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Re: Help me come up with a good story!

Reminds me of another "Expert"

Ford did experiment with fuel injection and used a 69 Shelby GT350 as a test mule. I have pics of the car at Carlisle. Tell them that the drivetrain is from that!
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Here's a pic that was in with the get together pics. Thinking if you go to the get together thread there is a better pic of Eldoons car.

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Tell them it was the last ones Hurst did after the Olds 442s they did. That they only build 550 of them and most were a different color too. It was an idea Ford was playing with and wanted Hurst to try it first.
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That'll work, too. The story is building nicely!

There was a 2 dr '78 Monarch, blue/white 302 4 spd on Ebay a few weeks ago - in Surrey, BC of all places, just a hop, skip and a jump from where I live. If I had storage space, I would have bought it just for parts.

I'm not kidding when I say I don't know how to post pictures. If anyone can help me out, I can get some up here pronto.
You can post pictures directly from your hard drive if they are small enough, probably smaller than 200kb or so. There is no need to post hi-res 10Mpixel images to view on the computer screen. Look just below the reply window and you should see a section called "Additional Options". There is a subsection called "Attach Files" and a button labeled "Manage Attachments". Click the "Manage Attachment" button and browse your hard drive to find the JPEGS and up load them one at a time.

I find this process much easier and more convenient than setting up an account on an image hosting site and uploading the JPEGS there and then inserting links here to the images there. If I take a picture with my camera set at 10MP, i just use my photo software to resize it to 640 X 480 and save it as a small version of the original. Quick, simple, easy.

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I'd go with a 'men in black' story. You know, the movie with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Say... the car was used in the original version of the movie back in the late '70s. The recent release was just a remake.

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Tell everyone it's was a Holman Moody experimental car, that was then sold to a film company who used it in one of the Mad Max movies.

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Re: Help me come up with a good story!

I just need to re-size some pictures and then I'll post them.

Good ideas, everyone!



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Thanks for all the input, everyone. After some careful thought, here is my BS story......will anyone fall for it?

"The year was 1977. The muscle car era was just a memory, but after a five year hiatus, Ford still thought there would be a market for performance cars. However, gas was getting more expensive, and the 1972 OPEC oil embargo was still fresh in everybody’s minds. This, combined with the federally mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations forced Ford to attempt a compromise.

This car was built in a joint project with Hurst as a one-off concept car using Ford’s best-selling marque of the day, the Granada. A two door model was selected to give it a sporty look to appeal to the performance car market. An experimental fuel injection system, roller cam, improved heads, and an overdrive manual transmission were used to optimize performance, emissions, and fuel economy.

The prototype’s performance exceeded the expectations of the designers, however, it was deemed by Ford management that it was too expensive for mass production. They also felt that the fuel injection system was ahead of its time and would be regarded with suspicion by consumers until it was proven.

The Granada GT was destined for the crusher when it was rescued from that fate by a Ford executive vice president who used it to go back and forth to work. After he passed away, his widow, not knowing what she had, sold it to a college girl for transportation to Stanford. She found it was something of a nuisance to drive in heavy traffic and it didn't get good enough gas mileage for her, so she traded it in at a used car lot for a 1986 Toyota Tercel.

In 1997, I spotted it sitting neglected at the back of a used car lot in Sedro Wooley, WA. I bought it for $500, and had it towed home. After some research, I discovered that it was a one-of-a-kind fuel injected Hurst Granada GT, and restored it to its former glory. I have turned down offers in the six figures for it (including one from Jay Leno) , but there is something special about owning a unique automobile, and I just have not been able to part with it."
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Great story. I believe it.

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You my friend are a LEgend in my own mind!

That is a CLEVER story and I'll bet that in 5 Years, Myth Busters will be talking about it and CONFIRMING it, and Greg Donahue and Chip Foose will have a Special show dedicated as to how they were the inspiration behind you restoring it!

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Re: Help me come up with a good story!

That is a great story! Very believable!!
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Re: Help me come up with a good story! UPDATE

I put the story we came up with on a display board. In the past, people were buying it hook, line, and sinker just like a bunch of rubes at a county fair lining up to buy snake oil. It was so easy it wasn't even fun, so I added a line at the end which says:

***DISCLAIMER****

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

Even with that line in there, even people who should know better were believing it. I was at an all Ford show on Aug. 1. There was a lot of interest in the car, and a lot of questions about its origin. Two diehard long time Ford guys were commenting about how rare it was. I directed them to the last line (most people didn't bother to read that far), and they laughed, said that even though they knew it couldn't be true, they had believed it because the story had just enough of an air of reality that it could be possible. One of them said that if I took the Granada GT prototype to Hot August Nights in Reno and took the disclaimer off, it would be the hit of the show and everyone would buy the story.

The best part of that day was that another Ford guy who regularly writes articles for driving.ca came over, said he had read the origin story, and wanted to do an article on it. I directed him to the disclaimer, and after reading it, he also laughed, and thanked me for being honest or he would have written a bogus article as fact.

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In 1997, I spotted this car sitting neglected at the back of a used car lot in Bellingham, WA. It looked like it had the potential to be a unique project car, so I bought it for $500, and had it towed home. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, and a retired Ford engineer who has asked to remain anonymous, I was able to trace the car’s history.



I discovered that it was a one-of-a-kind fuel injected Hurst Granada GT prototype made in 1977. The muscle car era was just a memory at that point, but after a five year hiatus, Ford still thought there would still be a market for performance cars. However, gas was getting more expensive, and the 1972 OPEC oil embargo was still fresh in everybody’s minds. This, combined with the federally mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations forced Ford to attempt a compromise.

This car was built in a joint project with Hurst as a one-off concept car using Ford’s best-selling model of the day, the Granada. The two door version was selected to give it a sporty look to appeal to the performance car market. The intent was to make a smaller and more fuel efficient version of the discontinued Gran Torino GT, so design elements from the Gran Torino such as the hood scoop and twist hood locks were incorporated. An experimental mass air multi- port fuel injection system, roller cam, improved heads, and an overdrive manual transmission were used to optimize performance, emissions, and fuel economy.



The prototype’s performance exceeded the expectations of the designers, however, it was deemed by Ford management to be too expensive for mass production. They also felt that the fuel injection system was ahead of its time and would be regarded with suspicion by consumers until it was proven; there was still some residual corporate memory of the Edsel debacle, where that model was condemned, among other things, for being “ahead of its time.”


The Granada GT prototype was destined for the crusher when it was rescued from that fate by a Ford executive vice president who used it as his daily driver. After he passed away, his widow, not realizing what she had, sold it to a young girl who eventually decided it was something of a nuisance to drive in city traffic because of its size, the manual transmission, and the relatively poor gas mileage; she traded it in at a used car lot for a Toyota Tercel. Eventually, it ended up in Bellingham.



I have turned down offers in the six figures for it (including one from Jay Leno), but there is something special about owning a unique automobile, and I just have not been able to part with it.


My work is done!!



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Eldon, you should run a little camcorder/GoPro to grab some reactions when folks are not aware. Then post an assortment up for us to see. That would be fun. Maybe change the story from time-to-time to get other reactions. Maybe it was stolen from the Ford exec, and presented to Pablo Escobar as a gift (post jail photo), for his personal collection. Only then was it sold at a San Diego surplus DEA auction to a girl on her way to college in Bellingham. ... In the meantime in Pakistan ...

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It's all fun and games until someone offers you $200,000 for your Granada.... at that point, you'll have some very important choices to make.


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