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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iangj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-March-2009 at 11:04AM
Damn I'm jealous!  Fantastic work.
I haven't even got my car home yet. Could be another couple of months at this rate.
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Thanks for the feedback iangi and welcome to the site.  It's been a long road, but the Ford Torino Forum Page has been a great source of information, parts, and support.  Couldn't have done it without 'em.  Paul~
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Near the end of putting the 72 GTS back together.  I put in the wiring harnesses in the engine bay, hooked up the heating lines, installed the dash, ductwork, vacuum lines inside the car, along with the wire harness.  NOS dashpad to follow next.  Hood, fenders on this coming weekend.  Hope to be completely done within the month.  I'll post additional photos as I go along.  Here's a not great photo of the dash area going in. 
 
 
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Interesting shot without the windshield. When I put my '72 GTS front body parts on by myself, I used a Come-Along winch to pull and hold them in place while I cinched down the bolts. There was a fiberglass company in Ontario, Canada that made a tilt-front end for the '72 Torino and I always thought that would be a cool thing to do.           
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2009 at 5:53AM
Paul-
Does the firewall have the vin tags on it?
I just notice I don't see the two tags that should be up on the lip...or maybe it's just the angle of the picture where I can't make them out.
{they are stamped into the metal, would be on the inside of the car, by the two dash vents.}
 
Looking great.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote picon3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2009 at 8:12AM
Andy,
 
Yep, the serial numbers are stamped into the two metal lips near the vents.  Just an odd angle on the photo.  Thanks for the positive feedback. 
 
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Thought I'd update everyone.  We got the hood on last night (had to repair both hinges as they were way to floppy), hood latch, the fender end caps, the plastic "mouth" insert, the chrome trim piece surrounding that.  Tonight the bumper assembly will go on, then the front valence and the car will be done.  I'll post photos later this week.  Glad to see it finally all coming together after 2 1/2 years.  Paul~

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gpd294 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-April-2009 at 3:34AM
Paul, it looks like it's coming together a lot quicker than I imagined. Great job. Keep the photos coming. Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote WTB72GTS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-April-2009 at 9:24AM
looking great! cant wait to see the finished pictures!
 
truly inspiring work
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Worked until 11PM last 3 nights.  Everything is now on the front of the car including hoodscoop, bumper assembly, front valence, grill, lights, light bezel, mouth trim piece and chrome.  Plan to get the windshield in on friday along with new magnum 500s and 2756015 on rear and 2556015 on fronts.  Hope to roll her out into driveway and get some nice photos of the finished project this saturday.  Stay tuned!  Paul~
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-April-2009 at 5:17AM
Sweet.
What did you end up doing about the roof damage with that hole?
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote picon3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-April-2009 at 6:22AM
Andy,

Plan at this point is for the Torino to go back to the shop to repair the roof/touch/buff.  James is going to pay for the roof repair, so other than having to send it back to the shop and the time it'll take, I should be OK.  Thanks for asking.  Hope to have photos soon of the finished project.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-April-2009 at 6:12AM
Well, I would think, being a small hole like that, you can probably do a small tig weld to patch it, maybe mig it shut.
Anyways, I'll shut my trap so I don't keep bringing up that!
Anyways...I'm thinking the paint is cured anough now that they should not have any issues doing the roof and blending it into the sail panels. One good thing is, they can cut the clear down the A pillars to the fenders if need be.
C pillars are going to be a bit of a ?? thing but judging by the paint work, you are in good hands.
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Worked until 12 midnight last night with Enrique' on finishing up the lines on the car.  Man, he's a perfectionist.  We ended up moving the entire front of the car on the frame for about 1/16th of an inch, but I gotta' say that the lines are laser straight between the fenders/hood and as smooth as you can ask for between the edges.  Installed the NOS dash pad/dash pod.  Went in very easily.  A lot better than when it came out.  Put the wheels and tires on last night.  Wow!  The magnum 500s with 275/60/15 on the rear fill the wheel wells nicely and the 255/60/15 on the front give it a nice profile with a slightly higher rear to front ratio.  Unfortunately, had to take the door panels off, remove the rear seat, and rear panels in order to properly align all of the door and rear window glass, but once again persistence paid off as everything is incredibly straight and tight.  This has made me realize how lousy a job the shop did on my 70 Mustang in regards to lines/edges/fit.   Also got the NOS front glass in.  Windo-Weld by 3M is an amazing product.  Highly recommend it.  Sets up nicely and very strong.  Just don't get it on your hands/clothes/any else because you'll never get it off.   Car is being picked up tomorrow morning to go to get an exhaust put on and then we'll crank it up at the shop.  Can't wait to drive it.   
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OK, here are the photos I took this morning before the GTS went off the shop to get the exhaust on and to get started up for the first time.  2 1/2 years to get to this point. 
 
10AM this morning.  It hasn't had a final buff in this picture and I have not put on the chrome trim because of the need to get the hole in the roof fixed from the puncture by James when he put in the headliner, but otherwise, it's done. 
 
circa february, 2007
 
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Engine bay circa April, 2009.  You'll notice that the air cleaner set up is not the one that the 351CJ came with originally.  I'm planning on a ramair setup at a later date, so this is just an interim step.  It will have the air induction setup that goes to the passenger side fender that you can see in the lower left that doesn't have the hose hooked up yet, but will when it comes back from the shop. 
 
Engine bay circa February, 2007
On the roll away heading to Jim's Muffler shop to have exhaust put on.


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Looking good,you started on this about the same time as I did,jan 2007.Nice job.Watching you do it,it seems  assembly went quicker than mine,it always seems longer when your the one assembling it.lol
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The rolling shell was delivered February 1st, 2009 and I got it to the point in the photos April 28th.  I think the two things that made reassembly go relatively smooth were the following.  Over the 19 months the car was in the body shop, I worked on reconditioning/replacing every part for the car (I had two parts cars to work with too plus a salvage yard in South Carolina that had at least 8 torinos available to pick from) so when I needed a part to install during reassembly, I just pulled it out and it was ready to go.  I also maximized my friends who don't know anything about vintage cars but who were enthusiastic and provided extra sets of hands.   Then I pulled in specialists to come to the house (the infamous James the upholster who popped a hole in the roof while installing the headliner), but who did a jam up job on the upholstery regardless, Larry, master mechanic ,to slide in the engine/transmission combination, and Enrique', jack of all trades, who came from the body shop to align all of the panels/doors/hood/fenders,glass install.  Without their help, I wouldn't be at this point.  More photos to follow, plus I'll dyno it and hope to get it to the 1/8th mile track in Greer, South Carolina this season.  Paul~
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I kinda didn't recondition much until it was ready/needed to be installed/used,plus with my custom touches that amounted to more time and that damn canton oil pan that didn't work.You did a bang up job,you going to lower the front end some?Give it a mean rake?
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I'm also going to dyno mine at carlisle,they have a mobile unit there every year,it's like $70 for 2 pulls.I did my 88 turbo coupe t-bird a couple years ago,pulled a whopping 153rwhp,car has 195hp at flywheel,so thats about right.
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Whoa.  Your car looks great.  Gives me something to look forward to when I finish my '73.  Thanks for the pics!
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