The back story started in 1974 when I was in high school and my dad bought a Torino for my mother and I to share. It was a green 1970 Formal top , 302 automatic with no AC. A true grocery-getter.
The sharing went fine for a while, until I convinced my dad to let me put bigger 15″ tires and chrome wheels on it. I thought the chrome-reverse looked good but my mom took one look at it and made my dad get her a new Monte Carlo. I then had the car to myself for the next three years.
I had Chevelle stripes painted and put on even wider tires. It looked really sharp but was quickly dubbed a no-go show boat (Beach Boys, 1963). I kept the rust fixed, rebuilt the motor but alas, someone ran a stop sign and the car was totaled. Ironically, I ended up with my mom’s Monte Carlo when she got a newer one.
Life went on but around the late 80’s I started looking for a Torino to “re-capture” my youth. I spent the next 20 years searching. Some were too expensive, most needed too much work, none were green.
I’d pretty much given up when one Saturday I was watching Dennis Gage’s My Classic Cars (8:38-13:43) and he did a feature on a 70 CobraJet. Not my car but after the show, I thought I’d take a look on Ebay. I about fell off my chair! There was an almost identical 70 right down to the hubcaps and vinyl top. We drove to Vincennes IN to test drive it. Eventually I made the deal and trailered it home.
I’ve since added the Magnum wheels and raised letter tires from Coker but other than fixing the AC and some minor repair and maintenance, it has proved to be a very good purchase. It’s got a few rust issues under the vinyl and a few paint chips from the re-spray but overall its a very good driver.
There probably won’t be many blog entries for this car, except for maybe a show or parade post. I have no plans for any upgrades and the body should be good for some time.