This Limited Production S&H Gran Torino was for sale here on this web site in
January 2003 when "Movie
Mike" was looking for Torinos to rebuild for the film. He bought it
and restored it, including a new paint job featuring a stripe of his own unique design instead of the original
factory stripe. Unlike Hero Torino #1, this car already had bucket seats and floor shift. This car had only 54,000
original miles on it. The original engine was removed and replaced with a Monster 351 Windsor built by Mike's crew
at Premiere Studio Rentals.
Torinos #1 and #2 now look identical - only their mother (Mike) can tell them apart.
Penny and I (above) spent the whole day watching a couple of scenes from the "Starsky
and Hutch" movie being filmed in Playa Del Rey, California, on April 29, 2003. S&H Torino Owners Steve B., and George G. were
there, too! The four of us watched some filming, chatted with "background performers," stunt drivers,
and crew members, but mostly gawked at Torino #2 (above) all day (#1 was in the shop, get more info here). Penny and I spent the next day
on the set at Manhattan Beach, watching more filming, but this day was special because Steve and George were there,
and we were seeing the film's stars (living and mechanical) for the first time. We also met Transportation Coordinator
Jonathan Rosenfeld, Picture Car Coordinator
Craig Lietzke, and Picture Car Mechanic
Pete Mandell - three of the nicest
guys in the movie industry! (Everyone in the Transpo. Dept. treated us great. Thanks again for the visit, guys!)
Penny and I met "Movie
Mike" a couple of days later - get more info here.
This photo of the car's engine bay is the one that Hot Rod Magazine used for the March 2004 issue, so the photo must have been taken in 2003.
Ten years later, Barry has given the car a complete engine overhaul including having an MSD Atomic Electronic Fuel System installed, and firewall repaint. The engine looks very much the same without the typical carburetor issues. The old cast iron crank shaft was replaced with a forged one, and he also had the rear end gears changed out from 4:11 to 3:25 so its much more street driveable. Barry says, "The car will start cold and no more choke, float, mechanical fuel pump, carb adjusting, etc. The system is amazing. I'm certain I have picked up additional horsepower along the way. I also had them replace the heater fan motor and install a new heater core as the old motor ran really bad and made noise."
Barry has put his own custom touch on the car!
This car is "#2" of several Gran Torinos that "star" in the
2004 "Starsky & Hutch"®movie - see other Movie
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