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Topic: Uante's New '73
Posted By: Uante
Subject: Uante's New '73
Date Posted: 03-September-2009 at 4:30PM
Hello Everyone.
Interesting forum you have here.
I just bought a 1973 Gran Torino Brougham and have been getting re-acquainted with the model after 30 years. Here's a picture of my first car, a White '73 taken in 1979 and a picture of my "New" '73 taken last month on the 1200 mile drive back from Oregon to Arizona. The car is in really good shape. I've done a few things to it so far and fixed a few others, like the air conditioning, water pump, u-joints, brakes, etc.
I do have a nagging question though. When I put on different wider wheels, I noticed that the left rear wheel sticks out about an inch more than the right one. Looking at the car, you can see that it's never been wrecked. Everything is seems original and has been there a long time. I also drove behind the car and it tracks just fine. Also the brake drums are identical on both sides. Any ideas on what it could be? Any info would be appreciated.


Picture of My original '73 GTB taken in late 1979 or 80. Me at 18 years old, car
was 7 years old.

Gary and Marion, the nice couple who sold the '73 GTB to me. They got the car
from Gary's mother who was the second owner. Notice the FORD emblem on the
left rear trunk lid...I think someone got those from an old Pick-up truck!
The letters didn't last long!

Taken at Pyramid Lake CA. On way back from Klamath Falls OR 2009. Me at 46
car is 36 years old.

Kelley on Trip back from Oregon.

a Stop for gas somewhere in California.



My New '73 with better Rims and tires. Picture Taken in Gold Canyon Arizona.

After noticing water dripping from the engine while taking "New Rims" picture
above...Replacing the water pump was the next Job.

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*



Replies:
Posted By: GranTorinoMan
Date Posted: 03-September-2009 at 5:59PM
It's possible your rear wheels could have different offsets. http://www.gtsparkplugs.com/WheelOffsetCalc.html - http://www.gtsparkplugs.com/WheelOffsetCalc.html
 
Funny how hair gets replaced by a hat, cool pics and welcome.   


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 03-September-2009 at 6:05PM
I was thinking the same thing... the rims are different!
PLEASE, tell us that the rims you put on it are the ones you kept all these years from the first picture??
 
Great looking car! What a difference the rims make on the look of the car!


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Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 03-September-2009 at 8:40PM
Thanks guys...I'll check the rims again, but I think they are all the same, I bought them as a set. Unfortunately they aren't the originals from my first '73. But I tell you what, When I had the wide ones on they "hit" and made the same noise remember from High School! Funny how I cringed when all the memories (nightmares) came flooding back! I decided to go with a size smaller tire that fits under the car and changed the 15" x 10" slots for 15" x 8.5" in the rear and put 15" x 7" in the front. Kinda felt funny anyway with the oversized tires in the back...maybe if I grew my hair back it'd be alright!  


Posted By: crispy23c
Date Posted: 03-September-2009 at 11:48PM

Then you could put in an 8-Track tape with some Foghat or Deep Purple, too! LOL   Congrats and welcome to the forums, Nice ride you got!   I should post my old pic of my first Torino (back in High School).  Brings back some memories! If the car has not been wrecked, I agree, check the offset.  Maybe you (or the parts store) picked the wrong rim off the shelf.

~Chris


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Chris P. '73 GTS FastBack 351CJ-4V Triple black


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 2:59AM
I did have an 8 track in my first GTB...Had to shove a matchbook under one side to keep the tapes from dragging. Here's other pictures of that first car. The girl in the picture was a High School sweetheart who is still living in the area.
Anyway, I got interested in finding my old car from a slot car video I made. I was getting ready for a garage sale and found an old race set and decided to make a movie, since there wasn't really anything interesting on youtube. Here's a link to that 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvgvqLqWQhw - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvgvqLqWQhw

Well while making the movie I found a Torino and painted it like my old car. I didn't really like the way it turned out, but I had it play a "Cameo" role in the movie. Well one thing lead to another and I started looking at pictures and trying to see if I could find that old car. Pretty tuff task with only the license plate number and no VIN. So to make a long story short, I just bought the Gold one. Another tuff task...finding a '73 Brougham in decent shape for a decent price...Paid $4500.



 




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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: crispy23c
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 5:50AM
Cool!!!  You even had a GREAT crash scene in there!  My Torino only had Am/Fm, but I do remember a Mustang I had with the 8-track issue, and shoving a matchbook to keep it aligned LOL  Good times...

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Chris P. '73 GTS FastBack 351CJ-4V Triple black


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 6:59AM
you don't still have the 15X10 slots do you??


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Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 7:04AM
Originally posted by cowboyupdjcarl cowboyupdjcarl wrote:

you don't still have the 15X10 slots do you??


Yes I still have them. I've actually having a friend of mine pick me up a set of 4 15" x 7" slots and I'll put two of those on the front and was gonna sell the other two with the 10 inchers as a set. 


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 7:07AM

OK I WANT THE 15X10s!!!

IF you can hold off about 3-4 weeks I have a bunch of 14s at the house!
But I will not be in the states until first week of Oct.
 
I could see what sizes they are and we could figure something out?
 
If not then just let me know how much you want for the 15x10s.
SERIOUSLY!


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1976 Ford Elite "Lola Mae"
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Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 7:11AM
Originally posted by crispy23c crispy23c wrote:

Cool!!!  You even had a GREAT crash scene in there!  My Torino only had Am/Fm, but I do remember a Mustang I had with the 8-track issue, and shoving a matchbook to keep it aligned LOL  Good times...



Yeah the slot car movie was fun. Hopefully I can find time to make the sequel this fall...I got a title already, "Shadow City 2, Girls Can't Drive" 
Tongue

My 8 track was an aftermarket one up under the dash by the air conditioner controls. I eventually got feed up with it and took it out. I think?


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 7:16AM
Originally posted by cowboyupdjcarl cowboyupdjcarl wrote:

OK I WANT THE 15X10s!!!

IF you can hold off about 3-4 weeks I have a bunch of 14s at the house!
But I will not be in the states until first week of Oct.
 
I could see what sizes they are and we could figure something out?
 
If not then just let me know how much you want for the 15x10s.
SERIOUSLY!


I have them on Craigslist (Phoenix) now. Haven't really had any nibbles on them so far. They aren't show quality, a few nicks and scratches, but nice for a driver. http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pts/1330476507.html - http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/pts/1330476507.html


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 7:28AM
PM Sent
 


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Carl Corey (Moderator/Event Coordinator) Contact ANYTIME!
1976 Ford Elite "Lola Mae"
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Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 1:41PM

I saw the KDKB sticker on the old car , brought back some memories. You live in north Phoenix? That's where i am from, and the Torino too, bought at Canyon Ford in 73 .



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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 1:51PM
Cool video !! another memory brought back, slot cars.    Clap

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 3:19PM
Originally posted by Torinogts73c Torinogts73c wrote:

Cool video !! another memory brought back, slot cars.    Clap



Yeah KDKB...That was the best station back then. I lived in Glendale, 47th Ave and Northern.
Thanks, glad you liked the video...it took me about 150 hours total to Build the track, "Light" the cars and film and edit. Just wish I could do it for a living!!!


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 04-September-2009 at 8:19PM
Cool video!
 
Way too much time!
 
I used to run Aurora AFX cars. Had a HUGE track set spanned a 20ftx20ft raised floor in the hayloft of the barn growing up. Multiple tracks intertwined, all coming together for an 8 lane wide main drag with electronic lapcounters/timers. I had ALL the bells and whistles you could buy at the toy store/hobby shop. Enjoy your hobby, it is fun and the time/thought you put into the movie... WOW! great imagination!
 


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Carl Corey (Moderator/Event Coordinator) Contact ANYTIME!
1976 Ford Elite "Lola Mae"
97 Suzuki Intruder 1400
US Army Retired


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 05-September-2009 at 2:13AM
Originally posted by Uante Uante wrote:

Originally posted by Torinogts73c Torinogts73c wrote:

Cool video !! another memory brought back, slot cars.    Clap



Yeah KDKB...That was the best station back then. I lived in Glendale, 47th Ave and Northern.
Thanks, glad you liked the video...it took me about 150 hours total to Build the track, "Light" the cars and film and edit. Just wish I could do it for a living!!!
That's funny I lived at 67th ave & Northern. You should do that for a living you're pretty good!

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 05-September-2009 at 11:58AM
Just so anyone interested knows:
Carl wrote me these instructions to try and nail down my wheel offset difference of about an inch. Nothing was wrong with the rims...it was a mixture of the Frame/Body/Rear end.

This is what I wrote him back.


Hey Carl,
I did the measurements and it's a mixture of both being off.
First the offset on the rims are fine. Didn't think it was that. The measurements for the axle from the brake drum to the frame is only a 1/4" difference. The measurements for the frame to the edge of the wheel well is about 3/4". So there's the scoop. I found a 1" spacer on-line that keeps the same bolt pattern, so I'm going to use that for now. I guess that good the axle is close and the body is further off.

Brent

To measure and check the rims...
1. place both rims (without tires) on the concrete or piece of plywood with the shiny side up.
2. take a ruler/tape measure, put it in the center hole, measure from the ground up to the mating surface(bottom edge of the hole)
 
THAT will show you the Offset/backspacing. That will ensure the rims are the same. Also can measure the width here too. From ground to top edge of the rim give you the whole width.

To check the Frame/body/rearend to make sure it is straight...
1. Jack up the rear end, LEVEL surface, jackstands SAME HEIGHT under the axle tubes
2. remove tires
3. measure from SAME point of frame to the mating surface(outer flat spot between wheel studs of brake drums)
4. Can use a straight edge across that area to make it easier and more accurate.
THAT will tell you if the rear end is straight in the frame. Same distance from frame to wheel mounting surface.
5. then measure from frame to the fender lip. that will tell you if the body is straight on the frame.
 
if your tires stick out different on each side then at least 1 of these measurements will be different!
1. Rims have different backspacing
2. Rims are different widths
3. Frame to brake drum measurement is different from side to side(rear end is not centered, BIG PROBLEMS)
4. Body/fender lip measurements are different from side to side(MANY possibilities there!!)
 


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 05-September-2009 at 1:32PM
I used the spacer on the right rear and everything looks even now. Maybe one day I'll get the body shifted over, but for now...this is easy.






Posted By: geno8769
Date Posted: 05-September-2009 at 1:44PM
Nice ride..

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2013 F150 CC 5.0 4x4 XLT

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Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 05-September-2009 at 2:35PM
looks great now with the wheels even!
Glad I could help.
 
Now just let me get those 15X10s for my 72.
I have set of 295/50/15s waiting for them.


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Carl Corey (Moderator/Event Coordinator) Contact ANYTIME!
1976 Ford Elite "Lola Mae"
97 Suzuki Intruder 1400
US Army Retired


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 06-September-2009 at 2:41AM
What size tires are you using?

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 06-September-2009 at 3:29AM
I'm using 235/60/15 on 7" rims in front and 255/60/15 on 8.5" rims for the rear. I originally put 275/60/15 on the 10" rims in the back to mimic my first car, but since the car is all stock and I'm not sure how long I'm going to keep it yet, I decided to go with wheels that "fit" and won't "hit"! I know with the airshocks I have on there, I could jack it up so they wouldn't hit, but didn't really care for the rear end that high.   

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 06-September-2009 at 11:18AM
You know a 295/50-15 would look cool with 10" wheels too. And you wouldn't have to jack the rear end up. They are about an inch shorter than 275/60-15 and 1" wider 12.2 versus 11" your car looks good either way!

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 06-September-2009 at 2:17PM
HEY HEY HEY, don't give him any ideas!
I want the 15X10s for that reason on my 72!
 
ok that was humor, maybe?
 


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97 Suzuki Intruder 1400
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Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 07-September-2009 at 1:47AM
OOOPS !!! LOL

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 07-September-2009 at 3:16AM
i have 275/60/15 on it now but i want the 295/50s on it.
 
that is what I run on my Dakota.
Futura's from Pep Boys.
LOVE EM!!!
Right now I let the guys at Peerless talk me into their own brand 295/50's HATE EM!!
Thats fo another thread when I can post pics... but lets just say, I drive my Dakota HARD and the peerless tires have road scrub half way down the sidewalls!!! Futura's NEVER did that!


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Carl Corey (Moderator/Event Coordinator) Contact ANYTIME!
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Posted By: Flipvs
Date Posted: 07-September-2009 at 10:25AM

Nice looking Torino !

Like the color..... LOL !


Flip.


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Gran Torino'73 Wagon, 351c, Goldglow, sportsmirrors, sportscluster, cold airc., Bi-fuel: Petrol+Propane(LPG), Pertronix ignitor1, 2 Oxygen Sensors and a daily driver !


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 07-September-2009 at 10:57AM
I can see why you think the color is nice! lol

Well if I decide to put money into it and keep it, I'll most likely paint it white. That was the goal anyway when I got it..."The Rebirth of the High School Car"


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 17-September-2009 at 10:30AM
I got the "New" trunk emblem installed today. When I bought the car I was disappointed to find the original emblem had a broken base and the badge was missing from the top piece. Pretty happy with it now though and it's is a mixture of three different ones. The base plate is from one I bought from Blue Oval, the top piece (because it was in much better shape than the Blue Oval one) is what was on the car originally, and the Red Badge I got out of a front grille emblem I got from ebay. Just boiled the glue loose and it came right out. 
Borrowed an air rivet installer from the guys across the way and zapped in a couple of rivets and it's done for now!


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: crispy23c
Date Posted: 17-September-2009 at 10:59AM
Looks nice!  I love fixing the little pieces...
~Chris


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Chris P. '73 GTS FastBack 351CJ-4V Triple black


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 17-September-2009 at 11:47AM
I love having to only fix the little pieces! lol
But I'm sure that won't last!


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Gregs72Sport
Date Posted: 17-September-2009 at 5:43PM
I am doing the high school car as well. In 1979 my Dad gave me his 1972 Gran Torino. Of course as time went by the Gran Torino was sold for "better newer cars". About a year and a half ago I found one here close to where I live. Bought it from the original owner. I am now transforming it into my high school car. Same color paint. Same type tires. I even have a Kraco AM/FM cassette and power booster to put into it to give it that 1979 touch. Of course I will give it some engine upgrades I couldnt afford back then and I did remove the side trim pieces that my original 72 still had. I never really liked those side trim pieces even back then. I still have pictures from way back then where I drew over those trim pieces with a blue pen to see how it would look. Ah memories. 


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 17-September-2009 at 5:56PM
Originally posted by Gregs72Sport Gregs72Sport wrote:

I am doing the high school car as well. In 1979 my Dad gave me his 1972 Gran Torino. Of course as time went by the Gran Torino was sold for "better newer cars". About a year and a half ago I found one here close to where I live. Bought it from the original owner. I am now transforming it into my high school car. Same color paint. Same type tires. I even have a Kraco AM/FM cassette and power booster to put into it to give it that 1979 touch. Of course I will give it some engine upgrades I couldnt afford back then and I did remove the side trim pieces that my original 72 still had. I never really liked those side trim pieces even back then. I still have pictures from way back then where I drew over those trim pieces with a blue pen to see how it would look. Ah memories. 


That sounds cool Greg. I'm having a lot of fun with my car. In fact I'm going tomorrow to the place where I took that picture at the beginning of this thread and take a "30 years" later picture! Should be interesting.


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Gregs72Sport
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 4:36AM
What a great idea! The 30 years later pictures should be fun. Thats the fun of these old cars that are like our firsts. They are like a time machine. When we drive them we are 18 and carefree again. Any chance you can find the old girlfriend and ask her to lean on this Torino for the pictures! Sounds like your young at heart! Good luck and keep sharing! Greg


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 4:51AM
  In my case that would be my ex-wife! Don't think wife# 2 would like it! haha Thumbs Down

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 5:16AM
Actually not a bad idea. I know that girl still lives here and when I talked to her a few years ago, she said she was still cute and thin. Hmmmmm. Can't do it today, but might be interesting idea to pursue. 

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Gregs72Sport
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 12:04PM
Its funny I am still friends with some of my old girlfriends from high school. Its amazing all the people you can find thanks to places like Classmates and Facebook. What a trip that you have talked to that girl recently. I just thought that would be the perfect photo. Then and now. 


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 12:41PM
Here's the shot. Wow...30 years later. Same place, same person, different car unfortunately...but still cool! Cool

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 4:38PM
WOW thats cool!
 
Hey... in the second picture did the car get shorter behind the door to the wheel well?
I only ask because cannot see as much of it as we can in the first picture!
Big smile 
 
J/K


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97 Suzuki Intruder 1400
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Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 5:00PM
Originally posted by cowboyupdjcarl cowboyupdjcarl wrote:

WOW thats cool!
 
Hey... in the second picture did the car get shorter behind the door to the wheel well?
I only ask because cannot see as much of it as we can in the first picture!
Big smile 
 
J/K
 
Har Har!
Well in the first picture I weighed like 135 lbs! Sheesh. Ermm


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 5:05PM
ya I understand.
ME TOO!
1987 joined the Army out of HS and weighed 176...
22 years later STILL in the Army, same height... 220!
 
This old age stuff is BS!
 


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Carl Corey (Moderator/Event Coordinator) Contact ANYTIME!
1976 Ford Elite "Lola Mae"
97 Suzuki Intruder 1400
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Posted By: Gregs72Sport
Date Posted: 18-September-2009 at 7:54PM
What a great picture. Good for you. Glad to see you got it done. That must have felt weird to stand there in the same spot with the same type car after all those years! Greg

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2000 Ford Taurus

1972 Gran Torino Formal Roof


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 19-September-2009 at 1:02AM
That's great!! Wish i could find some of my old pictures of the Torino. That was a good idea.

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 19-September-2009 at 2:34AM
Yeah it was weird driving around the old hood in a Torino. A lot of memories came back. The place has gotten a bit run down and I don't care for the new color scheme of the buildings plus there were barking dogs everywhere! Bark, Bark, Bark...Yap, Yap, Yap the whole time taking the pictures. Glad I don't live there anymore, but I wonder if I can take a picture there in another 30 years! btw, I think I might have tracked down where the old GF works (from the picture on the first page) I'm gonna go stalk...uh, I mean go see if it's her this Sunday!


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Gregs72Sport
Date Posted: 19-September-2009 at 6:23AM
I think that would be great to see her standing next to the new Torino! What a great collection of before and after pictures you will have. Now keep in mind if you paint this one white you will have to go and do all of the after pictures again. You may have to go stalking twice.....wink wink! Hey just do yourself a favor and keep this Torino so that you can do another picture in another 30 years. Greg

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2000 Ford Taurus

1972 Gran Torino Formal Roof


Posted By: twintornados
Date Posted: 23-September-2009 at 5:43AM
Nice Torino....my 1976 Montego MX is headed for the body shop today for a resto...can't wait til she is done.

About your rear tire alignment issues...did you check to see if you had any bent / worn rear suspension arms? Sounds like someone did a power slide right into a tall curb. It may be worth the check up. Get her into a good frame /alignment shop for a check up.

What ever became of the gal?


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1974 Gran Torino Elite...gotta love them big Fords...


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 23-September-2009 at 6:58AM
Originally posted by twintornados twintornados wrote:

Nice Torino....my 1976 Montego MX is headed for the body shop today for a resto...can't wait til she is done.

About your rear tire alignment issues...did you check to see if you had any bent / worn rear suspension arms? Sounds like someone did a power slide right into a tall curb. It may be worth the check up. Get her into a good frame /alignment shop for a check up.

What ever became of the gal?



Well I went to the Petsmart and not only was she working there, but so was her younger sister! That was a surprise. I hadn't seen my old GF since about 1983, but I had seen the younger sister around 1994. (The old GF's then husband wouldn't let her go out with the rest of us) Anyway, we had a good time talking...and she said she would take the picture when we could met at those old townhouses one day. It'll probably never happen, but it was great to see the two again.


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 5:30AM
The New license plate finally got here...Sweet!





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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: crispy23c
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 5:36AM
Nice plate!  Great story!  You never know... Wink
 
~Chris


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Chris P. '73 GTS FastBack 351CJ-4V Triple black


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 4:04PM
Kewl  kar, wow what a difference the wheels make.
What brand slots are they?? I just found a set of Slots locally on Craigs list and going to look at them tommorrow,but someone painted them black but if they are the size I want that don't matter as paint stripper and sand and polishing will bring them back like new.
I was gonna go with Torque Thrust's but after seeing your car I like the slots,good thing for me is I'm tubbing the car and getting a narrowed 9 in so the wide tires will all be under the car and not having to jack up the car but that old 70-80's look is sorta kewl also. I'm now kicking myself in the butt for ever getting rid of my other 73 torino as I pit on perfect rust free doors and front clip from a 74 Ranchero my uncle had with a rotted frame.I also installed the 351C from the Ranchero after adding cam,lifters,springs,pushrods Aluminum Ford Motorsport valve covers,Edelbrock 4 brl intake and a Carter AFB 600 cfm carb with headers it also got the perfect uncracked dash pad as the original car was cracked as most are.had a perfect rust free decklid and rear valance I got from a friend who had a
Stickshift and Clutch clone and got a set of used Keystone rims and tires but later got a set of 14 in Magnums with trim rings and BFG's new.I blew the C6 tranny and parked it and when I met my ex-wife I yanked the 351C which I still have since 93 when I junked the car. the Motor is getting refreshed and bigger compression pistons and a different cam and roller rocker this time so I can adjust the valves as the non adjustable valves and big cam wiped out a set of lifters and pushrods so I know that cam is toast as well.292 duration is too big without adjustability but I wasn't too big on Ford motors when I built it back in 91.
 
The bad part of the first car is the quartes were rotted and I sectioned in the quarters from the Ranchero but warped the panels with a torch as I braized them back then I didn't own a mig welder.Latter the quartes where falling apart from corrosion again and the rear floors needed replacing but the doors,front clip decklid and roof where all rust free and I should have kept the car and fixed it with the half quarters but like a dummy I junked it as I was moving and had no where to store the car and let the blown C6 go with it like a dummy as smalblock C6 are harder to find and could have had that tranny rebuilt latter,now I need to find another C6 as the 73 Gran Torino I just bought is another 302 and most likely a C4.
 
so your not the only guy with memories just mine arent of back in 79 as I just started freshman year in High school back then.
 
here is my current Torino and ProStreet Project car is a one owner car too bad the roof rotted so bad
 


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 4:37PM
sorry for sorta thread jacking
Your story is kewl and inspired me to write a little about my first 73 Torino I have photos of the old one but it was never as nice as your first one and  the girlfriend story was sorta amazing she is still around after all these years.
BTW where in Arizona are you?? as I lived in Benson,oustide Tuscan back in 92 and had my first Torino there,loved drag racing on I-10 as there was nothing around for miles outside town.Plus a friend of ours was a Border Patrol agent,hhehe and we would drag his patrol car against my Torino,shhh! well i guess it don't matter now that's almost ancient like i'm starting to feel.Me and a friend had a mechanic/bodyshop in Benson and I lived there for 6 months till our friendship ended over business problems or the fact he almost put me out of business so I moved back to Florida but I visited Boothill and the OK Coral before I left cause I had to see Tombstone atleast one time in my life,glad I did as I have never gotten back to AZ


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 4:50PM
Did you buy that car from North Carolina? I think I saw that one on ebay. Or one just like it. Or maybe it was craigslist...I don't remember.
Anyway, looks like you have a bit of a project ahead of you. I had a '69 Mustang once in worse shape than your Torino, and it took 14 months to restore it. I swore then I'd never do it again! lol
But it's hard to stay away.

The girl in the picture called Friday to go take the picture. Unfortunately I had to work. Maybe in two weeks I can meet up with her again and get that shot.

btw, I live in Gold Canyon Arizona. It's a suburb of Phoenix. Way out on the east side.





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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 5:14PM
yah that is the one from Ebay in NC, had 2 trailer tires go on me on the way back as the road was so hot the tires seperated,now i'm gonna go with radial trailer tires as those bias ply Carlisle stink. The auction on Ebay was held be people who auction estate sales in NC and the owner died so I didn't get any old paperwork which stinks as it was origianlly bought by the old lady back in 73,no trunk key either and the guy removed the back seat to unbolt the latch to get in it so I had to strap it shut as he lost the 2 bolts.I planned on a Prostreet so I didn't want to cut up a good car such as yours but really wish the roof wasn't so bad as I have to find a donor and graft another roof on the car and get the half quarter skins as the inside from the back looks worse then the outside so I want to get rid of all the rust. and like I said the trunk is getting replaced cause of the backhalving so I will build a new floor between the big tubs and around the aluminum fuel cell it will have.
 
You didn't mention about what brand your slots are or are they used??
I found some unilug slots for $50 locally but they have been painted black,who paints aluminum slots black?? oh well if i get them I can make them shine again with alot of work,LOL
 
I hope you get that old girlfriend photo as that would be kewl to have for the album and we all want to se how the years have treated her.
 
I have only been as west as Chandler to the Firebird Drag strip to see the NHRA event.
AZ was nice as it's dry heat and i never sweated the whole 6 months i was there but ofcoarse part was winter but summer was nice.Here in Florida with the humidity you sweat just standing still not doing anything and in the shade,LOL


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 5:27PM
oh I forgot to Mention I had a 70 Fasback Stang that the bottom was rusted but the sides and top were good and I was gonna ProStreet that one but had to sell it when I needed money to fuel my car restoration business.I painted a car for that Mustang and the guy bought the paint so it was just my labor for the trade but no way I would find another 70 fasback so I started looking at Torino's again figuring I could get one of those cheaper.I was hoping for a Sportroof but after F&F and Gran Torino movies the price has jumped on them,go figure and well the 74-76 went up with the Starsky and Hutch movie so the Torino's have gotten popular again.I know a girl who has 3 72 Sportroofs and just had the body and paint done on one and one of the others is a car she had for 15 years but opted to fix the parts car as it was in better shape she said.
 The other is a #'s matching CJ that needs to be retored,it has the deck spoiler and all the goodies from what i'm told but she wants too much for me as the car needs total resto but I'm wanting to check out the one she had for 15 years and maybe  get that one and have 2  Torino's,one formal roof ProStreet and one Sportroof done basically stock appearing
 
I work at a collision shop during the day but I still tinker and restore or customize cars on the side at my new shop,so after building and restoring many cars I wanted to build me a car for a change. now I have one to build,and hopefully another in the form of a Sportroof


Posted By: twintornados
Date Posted: 27-September-2009 at 10:57PM
Wow, there are other guys bitten by that "Torino bug" too?? thought it was just me...lol. My second car was a 72 Gran Torino coupe and I was hooked. Bought my sisters 1976 Torino (base model) and promptly totaled it, got a '75...did a lot of mods to it culminating in yanking the 460/C6 combo from Dads '74 LTD prior to it heading to the scrap yard....several other Torinos and one Ranchero ('73) in that time frame...but alas...got away from them for close to 20 years as I went through marriage, kids, divorce, jobs....but I never forgot my Torino days and vowed to have one again...then the "Starsky & Hutch" and "Gran Torino" movies keep the Torino prices up there so I finally found my new ride, a 1976 Mercury Montego MX....all the Torino fun without the, "You oughta put a Starsky stripe on it dude..." (LOL) Love the way if you look at these cars (Montego) Mercury division actually encouraged the "Lincoln connection" with a Lincoln hood ornament, and the nose badge that reads, "Lincoln Mercury Division"....having fun in a more adult way with this car than I ever did with any of my Torinos' from my youth....maybe I will get a Torino as well someday.....ya never know...but I sure enjoy my Montego. 


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1974 Gran Torino Elite...gotta love them big Fords...


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 28-September-2009 at 4:20AM
Originally posted by twintornados twintornados wrote:

"You oughta put a Starsky stripe on it dude..." (LOL)


I don't know how many times I've heard that...I usually just roll my eyes in response. About the same as painting your Charger like the General Lee. Speaking of which, here's a somewhat interesting vid on youtube about the two cars.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BcHCcCNiFM - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BcHCcCNiFM

Also here's the Starsky and Hutch car in the first episode of Dukes of Hazard. Go to 3:30 to start where it's in there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28IaG8z-E7M&feature=related - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28IaG8z-E7M&feature=related

Oh and here's the S & H car getting messed up! Nice move by the bad guy in the Mustang though....again, go to 3:30 to see the wreck. (It's a slow day at work, lol)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2en-Ihaxn0&feature=related - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2en-Ihaxn0&feature=related










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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 28-September-2009 at 3:11PM
speaking of Dukes Of Hazard and Torino's
what the heck is this??LOL


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 28-September-2009 at 3:13PM
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! 

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 28-September-2009 at 3:27PM
it's a torino that was parked in Hazrd overnight and the Duke boys went tagging that night,LOL


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 28-September-2009 at 3:32PM
bTW where did you get your Slots?? are they new??
I just picked up a set of 15X7's tonight for $40 but they are ruff and they have been painted black I'm gonna pick out the 2 best of the 4 and strip them down,sand them smooth and polish them but then I need to find a set of 15X10's for the rear as i'm not going with airshocks and gonna tub it with a narrowed 9in. so the mags and tires will fit inside the quarters and not rub and be stock height


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 28-September-2009 at 4:23PM
Finding the rims was a pain. Mine aren't new, I got one set 15"x 8.5" plus 15" x 10" for $300. The 10" ones are too wide, so I'm selling them to a guy here on this forum. Sorry, already goners. I put the 8.5" in the back instead of the front and found a pair of 15" x 7" for $30 to go up front. I would have bought new ones, but the company is backlogged for months. 

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 29-September-2009 at 12:16AM

oh no problem I seen he inquired about the 10's and wasn't trying to get them from you just info. on what brand they might be as I have to search for some 10's cause I already bought the 15X7's for the front last night.If I wasn't gonna narrow a rear and put wider tubs I would go with the 15X8.5's in the rear like you did.

 now you said you got a set of 8.5's,does that meen 4 and you have 2 left?? if so I would be intrested in two 8.5's if you got em then atleast I can put them on for now till I actually do all the work in the back

 
does he want the 15X7's with the 10's like you said you were gonna sell as a set or does he just want the two 10's?? I might want the 15x&'s if he don't as the ones I got are pretty beat and painted.


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 29-September-2009 at 2:26AM
The new wheels were American Racing. But they don't make 10" wide ones anymore that I could see. All I have left is the two 15" x 10" rims and a set of 15" x 7" I got with the wrong bolt pattern. 

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 29-September-2009 at 3:08AM
Uante, later this week we'll talk about getting the 15x10s on their way to me.
 
Other's looking for slots...
I have a STACK of slot mags from the 2 cars I bought.
When I catalog them, size, width, offset and bolt patterns then I'll know what I am doing with them and possibly selling or trading out in the near future.
I will get pics for everyone when the time is right.
 
Carl
 


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Carl Corey (Moderator/Event Coordinator) Contact ANYTIME!
1976 Ford Elite "Lola Mae"
97 Suzuki Intruder 1400
US Army Retired


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 29-September-2009 at 4:19PM

well I can offer you more money for the 10's right?? Hint hint,LOL

he's only got a formal roof 302 2v mine will be a 351C with tubbed narrowed 9 in and begging for 10's to fill the wider hole,now what would be the best car for those 10's??

 
I know first dibs and gentleman's honor and all that but there is also a thing called greed and deeper pockets,hahaha.you could recoop what your wheels cost
 
just a thought,hehe


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 30-September-2009 at 3:38AM
Sorry...Carl already has dibs. 

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Regul8r
Date Posted: 30-September-2009 at 3:49AM
Uante,
Send me a PM with address.
PM Sent
 


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Carl Corey (Moderator/Event Coordinator) Contact ANYTIME!
1976 Ford Elite "Lola Mae"
97 Suzuki Intruder 1400
US Army Retired


Posted By: 76grantorino
Date Posted: 30-September-2009 at 12:47PM
there's alot of talk about slots, does anyone have a pic of a wagon with slots? my boss has a set down at the shopi may be able to snag? haha

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30-September-2009 at 1:56PM
Originally posted by Uante Uante wrote:

Sorry...Carl already has dibs. 
 
I know he had dibs and if your read my reply I said about dibs and gentleman's honor and all that but there is a thing a free enterprise and the man with the deepest pockets.I guess your not greedy as I would have bought them for what all your wheels together cost you and would have gotten free wheels for your car out of the deal but too late hope Carl pays you a good price for those two wheels as i'm out of this now and gonna find my own 10 in wide slots somewhere else
dang can't even offer a guy more money your too honest and make me sick,LOL


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 30-September-2009 at 1:57PM



A Wagon would look cool with slots! These aren't slots, but looks good! 

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30-September-2009 at 2:01PM
this has been a test and only a test,had you failed it ,
it would have been followed by  a warning siren before being called every name in the book.
I'm proud that you stuck to your word ,cause without it your like every other scum bag in the world in my book but I have much respect as even though I wouldn't have bought them you didn't know me and could have went for my test not knowing it was a test.
I hope everyone else on this forum is as honest and gentlemenly as you are.
i'll find some somewhere I have got time,just wanted to see if you would bite but you passed with flying colors I'm glad to say


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30-September-2009 at 2:07PM
Originally posted by Uante Uante wrote:

A Wagon would look cool with slots! 
 
I don't know about that I had a 72 Gran Torino Wagon before I got my first 73 torino and if I put my mags on it it would have looked kewl for sure or cooler then hubcaps that's for sure.


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 09-October-2009 at 12:56PM


Well I couldn't get the picture of my ex-girlfriend by the Car, so I just drew her standing by it! Tongue Actually I didn't draw it, I just cut and pasted it. Hope the artist doesn't mind! Let's see, wonder what the chances of an artist from France seeing one of his drawings in a Torino forum in the US?


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: crispy23c
Date Posted: 09-October-2009 at 2:00PM
Originally posted by Uante Uante wrote:




A Wagon would look cool with slots! These aren't slots, but looks good! 
Yeah, those are Torque Thrust II's.  Sweet wheels.  those are very high on my list, along with a Torino wagon one day!  PS, nothing against your girlfriend, but she looks kind of...um... cartoonish.  Aging can be so unkind to a woman LOL
~Chris


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Chris P. '73 GTS FastBack 351CJ-4V Triple black


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 09-October-2009 at 5:36PM
Too much Arizona Sun!! lol

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 10-October-2009 at 3:41PM
wait isn't that the wrong car? It looks white in that photo and the new one is Gold still. better photoshop a new pic and replace that one,Haha and this time make it a color photo


Posted By: twintornados
Date Posted: 10-October-2009 at 10:24PM
Originally posted by Uante Uante wrote:


Well I couldn't get the picture of my ex-girlfriend by the Car, so I just drew her standing by it! Tongue Actually I didn't draw it, I just cut and pasted it. Hope the artist doesn't mind! Let's see, wonder what the chances of an artist from France seeing one of his drawings in a Torino forum in the US?

Women....they just don't understand Shocked

Current females on this forum excluded...Wink


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1974 Gran Torino Elite...gotta love them big Fords...


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 6:19AM


Here's an update on my minor interior work. I say minor, cuz it needs more, but I don't want to do a full restoration right now.
Anyway, I got the original material from SMS to re-upholster the front seat, so I took that out and replaced the carpet while the seat is getting done. So far so good. Looking forward to getting the seat back as it's kinda hard to drive sitting on a box! 



A little tricky getting it out by yourself, but an old handy office chair did the trick.



Original carpet came in two peices and was in poor shape.




This spot was the worst area!



Carpet out...All original sound proofing in good shape and no rust anywhere...Jealous? You should be! lol



New carpet in and just waiting on the seat!



Of course "everyone" had to approve the carpet before it got installed.

 


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 10:39AM
Carpet looks nice is it Auto Custom Carpet? Can't wait to see your seats. Your bird , is it a love bird or a half moon parrot? I'm sure him and kitty get along real well . lol!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: crispy23c
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 10:52AM
Wow, your car is really coming along Uante!  Like your pets, too.  Can they come over for dinner? LOL

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Chris P. '73 GTS FastBack 351CJ-4V Triple black


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 10:53AM
Yes that's the carpet. I had them leave it untrimmed because I heard sometimes it's a little short on the sides. But they said they leave 4" extra anyway...so I had to trim about 8".
The bird is Max and he's a Yellow Nape Amazon. The cat is Jimmy. They keep each other entertained alright, but I'm more worried about Jimmy! Max is like a pair of Flying Pliers!


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 10:54AM
Originally posted by crispy23c crispy23c wrote:

Wow, your car is really coming along Uante!  Like your pets, too.  Can they come over for dinner? LOL


Sure they can! They both like raw steak!


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 10:56AM
Took a cruise today in my Torino Should of drove up your way to say hey! Great day for driving eh? When your's is done we need to meet half way in between fo a photo op!!

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 11:03AM
I'll drive it down to Tucson after the seat is finished. My GF lives up near Tangerine and La Cholla. Also I'm gonna take it to the weekly classic car show up here. Every Saturday they have a get together at the Kmart parking lot.  

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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: Torinogts73c
Date Posted: 01-November-2009 at 11:06AM
Great I at Tangerine and Oracle wonder if Tucson is ready for Us ? haha! I am working next Saturday , other than that Saturday's are open.

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Gary 73 Gran Torino Sport 351CJ,SVT LIGHTNING,07 CHARGER R/T HEMI,97 Mustang GT Vert

"Never complain Never explain"


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 05-November-2009 at 12:53AM
I loved cruising around Tuscan in my first 73 Torino,, I wouls always drive by the aircraft grave yard and pat where they keep al the Military aircraft then go down town and get body supplies at the PPG Paint store. that was back in 1992,haven't been back since. kewl place but I only knew a few people.
 
I'm still trying to find a set of 15 X10 slots,they are going like hotcakes on Ebay and I just can't afford $350 for two wheels so I watch as everyone elese bids and makes it go sky high but the first thing I need to buy is Andy's 73 GTS then maybe next year I can blow that kind money on a set of slots but for now I just search and watch but someone always pics up onn the auction and starts a bidding war with others and drives the price up.
he who has the deepest wallet wins,LOL
 
 if you guys go to Tuscan take some good photos of youir cars together and post them,that is one photo I would copy and save for a screensaver.


Posted By: 73GTS
Date Posted: 05-November-2009 at 4:01AM
This is a great story about your car. Brings back memories for me too.My first car was
a '73 Gran Torino Bro also. Green on Green. 1979 my senior year in high school. Blew all my money on that car. I had a blast with it. Unfortunately I wrecked it after high school and parted it out. I just bought a '73 GTS I'm doing a rotisserie restoration on. (see;  http://www.torinocobra.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12225 - http://www.torinocobra.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12225 ) I still have a few parts left from my first car I will be using on this restoration. That's all I will have for memories.
Keep the udates coming!
Jim


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Jim




Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 05-November-2009 at 6:55AM
Originally posted by 73GTS 73GTS wrote:

This is a great story about your car. Brings back memories for me too.My first car was
a '73 Gran Torino Bro also. Green on Green. 1979 my senior year in high school. Blew all my money on that car. I had a blast with it. Unfortunately I wrecked it after high school and parted it out. I just bought a '73 GTS I'm doing a rotisserie restoration on. (see;  http://www.torinocobra.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12225 - http://www.torinocobra.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12225 ) I still have a few parts left from my first car I will be using on this restoration. That's all I will have for memories.
Keep the udates coming!
Jim


Thanks Jim...I can't tell you how many memories flooded back in on that drive home from Oregon. Strange how I remember so much about the car, dash, instruments, etc...when I only had it for less my original for less than 3 years.
Too bad about wrecking your car...Green on Green huh? Wasn't that mint light green was it? I saw a mint colored 73' GTB for sale on the Houston craigslist back when I was searching. Looks like you're going all out on your restoration. I'll check that link again for updates!




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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: 73GTS
Date Posted: 05-November-2009 at 3:12PM
It was identical to legend onirot's car posted here under "NEW MEMBER" thread.
Broken Heart


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Jim




Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 10:32AM
Can anyone send me a picture of the knob for releasing the front seats so you can flip them forward. I ordered a pair from a catolog and all they had were some that looked like toliet flushing handles. I know those aren't what I need and all I have to go by is what I think they are supposed to look like from 30 year old memories. I remember a rounded off "T" knob with a set screw in the "T" base.
 
 


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: 73GTS
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 12:13PM
The ones you described they sent you sounds like '70-'71 handles. Do you have a bench or buckets?

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Posted By: guywalker
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 12:14PM
Originally posted by Uante Uante wrote:

Can anyone send me a picture of the knob for releasing the front seats so you can flip them forward. I ordered a pair from a catolog and all they had were some that looked like toliet flushing handles. I know those aren't what I need and all I have to go by is what I think they are supposed to look like from 30 year old memories. I remember a rounded off "T" knob with a set screw in the "T" base.
 
 
hope this helps


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 12:27PM
[/QUOTE] hope this helps
[/QUOTE]
 
That's Them! Great thanks. I knew I wasn't crazy! Now I just have to find some.


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: guywalker
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 12:31PM
ok JUST STAY AWAY FROM MY CAR.................( joke)


Posted By: Uante
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 12:32PM
Originally posted by 73GTS 73GTS wrote:

The ones you described they sent you sounds like '70-'71 handles. Do you have a bench or buckets?
 
I have the bench seats with the fold down armrest.


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'73 Gran Torino Brougham
'63 Econoline Panel Van
- Brent *USAF RET*


Posted By: guywalker
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 12:33PM
niceer than mine  just the bench high backs


Posted By: ramair351
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 1:18PM
dearborn classics sells them, page 61 of the 2009 catalog. no picture of them though.
  $29 each. --ouch--


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-Pete
1972 montego GT
1970 Torino cobra SCJ
1970 mustang mach 1
1965 Falcon futura





Posted By: crispy23c
Date Posted: 10-November-2009 at 1:25PM
Bench or buckets, they are the same.  $29 each?  OW!
Mine are fine, I just need the plastic plated that mount to the seats themselves.  Not easy to find

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Chris P. '73 GTS FastBack 351CJ-4V Triple black


"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - Gen. John Stark



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