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    Posted: 25-March-2014 at 5:48AM
So I got the Torino fired up. Still many things to do, one of which is the front clip. I have cleaned all the parts, performed some rust abatement on the fenders.

What is the recommended order of reassembly for the front end? The inner fenders and core support are on now. I have the front clip and fenders to put on.

Any recommendations and tips/tricks are very welcome.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zebra 3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-March-2014 at 12:03PM
...Thats where I am at right now with mine....putting the front clip back on...my inner fenders and core support are on now as well.....I started with the fenders w/ headlight buckets, will do the grill next (to help keep the fenders square and some what aligned) and then the hinges and finally the hood.
  Since I am a one man operation here, I am going to have the body/paint shop do the final, fine tuned, alignment 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Grantorinosport351 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-March-2014 at 12:16PM
I have tore down a 72 front end 6 times now I think
Here is my order
1. Core support
2. Fender wells
3. Put on the fenders
4. Headlight assembly
5. Grill
6. Header panel
7 hood
8 valance
9 bumper
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote californiajohnny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-March-2014 at 12:59PM
Originally posted by Grantorinosport351 Grantorinosport351 wrote:

I have tore down a 72 front end 6 times now I think
Here is my order
1. Core support
2. Fender wells
3. Put on the fenders
4. Headlight assembly
5. Grill
6. Header panel
7 hood
8 valance
9 bumper

see bryan, you're getting body work experience already! nothing like "hands on training"LOL
i think the 72 is a little different than mine and scott's cars the header panel would need to be on first because the grill bolts through the header and headlight assemblies through little slots
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Yeah I think your right!
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Originally posted by Grantorinosport351 Grantorinosport351 wrote:

Yeah I think your right!
(if i had a nickel for every time i heard that)LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote unlovedford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-March-2014 at 2:05PM
1973-'76 are far easier to dismantle and assemble. Some tricks that I have learned:

Try to resist assembling the entire header/trim/headlight/mouldings/grill assembly and then pick it up to move it by yourself. The trim bends easily.

Mount the bumper/metal center filler last, if you have guards.

The end rubber fillers need to be mounted with the lower headlight trim at the same time.

Bumper guards add to the issues, lol.

The grill and grill trim are the most delicate parts. Flimsy, brittle, and very unforgiving - especially the grill tabs.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Eliteman76 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-April-2014 at 5:24PM
Scott, when I put the GTS back together:
Install radiator support leave bolts a bit loose.
Install liners on fenders:

Work on fender to door gaps.

Install hinges and hood after squaring up things:


Have shop dog inspect work:

stand back and go SEXY!!

Stare at pile of trim. And all the back up trim you have:

Don't forget new radiator support bushings:

Sit back again and enjoy staring at your car:

Well, that's my car. Off my koolaid!! lol

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i'd fire that shop/guard dog! that vette got stripped right under his nose Shocked
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kychevyguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-April-2014 at 12:29AM
But man, what a shop the dog is guarding. Nice shop! (Nice car too!)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GranTorinoSport Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-April-2014 at 11:22AM
Andy - thank you! Great pictures!
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No problem man. Hey, you get the AC stuff squared away? Meant to give you a call to BS for a bit, but work and life has been kicking my butt
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Regul8r 2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24-November-2016 at 6:19AM
and remember...
hang your door and adjust the gaps on the BACK EDGE.
The door gaps fit to the body of the car and THEN the front fenders adjust to get the front gap correct.
 
DO NOT move the doors to align with the front fenders.
 
This is why the core support has shims and there is so much play in the fender mounting.
Remove a shim or add a shim to get a good door gap top to bottom.
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Is the core support bushing the Chevy type?   Did you use them for your entire car?

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It looks like the energy set up ? am doing that right now. what bolts,nuts and washers from original setup did you use?
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Very good thread. Now I am going to pull the damaged parts off myself to add to the paint money.
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Are the radiator support bushings readily available? Are the bushings all the same on the body?
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Originally posted by handsofstone handsofstone wrote:

Are the radiator support bushings readily available? Are the bushings all the same on the body?

http://forum.grantorinosport.org/topic17047_post182685.html#182685
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Thanks Johnny.
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