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Rick D.'s 1974 Ford Gran Torino®
"Starsky & Hutch"®Replica


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Rick bought this car from Joe W. in 2015. Every S&H Torino on this website - whether it's one of the cars used on the TV show or the movie, one of the cars built with the S&H paint job by Ford, or a replica built by someone and sold to someone else - has a unique and usually fun story. But my favorites, generally, are those whose owners started with a dream and made that dream come true with their own hard work. Not everyone can do that. Some of us, me especially, are not mechanically inclined or experienced. With any luck, we got to work on our cars just a little and made minor adjustments after we bought them to make them uniquely our own. Rick's car is one of the do-it-completely-yourself stories.

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This car was purchased on eBay July 29, 2013. A 31,000 mile survivor from Modesto, California, it was a one-owner car that was in need of a complete makeover.

On July 29, 2013, pictures were taken and then the complete tear down began. Joe W., the owner at the time, was also an owner of a body shop in Texas and his goal was to restore the entire car himself, and that is pretty much the way it went. All of the labor and skill was by his own hand. Except for some sanding and buffing, it was all him. He would have done 100% of the work, but he also had his business to run!

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The car was given an all stainless steel OEM-styled exhaust. It has period-correct Good Year Bias Ply G60X15 tires on the rear, mounted on Cragar 15" x 8.5" wheels. It has 14" x 7" Appliance wheels with E 70 tires on the front. The wheels are identical to the ones on the car that Doug Stevenson once owned which was used in seasons 2-4 of the TV show.

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So this Torino had a ground-up, body-off frame, nut, and bolt restoration. All the original bolts were blasted and re-plated to the original silver, zinc or gold cadmium just like they were originally manufactured. The frame and complete suspension were powder-coated, and the bottom was soda blasted and painted.


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Joe invested 1,200 hours of blood, sweat, and frustration, and many weeks of waiting for parts or waiting to find the right parts online, in salvage yards, or on eBay. It looks like those hours and days were well worth it! This is a fantastic-looking car. Have you ever seen anything so clean? You can eat off those break rotors. Great work, Joe - and congratulations to Rick, the lucky new owner!
 

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