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Topic: californiajohnny's other cars
Posted By: californiajohnny
Subject: californiajohnny's other cars
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 2:44PM
i might get shot or lynched for this, but here goes...   these are some of my other cars.       my 75 v-8 monza coupe




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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION



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Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 2:47PM
my 74 corvette (i've wanted a c3 stingray since i was 4 years old- took 38 years to finally get one)


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 2:52PM
my 79 ford courier built 2.3 litre ford


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 2:55PM
my 75 V-6 5 speed  vega coupe  (i used to have several vegas owned probably 20 over the years)


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 2:58PM
my 90 s-10 blazer lifted over 9" inches from stock plus bigger 33" tires


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 2:59PM
and yes i do use it


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: legend onirot
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 5:25PM
no shots coming from this direction. nice collection... as long as your torino is your favorite   

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malcolm
1973 gran torino sport (formal)... "Stacy Lynn"
1972 gran torino (formal)... "Mackenzie"
1973 gran torino sport (sportroof)... "Leela"


Posted By: 75ranchero460
Date Posted: 21-December-2013 at 9:14PM
I'll take the Monza or the Vega!

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Gary

Ranchero=Fun

1975 Ranchero GT 460

1971 Torino GT

1962 (custom) Econoline

1967 Cougar

2002 Honda Shadow ACE 750 (sold)


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 22-December-2013 at 4:18PM
DUDE, those are some pretty dang cool rides........whats the color on that vett?


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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 22-December-2013 at 6:25PM
i learned at corvette shows not to tell vette people that it's a ford color! it's called orange crush, it came on some ford edge,superduty trks in the last few years,  i do have the code if you really want it.




CoolCoolCool


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 22-December-2013 at 6:30PM
Sure, I may end up painting something that color, it's pretty nice! Btw that car reminds me of corvette summer

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 22-December-2013 at 6:49PM
here's  another shot of my vette, i don't own anything stock.Big smile


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: n2fordwagons
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 1:00AM
Love the Vette!  Especially that color!  Thanks for sharing.

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Jeff

76 Mercury Montego MX Villager w/ 460
79 Ford Thunderbird w/ T-tops


Posted By: GTW
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 5:23AM
Does the Vega have a 231 in it?

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Griffin
1973 Gran Torino station wagon
1971 Maverick 2 Door
1994 Mark VIII
Retired 60s NHRA Anglia


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 8:34AM
These cars look like life size hotwheels lol. Not that that's a bad thing.

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 9:50AM
Originally posted by GTW GTW wrote:

Does the Vega have a 231 in it?
   no, it has a 229 90 degree chev v-6, medium range cam, gear drive, erson roller rockers, 450cfm holley 4bbl, borgwarner t-50 trans.  but i do have a offy 231 buick intake 4 bbl, for sale


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: GTW
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 11:06AM
I think I'd have to find a 4 bbl intake off a 252 V6 for my engine...

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Griffin
1973 Gran Torino station wagon
1971 Maverick 2 Door
1994 Mark VIII
Retired 60s NHRA Anglia


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 12:07PM
Originally posted by GTW GTW wrote:

I think I'd have to find a 4 bbl intake off a 252 V6 for my engine...
  252???      ( doesn't ring a bell) now i am curious!  make , years , model of car orig. out of ??


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: GTW
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 12:13PM
Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

Originally posted by GTW GTW wrote:

I think I'd have to find a 4 bbl intake off a 252 V6 for my engine...
  252???      ( doesn't ring a bell) now i am curious!  make , years , model of car orig. out of ??

Just a 231 with a larger bore that put out about 125 hp. 4.1L. Factory 4bbl carb/intake, and was offered in Cadillacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and Pontiacs. There was also the smaller 3.2L 196 Buick V6 in the late 70's in Monzas, etc. 


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Griffin
1973 Gran Torino station wagon
1971 Maverick 2 Door
1994 Mark VIII
Retired 60s NHRA Anglia


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 12:25PM
walt, i never heard of that, wow, i remember the 231 odd and even fire, and i think there was a 225 or something like that. (i guess you really do learn something new every day!) do you remember the 215 aluminum v-8 buick/olds?

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: GTW
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 12:32PM
Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

walt, i never heard of that, wow, i remember the 231 odd and even fire, and i think there was a 225 or something like that. (i guess you really do learn something new every day!) do you remember the 215 aluminum v-8 buick/olds?

Yup, might put a 215 in my TR6


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Griffin
1973 Gran Torino station wagon
1971 Maverick 2 Door
1994 Mark VIII
Retired 60s NHRA Anglia


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 12:37PM
that would be interesting! you got one? (215 i mean)

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: GTW
Date Posted: 23-December-2013 at 12:59PM
Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

that would be interesting! you got one? (215 i mean)

Not yet. I have two evenfire 231's and a 3800 LN3.


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Griffin
1973 Gran Torino station wagon
1971 Maverick 2 Door
1994 Mark VIII
Retired 60s NHRA Anglia


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 12:27PM
Hey john, what was the color code for that vette? From what I read up I think it's gw. If u want, could u post another pic of it? I'm thinkin that might look cool on my falcon, I'm always changing my mind. Lol. And was it single stage or 2 stage, probably 2 because of the flames? And which do you prefer?

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: antlerfiend
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 12:48PM
What a cool collection of cars. I may be blue oval loyal but I appreciate all of my friends cars. I especially like the Monza!

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Alex
72 GTS (Morgan's Baby)
68 CJ Drag Car Clone
65 Mustang (first car)
77 LTD II (Drag Car)
78 Mustang II V6 4 speed


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 4:07PM
thanks alex,
 i may try to get some additional pics of them and post. i've had the monza since '89 paid $235.00 with a blown (up) motor, i've probably put 20k in to it total, everything is chrome, polished stainless or polished brass. swaybars,springs,tank straps all chromed. i have a wall full of trophies for that car, two are over 5' feet tall, another is one that is special to me is my 2nd place in the '93 portland roadster show(invitational only show-- took 4 years just to get accepted) won a couple with the courier back in the day, and about a dozen with the vette (most were all corvette shows) and a best paint trophy!!(it was chosen by the local fire dept.--- i think it was the flames that turned their decision  Wink)

 bryan, i was cleaning out the paint booth today getting ready to paint the bro's f150 bed in a few minutes, but anyways i'll look and see if the can of paint (vette) says a lettered code but it does have the mixing code which will give you an exact color match! i'll let you know. oh btw it is base/clear 2 stage ppg (omni)


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 4:12PM
Thanks!! And man that must suck! How much would that cost on a truck like that, it must be ALOT considering how big it is! And I can't wait to see the final result of the truck!

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 4:29PM
Originally posted by Grantorinosport351 Grantorinosport351 wrote:

Thanks!! And man that must suck! How much would that cost on a truck like that, it must be ALOT considering how big it is! And I can't wait to see the final result of the truck!
if you mean the KW my boss is paying for that. if you mean the f150, probably a couple grand. when i get the roadhammer back i'll have to get a pic of the inside, i think you'll like the shifter!




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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 4:31PM
Yeah I meant the kW. Road hammer?

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 4:34PM
i'll snap a pic of the celica tomorrow, keep in mind it's a dailey driver and a work in progress.  as far as my 70 c10 chev p/u--- have you seen street outlaws on discovery channel? it is the exact year and color of "the farm truck" minus the crappy canopy.


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 4:38PM
Originally posted by Grantorinosport351 Grantorinosport351 wrote:

Yeah I meant the kW. Road hammer?
road hammer is what i named it (it's a song. no i'm not really into country, but it's a cool song)
 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl4jhP8WTVQ" rel="nofollow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl4jhP8WTVQ


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 4:53PM
Dang! Yeah, I just looked up a video of it doing a wheelie and running a low 10!

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 5:02PM
Just a q. How much did u pay for that supercharger? I've always wanted one.

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 6:06PM
Originally posted by Grantorinosport351 Grantorinosport351 wrote:

Just a q. How much did u pay for that supercharger? I've always wanted one.
on the monza? here's a lot more to the story, PM me for details, also i found one of the labels from the vette paint they have an oem# 4EQEWHA , OMNI COLOR: MBP6228E ,  ORANGE CRUSH.   p.s. bro's f150 bed is now all black so far Cool


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 09-January-2014 at 6:11PM
Heck yeah! And thanks

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: Grantorinosport351
Date Posted: 10-January-2014 at 4:11PM
Hey john, did u forget about taking those pics? Lol

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~Bryan
72 gts h-code (formal roof)
67falcon
04 f250 ''the great white''


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 10-January-2014 at 5:51PM
yeah, been painting on the bro's  f150 bed today , done post a pic in a few.


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 20-January-2014 at 4:19PM
my daily driver 77 toyota celica (custom) it's still a work in progress! this is the true toyota hybrid motor (22r shortblock with 20r head) bored,10:1 cr,284 degree cam,HEI dist.,32/36 weber carb (have a cannon intake for it that uses a 40mm sidedraft carb) a few have laughed --till they got SMOKED, then i was the only one laughing Wink


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 29-July-2015 at 6:52PM
update on the celica: been working on it a little here and there as time allows.

(second) new windshield installed
new custom aluminum radiator
custom side marker lights installed
new urethane rear suspension bushings installed
upgraded intake system almost ready to go on (waiting on the 40mm DCOE carb to arrive)
body work ongoing...
probably order custom billet 17" wheels from centerline, tomorrow?


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: ZCowher
Date Posted: 30-July-2015 at 2:23AM
Dude you have some pretty cool stuff, I love how there is NO discrimination for you about any of your vehicles. 
Car - truck
Import - domestic
V8 - anything else
polished and pretty - not so much but still a blast to drive

You my friend are the definition of a true "Car Enthusiast"


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ZC
2011 GMC Sierra Z71
73 Gran Torino H code (H is for HOTROD !!)
72 F code 4-Door


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 30-July-2015 at 3:16AM
Love the Celica. I've had 4 '77 versions. 3 hatches and a coupe. My favorite version of those cars, hands down. They must have made a crapload of brown ones, as 3 of mine were brown and 1 was blue. The factory paint on those cars was extremely durable and with minimum care would shine for many years.

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: GTW
Date Posted: 30-July-2015 at 3:38AM
My dad had a 1973 notch. It was originally a peach color with a landau top, and he took the landau off and repainted it bronze. Left the 1973 bumper guards on because everybody else took them off. Haven't seen one with a custom body kit, or a body kit of any kind except a race version. I think it works.

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Griffin
1973 Gran Torino station wagon
1971 Maverick 2 Door
1994 Mark VIII
Retired 60s NHRA Anglia


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 30-July-2015 at 4:12PM
i think once it's all painted it will look better! picked up my custom made side skirts today from the machine / fab shop (1/8" aluminum) Big smile yeah there's not much offered for those cars, the body kit bumpers are for a 93 honda accord, front one sectioned 6" rear one sectioned 1", head lights are 89 Cadillac deville Wink

the plan is to paint it the same as my step-brother's 74 celica coupe! and we are getting the same custom billet 17" center line wheels! damn, forgot to call and order the wheels Confused Angry

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 31-July-2015 at 6:56PM
update: ordered the wheels today--just shy of $1,500 Confused
 and got the carb today Big smile


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 12-August-2015 at 5:57PM
finally got time to finish the linkage set up and modified the carb for a vacuum advance port! (weber DCOE's don't have vacuum advance) but she runs!!! Big smile
still need to fine tune it...seems to be leaning out about 6,000 RPM's Unhappy



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: GTW
Date Posted: 12-August-2015 at 6:02PM
Can't beat a good old Toyota engine.

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Griffin
1973 Gran Torino station wagon
1971 Maverick 2 Door
1994 Mark VIII
Retired 60s NHRA Anglia


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 12-August-2015 at 6:24PM
yep!
 BTW it's not a 20R any more, the head is, 22R bottom end, forged 10:1 CR pistons, 284* comp cam, HEI dist., and now a 40MM DCOE side draft carb Wink

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 13-August-2015 at 2:15AM
Kind of like the Frankenstein swaps I used to do on Hondas. H23 bottom end with an H22 VTEC head. Normally aspirated, they will fly. Give a little boost and you have a V8 eater. Tried the D15/D16 F swap, but not as impressed.

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 25-August-2015 at 4:44PM
still slowly working on the bodywork, got my side panels bent and welded: 
 and my new 17" billet wheels arrived today Big smile 17x7 and 17x8



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: kychevyguy
Date Posted: 25-August-2015 at 11:59PM
Nice rims

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JT, USAF Ret.
1971 Ford F100 "Lizzy"
1984 Chevy Silverado "Sylvia"
2013 Chevy Silverado "Blackie"


Posted By: azievinger
Date Posted: 26-August-2015 at 1:11AM
Californiajonny's Some car's to give you an impression. This is @ an car drag show for coming weekend. "One cool Summer 2015"




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Alvin
'72 Ford GTS
'72 Dodge Challenger
'03 Chevrolet S10 (Brazil version)


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 11-October-2015 at 5:24PM
well today i finally got around to getting the "farm truck" fired up and running again (it hasn't been started for more than 2 years!!) and i replaced some brake components...both new calipers, a new hose and new hard line (several trips to town 25 miles away Angry) BTW this truck originally came with 4 wheel non-power drum brakes! so a few years back i did the '73 and up disc conversion Thumbs Up well worth the effort!!! some day i'll get around to fixing all the body work and get it painted, i've got all the necessary parts and trim to do it, just got to get around to doing it...someday Confused  

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 08-November-2015 at 4:20PM
minor update on the celica:i'm tired of trying to tune that DCOE sidedraft carb, so off it came, and i bought a new cannon torquer manifold with a new weber 38MM outlaw carb and air filter as a matched kit. got it installed and tuned! Big smile took it for a short test drive, still was pulling hard at 70 mph in third gear!!! two more gears left, so it's a considerable improvement over the orig. 32/36mm carb that i had on there Big smileBig smileWinkThumbs Up



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 21-November-2015 at 3:09PM
bought tires today for the celica Big smile 225/45/17 rear and 205/45/17 front



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 21-November-2015 at 3:11PM


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 10:39AM
i decided to install them and take it for a short drive Big smile



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: kychevyguy
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 12:37PM
Looks good!



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JT, USAF Ret.
1971 Ford F100 "Lizzy"
1984 Chevy Silverado "Sylvia"
2013 Chevy Silverado "Blackie"


Posted By: antlerfiend
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 1:08PM
Nice

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Alex
72 GTS (Morgan's Baby)
68 CJ Drag Car Clone
65 Mustang (first car)
77 LTD II (Drag Car)
78 Mustang II V6 4 speed


Posted By: antlerfiend
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 1:11PM
At Leasr you didn't LS swap the Celica.

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Alex
72 GTS (Morgan's Baby)
68 CJ Drag Car Clone
65 Mustang (first car)
77 LTD II (Drag Car)
78 Mustang II V6 4 speed


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 1:31PM
no, i've seen them with old school v-8's in them ford and chevy, it's just too hard on the unibody! i think someone swapped in a lexus (which is made by toyota BTW) v-8, but still hard on these unibodys. hell the vega unibody is a lot stronger and a SB chev will twist and rip them apart! ask me how i know Confused besides i've already had to reinforce the front sway bar mounting plates, due to my "californiajohnny" sway bar engineering Wink (tandem sway bars!!) Big smile

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: Billy C
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 1:55PM
Those wheels are super mean!

Naw, you should totally LS swap it... or boost the hell out of it!  MPFI would probably be a good intermediate step so it's ready for a turbo. I know FI sounds scary but it is really awesome in so many ways. I don't know how much power a 22 can hold but I think toyota boosted it a few years from the factory so it's probably pretty respectable. Just seam weld some of the chassis and it should hold up fine. You don't want to be out there getting owned by all the Datsuns. Embarrassed


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-Billy Conturo


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 3:08PM
nah, it works good enough (...for now) i was thinking on turbo at one time or b&m blown lc engineering used to have a kit with a b&m mini blower bolt on kit! but i don't think b&m makes those small blowers anymore? come to think of it, yes toyota did turbo the 22r in the last gen MR2's.
 here's a pic of that C J engineered sway bars: (yes there are two stacked in tandem)


note the "torino inspired strut rod" and also the differential is designed like a 9" Shocked


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 3:16PM
...and for more sway bar mania... i have another stock front bar mounted in the rear Wink



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: Billy C
Date Posted: 22-November-2015 at 3:37PM
Wow, that's pretty cool. Those stacked sway bars seem legit. If it works it works. The front looks like a McPherson setup too. A lot of cars have a tension/radius rod setup just like the Torino. Even my 4th gen civic is like that. I'm surprised to see a live axle on the celica though. I was looking at buying a next gen supra and it had IRS. 

I believe the 4Runner in the 80's had a 22re (same bottom end) with a turbo as well. I hear the problem was taking it into rivers and big mud pits. The turbo housing would crack from getting instantly cooled from splashed water.


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-Billy Conturo


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 23-November-2015 at 1:58AM
The 22R and 22RE engines are super tough, as long as you don't dunk them. Have you reinforced the unibody?

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 28-November-2015 at 5:39PM
working on a couple of bad spots on the passenger rear wheel lip area, just tried out my new eastwood shrinker/stretcher Big smile works pretty good!



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 28-November-2015 at 5:45PM
and another spot Confused it is majorly disheartening to see this rust Cry

 fixed:
 


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 07-December-2015 at 6:20PM
a couple of weeks ago, i got a call from the photographer that did the sign board for my vette, he told me that it was selected to be used for a national calendar Big smile just got my copy in the mail today! sorry not the best pic from my phone, but here it is:



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: kychevyguy
Date Posted: 07-December-2015 at 11:51PM
Nice! And it's my birth month. Clap

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JT, USAF Ret.
1971 Ford F100 "Lizzy"
1984 Chevy Silverado "Sylvia"
2013 Chevy Silverado "Blackie"


Posted By: gpd294
Date Posted: 08-December-2015 at 7:48AM
Cool Vette! Thumbs Up


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Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 10-January-2016 at 6:10PM
update: haven't worked on cars much lately, i did buy a newer "hoopty" for a daily driver, since now i don't want to drive the celica in deicer any more! i'll post a before and after pic later (remember i just can't have anything "stock" Wink)  BUT lately i've been doing non-car artistic creativity...for a buddy of mine for his N scale model train (yes i too have some vintage N scale and vintage HO scale trains myself...i've been wanting to do this for myself for 40 years! someday!!) this is only a small section of his layout in a 12' x 12' room, it's all made from owens corning 2" pink foam board carved with a wire wheel on my grinder, then some latex house paint and brushed on and some air brushed paint too! and moss from my trees out back Wink all done in miniature! i think it turned out fairly realistic looking Wink (the masking tape is covering the track from overspray)



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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: n2fordwagons
Date Posted: 11-January-2016 at 12:11AM
Very cool!  Definitely took some talent to do that!!

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Jeff

76 Mercury Montego MX Villager w/ 460
79 Ford Thunderbird w/ T-tops


Posted By: 72GTS351CJ
Date Posted: 11-January-2016 at 12:26AM
Whenever I look at a new post I look for pics first then I read. I saw that pic and was amazed at its beauty. I thought it was real. Great work.

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72GTS Clint Eastwood Special                                     


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 12-January-2016 at 6:47PM
so you guys approve? not bad for a truck driver huh!LOL

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: n2fordwagons
Date Posted: 13-January-2016 at 12:14AM
Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

so you guys approve? not bad for a truck driver huh!LOL
 
Heck Yeah.  Keep us updated.  I wanna see some pics when you're done.


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Jeff

76 Mercury Montego MX Villager w/ 460
79 Ford Thunderbird w/ T-tops


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 13-January-2016 at 1:53AM
Man, that is just amazing.

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: mcford
Date Posted: 13-January-2016 at 6:26AM
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This setup is killer.  Took my son to see it a couple years ago.  I think it may be time to head back for an update.


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Mike


Posted By: kychevyguy
Date Posted: 13-January-2016 at 2:30PM
Looks awesome!

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JT, USAF Ret.
1971 Ford F100 "Lizzy"
1984 Chevy Silverado "Sylvia"
2013 Chevy Silverado "Blackie"


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 13-February-2016 at 9:53AM
ok now back to cars...
not wanting to drive the celica as a d.d. anymore with deicer eating it up, i decided to buy a newer car for a d.d. i bought this car from my step-bro for $950 (92 nissan sentra 4dr)


well you know me! can't have anything STOCK Big smile so over the last few weeks i started to give it the "california johnny touch" Wink 1970-1/2 camero inspired rally stripes:


then a fiberglass body kit (which took a lot more modification to fit properly---much cutting and sectioning ConfusedAngry) tinted windows, chopped antennae, and a custom rear wing, and exhaust Wink


still need to lower the front about 1 1/2" yet, and wheels and tires.


 

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 19-February-2016 at 7:26PM
ok, got the front lowered, looks a 100% better now Wink

BTW this is the first 4dr i've ever owned, and the first wrong wheel drive i've owned. but good enough for a daily driver and 35+ mpg


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: foote500
Date Posted: 20-February-2016 at 7:26AM
Looks like you live in England...


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Marc
German Shepherd Rescue
1967 Ford Fairlane 500, 390



Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 20-February-2016 at 7:29AM
...how so???


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 20-February-2016 at 11:51AM
Lol, it really does look like England!

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 20-February-2016 at 1:29PM
oh, you mean the rain? it was raining like hell the other day when i took those last pics Confused

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 20-February-2016 at 3:26PM
The rain, the rock wall, the buildings, the greenery. Kept looking for Mr. Bean.

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 20-February-2016 at 4:07PM
oh, i didn't realize my rock wall was in the pics! i fitted and laid each of those rocks myself by hand! took about a month. well actually i did everything here, this place was an open hay field when i bought it back in '97. i did everything else house, shop, cat work, trees, landscaping, electrical, plumbing, the deck, paid to have the asphalt done though Confused but i helped! 

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: antlerfiend
Date Posted: 20-February-2016 at 4:45PM
Welcome to the four door club Brother.

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Alex
72 GTS (Morgan's Baby)
68 CJ Drag Car Clone
65 Mustang (first car)
77 LTD II (Drag Car)
78 Mustang II V6 4 speed


Posted By: Paul100ca
Date Posted: 22-February-2016 at 4:39AM
I have 3 four door machines,,,,,,Thumbs Up Still got the 75 too....Approve  Had one offer I didn't counter and another dude thinking about it....

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Nothing stops this train.


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 22-February-2016 at 4:46AM
I like a 4 door in most vehicles. Far cry from how I used to feel. 4X4 - gotta have a 4 door. Truck - gotta have a 4 door. Wagon - gotta have a 4 door. Now I even like a sports sedan better than a sports coupe. All the utility and style with no compromises. C's TL does everything so well and will inhale asphalt, yet seats 4 adults in comfort and insurance is less than a comparable coupe.

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: Big Bird
Date Posted: 22-February-2016 at 8:22AM
I had a BUNCH of 4-door "Square" Clown Vics/Gran Monkeys. Throw on dual exhaust, police suspension parts, 15x8 wheels, wide tires, and I had a living room on wheels!!!
A LOT of 70s/80s cars had more headroom in the 4-doors, so, being "Big Bird".....


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The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
Randy
1979 T-Bird
2005 F-150 STX 4.6, 3.55 LSD


Posted By: stanman
Date Posted: 22-February-2016 at 8:35AM
Originally posted by unlovedford unlovedford wrote:

I like a 4 door in most vehicles. Far cry from how I used to feel. 4X4 - gotta have a 4 door. Truck - gotta have a 4 door. Wagon - gotta have a 4 door. Now I even like a sports sedan better than a sports coupe. All the utility and style with no compromises. C's TL does everything so well and will inhale asphalt, yet seats 4 adults in comfort and insurance is less than a comparable coupe.


I think what you were trying to say is as you get older it's harder to get in and out of a two door. You are no spring chicken anymore mister.


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 22-February-2016 at 9:40AM
Not a spring chicken, but not an old Rooster, either.

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 30-March-2016 at 6:32PM
speaking of "getting old" ^^^ i may have to remove the side bars from my 6 point stainless roll cage in my monza some day when i drive it again Confused now it would probably take me 10 minutes to get in or out Cry for years i always joked about "yeah right, when i get old and fat, haha NOT ME!" ( not quite so funny as it used to be Confused )Embarrassed 

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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: unlovedford
Date Posted: 31-March-2016 at 2:35AM
LOL, nope. I heard myself "OOF" when I got into the Civic to move it the other day. Later, I made the "Arrugh" sound when I hoisted myself up into the F150 4X4. Sheesh.

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Joe
1972 GTSquire Wagon
1972 Torino Wagon
1976 Torino       
1968 Cougar XR7-First batch
1972 Torino 460
1989 BroncoII/Jeeps/Titanimous
Popeye and Brutus (Rams)


Posted By: stanman
Date Posted: 31-March-2016 at 6:22AM
Hate to say I told you so but.....


Posted By: stanman
Date Posted: 31-March-2016 at 6:24AM
Love driving my old Celica until I have to get out of it. Not fun.   


Posted By: MrSmog
Date Posted: 31-March-2016 at 8:17AM
Originally posted by unlovedford unlovedford wrote:

LOL, nope. I heard myself "OOF" when I got into the Civic to move it the other day. Later, I made the "Arrugh" sound when I hoisted myself up into the F150 4X4. Sheesh.


yea I used to drive from frederick md to naples fl in one straight shot, just stop for gas, coffee and to pee. Now after about 200 miles the knees hurt, hips hurt, back is always killin me. gettin old is so much fun  Ouch  lol


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Past 1974 Ranchero GT Q code

Present 1973 Q code formal roof base model Torino with ralleye equpiment package and 4spd.


Posted By: Big Bird
Date Posted: 31-March-2016 at 12:16PM
Getting old is why I don't drive my T-Bird as much as I used to. When you are as tall as I am, getting into a car that low (comparatively) is a bit of a pain. Easier to hop in the truck. (Even if it IS a GMC)

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The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
Randy
1979 T-Bird
2005 F-150 STX 4.6, 3.55 LSD


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 12-June-2016 at 10:13AM
today doing some necessary upgrades to my S-10 blazer...heavy duty tubular upper control arms Big smile poly bushings, upper ball joints! just did lower ball joints, new CV axles, new hubs, and idler arm, about a month ago. still need to replace the pitman arm (looks like i'll have to pull the whole box to get the arm off Confused and i got new poly bushings for the lower control arms and sway bar Wink and i have new poly bushings for the rear on the way Clap


 check out all that tire space! "THIS AIN"T YOUR GRAMPA"S S-10 SON! " Wink




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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 17-June-2016 at 8:18PM
i got the lower bushings and the swaybar bushings changed the other night. just did the pitman arm what a PITA! i did have to remove or at least tried to remove the steering box (pressure hose rusted to the swivel nut Angry and with my hidden 9,000# winch in the way, no way to get the box out) so i was able to tilt it just enough to impact the nut off and get the puller on it, pitman arm DONE but getting the box back into the steering shaft splines and into position, that's another story Angry about 2 hours total of screwing around to do a 10 minute job ( on most other vehicles)Confused oh, and did i mention... the steering shaft is only 1/8" from the front header tube. but with the 3" body lift, it sure makes stuff along the frame easier to work on Big smile


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JOHN
74 GRAN TORINO S&H CLONE
74 VETTE CUSTOM
90 S10 BLAZER 4X4 LIFTED
77 CELICA CUSTOM
75 V8 MONZA SUPERCHARGED
79 COURIER VERT. SLAMMED
75 VEGA V6 5 SPD
70 CHEV C10 P/U
68 MUSTANG FB CONVERSION



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