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CJ B.'s 1975 Gran Torino®
"Starsky & Hutch"®Replica


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CJ's dad, Chuck, sent me the Winter photos of their S&H Torino (below), and I took these Summer ones at the S&H Torino Reunion at the 2006 All-Ford Nationals in in Carlisle, PA. This car has a 351 Windsor, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and factory radio in a sport dash from another car. The front seat is also from that car, a 1973 Gran Torino Brougham. All the gauges, including factory tachometer, work. This car has dual exhaust with glasspacks and a 4-barrel Holley carb.


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This car was originally yellow but had been painted as a "Starsky" replica many years ago. It sat out in the South Carolina sun for a very long time. When CJ and Chuck got the car, the old dash was practically melted, the interior was in shreds, and the paint was faded just about down to the primer. It had three Cragar SS wheels and one steel wheel.


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Chuck bought it from a gentlemen in Texas who was selling it for a friend. Chuck had flown to Texas in March, 2004, to look at a "mint condition" 1976 Torino that a retired man had in a garage. The car was completely misrepresented, and after inspection of it he was disappointed and ready to give up looking. His wife looked on the computer and found this Torino 155 miles north of where he was. Chuck drove to Mineola, Texas to meet the seller who waited for Chuck until he arrived at Midnight. Chuck looked at the car in the dark with his car headlights shining on it! The car was "hammered and beat up" from the weather and abuse, but had few dents and very little rust. He made a deal with owner, paid for the car on the spot, and made arrangements to have it shipped home to Pennsylvania.


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This car now has new oversized springs, front and rear, with extended air shocks in the back for that "stand tall" look. Chuck says he has always liked his cars sitting high like that, and I agree it looks cool! The key, I think, is he was sure to get the back end higher than the front.

The tires are P255/60R15 on 7" rims in the front and P275/60R15 on 8" rims in the back. Chuck says the car could use re-chromed bumpers, new tail light bezels, and new carpet, but other than that it has "come a long way."

When you're done here, check out CJ's brother
Shane's 1976 4-Speed S&H Torino.
 

Once upon a time, Chuck also owned a blue S&H Torino replica.
It went missing for over 20 years - but it has been found, and it's red now!
Read about Chuck's (formerly) Blue S&H Torino Replica

 

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