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Old 05-04-2015, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Torino Hood Scoop on a Granada

I've been wanting to get this done for years...... just got home with it!
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:16 PM
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Wow, does look very good just like it was a factory job.

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Looking good Eldon! Did you also change the hold down locks on the hood? I don't remember those being on there at the last bbq at Gary's.

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Yes, I switched the hood pins for the twist locks



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That's really nice, those are a good looking scoop. I actually cut the center out of one of those hoods long ago and it's still hanging out in the pole building just in case. Looks to be an excellent installation.
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Nice job, Eldon!

David

PS: It's so clean, I can't wait to hear some of the comments you get at local shows. With something similar (factory-looking mod), I'd hear stuff like "Oh, yeah - I had one of those when they came out, and never should have sold it..." and stuff like that.
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You may recall that I made up a BS story about the car's origins (with some help from the brain trust at FM).

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 carís 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 everybodyís 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 Fordís 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 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 prototypeís 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 ďahead of its time.Ē

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.


I put that on a poster in the window at a show n shine. Not that I'm super knowledgeable, but the general public was so gullible that it wasn't even fun.... kind of like poking a tied up dog with a sharp stick. I ended up taking it down after a while. Among other things, I was asked if it was a "genuine Hurst Granada" and if it was a numbers matching car.

One guy did say that he worked for Ford for 40 years and he knew for a fact there had never been a Granada GT....... Ok, you got me!



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The Granada is off the road for the season - had back surgery on Aug 6 so I can't drive for a while.....

I went to a few shows with the new and improved hood. People who had something to say fell into three categories:

1. Those who are absolutely certain Ford never made a Granada GT

2. Those who are pretty sure Ford never made a Granada GT but this one is so well done that now they are not so sure any more

3. Those who don't know anything about it and don't question it

At an all-Ford show on Aug 3, a guy from the local Shelby club came over, kept saying what a rare car the Granada GT was, and practically begged me to bring it to their next show in a nearby community. I told him the car had been bought at a dealer in that community, and he said that dealer was sponsoring the show and would love to see the car.

I told him I couldn't make it this year because of having back surgery a few days later, and he asked if maybe someone else could bring the car to the show anyway.

My son commented that it was like the president of the chess club being invited to sit with the cool kids in the cafeteria.

It's nice to have my concept validated!



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Nice car. I am building an 80 2 door right now. I may have some questions for you down the road.
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The Granada is off the road for the season - had back surgery on Aug 6 so I can't drive for a while.....

I went to a few shows with the new and improved hood. People who had something to say fell into three categories:

1. Those who are absolutely certain Ford never made a Granada GT

2. Those who are pretty sure Ford never made a Granada GT but this one is so well done that now they are not so sure any more

3. Those who don't know anything about it and don't question it
I am surprised you didn't have a number 4 including people who had one just like it but had to sell it for one reason or another.


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Actually, the front running comment is "my mom/grandma had a Granada".

Then there are the ones who tell me about someone they knew who had one of the rare Granadas that came with a 351C out of the factory.......



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Actually, the front running comment is "my mom/grandma had a Granada".

Then there are the ones who tell me about someone they knew who had one of the rare Granadas that came with a 351C out of the factory.......
Is the Torino Hood Scoop real or just for looks? I'm putting a 408 Stroker in my 1975 Ford Granada and need a real one...

Do you still have the Granada?
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The scoop on my car is just for looks. It could be real if I had a carburetor, but I have EFI with a cold air kit so the intake is nowhere near the hood.

I still have the car, of course. Some things aren't for sale at any price! It will be 40 years old next year!

We're really not that far apart, so come spring when I get the car back on the road, maybe we can get together and compare notes. It's about a two hour drive between Bothell and Abbotsford. Maybe we can start a Granada club!

Just FYI, it wasn't cheap...... $400 + delivery for a hood on Ebay, $3600 Cdn to have the scoop cut off and grafted on.........



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The scoop on my car is just for looks. It could be real if I had a carburetor, but I have EFI with a cold air kit so the intake is nowhere near the hood.

I still have the car, of course. Some things aren't for sale at any price! It will be 40 years old next year!

We're really not that far apart, so come spring when I get the car back on the road, maybe we can get together and compare notes. It's about a two hour drive between Bothell and Abbotsford. Maybe we can start a Granada club!

Just FYI, it wasn't cheap...... $400 + delivery for a hood on Ebay, $3600 Cdn to have the scoop cut off and grafted on.........
I know what you mean by not for sale at any price. I bought my first year 1975 Granada Ghia brand new and have a lot of memories tied up in it, besides wanting it to be one of the fastest in the country. I just went up to Jim Greens Performance Center in Monroe, WA this morning to see how the engine was coming. They have it in the car now and were connecting the new chrome plated headers while I was there. They had also just installed the serpentine style belting system in the front of the engine. It's all chrome and only one belt powers everything.

I had already spent money on hood louvers, but now that the engine has been installed we are just finding out that the because the 351 Windsor block is one inch taller than the stock 302, and the Edelbrock dual quad intake manifold is also taller than the Edelbrock single quad manifold, the air cleaners are going to touch the bottom of the hood. So now I'm debating on what kind of hood scoop to use. I really like your Torino scoop, and maybe I will consider it down the road, but for right now I will be using something a little more simple. I also have an extra stock hood in case I want to do something else. A new paint job for the entire car as well as brand new bucket seats are scheduled for this coming spring.

Starting a Ford Granada Club sounds great, but I have a feeling that it would be really small! But that's OK, it's nice to have something special that others don't have.
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The Torino scoop probably won't add enough height for you. It sits pretty flat. A Cobra Jet might be more what you are looking for.

Are you aware of this site? Not much going on there, probably because there aren't a lot of Granada/Monarch/Versailles left any more.

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