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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twintornados Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-April-2015 at 2:22PM
I liked the style of the slotted aluminums so much, I got a set for my '83 Mustang GLX....don't worry, still have my 1976 Montego MX...she is still up in winter storage for another month....but my Mustang is a lot of fun as well...


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Hey Guys,

Been away for a while with a lot of changes in my life. Bought a house...it was build in '78 and when I parked the Torino in front got the idea to make an old looking picture.

Here's my 70's House and Car pic    Clap

Anyway looking for things to settle down and start going to more shows and this fall when it cools off,  hope to install the dash I bought from James "73GTS" over a year ago. 

Edited by Uante - 02-August-2015 at 9:36AM
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Clap congrats on the house! the bright sun light looks a little over exposed like an old pic! Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-August-2015 at 1:51PM
Congrats on the house, and I like that the car is sitting level on a sloped drivewayThumbs Up
That's the way a 70s car is supposed to sit!
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
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Thanks!
It was a good drive Sunday drive...carefully got up to 90 on the freeway to get some of the cobwebs out!  Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Torinogts73c Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-August-2015 at 7:31AM
SO what part of Phoenix are you in now? Eastside? 
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I live in Tempe now...Between I-10 and 101 on Elliot Ave.

How's things in Tucson Gary?




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I took my car in for a "tune-up" last week and got it back yesterday....What a Difference! Seems the kick-down linkage was not installed correctly and somehow my crankshaft pulley slips so the timing marks aren't correct. I thought that was strange since I thought the pulley locked into place on the crankshaft. Anyway, that is why my car was running crappy, the timing appeared to be right with the timing light, but was actually retarded 4 degrees.
Now with the timing issue and the kick-down fixed (along with some minor things), it runs awesome! Going to take it to a car show this weekend...I'd better start getting her all shined up!
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Originally posted by Uante Uante wrote:

I took my car in for a "tune-up" last week and got it back yesterday....What a Difference! Seems the kick-down linkage was not installed correctly and somehow my crankshaft pulley slips so the timing marks aren't correct. I thought that was strange since I thought the pulley locked into place on the crankshaft. Anyway, that is why my car was running crappy, the timing appeared to be right with the timing light, but was actually retarded 4 degrees.
Now with the timing issue and the kick-down fixed (along with some minor things), it runs awesome! Going to take it to a car show this weekend...I'd better start getting her all shined up!

The outer portion of the balancer is bonded to the center portion with rubber.  the rubber deteriorates and the outer ring, that has the timing marks on it, can slip.  the center portion is keyed to the crank so if THAT section moves you have bigger problems than a bad balancer, lol.  Glad to hear its performing better!
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Sorry I took so long to reply but it has been a very busy 3 months ! Things are getting better in Tucson I just moved into my new home with lots of Torino space! 1 acre lot with a 1300 sq ft garage and a 800 sq ft storage building along with the house no space problems now!! It is in Catalina Az. near highway 77 looking at the Catalina Mts we will have to do a breakfast run to Florence some time Brent!! Glad your car is running better now too!! 
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Congrats on the new place Gary! Sounds Great! A Florence run sounds good, that's one thing I've been told is to cut down on the short trips and get out and drive it! Tongue
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Amen bro drive it!!!

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Old post, however ... Guys we need to get together at Good Guys Scottsdale in a few weeks!
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There is an all Ford show in March in Tucson on March 20th put on by the 
Southern AZ Mustang Club called Fords on Fourth usually 250 cars show up nice show!http://www.southernarizonamustangclub.org/   look under events


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Both shows sound pretty good!
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I'm thinking about selling my Torino. I also have a 73 hood and a 72 cut out scoop for making a 72 style hood for a 73.

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keep the torino, sell the extra hood Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BackInBlack Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-July-2016 at 11:57PM
Sorry to hear about your decision to sell...hope its not because of hard times.   Your Torino looks the most like mine regarding the color scheme.  Mine was that OEM gold with the Ginger interior.  Your hood scoop swap inspired me to do the same.   Thanks for the posts!

I hope you figure out a way to hold onto it.
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Thanks for the encouragement to keep the GTB. I know if I did sell it I'd be sorry, like I was with the first one, and the '58 Truck, and the 69 Mustang, and the 69 Camaro. lol
Money is an issue, but not the deciding factor. I have to keep it in a rental storage shed which luckily is only a half mile away, but still sucks. And I was thinking about all I need to do to it. I want to take it into a automotive spring specialist I've talked to who says he can figure out the strange problem with the rear end, then I have upholstery rework with the front seat and I'd like to repaint the top (hood and trunk) cuz I was a dumb ass the first time and didn't paint "to the edges" to hide the color variances better. It all figures to be another 4-5k just to get it where I'd want it.
 
Or not, just leave it like it is and drive it when I find the time. Although the suspension mystery has to be figured out at least.
 
The biggest problem is time. I have the van project and my girlfriend's bug to finish. If I was retired, it'd be fine, but this working crap is taking up way too much of my leisure time!
 
Anyway, I decided last night to at least keep it until the 10 year mark. I got it in 2009 so I'll keep it until 2019 at least.
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Hang onto it for a while before you decide.   Like you, I regret ever selling my past cars.  I had a 65 Mustang convertible that I bought when 15 waiting to get my driver license.   A later got a 72 Cuda for $400 (in the 80's).   Back then people saw these classics as old cars and wanted to get rid of them.   You can't touch a Cuda like the one I had for under $30k now.  I wish to this day I kept both!  
I'm glad these ol'Gran Torinos haven't been discovered by the Barrett Jackson masses with big check books.  Keeps them affordable and fun!   Personally I would rather drive it as a daily driver and get rid of the new car just to keep it and work on it when finances allow.   Its a tough decision and I'm sure you'll make the right decision for you and your family.
 
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