Front seats are from the same Tbird.





 
Here is the link to my process thread I have on Ford Muscle.

*Edit-
Fixed broken photobucket link.

*Note-
After taking the Torino for another drive, these seats are coming back out. Short drive, they are marginally OK but are in no way as good as the XR7/fox body buckets.
More to follow.



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This project thread is lacking. Thumbs Down
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i'm sending you some of my motivation Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote shanefolsom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-February-2011 at 7:16AM
that is a great thread...lots of time involved in the build I am sure!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-February-2011 at 6:44AM
Originally posted by Psquare75 Psquare75 wrote:

This project thread is lacking. Thumbs Down
 
Jackass. LOL
 
I know. I will be updating this thread at some point.
 
What's funning, looking at my thread count I was like WTF?!! now at 23,210 hits. Still don't get it. Just a Torino. Wink
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Psquare75 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-February-2011 at 6:47AM
Just copy over the FordMuscle build thread and paste it here.. I took my Cougar thread from the local forum I mod on and used those posts. 
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getting there, getting there oh wise learn-ed moderator.


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{Old post from my Fordmuscle thread - as pointed out, Ebay seller is no longer active.}
Concerning the Blue LEDs:
I used a guy on ebay, after hearing about him with a buddy with a 78 cougar-I removed my cluster's blue-green plastic light defuser caps, and swapped in the LEDs, direct replacement of the 194 style bulbs. I spent maybe $30 for a couple differnet types, I got like 20-30 lights for my Torino and my f150, pretty easy swap. Guy was pretty fast, happy with the service. Main thing was cleaning the contacts in the cluster and she was good to go. plus the LEDs come in mini-clusters, which boost light output without worry of overloading the lighting circut because of the next to nothing amp draw.
Also, a heck of a lot better at dusk and at night BIG improvement in looks...plus, if you are broke, cheap way to spruce up your dash with new looking guages!
{one note I forgot to add-alot of the LEDs I used are in 6 or 7 cluters on a single 194 bulb base. I used a couple single large LED bulbs. All in a blue color.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote occupant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-February-2011 at 4:31AM
itechleds is no longer a valid store...

seller has nothing for sale and nothing recent, either...

last feedback as a seller received 11/11/08 and at least 3 negs in that final month...

not saying he can't hook you up but saying he's given up on the eBay model...

here's a search link for US sellers, Top Rated, for "194 blue led" bulbs



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I love your barn find story.  These are the best Thumbs Up
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That is crazy I have been following your car for almost 10yrs!! I remember all those old pictures when you first started. Wasn't that on the old Yahoo site? 
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Occupant, I used this guy for my Cougar... 


He has a kit (not listed) for the 72-76 and 77-79 cars. I highly recommend it. 
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Yeah Gary, it was.
Because I stopped going on the Yahoo forum pretty much anymore, and moved to the MSN thread.
The MSN thread had a pretty good following but after MSN killed off everything, I got lucky and discovered the GTS.org site. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-February-2011 at 5:24AM
This updating of my Makin' Progress thread has allowed me to add some long missing details!
Mel is getting irritated with me. This weekend, I think I spent 17 hours on repairing a couple posts.
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Originally posted by Eliteman76 Eliteman76 wrote:

This updating of my Makin' Progress thread has allowed me to add some long missing details!
Mel is getting irritated with me. This weekend, I think I spent 17 hours on repairing a couple posts.
LOL


17 hours!!Shocked   Erin (my girlfriend) was getting upset with me last night b.c I wanted to spend a couple hours last night to catch up on a few days of unread stuff.
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Well, Mel went out, she had to go to her folks, and then also spent a chunk at her sister's, and also she went out a saw a couple of her friends.
Friday night, I finished my flooring project at around midnight, and then went on the Mac and sat there until 4:30am. I thought I had only been on til 1:30am friday night/sat morning... Wacko
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I spend WAY too much time on my sites!
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I did more work 2 weeks ago in the 50-75 degree weather than I did in the 2 months prior to that!
 
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