1972 Ford Torino 351 Windsor
Crude, but simple, rugged, and effective
Head gasket blown twice.
Engine rebuilt once.
Heater core replaced once.
Stock radiator was a joke, way too small.
Brakes replaced many, many times.
Replaced card twice, rebuilt car twice.
U-joint broke once.
Parking brake cable broke at about 310,000 miles.
Rear springs sagged after 20 years, replaced.
Really almost everything replaced at least once except the transmission.
First the good.
The automatic transmission is amazing. One fluid and filter change in 32 years of service with 320,000 miles! That's it!
Car is strong. It's been hit hard by many other idiots in modern cars. It has totaled two cars and damaged at least three others with much less damage to itself.
The 351 Ford V-8 is a great engine except for gas mileage. Good power at all RPM. Parts easy to come by even today. Easy to work on due to simplicity and huge engine bay.
No smog checks required.
Terrible bad weather car. Side and rear vision is zero due to fogging. Rear/side vision is always terrible due to huge side pillars. A small car can be invisible in that huge blind spot.
Rear end fishtails like mad in wet weather.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th November, 2004
I think the 1972 Ford Torino is a beautiful car and my aim is to purchase one. The 1972 seems much better looking than its predecessors or the models which came afterwards.
I think what makes the car beautiful is the fish-mouth grille because it makes the car look unique. Secondly, the sleek fuselage styling which was the ubiquitous design for cars of that era is made the car good-looking. Fuselage being characterized by a long bonnet and short deck.
The 1972 Torino with close scrutinization, does resemble the Jaguar E-type due to its long bonnet, low body and short deck.
Sadly, there are not many 1972 Torinos left today since most have been sent to the crusher. The reason is because the 1972 Torino is not a collectors car like the Camaro or Mustang due it being a bread and butter mid-size car.
However, with sufficient luck, I will find one, my price range is up to $15,000 and for that money, I am sure I can find one in excellent condition.