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    Posted: 22-May-2022 at 2:46AM
Hello All! I've silently viewed the forum for awhile and figured i'd introduce myself.

My very first car in high school was a green paint/green interior 1971 Torino Formal Roof with a 250. We had to get rid of it because we had a lot of issues we didn't at the time know how to fix. Fast forward 15 years, married, and my Father-in-law is a car guy (Mopar and Pontiac mostly). We buy a 1962 Dodge Lancer 778 to work on together, he falls in love with it and tells me he'll buy it off me and i can get something else.

I start looking for a Torino just like I had in high school (with maybe a V8). I find "Boogie" on Craigslist under the antiques section instead of autos. It was 3 and a half hours a way but was a wife's car (and she was in makeup sales by the amount of cleanup I had to do), it was garaged for 17 years. It had been wrecked and not well repaired but same color as I had in high school, black interior, 302. It ran and drove for $4k. We started the drive back to Alabama and had 2 tires separate (which are fun to find on a road trip). Then the radiator started spitting a leak through the gap in the front grill and the fan stopped turning. We ended up towing with with my Colorado the 2 hours back home.

I'm not the most knowledgeable car person so I know i'll be asking everyone alot of dumb questions. I plan to start a build thread to document everything i've done from getting Boogie a year and a half ago to now!.


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Welcome, and congrats on finding the car that brings back a lot of memories etc. Go slow and be patient with finding things to work on. There will be big issues, and small ones like what you had getting it home. The mechanical stuff will be easy, fixing any rust, and sourcing many parts that are obsolete, those will be the major stuff.
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Thanks!

Yeah I found that replacing the grill wasn't a simple or cheap process. I bought 2 "split" grille pieces off ebay only to find that my car didn't have the right headlight buckets for it. So $600 dollars later for a grille that did fit and of course it has now cracked (because its 50 years old ha). I'm not looking to do a full restore but just do things to it I find fun or interesting. So far we've swapped taillights, rebuilt the motor, tore the bench seat out for some procars, wielded floor boards, put in new carpet, swapped the radio/speaker and I just got one of the wheels I think i'm going to use. Just need to figure out tires and suspension. Then maybe brakes. After that unless i fall into a big pile of money to do paint/body i'll probably be done.
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Sounds like a nice project. Post pics as soon as you get a project thread going. Everyone loves them in quantity. I find taking video is much better as you can simply take a screenshot without having to take a class on editing.
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Welcome! Beer
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Hi ya mate!

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 welcome!
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Welcome!  I have upgraded you to a new member so your have full forum privileges, including be able to post pics.  Lets see some pics of your '71.  It sounds like a great project. 
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I'll work on getting a build thread going but here she is the weekend I got her home.


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Beautiful! And welcome, glad to see another 70/71 in here! Wink
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 clean looking car!!!
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good looking car! Welcome to the family!
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