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HAVI
11-16-2009, 10:29 AM
Can anyone photoshop a Tbird into a fast back like the '70 Torino? Maybe a '68 Galaxie (roofline not quite to the very rear)? Just curious how it looks.

Watchdevil
11-16-2009, 06:49 PM
You can literally take a 1972-73 Mercury Montego fastback and install a 1977-79 Thunderbird front end clip on it. It won't work on a fastback Torino because the bodyside, doors and door cut lines are different from Montegos, Cougars, Elites and 1977-79 Thunderbirds and Rancheros.

In the very late 1970's, Ford did styling proposals of Tbirds downsized to Torino bodies, including some fastbacks. This downsizing was considered because Ford had new competition with the smaller Grand Prix and Monte Carlo. The eventual result was a hot luxury midsize market which resulted in the larger Torino/Montego based 1974 Cougar XR-7 and the mid-year twin the Ford Grand Torino Elite which was made to look like a scaled down version of the bigger T-bird. Eventually for 1977, the smaller Torino/Montego based Thunderbird did take the place both the Elite and the much bigger former Thunderbird.

A popular mod was to take the Tbird nose and put it on a Ranchero. You could so the same thing with a Cougar nose. You could also create more phantom models by using the Tbird nose on the 1977-79 LTD II 4-door sedans and the 1977-only LTD II wagon.

Watchdevil
11-16-2009, 07:01 PM
Some more interesting Tbird prototypes:

Does the first one look familar? The 1978 Fairmont Futura started out as a downsized Tbird proposal.

The 2nd picture shows a what the Tbird could have looked like in 1977 if it had stayed twinned on the Continental Mark V body. It also illustrates how ordinary it would have looked sharing the LTD II and Cougar rear quarter window designs. The production basket handle roofline of the 1977 Tbird made it more unique. The front end styling was kept for the actual 1977 Tbird.

Bottom picture is a four door proposal for 1980.

Watchdevil
11-16-2009, 07:31 PM
Mustang II sized T-Birds were entertained and thankfully abandoned. If you look at one of them, it's a dead ringer for the first Chrysler K-cars.

The proposal on the right is the winning Tbird proposal that was given to Lincoln to use for the 1961 Continental.

Watchdevil
11-19-2009, 02:02 AM
I decided to look up some 1972-73 Montego fastback pictures. I really like this car!

I would die to do a 1977-79 Thunderbird front end clip a Montego fastback body and make it a phantom Thunderbird fastback. I would finish off the interior with a few bits that were included on the 1977-79 Tbird.

I did almost make a 1977 Thunderbird Ranchero happen back in 1990. I bought an entire front end clip from a 1977 Thunderbird and had a Ranchero lined up to purchase from a used car lot. When I went back to buy it the dang place was busted. Then the idea got old and I let it go. Now I regret not ever following through with it.

Oh yeah I was just noticing how cool that hood with scoops would look on a Tbird front end panel. I prefer the Montego body because of it's cleaner boodysides.

Watchdevil
11-19-2009, 02:10 AM
Back in 1984, I used to have a 1978 LTD II two-tone jade green with the Sports Touring Package. 351 V8, comfort weave bucket seats with center console and floor shift, full intrumentation with "engine turned" aluminum trim. I also liked the large blind rear quarter panels with no opera windows. I loved that car and now I wish I still had it.

I never took pictures of that car when I had it. I can't believe I just finally found a picture of one like the one I had. It looked just like this:

http://images27.fotki.com/v991/photos/5/54765/3689303/Received_04_12_2005170452-vi.jpg

Scott D
01-08-2011, 02:02 PM
I want an El Gato (http://www.carstyling.ru/en/car/1970_mercury_el_gato/) :headbang:

BEARMAX
01-10-2011, 09:40 AM
SWEET yea i almost done a cougar ranchero once also

HAVI
01-16-2011, 10:21 PM
First pic is a normal view, the second pic, I chopped the top a bit, and crudely made it into a fastback. So if anyone with photoshop skills can do it the right way, that'd be great!
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Chooglin
01-17-2011, 04:23 PM
First pic is a normal view, the second pic, I chopped the top a bit, and crudely made it into a fastback. So if anyone with photoshop skills can do it the right way, that'd be great!
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Hey,is that one of those "Chia Birds"?

HAVI
01-17-2011, 04:34 PM
Yeah, someone left the sprinkler on too close to the bird. :D

MY83T
01-17-2011, 09:54 PM
i just saw this thread, and its very interesting to me given that i love Torino's and own one and Fox Birds and own one.....grafting the two together would be very interesting indeed....i wish i had the photoshop skills to pull that off......

sarjxxx
01-18-2011, 04:35 PM
here ya go:yuck:

2 ver/s

HAVI
01-18-2011, 04:55 PM
Second one is better, thanks. But can ya do the whole roof chop as well? The whole point of the fastback look was to not make it look like a station wagon, but like a Torino, and I think the roof has to be chopped in order to do it.

sarjxxx
01-18-2011, 05:30 PM
actually I did. If I chopped it any further it would really start to look weird. You see those horizontal lines in the background above the roof? thats how far I chopped it down.

HAVI
01-18-2011, 05:50 PM
Ok, I see it now. Well, it was a thought. I don't think I'll try it, lol. Thanks, again.

I think there's too many straight body lines going front to back, that the "bubble" ends up out of place. On the Torinos, the rear quarter bubble with the top.

sarjxxx
01-18-2011, 06:07 PM
Yeah. thats what it is. Its just not even enough from front to back. It would require you to lower the angle of the windshield and move back the windows and... fab the rear window ..and get a wel--:shoothead:

T-BirdX3
03-18-2012, 12:04 AM
I know old thread but I wanted to play in PS for a bit!

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee367/T-BirdX3/b582de93.jpg

bigbada1
03-18-2012, 01:21 AM
Almost gives it a mad max look

Shadow
03-18-2012, 01:32 AM
I know old thread but I wanted to play in PS for a bit!

http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee367/T-BirdX3/b582de93.jpg

now that looks sweet! i almost want 1!

T-BirdX3
03-18-2012, 01:36 AM
now that looks sweet! i almost want 1!

TBH I am sitting here flipping back and forth from the original picture and this Photoshopped one and thinking about how cool it would look in person!

It has been so long since I seen Mad Max that I don't even remember what his car looked like!

Shadow
03-18-2012, 01:56 AM
it does resemble the mad max car a tidbit, but for some reason, i thought 'amx' when i saw it lmao

T-BirdX3
03-18-2012, 02:00 AM
It is funny how the chopped portion makes it look like a bigger car to me, but in fact the chopped part is smaller than the original bird in all dimensions.... I had to take the grass, trees, and pavement to hide the portions of the bird that stuck out over the chopped on part.

It amazes me what PS is capable of!

Shadow
03-18-2012, 02:44 AM
now you just need to hit print, water the picture, leave it in the sunlight and wait until she sprouts :hick: LOL i wish..

T-BirdX3
03-18-2012, 02:46 AM
now you just need to hit print, water the picture, leave it in the sunlight and wait until she sprouts :hick: LOL i wish..

LOL! OOOoooo Wouldn't that be nice if life was that easy!? :nkhk:

Shadow
03-18-2012, 02:59 AM
i'd be out of business real quick :( LOL

sarjxxx
06-04-2012, 02:22 AM
yeah that actually looks pretty cool. You went way more custom than I did with mine though... I was trying to keep the original windows at least but it looks way better that way.

That's some pretty good editing. I often wonder what I could accomplish with an actual version of PS rather than freeware knockoff's.... Hey did you notice your car has no mirrors lol

EFFalcon
06-04-2012, 07:42 AM
the Mark VII's have an almost fastback look about them on some angles.