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1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport Fastback 429 Big Block

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 429 Big Block Automatic
Previous carDodge Aspen

Summary:

A classic collector muscle car, in the making.

Faults:

This car needs a pro paint job. It was flat white and the rust was covered with a load of bondo. Could use a new carburetor, but it still runs great.

General Comments:

In high school I sanded it all down and replaced most of the rust on the body and around the wheel wells.

I painted it metallic gun metal grey. The paint doesn't look too bad, but I am getting it done professionally pretty soon.

I paid 2500 for the car and it came with some slick deep dish craigers in perfect condition.

I want to do this car up right, make it a collector. The engine is huge and has serious potential. The body shape for the 73' sport fastback is pretty sick.

Give me some feedback, let me know what you think of the car. Give me some ideas for the engine. What do you think is the proper colour to paint this car?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2007

3rd Jan 2008, 16:43

Yah that blue might be a good choice if you want to stick with an original color for the car, the only other original color for that year that I know of is a pale yellow, I dunno what else there is?

1972 Ford Gran Torino 302 2 bbl

Model year1972
Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership1976
Most recent year of ownership1981
Engine and transmission 302 2 bbl Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carFord Fairlane

Summary:

It was a decent car which got me where I needed to go, although I needed to fill up often

Faults:

Transmission slippage was the main problem with this car (transmission was the standard C4 automatic.)

Fuel economy was terrible for a low-performance V8: consistently 11.4 mpg, mainly highway driving! I attribute this possibly to transmission slippage just mentioned.

The car had a full vinyl roof and small rust spots were beginning to show in two areas.

The air conditioning didn't handle extended use on a long trip and eventually blew hot. But, allowed to "rest" for a while, it began to work just fine.

It might be said that rear visibility was very poor in the Grand Torino. Looking through the rear windshield, you just had to guess where the trunk was when you were backing up.

General Comments:

Performance was less-than-spectacular with the factory-rated 141 horsepower 302 V8, but this could have been due to the weak/ailing transmission.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th July, 2007

26th Nov 2012, 18:02

If you change the expansion valve, you won't have problems with the A/C blowing hot as long as the car is charged properly.

1972 Ford Gran Torino Ford 302ci V8

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Ford 302ci V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired650000 miles
Most recent distance710000 miles
Previous carFord Gran Totino

Summary:

A very good car for someone who can afford to restore it

Faults:

Everything has started to rust. Most of the rust fortunately is the bolts that hold everything that needs replacing.

The rear shocks are totally gone. Just the center support rod for each one is all that's left.

I can't remove the right rear brake drum to repair and put on new shoes.

The radiator support frame is rusting out from under it.

Battery holder box is gone, (rust).

The AM radio works, but needs a new speaker.

The driver's side wiper is in serious need of replacement.

The heater fan motor doesn't work either.

All the rubber gaskets around the doors are shrinking. Not coming loose, just kind of shrinking. I know it sounds strange. It's like they are loosing their shape, but they aren't.

This is all not manufacturing problems. This is from all the years that the car sat up.

General Comments:

This car was purchased new by a 66 year old man when he retired from work in 1972. I have had several of these cars and each one has been very good. The problems with this are the usual things that come from being 30 years old and not being taken care of. The man only drove it in this town and sometimes in the county, or the state (we live next to the state line). It had never been out of this county until I got it. It was only driven to Church, the doctor, the stores and the post office. Most of its life, it was parked in the weather. Never in a garage or carport.

The car has never seen the 100,000 mile mark yet. I have driven this car with the utmost care for 7 months of the past year I have owned it. I knew it was needing some work. I was doing what I could with what I had. I do plan on trying to get it back into shape. The interior doesn't need more than recovering the driver's side of the front seat. The windshield could stand to be replaced. Mostly just the normal stuff that wears out at 60 to 70,000 miles. And of course, the vinyl roof, and then repaint the body. What little rust is on the body is around the bottom of the doors. Especially the driver's door.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2002

31st May 2002, 14:34

The man who had originally purchased this car, did do the usual maintainence such as changing the oil, and he did replace all, but one tire. The spare. The people I bought it from one year this month, used it and bought 3 more tires to replace the newest ones he had put on it had dry-rotted. I got the closest jack I could find to the original. It is about 4 inches shorter than the one I should have. I later found out that these people have the original jack. They won't let it go. They use it to jack up there utility trailer to hook it on their truck so they can carry the wrestling ring to the armory. And at least I don't have to paint all of the door and trunk jambs. And inside the trunk lid. They polish up very nicely and look as if they were just painted. I wish I could get the exterior to do the same. I have decided that if someone really wants to restore this car, I'd sell it to them. Otherwise, I'll work on it as long as I am able.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 9 reviews