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    You need to drive your Torino more, since you live in a "warm" climate. I put at least 1k miles a year on my Thunderbird. I should drive it more but there's that pesky weather condition that makes 5 or so months out of the year not conducive to driving...
    The 70-71's have always been my favorite. I'd love a 70-71 Torino in Grabber Green with a ram air 429.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    You need to drive your Torino more, since you live in a "warm" climate. I put at least 1k miles a year on my Thunderbird. I should drive it more but there's that pesky weather condition that makes 5 or so months out of the year not conducive to driving...
    The 70-71's have always been my favorite. I'd love a 70-71 Torino in Grabber Green with a ram air 429.
    The stockade pict was taken New Years eve down in NC, probably 90 mi round trip, temp was a little below freezing... It got cold after that, a couple days were only in teens with lows of 8-10*... Then we got a foot of snow that hung around for over a week, mostly finished melting today when it hit into low 70s... Needless to say she hasn't seen the pavement this year, guessing I'll put another 200-300 miles before end of March...

    Grabber Green is cool, but profile of those look too much like Chevelles to me... Note only '70 had the real Grabber green, '71 was somewhat metallic(something I learned fairly recently myself)...






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    maybe the difference between yours and mine is that your 69 is VERY nice, and my 68 is a beater, but i got mine in September, and have put over 5000 miles on it.

    still, i totally envy the utter sexiness of yours. it's sharp, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboCoupe50 View Post
    The stockade pict was taken New Years eve down in NC, probably 90 mi round trip, temp was a little below freezing... It got cold after that, a couple days were only in teens with lows of 8-10*... Then we got a foot of snow that hung around for over a week, mostly finished melting today when it hit into low 70s... Needless to say she hasn't seen the pavement this year, guessing I'll put another 200-300 miles before end of March...

    Grabber Green is cool, but profile of those look too much like Chevelles to me... Note only '70 had the real Grabber green, '71 was somewhat metallic(something I learned fairly recently myself)...
    Well at least you don't get salt with the cold/snow...

    You have traction issues when it's that cold? When it's below about 50 I can spin the tires on my Thunderbird with anything over half throttle below about 45 mph or so. It's a little weird.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    Well at least you don't get salt with the cold/snow...

    You have traction issues when it's that cold? When it's below about 50 I can spin the tires on my Thunderbird with anything over half throttle below about 45 mph or so. It's a little weird.
    With those old tires that are about like leather, it has traction issues at any temp... Clutch dump at 3000 rpms produces instant smoke... I'd buy another set but Goodyear discontinued the ST radials 20 years ago.. Going to have to buy a repop tire from Kelsey or Coker to look correct...

    I drove the Bird on Nittos when it was around freezing, traction was similar to if they'd been greased... Spun so badly from a 25 mph punch, I thought the transmission was slipping...

    Quote Originally Posted by bootleggers deluxe View Post
    maybe the difference between yours and mine is that your 69 is VERY nice, and my 68 is a beater, but i got mine in September, and have put over 5000 miles on it.

    still, i totally envy the utter sexiness of yours. it's sharp, man.
    Thanks, 'ppreciate it... With a little paint you could have a nice one...

    I'm about halfway considering a '69 Fairlane coupe with 302... Already has a rebuilt AOD trans and I have a fresh 347 settin' in the garage... The Cobra's were based on bottom rung Fairlane, only difference is blackout grille & addition of wheel well moldings...






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    i tried, i can no longer refrain...........

    one day i will steal that car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    going back in hiding now

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboCoupe50 View Post
    I just got out of the stockade for doing burnouts down in NC...

    'em sumbitches are mean...

    dang,, mised what was likely my only opportunity

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboCoupe50 View Post
    With those old tires that are about like leather, it has traction issues at any temp... Clutch dump at 3000 rpms produces instant smoke... I'd buy another set but Goodyear discontinued the ST radials 20 years ago.. Going to have to buy a repop tire from Kelsey or Coker to look correct...

    I drove the Bird on Nittos when it was around freezing, traction was similar to if they'd been greased... Spun so badly from a 25 mph punch, I thought the transmission was slipping.
    I've got 10 year old Firestone Firehawks on my Thunderbird. I had it out in early November this year when it was around 40 out. I was rolling along at 30mph and punched it to pass someone. The engine revved up but the car didn't move. At first I thought the trans was slipping but no the rear wheels were just spinning away. In the summer if I go half throttle from a stop the converter flashes to 2800rpm and the car just smokes the tires and goes sideways. Old tires make the thing seem like it's got a 500hp big block...


    Back to your Torino though. Is it a bench seat car or console car? I know it's not a Super Cobra Jet but I can't remember if you've still got the stock gears in it.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity View Post
    dang,, mised what was likely my only opportunity
    I put out a plea for bail money to some of the local guys and daughter...

    They all laughed at me and daughter said it was too cold...

    Quote Originally Posted by thunderjet302 View Post
    Back to your Torino though. Is it a bench seat car or console car? I know it's not a Super Cobra Jet but I can't remember if you've still got the stock gears in it.

    Buckets & console, no not a great pict but only one I have at moment...

    At moment it has a 3.00 T-L gear, I'm reinstalling 3.50 when it warms up a bit...







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    Quote Originally Posted by jcassity View Post
    i tried, i can no longer refrain...........

    one day i will steal that car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    going back in hiding now
    What he said! I love the 69 Cobra!

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