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Ross O.'s 1974 Gran Torino Brougham®
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Ross' car is a 1974 Gran Torino Brougham with a 351 Windsor engine and FMX automatic transmission. Ross purchased it off eBay and says he paid "just a little over $1,000 for it!" He and his brother, Tony, drove from Springfield, Illinois to Colorado with a trunk full of tools and a cheap floor jack to pick up the car. He says it ran great, and the only problem they had was the rag joint in the steering linkage had disintegrated and was on the safety stops (a pretty common problem). He says, "We stopped at a salvage yard and they had some brand new ones. We got one on the car and drove her home without any more problems."


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Ross completely disassembled the car and had the upper and lower control arms, radiator support, wheel wells, strut rods, sway bar, and a lot more powder coated. "I replaced everything," he says, "steering box, tie rods, pitman arms, brakes, EVERYTHING." Then he sanded the entire bottom of the car and primed it oxide red primer, then shot the entire underside with semi-gloss black. He then welded in the opera windows and replaced the rear quarter panels.

Ross rebuilt the car's engine himself. "It has a 9-6-1 compression ratio, with an Edelbrock Performer cam, lifters, and intake, and is topped off with an Edelbrock Performer carb."

Ross also painted the car himself! "This was my first paint job," he says. "I tried to follow "Movie" Mike's example when painting the stripe." He painted the car black where the stripe was going to be, then masked off the outline of the stripe. Then he shot the car with Pure White, masked off the inside of the stripe, and shot the car Viper Red.


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Some of the photos above are from the Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield, Illinois, which is quickly becoming one of the biggest annual S&H Torino Reunion sites in the country.

I love to hear stories about people who make a very small initial investment in a decent, solid-running car and then put a lot of time and hard work into it. That's not a route everyone can take, but it sounds like fun, and when it's complete, you can really take pride in what you've done. Great job, Ross!
 

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