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Topic: New Member from Florida.
Posted By: Steve M.
Subject: New Member from Florida.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 5:14AM
Hello from sunny Florida.
  I'm Steve McCulley. My car is a 1976 Gran Torino. I picked this one up 6 months ago. It came with a 351W, FMX, and somewhere around 355 gears. The previous owner changed out the front loader. Its missing a few trim items and what was chrome is now metallic silver.  
  This is my 5th Gran Torino in 40 years. They are fun to work on and fun to drive.


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Steve M.



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Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 5:38AM
welcome steve!Big smile
post pics when you get upgraded.
myself and others may have the parts you need...


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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: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 6:12AM
You got it. 
  So far, I've changed out the gauge cluster to the GTS cluster. The bezel came from a Mercury Cougar XR7. It looks nice. Some one cut in a Sony Xplode system. It sounds nice but the dash is cut in to accept the newer electronics. The black interior was redone and looks great. The red metallic paint is fairly new. It has 15x7.5 US Mags up front and 15x10 in the rear. 
 I've replaced the factory springs with Moog station wagon springs in the rear and CVPI springs up front. It sits nice with a slight rake. Almost no body roll and a very new car feel. 


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Steve M.


Posted By: 7T9_Tbird
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 7:42AM
Steve M.; Where you at in Florida?

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John
79 Thunderbird Heritage
79 Thunderbird Town Landau
02 Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 8:30AM
looks like you've been upgraded... post some pics 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: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 8:38AM
pics are on the way.
I'm in St. Petersburg.


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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 8:55AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 8:57AM
That's how I got it. I've made no changes yet. The 351W is all original and very tired.

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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:00AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:01AM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:04AM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:06AM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:09AM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:10AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:12AM
polishing mags that probably haven't been done in years. Black out the overspray and replaced the rusted lugnuts and washers.

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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:13AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:15AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:19AM
Added the rear sway bar when I replaced the springs and shocks. Moog. CC 803 station wagon springs and KYB Gas changed heavy duty shocks in the rear. CVPI springs and matching KYB shocks up front.

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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:21AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: bdaugette
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:22AM
Very nice ride!!  Welcome to the page!

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Bill Daugette
72 GTS 351C 4V


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:23AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:26AM
The surround was from an XR7 Cougar. The gauges were from a '74 Gran Torino Elite. 

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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 9:28AM


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Steve M.


Posted By: Big Bird
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 10:06AM
Nice!
Welcome!


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"What we do in full frontal view, is more honest than your cleaned-up mind."
Randy
1979 T-Bird
2005 F-150 STX RCSB 4.6, 3.55 LSD
How the Heck does a REGULAR CAB SHORTBED weigh over 5200 pounds?


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 10:19AM
St. Petersburg. 

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Steve M.


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 11:48AM
nice! looks like you have ET slots? if so they had the wrong nuts on there judging from the ones on the ground...


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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: 72FordGTS
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 12:02PM
Welcome Steve!  I upgraded you earlier today and glad to see you posted some pics.   The car looks great. Those CVPI springs really make a huge difference on these cars.
 
If you can get a good side profile shot of your car, I will add it to the coil spring stance thread.  I don't think I have a '74-76 Torino with CVPI springs in that thread.  Did you have to cut the coil springs at all, or just install them as is?
 
Feel free to start a project thread on your car.


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Vince

1972 Ford GTS Sportsroof - Survivor, One Family car

GTS.org Admin


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 09-June-2019 at 1:30PM
Here it is. Moog CC 803 station wagon springs in the rear with two isorators.  CVPI up front. I didn't cut the coils. The shocks are KYB Excel G heavy duty. I got the stance by using. P215/65R 15s up front and P275/60R 15s in the rear.. The mags are ET lV with us Mag center caps. I took one off to see who actually made them. 

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Steve M.


Posted By: legend onirot
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 2:02AM
welcome steve!  nice car.  

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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: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 2:48AM
Thank you,
 I picked up the rear wheel well lip moulding this morning. I'll be installing it today. Still looking for the front.


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Steve M.


Posted By: 72FordGTS
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 12:11PM
Originally posted by Steve M. Steve M. wrote:

Here it is. Moog CC 803 station wagon springs in the rear with two isorators.  CVPI up front. I didn't cut the coils. The shocks are KYB Excel G heavy duty. I got the stance by using. P215/65R 15s up front and P275/60R 15s in the rear.. The mags are ET lV with us Mag center caps. I took one off to see who actually made them. 
 
Thanks, I added it to the thread.  You can see it here if you are interested:
 
http://forum.grantorinosport.org/topic16869_post179624.html#179624" rel="nofollow - http://forum.grantorinosport.org/topic16869_post179624.html#179624
 
Scroll to the end of the first post.


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Vince

1972 Ford GTS Sportsroof - Survivor, One Family car

GTS.org Admin


Posted By: 7T9_Tbird
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 12:26PM
Very nice ride!  You going to Daytona in November?

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John
79 Thunderbird Heritage
79 Thunderbird Town Landau
02 Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 12:54PM
Dayton in November? Is that the Turkey Run?

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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:00PM
WOW...the information on that thread is great.

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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:02PM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:07PM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:09PM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:11PM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:13PM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:15PM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:17PM


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Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:25PM
  Busy day today. My day off so I decided to do a little preventive maintenance. What started out as a simple drum brake check turned into a whole day of doing stuff. Front pad slap, rear brake shoes and ebrake cable replaced. Cleaned and blacked out the wheel wells. Painted the kidney cuts on the mags red to match the car. Modified the rear wheel lip mouldings to fit. Then put it all back together. Relax with a cold beer. Now that was a good day.

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Steve M.


Posted By: californiajohnny
Date Posted: 10-June-2019 at 1:52PM
Clap

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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: 7T9_Tbird
Date Posted: 11-June-2019 at 3:20PM
Originally posted by Steve M. Steve M. wrote:

Dayton in November? Is that the Turkey Run?

Yup. I managed to make the last couple years since I'm working in SoFlo right now.  If your looking for ANYTHING for ANYTHING, chances are you'll find it there, or find someone who has it.Big smile


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John
79 Thunderbird Heritage
79 Thunderbird Town Landau
02 Ram 1500 Sport Quad Cab


Posted By: Regul8r 2
Date Posted: 11-June-2019 at 4:00PM
WELCOME to the FAMILY!


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Carl, Member/Admin since 07. Still the same admin/moderator REGUL8R just needed a 2nd account for more picture space.
Owner- www.CaNDeCustoms.com


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 12-June-2019 at 1:07AM
Thats good to know. I'm planning on heading that way. I have a friend bringing his custom chevy pick up down from Maryland. 

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Steve M.


Posted By: Steve M.
Date Posted: 12-June-2019 at 1:08AM
Thank you for the Welcome.

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Steve M.


Posted By: gpd294
Date Posted: 12-June-2019 at 4:37AM
Originally posted by Steve M. Steve M. wrote:

  Busy day today. My day off so I decided to do a little preventive maintenance. What started out as a simple drum brake check turned into a whole day of doing stuff. Front pad slap, rear brake shoes and ebrake cable replaced. Cleaned and blacked out the wheel wells. Painted the kidney cuts on the mags red to match the car. Modified the rear wheel lip mouldings to fit. Then put it all back together. Relax with a cold beer. Now that was a good day.

Looks great...Ya could have stopped at Relax with a cold beer. Now that was a good day. Beer


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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: robertde France
Date Posted: 16-June-2019 at 8:26PM

welcome steve



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