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    Posted: 08-November-2014 at 5:51AM
Noob from the UK with a 73 Gran Torino, it's a smog era engine but it is the cleveland!

Plan is to rebuild the engine for more power, got some Aussie heads on the way and planning on making it a high revving little monster with 400-450 at the crank. It's a brougham spec car too and the tired old interior will be getting a makeover with leather bucket seats as the front bench is too far gone to justify repairing it ATM.
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welcome! post some pics when you can
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Welcome!
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
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Excellent, welcome, and I love Cleveland's. Get a stoker kit for it or use a Windsor block stroker near 408-427 sized, and then only the intake is the hard part.
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Welcome. Another '73 Cool
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BTW... we as the GTS.ORG Family are more than willing to help send you parts you need if we can!
You now have friends "across the pond" as they say!
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome guys :) parts would be very welcome! I've noticed there's a lot of parts in the US that I can't get over here

Anyway I'll try and get a couple of pics up later

Mods on the way are a 74 front end and some sports wing mirrors and so far I've upgraded the rear tyres to 255/60/16s :D
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So this is it when I picked up the white whale in September, first LHD car I've ever owned and drove it 330 miles home in the dark :) performed perfectly bar the sh*t headlights which I've now got H4 upgrade units for. Note the hubcaps










After a week or so of normal driving the fuel pump died.....so I replaced it with a Holley blue top and pressure reg, lost the hubcaps too so it got a bit more of an industrial look






Following this a little brown trouser moment in the wet prompted me to upgrade the terrible budget tyres on the rear that it came with! 205/70/14s went up to 255/65/16s for some extra grip

New rims were needed too and of course they had to look aggressive!







Just chilling with a mates truck





And another view of the new rubber







Oh at this point I'd worked out I've got a nice little leak from the windscreen seal.....so that needs sorting



But look at the goodies!




Got this far







Snapped a bolt in the passenger side head so had to remove it.....bastard job



New vs old









Bolt removed and new stuff added! Just waiting on a few little bits like kickdown adaptor and throttle ball






Just a couple of random ones now







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Very nice!
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looks to be a nice solid car...  thanks for sharing!
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Looking really good there. When you get a chance, you should upgrade your front wheels/tyres for the same that you have on the back. They look great.
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Thanks, it's a Cali car so nice and solid. I'll be getting it steam cleaned and under sealed properly next spring as it'll be off the road over winter

The front wheels will be changed over soon enough, just upgrading it slowly! Fronts will probably be after ie rebuilt the Aussie heads I've just bought and re done the interior

It's a brougham spec but the front bench is long past it and uneconomical to repair so I'm dropping in some classic looking tombstone leather bucket seats from a Porsche
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It's refreshing to see another one in Europe.
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Great work, and pictures too.
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very nice! and nice upgrades too!Thumbs Up
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Cheers :) they're just the start! It'll be coming out of the bay next year for some more serious ones like flat tops and a nice roller cam plus 2000 stall
 
Wouldn't mind an OD either if I can afford one but they're over a grand!
 
I'm going to try and get it running again this weekend with the new headers on so there might be a video, we all know what a 351c sounds like but everyone loves V8 sound clips ;)
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Welcome to a fellow 73 brougham owner!!!
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Originally posted by Nuggets Nuggets wrote:

Cheers :) they're just the start! It'll be coming out of the bay next year for some more serious ones like flat tops and a nice roller cam plus 2000 stall
 
Wouldn't mind an OD either if I can afford one but they're over a grand!
 
I'm going to try and get it running again this weekend with the new headers on so there might be a video, we all know what a 351c sounds like but everyone loves V8 sound clips ;)


Oh, start it with the open headers first, that's a sweet real V8 sound.
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That was my plan! Going to have to drive it to the exhaust shop on opens as I haven't got a ramp or any stainless wire to sort out the exhaust with :)
 
Sure the neighbours will love it.....I certainly will Wink
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New exhaust :)


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=936474213031069
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May have to copy and paste the link, couldn't do a proper hyper as I'm on my phone
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Nice, one more white 73 in Europe Handshake,

mine still has the original 2v set up, how much more horses wil there be and what kind of carb are you using now?

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Hi from another uk torino owner
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I'm aiming for a 500hp build, decided to put that on hold though! Or at least partly.....first I'll fit new pistons and get the block reworked up to 9.5:1 CR on the stock heads which should take it, means the block will be ready for new heads etc when cash is ready! 
Carb atm is a 550cfm Edelbrock which I pinched off my spare V8, it'll be getting swapped over to a 750cfm carb at a later date :)

But I've made an executive decision to upgrade the brakes before I upgrade the power! :) seems like a smarter move to me haha

The white may not stay white for much longer.........I'm still undecided on a new colour

Hi Millsy, where in the UK are you ? Looks like a 73 or 72 you've got too! If its a 72 I'm very jealous haha
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