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Aren't the front bumpers all the same on the Gran Torino from 73-76?
I would think the Torino/Gran Torino would be the same from 73-76
The 72 is different for the Gran and the Base model.
 
There is a decent 72 NOS BASE Bumper on E-bay and has been on there with no bids.
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Front Bumpers:
The 72 is a stand alone year.
The 73 Gran Torino,  Torino and 74 Torino is the same bumper.
The 74-76 Gran Torino is the same bumper.
 
Sorry pics are kinda small, but the 74-76 Gran Torino bumper has a more pronounced point in the middle and teh 73-74 Torino bumper is straighter.
 


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Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
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Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
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There ya go. I tried getting the same angle photos to show what I was talking about. Hope this helps. Beleive me they are different. I had to purchase the right bumper to make it all work.
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I SEE!
The 72 is a stand alone year.
The 73 Gran Torino,  Torino and 74 Torino is the same bumper.
The 74-76 Gran Torino is the same bumper.
 
Thats what I thought on the GRAN Torino72 and 73 are stand alones
74-76 are the same.
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and the '75-'76 base Torino matches the '74-'76 Gran Torino...

Don't get us started on which ones match Elite, Cougar, and Montego, LOL
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To gpd294 the link to the blue torino wagon was very nice. I love the Torino wagons as my father owned one . It was the work horse at our bakery. It was a base model 76 with 351 and no options radio delete, just a heater ,plastic seats to burn us as we got in the car in the summer. In 79 I saw a torino squire with the brougham interior at a scrap yard. I paid $75 for it . What a diffrence even my dad liked so much that he started to take better care of the car. We had her untill it was stollen and totaled in 1988 . It was good solid car.
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Thanks Interceptor, I appreciate the kudos. It's been a long road. but still much to do. Wink 
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***NOTE: I hate to drag out this old post, but I couldn't find the one where I posted my restoration. 

Well Guys, it's been a long time coming, but she is finally headed toward the Mechanic shop hopefully to get her back on the road. Here are a few photos of her getting a ride. Notice my wife with the biggest grin and thumbs up cause she is temporarily gone. 0

 

The kids were actually a lil sad to see her go. I am beyond excited! After 3 years I am ready to drive her. 0

 

http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/creativeapps/slideShow/Main.jsp?token=922285595408:1123974091 

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Carlos,
Amazing how three years just seems to go right on by.  The slide show is great.  Beautiful work.  Keep us posted on the mechanical stuff.  Paul~
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Thanks Paul, for the support! Clap I really do appreciate it! Wink It's like you said about 3 years ago, it's not the most popular restoration, but it's one of a kind. Thumbs Up  Apparently, no one else wants a 73 Base model Torino, except me! Hug
 
Hope to see ya in TN in Sept 2011!
 
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i have a 72 base model sw that i`m restoring . yours sw looks very amazing nice work . ricardo\

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Don't see to many around anymore especially in that condition. Goodluck parking next to another one.
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Ricardo, I have been keeping up with your build too. That is an awesome vision you got going on there. Here is guy from the wagon forum that went all out and made this from a 73 Torino wagon:
 
 
Sagin 73 Wagon
 
 
Chuck, Thanks for the kudos as well. These wagons are getting harder to find in decent shape. I have been searching for parts for the better part of 3 years since I started the restoration and that's not counting the two years it took me to find the entire wagon itself at the beginning. 
 
I stopped by the shop today and the engine is out. My mechanic is gonna let me do some grunt work of cleaning, painting, etc to save a few bucks. I had already re-done the inner wheel wells so the firewall is the only thing left that needs some attention as does the front suspension.
 
Uante, if you're reading, your thread about your engine compartment really comes in handy right now. Thanks for sharing!
 
By the way my mechanic said it's probably best to replace the exhaust system since it's out and the original piece. What do yall think, price wise?, will it be having a muffler shop do ALL the work?
(New muffler, supplying the pipe, bending pipe, welding together, etc - complete)  
 
I am going back original with one muffler and the Y pipe from the mainfolds. Nothing fancy just bare bones stock pretty much.    
 
Thanks for the input Guys!
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Try Waldron's for exhaust. They claim they can reproduce almost any make and model, here's a link to your model (I think). The beauty of factory fit is it's all simple bolt together...no cutting, bending or welding.
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that's a nice wagon and unlike the 73 base model 2dr Torino I had that nose looks pretty good and certainly more rare then the Gran Torino's your Dad would be proud
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Thanks for the lead there Stan and the kudos Jeff! It's definitely been a labor of love.

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Here comes the fun stuff! I stopped by the mechanic shop and the engine is out. The firewall is a dirty mess as is the sheet metal (valve covers, oil pan, etc.) I am saving a few bucks by doing some of the labor intense cleaning and painting myself. I just wish the engine compartment didn't look so much like Medusa. What's with all the hoses going everywhere? I asked that he remove all the unecessary smog stuff and whatever else he can to make things a lil easier and less busy. I found out my oil pan has a rust hole so I need to look for another one now. The rest I think is gonna be ok. I plan on swinging by the shop and taking the long block to the engine builder sometime next week and start cleaning up that engine compartment and parts as well. Here are few photos:

 

http://www.kodakgallery.com/ShareLanding.action?c=zovqivs.c0aeeld4&x=0&h=1&y=szb56j&localeid=en_US

 

Any ideas as to the best way to get all this stuff cleaned I'm open ears.

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Carlos,
Great photos.  Keep them coming. 
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