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    Posted: 07-November-2011 at 11:25AM
I have been contemplating switching my 73 base model front end for a gran Torino front. On one hand, the base model is unique and isnt terrible looking (it has kind of grown on me) but the gran looks more sporty.
 
Any opinions/suggestions?
 
I know a junkyard close by with a large amount of Torinos/Rancheros so finding parts shouldnt be a problem. The only other drawback would be cost, what parts would i need for this conversion?
 
I also would like to tuck the front bumper in closer to the body, how difficult is that to do? and how is it done?
 
Any help/advice is greatly appreciated.
 
Here is a picture of the base model front on my car.
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2011 at 12:09PM
On the 73s I prefer the Torino over the gran.  Plus you never see the base Torino.  Just my opinion
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2011 at 12:58PM
I think you should leave it as is.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2011 at 1:17PM
Agreed.  I like the base grille set up on the 73.  Paul~
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2011 at 1:51PM
if you did do the swap, you would need  the fender extensions, grill,  headlight buckets.    basically everything forward of the hood.  not positive if the header panel differs or now since the hoods are the same.   i like the gran more then the base
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2011 at 2:10PM
I'm partial to the Torino front end. I had the same nose on my red 74 back in the eighties and it was unique back then.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-November-2011 at 7:10PM
My 74 torino police car had the same front nose. I took the grill off. Vewry carefully removed the embelm and painted the grill satin black of flat black .Put everything back on the car and she looked even better. I have photos but I can't find the one of the front of the old cop car. My cop was a 2door like your car ,but in medium red ,(not the starsky and hutch red colour code 2B from ford.)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 1:43AM
I like the front of the base Torino... I kinda like the front end of the base 72 Torino as well... It sorta reminds me of the 70-71 Torino's with the grill that covered the entire width of the car.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 1:45AM
Base front end. All the way. You could probably count the number of base front end cars on 1 hand in your entire state.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 3:50AM
Another vote for base model here. 

As for the bumper.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 5:40AM
Yes, my 73 had the same bumper and reinforcement. In 1974 they got a more heavier reinforcement. So I held on to my 73's bumpers reinforcement to lighten my 74 bumper. Also in 74 the cars gained another 150 lbs. do to the heavier rear bumper. They were called park bench bumpers. They were great seats.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 5:41AM
Don,t get rid of the front end.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 6:57AM
I did this conversion on my wagon, but in reverse. My 75 wagon had the Gran Torino front fascia, but I changed it to the 73 Torino front fascia. You will need the header panel, headlight buckets, stone guard, bumper backing, bumper, grill, and turn signal lights. Also gonna need some hardware to put it all together.
 
I agree with most these guys and leave it as is. I think the 73 Torino front is pretty unique being that you just don't see them anymore.
 
Good luck!
 
PS. I still have some of the parts your gonna need if you decide to go for it. Willing to sell cheap!  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 9:03AM
 Sounds like I should keep it the way it is. LOL 
 
I was supprised at how quick I got all of these responses! I'm impressed lol
 
Found a few pictures on Car Domain and around the web. I like the look of the brown one and blue/black one for sure! I guess the base model can look pretty sportyThumbs Up
 
 
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 9:07AM
Originally posted by Psquare75 Psquare75 wrote:

Another vote for base model here. 

As for the bumper.



Thanks for the Link. It wouldnt let me see the second page though, I think you have to pay for it.
 
But the first page of it helps and would be useful if i go that route.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 9:37AM
If you do decide to swap to a Gran Torino front end, I have everything you would need, and would trade you for your Torino front parts. I also have a '74-'76 Gran Torino front end that I would trade for the same.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 10:28AM
Wow!  I didnt realize that there was a base Torino thats different than the Gran Torino.  The base Torino looks way better.  I would keep it the way it is.

That brownish/reddish one looks sick.

Is there a 72 base Torino that looks different than the 72 Gran Torino?  And does it come as a SB/FB?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 10:42AM
the 4door i parted out last year was a base,   so i have all the parts for the conversion too.   hummm..............   got enought cars maybe a 73 conversion is in the works lol   anyone know was there a base model ranchero  that had this same front end?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 10:47AM
I've never seen a Ranchero with a base Torino nose on it. To the best of my knowledge they didn't make one. Dan might be the man to ask.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-November-2011 at 10:49AM
Originally posted by s2kCRick s2kCRick wrote:


Is there a 72 base Torino that looks different than the 72 Gran Torino?  And does it come as a SB/FB?
 
Yes the 72's had a Low and High model too. I've never seen a fastback with a factory base nose on it however.
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