On Fri, 15 Apr 2005 23:56:53 -0700, "Jfitch1" <Jfitch1@cox.net> wrote:
><firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> Hi all,
>> I've been lurking for quite some time and must say, this is quite a
>> group. Lots of knowledgeable folks sharing their knowledge freely.
>Good to see a lurker speakin up. What's got you lurkering aside from obvious
>love of the old rides?
I used to have a '72 Cougar (351 C 2V, basically stock, except for
dual exhaust w/ a crossover) and a friend had a '73 Gran Torino that
we dropped a 460 into. Not necesscarily a road rocket, but way better
than the 351C 2V it replaced. Even after the upgrade to a Holley 600,
Edlebrock Perfomer intake, Duraspark II - Blue grommet - and Duals. No
wheelspin problems. After 460, lots. Especially after going to 4.87
gears w/ a spool - I know - why??? Easy part-throttle burnouts.
Miss both vehicles. Miss the sound of Cleveland Exhaust as you wind
above 3000 RPM. Miss the 351 2V (with aforementioned holley
4-barrel)'s ability to pull hard from 3000-5500 RPM. Miss the 460's
ability to make the air cleaner "honk" when you punched it - not to
mention both withstood major abuse.
One day the friend ask me to hop in a give the 351 in the Torino a
quick shot of throttle in neutral so he could hear the exhaust from
the rear of the car. For reasons beyond both of our comprehension to
this very day - I punched it quickly and lifted off - only to have the
carb (cringe) stick with all 4 barrels wide open. I distictly remember
looking down at the Sun mini-tach and watching the needle needle sweep
up to (and past) 8000 RPM and the Cleveland started making NASCAR
noises. I had presence of mind to start kicking the gas pedal - no
joy. A second later (which felt like and hour) turned off the
ignition. Fix stuck throttle - never happened again. (Light) Rod
knock/minimal oil pressure no worse or better than before. Final
dispostion of this motor story in itself.
After adding the 4.87 gears to the 460, friend makes shore trip - at
3800 RPM for (most of) 100 miles. Oil pressure sinks to handful of
lbs. Bottom only knocked after oil changed and before filter filled.
Nice to see intelligent discussion of these kind of cars.
>> Last Sunday afternoon, I was heading down State Road in NE
>> Philadelphia, when a red, 1970 (I think) Torino GT with a Cobra Jet
>> hood scoop passed me on the left.
>> Abosolutely outstanding condition - seemingly restored-but-stock -
>> flawless paint, straight sheetmetal, quiet-but-authoritative exhaust
>> sound, no dubs-n-rubberband-tires. Turned to go to local boat-launch
>> area (Linden avenue) - I would have followed, but was pressed for
>> Just wondering if belonged to any of you - if you saw it, you'd want
>No doubt. My fav year of Torinos plus the GT taillights look so much nicer
>in my option.
70-71 was a high point - weight and aesthetics. I agree about the
taillights. For that matter, the details (E.G. grille) was the nicest
Torino in the range. The subsequent (72-76) was decent, but not a good
follow-up act. The way things are these days, I'd take a 4-door with
a 302 - gladly!!!
>> P.S.Their is a bar by said boat launch area that a beautiful, original
>> 1969 Boss 302 parks at on Saturdays. Belong to any of you?
>> Thanks in advance,
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