73 grand torino way back in 73.... the parts seemed interchangeable, all
except the front bumper mounts.. i think 73 was the first year with the
bounce back bumper(someone would hit you and they would bounce back off
1973 parts will not fit on a 1972 without modofication. The front end is
completely different, the hood contours are different, and the frame horns
are different. You are correct that 1973 is the first year of the
Federally-mandated energy absorbing bumpers.
i had a 73 and it had the front bumper(safety) and remember replacing
the back bumper as someone hit it two times... and it did not have the
safety bumper in 73 but did in 74 and i was thinking of modifiying it to
add the safety bumper on the back....
been there done that....
Sorry, Jim. The '73 was indeed the first year of the 5 MPH
bumper up front and '74 got the rear treatment. The '73 and
'74 look much alike in the front while the '72 and '73 are
near twins in the rear. Do a google search and you will
find many pics of the various model.
Maybe I should be more specific. I was referring to the
Gran Torino. I keep forgetting that some folks actually
bought the cheap Torinos or would want to restore one. In
any case, dearborn classics is a good place to start for
older Ford pieces. There are several. Hemmings Motor News
should never be overlooked for sources.
Via email the poster tells me he has a Gran Torino, and needs grill,
surround (header) and headlight assys and front trim.
As for the base Torino, you need to look at that with "fresh" eyes. I
always discounted them. Ugly in comparison to the Gran level. But now,
they are rather unique. A 1972 base torino tudor sedan completely stock
looking with a built 460 would make a first-rate sleeper. And, when you
take the 1972 as it's own entity, not comparing it with the Gran, it's not
bad looking. Less fish-mouth effect.
I have developed a real tatste for stock sleepers of late, and the 1972/73
base Torinos are an untapped resource. Find one in good shape and get it
cheap because, of course, it's just an ugly base Torino. Heh heh heh.
On Mon, 22 Dec 2003 15:46:20 GMT, "Whole Lotta Tom"
Speaking of 460's, IK was just given one along with a 400 -
both complete. I haven't run the numbers yet on the 460 but
the 400 appears to be a 1978 truck piece with std. bores and
crank. I am kicking around the idea of replacing the 351CJ
with one of them. The big thing stopping me is the fact
that the car is all matching numbers. It may be worth much
more original than modified.
If the mods you make are reversable, and you keep the original parts, what
does it hurt? A person interested in a resto project is more concerned with
having the correct parts that it all being together. If you plan to sell
the car in the future, but want to enjoy it now, I say build what you want
but be careful to document the changes so that it is easy to reverse.
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