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05/30/2016 at #7713
Back in 1970, the new Torino won the Motor Trend car of the year award. That year, Ford produced 56,819 Torino GT sportsroof. According to Marti’s autoworks, only 241 came equipped with the Drag pack option. At Ford, The Drag pack was the top performance package you could get. For the Torinos this included a 4 bolt main 429 Super Cobra Jet block, forged aluminum 11.3 compression pistons, 780 Holley carburetor, “in your face” oil cooler, solid lifters, 3/8 fuel line, 4 speed Top Loader or optional tight shifting C6 automatic transmission and your choice of two rear axles, the 3.91 Track lok or 4.30 Detroit locker, both were 31 spline, 9” nodular steel “bullet proof” rearends. This Torino also features optional “hide-away” head lights, Magnum 500 rims (still the original ones), rear window louvers, “J” code shaker hood scoop,
According to my research, My Torino was ordered by Donway Ford located in Scarborough Ontario Canada in October 1969. After the man (that placed the original order) backed out of the deal, the car was left for sale on the lot for 9 months! After all, not everyone wanted a Drag Pack car with a bench seat and column mounted automatic! Actually, the sales people at Donway had a bet going on who could sell that damn car! One day, a 50 year old Japanese man walked into the dealer looking for a car. ”Hi sir!…. This is your lucky day, man do I have a great deal for you” said one of the salesman! New to America and under the sales persons charm, the Japanese man, not knowing much about cars, decided to buy this band new Ford Torino GT not realizing what the car really was. After all the paper work was done, he drove it home.
A few weeks later, he called up the dealer complaining about the poor gas mileage he was getting out of the big 429 Super Cobra Jet. The salesman tried to explain to him that he bought a very special performance car and it was not built with gas economy in mind. The little man, who could barely see over the dash board, didn’t know what the salesman was talking about and even though he was upset, decided to keep the car. When the winter months came along, he called up the salesman again, complaining about the poor handling qualities the car had! “I’m always slipping and sliding all over the place, I can’t even go up my drive way without loosing the rearend. I want my money back!” he said. But by then, it was too late, the salesperson told the poor man that he was stuck with the car and that he must try to make the best of it. So the Japanese man basically used the car for small errands and started to take the bus to work.
Another funny anecdote about the first owner; every second or third month, the car had to be serviced for not running well. Being of a somewhat conservative driver, the 429 SCJ never was driven at its full potential and for what it was built for. During his 10 years of owning the car, I don’t think the 780 Holley carburetor secondary’s were open once when driven by the owner! Anyway, when the Japanese man would bring the car in for service, the Ford mechanical technicians would love it! They knew that the only thing the car really needed was a good ass-whoop’n to get her running good again. The mechanics would actually flip coins to see who would have the honor of doing so for about 15 minutes! After a good beating, the 429 Super Cobra Jet was running great again, and then they would drive it back to the dealer’s garage. When the owner would show up to pick up his car, the techs would let him know that the car only needed a few adjustments….. Knowing that the car would be back with-in 3 months with the same issues!
In the very early 80’s, The Japanise person was transferred to the Ottawa region and brought the car with him (God knows why he kept it for so long, he didn’t even like the car in the first place). Around 1982, the Torino was sold to a young lad. The new owner street raced it for a few summers, building a reputation by leaving his mark on the streets of Ottawa and earning his share of late night bragging rights. One night, he lost control coming out of an intersection and did a 180 degree, ending up facing on-coming traffic. He then realized that perhaps he should consider trading the big SCJ GT for something with less power but with more handling qualities. So in 1984, sold it. The third owner had it completely restored by Riverside restoration, a well know restoration facility specializing in Ford products, and painted Wimbledon white instead of its original Medium blue metallic color. He enjoyed the car for the next 12 years before storing it for another 8 years.
Twelve years after seeing the car for the first time, In 2004, Steve finally accepted to sell me the car with the odometer reading 58,800 original miles. Everything had been kept original right down to the air pollution pump and exhaust manifolds. Back in 2008, I had the car repainted in its original color and I installed a set of factory Laser stripes, witch really make the car stand out! Today, this 69,000 mile ”legendary street warrior” is mostly used on sunny days, Saturday night cruises, car shows and the occasional “Green light Grand prix” of course! I actually had a chance to run her at the track a few times, my best E.T. is 13.1 @ 107 mph…. Very impressive, considering she ways-in at over 4,200 pounds and had traction issues!! It took me a long time to finally buy my dream muscle car (though, I would have preferred a Toploader 4 speed transmission). You can bet, I’m enjoying every moment driving my pride and joy!05/30/2016 at #7714V8 StaffKeymaster
Wow, what a killer car and a great write-up! I can only imagine the little Japanese guy behind the wheel of the 429 SCJ / Drag Pack car after being used to the little cars in Japan. Very cool.
I love the color, so glad it was returned to the Medium Blue.
I also am impressed at your 13.1 timeslip, that’s a lot of car to get moving that quickly!
Thanks for sharing the stories and photos!05/30/2016 at #7715
Thanks for your reply!…… I sure appreciate it! 😉06/02/2016 at #7731Mike ClarkeMember
That really was a great write up. Killer looking Torino!!06/02/2016 at #7732Robert BarkoskiParticipant
Man that looks real good. The laser gfx really set it off, along with the motor! I can’t remember seeing a Torino with the hide away lights, different is good!06/02/2016 at #7734
Thanks, It was a text written for a magazine spread! 🙂06/02/2016 at #7735
Thanks, Hide away headlights were an option on the Torino GT for the 1970-71 model years, but was not available on the Cobra Torino. 🙂06/02/2016 at #7736
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