Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan area
Re: New Torino
Most of the problems with 72/73 Torinos are body related (rust) and the fact that body repair parts are not highly reproduced. Wheelhouses, front floor toeboards, and other repair parts can be hard to locate creating a hand fab (costly) repair. Also emblems, mouldings and trim parts are scarce and pricey. I am about 3/4 through a 73 restoration and costwise I am much above my original estimate of what it would be. That said because of the rarity and uniqueness of the car you will probably be in a small and unique group of people with the car, especially in your part of the world. Also if equipped with the competition suspension the rear upper control arm bushings are no longer available but Spohn makes a rear control arm replacement setup which gets very high reviews. Rust problem areas are lower rear fenders/wheelhouses, trunk, windshield and rear window, under vinyl top and like alot of older cars floor especially toeboard. This is not a complete list I am sure and others will hopefully chime in with additional info but this would be a good start.