30th Sep 2009, 00:43
Congrats for your 1970 Toro! As I too have 4 of them, one 66 and three 68, and one of 'em is a real W34, not named GT at the time like the 69 and 70, which means that the 68 W34 is among the rarest first generation Toronados (only 111 made).. You probably knew that.. I've read and "felt" a lot of enthusiasms from your part concerning your 70 Toro and it's great to see that we're not alone sharing your feelings! Quoting that 1970 is the ONLY real collector's value, is a little "message" that other Toro owners will politely rectify, as they all like you work as hard to keep them in good looking and rolling shape, and we all know that all of them are rare (like us!) and collectibles.
From my part, any year of the first gen. Toronados 66-70 ARE real collector's value and ALL of them ARE real beauty.. And all of their lucky owners know that body parts are hard to find and very expensive, and most of us have in stock many (in case of!) parts preciously hidden..
Again, congratulation Steve for your 1st gen. Toro, and I totally share with you that 1970 was a great and final year for... a 1st generation Toronado... By the way, are you a TOA member?
18th Oct 2009, 10:20
I just bought a 1970 Toro, when I got it, the thing was actually filled with mold and spider webs. After a lot of cleaning and conditioning, and complete redo on the carpet.
It is looking OK, I have jumped into the engine to make sure it is safe to drive with 154k on it and 40 years of deterioration. Everything on this car is OEM, so I have been replacing all the old engine parts like the water pump, hoses, belts, wires, plugs, valve covers, rebuild carb, rewire fuse panel, it goes on and on.
I have had it for two months and still have not turned the key. I had it towed to my house even though the car did run when I bought it. This car is going to be cool any way you cut it, a luxury muscle car, and it's rare, and it has a high performance Oldmobile drivetrain. This thing is built like a tank, and handles like a small car.
I will let people know what I think of this thing on the road. I hope it's as fun as my 78 El Camino, 72 Caprice, 81 Corvette, or my 65 Impala were!
29th Oct 2009, 18:49
I agree with all you Toro lovers, what a great machine! Does anyone out there know what the original 1970 GT carb number should be? I'm wondering if mine is original. Thanks!
22nd May 2010, 13:30
Regarding the carb numbers -- I had answered that a number of months ago, and my post seems to have evaporated. The number for an original 1970 GT carb is 7040252. Cheers.
9th Jun 2010, 16:22
I got my gt from a neighbor, it sat 32 years, runs sweet. Only problem is a crack inside trans. Anyone have one? I need proper build code. You can see it on cardomain, I go by cadillackid1955. And best of luck to all, and good choice kid.
13th Aug 2010, 12:51
My father owned a 1967 steel blue Toronado in 1968, and I thought it was the best car he ever owned. I was 22, at the time, and I was totally impressed with the car. The car was the talk of the town.
In 1978 I saw a silver 1970 Toronado on a Dealer's lot, and I walked in and said I want that car, and paid the asking price, with no questions asked.
The car at the time still had that new car smell.
I still own the car, and it is still a great car to drive. The car has had no problems whatsoever, and maintenance costs, including body work, have not been extensive.
The 1970 Toronado is the last year of the first generation Toronados, and does not have the vacuum operated hide away headlights, which is one thing you do not have to be concerned about.
My silver 1970 does not have a vinyl roof, which I think really adds to the sleek appearance of the car. In my view, vinyl roofs, for the first generation Toronados, 1966 through 1970, made the cars look very boxy and heavy.
Three years ago, I was very fortunate to find a silver 1966 Toronado, at a car show, that had just come out of a body shop that had truly extensive body work done, but had numerous instrumentation and other problems.
The body work appeared to be flawless and the owner spared no cost in the process. However, a lot of operational repair work still had to be done.
Unfortunately, the owner passed away before the car could be finished.
I, being a true lover of fine first generation Toronados, was the right guy to buy this recently restored 1966 Toronado.
This 1966 silver Toronado, also has no vinyl top, and is a beautiful car to look at, with its very distinctive body style, which includes the original hide away headlights, with the chrome eye brows.
I have now repaired everything on this car, from the AM/FM WonderBar Radio, to the water pump and heater core, and all the previously broken external and internal trim pieces.
I was able to get all the pieces that I needed to repair my 1966 Toronado through Ebay.
Ebay is God Sent for all car collectors. I have other collector cars and I look at Ebay every day for parts that I know are very hard to get. I also keep a stock of repair parts on the shelf in the event that I may need to replace them on my cars.
In my mind, I have the first (1966) and the last (1970) of the first generation Toronados, which to me are the best Toronados ever manufactured. In my mind, Toronados were never the same after 1970.
My advice to you Toronado lovers is rip off your vinyl tops, or at least do not replace them and look at Ebay, on a routine basis, for replacement parts.
I too should join a Toro Club, but so far I haven't done it.
My last comment should be "Don't sell your Toronados".
24th Sep 2010, 00:37
My w-30 455 in.³ C.O.P.O. GT Oldsmobile Toronado is considered a luxury muscle car by car magazines.
C.O.P.O. stands for; Central Office Production Order.
Which is a special ordered car, more valuable than the standard ordered car from the brochure.
Bucket seats in a Toronado are very rare, possibly the only one built. In all my research I couldn't find another one.
Is there another 1970 GT Oldsmobile Toronado out there are similar to mine. And where's the best place to find parts. I need a windshield, and air cleaner, e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org