Gran Torino... "Fast & Furious Style"!

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    By John Pearley Huffman, Contributor Email


    Date posted: 03-13-2009

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    What Clint Eastwood did for the 1972 Gran Torino in Gran Torino, Fast & Furious will try to undo. Because in this movie, the very nastiest bad guy — you know, the chief henchman who does the dirtiest deeds and dies just before the big boss bad guy gets his — drives a '72 Gran Torino Sportsroof.

    The inspiration for the Gran Torino in Fast & Furious comes from a similar Torino built for Dan Widmann at Steve Strope's Pure Vision Design — the same shop from which emerged the Hammer Road Runner that's also featured in the film. Strope brought Widmann's Torino to a casting session and a star — well, a co-star — was born.

    The one significant visual change between Widmann's Torino and the replicas built for the film is that Widmann's car is blue, and the bad guy Torinos were painted green. It seems that blue was already assigned as super-dreamy Paul Walker's color in Fast & Furious, so the bad attitude character "Fenix Rise" (played by Laz Alonzo) would have to wear green.

    Little matter, however, as the Gran Torino looks dang good in green.

    To portray Fenix's FoMoCo, the picture car department acquired six '72 Torino Sportsroof models and one '73. As with the Charger, some of the stunt cars were fit with Chevy crate V8s and automatic transmissions, but at least one of the cars was originally equipped with a 429 and four-speed manual transmission. Five of the cars were either destroyed during production or ripped apart for parts.

    Among the Torinos destroyed was that 429 four-speed car. Sometimes evil must be done in order to portray evil.

    As Portrayed Specifications*

    Engine
    Type: Ford 429 Cobra Jet
    Carburetor: Holley
    Ignition: MSD
    Intake: Weiand
    Valvetrain: Jesel
    Air filter: K&N
    Fuel pump: Holley
    Plumbing: Earl's
    Fuel cell: Jaz

    Drivetrain
    Transmission: Top Loader four-speed
    Bell housing: Ford original equipment
    Clutch: Hays
    Shifter: Hurst
    Driveshaft: General
    Rear axle: Ford 9-inch with Detroit Locker
    Final-drive ratio: 4.56:1
    Headers: Hooker
    Exhaust tubes: Morse 2.5-inch
    Mufflers: Afterburner

    Suspension
    Front: Hotchkis sway bars, springs and shocks
    Rear: Hotchkis sway bars, springs and shocks

    Braking
    Front: Wilwood disc
    Rear: Wilwood disc with additional rally calipers

    Wheels
    Type: Coy's C-67 Gun Metal
    Front Size: 18-by-9 inches
    Rear Size: 18-by-9 inches

    Tires
    Type: Continental Sport Contact
    Front size: 255/45R18
    Rear size: 285/50R18

    Interior
    Seats: Sparco
    Cage: Matt Sweeney
    Door Panels: Matt Sweeney
    Wheel: Grant collector's edition
    Gauges: Ford original equipment

    Exterior
    Body: Ford original equipment
    Hood: Ford original equipment

    Paint/Graphics
    Paint: Jack's Auto Body

    * "As Portrayed" specifications indicate the state of the car as portrayed in the film. No single car was necessarily built to these specifications by the Picture Car Department. But all the cars built to portray a vehicle in the film were constructed to appear as if so equipped.
     

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  2. HuevosRanchero

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    i hate when they destroy old cars to make a movie.. even of other makes... destroy the new ones.. !! they can make more... ugh!
     
  3. TestDummy

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    Who cares if they wreck a few; it just makes yours more valuable. Anyway, as soon as the baby boomers (us) who love and collect these 'old cars' are out of the way in 20-30 years, you'll be able to buy a pristine 1970 Z-28 for $3000. Most of the next gen will be buying up the Civic Si's, etc.
     
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    ehh just wreck more 67/68 mustangs...Dynacorn is remaking those...best of both worlds.. .:D just hate to see a pretty car go to waste...ok maybe not so much the rust buckets... but that 429 4 speed car... (sniffle):(
     
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    1972 429's only came with automatics, Q code 351Cs were the olny ones to get 4 speeds for 1972.

    The owner of the Blue Gran Torino that the Fast And Furious based their Gran Torino off of was not too happy with the producers of that movie,
    http://www.fordmuscle.com/forums/torino-pages/476071-72-gts-new-fast-furious-4-a-2.html
    [​IMG]
     
  6. HuevosRanchero

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    interesting website for purevision.. i really like the side stripe...works well...
     
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    Personally I like the original laser stripe a lot more
     
  8. sarah

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    my youngest daughter went to see the movie last night... said she screamed when they destroyed the first one... she said its miraculous how it came back flawless so many times LOL aren't movies great.... :D
     
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    trying to coordinate the family schedule so we can all go see it together..I've enjoyed them all...mindless fun!! but a torino getting crunched....I might cry! :eek:
     
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    Waste of good cars that are irreplaceable for a flick with no redeeming value or even a plot! In the days of computer generated images, no less, when they could easily CG a hundred off a single untouched example and destroy all of the electronic ones they want.
     
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    come to think of it....WHAT HE SAID! (points at previous post) :mad:
     
  12. TestDummy

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    He lowered his muscle car and put big tires on it. What, does he really think he thought of that? Whiny loser.
     
  13. 5.0 Chero

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    Actually it was the builder not the owner that bitched! and he did do a lot more than just that to the torino but yes I agree with you Sean. He IS JUST PISSED HE DID NOT GET ANY ROYALTIES OUT OF IT!
     
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    for some reason the wheels on the green one look better??
     
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    They are smaller rims and bigger tires
     
  16. HuevosRanchero

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    I thought they looked smaller...color looks different too but it could just be the pic contrast... the blue one looks like it has gold tone centers...I think white centers would look "spiffy"

    Was reading a female reviewers column on the movie...referred to it as "Car Porn" definately makes it worth seeing...besides...they have a tooled up GNX in there..:D
     
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  17. ForistellFord

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    Correct, one is blue and one is green.
     
  18. HuevosRanchero

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    nyuk nyuk nyuk....:rolleyes:
     
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    My friend also has a 72 Chero, made a cd with the film on but my player will not play it so i drank some W and coke instead,:D
    Will se that film soon.:cool:
     
  20. TestDummy

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    I'll wait for the DVD to rent (although, I could use a good scream about now).
    I just dropped my girls off to see the Hannah Montana movie.
    Tickets = $15
    Popcorn and soda for 2 = $18
    The look on the face of the guy running the snack bar when I told him making a $16.50 profit on popcorn and soda is highway robbery and he should be ashamed of himself = Priceless.
     

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