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Tim K.'s 1972 Ford Gran Torino®
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"Wait just a minute," you're saying. "Just when we thought you knew something about S&H Torinos, you're telling this is a '72 when, obviously, it's a '74, '75, or '76!" Well, smarty pants, it LOOKS like a '74-'76, thanks to a lot of hard work on Tim's part, but it's a 1972 - no doubt about it. Keep reading and take a look at the photos below!


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The back end of this 1972 now looks just like the back end of the 1974-1976 style Torinos used on the TV Show. Other people have switched front ends on 1972 and 1973 Torinos to make them look like 1974-1976 models, but Tim is the first person to go all the way and convert the back end as well! I didn't know it could be done with such good results until now!


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Stuff you can't see in the pictures: the engine is a 351 Cleveland bored 30 over. It has a C6 tranny. The rear end gears are stock 2.75 right now but will be changed to 4.11 later. It has black bucket seats with center console, and was converted from steering column shift to floor shift with 3 speed automatic. These pictures were taken at our Annual S&H Torino Owners Reunion in the Wisconsin Dells in May of 2006. That's my car in the right-hand photo with the white letters on the tires, George F.'s behind mine, Tim's behind that, and Don M.'s behind Tim's.


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These photos show the car with its original 1972 front (left, above) and back ends (left, below) which were VASTLY different from the 1974-1976 style Gran Torino. As with other cars on this site, the front end switch was relatively easy (right, above), but the back end required a lot of work involving cutting, welding, and body filler (right, below).


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Tim had to cut away the entire back end of the car from about halfway between the rear wheels and the bumper to the very back. Then a new back end was welded in place. You can see the difference in rear ends in these two photos.

Tim wisely painted the car white first, then masked off the stripe and painted the red. If red was applied first, it could have bled through the white, like throwing new red and white clothes in the wash together.

Fantastic Work, Tim! You've boldly gone where no man has gone before! (Sorry about that, I know I'm referencing the wrong TV show.)
 

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