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'69 Gran Torino Fastback GT

I am planing on buying a '69 Gran Torino Fastback GT because I've always been a fan of classic American muscle and I've worked on rebuilds before but nothing like this.


As you can see its a mess, however the frame is strait. I'm hoping its one of those things where it looks worse then it really is. The engine is undamaged and all it needs (supposedly) is a new radiator which the owner has and a good looking over, I'll have my mechanic do that. The problem that I'm having is that I don't know if it will be something simple like buying a new fender, hood, grill, lights, bumper, and what not (I have no idea of where to get these things) then just bolting them back on, or if I buy it then take it to my mechanic and find out that I'm down a thousand bucks and royally screwed. Should I run away and never look back or should I seriously consider this?

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Which engine came in or is still in it ?

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Original 351 windsor motor is still in it

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The frame looks a little bent to me..the suspension is anyway.How much is the guy asking?
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The frame looks a little bent to me..the suspension is anyway.How much is the guy asking?
He mentioned one thousand dollars in his post guess he can get it for that.

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ok , what is your plan for the car ? daily driver , cruiser , show car ?
what is your skill level , you mention your mechanic, does that mean you can do little of the work yourself ? this car will require much more than just bolting on a few parts.
that front cross member is at the very least tweaked. car needs disassembled cleaned , rust repaired , the list goes on and on...
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ok , what is your plan for the car ? daily driver , cruiser , show car ?
what is your skill level , you mention your mechanic, does that mean you can do little of the work yourself ? this car will require much more than just bolting on a few parts.
that front cross member is at the very least tweaked. car needs disassembled cleaned , rust repaired , the list goes on and on...
I agree this will be a total restoration in my eyes anyway. Not just a fender grill bolt on and go. engine needs removed as well as everthing else to be done right. JMO

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With the wheel sitting like that, you better have a close look where the "A" frames mount.

My brother in law had a CJ Torino....428/4 speed....nice cars.
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I Think if you just fixit up a little as a driver its worth about 2-2,500.oo I'm not a ford guy so i'm not real sure but I'd buy it for 500.00 no more and put 500 into it maybe 500 for paint and you wont lose.a good rule of thumb I use is the car will have to be worth twice what you got into it or you get into trouble. remember those parts are going to be a little hard to find.and if its not a true GT its just a parts car.
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Thanks guys for the replys, one of you said to look at the A frame and I agree that the passenger tire looks tweaked, is that an easy fix? Here is the scoop, as you can see it looks like a real rat, however if you look at the pic of the engine you'll notice that the wheel well is not rippled. The frame is indeed straight. I kinda gave up on the idea of buying this intell I found out that it has its original 428 Shelby cobra jet in it. This is when things get interesting, the owner doesn't know what he has or anything about it for that matter. Without having to pull out the engine I believe that I can take it to a body man and have him fix the core support then take it to the mechanic and have him look at the engine. All I'll have to do is put on new fenders etc and be able to drive it (I do plan on restoring it at a latter date). What are your opinions?
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351W and 428 Cobra-Jet are not the same thing. Your pic shows what looks to be a garden variety 351W engine and not a 428 FE series engine. Look at it a little closer, if it is a 428 then part of the intake manifold forms about 1/2 the valvecover seal surface.

Car is still well worth $1000 in my neck of the woods(Michigan). We don't see many of these Fastbacks in saveble shape anymore, rust has ate most of them.
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351W and 428 Cobra-Jet are not the same thing. Your pic shows what looks to be a garden variety 351W engine and not a 428 FE series engine. Look at it a little closer, if it is a 428 then part of the intake manifold forms about 1/2 the valvecover seal surface.
Thanks. The vin on the dash is a Q code. Would there be a definitive way of telling which engine it is, like say an etch mark on the engine or something to that effect?

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It does look like a small block.and and the parts arnt to hard to find but you should replace all the bushings and rebuild the whole front end ,its old and wore out.If you like the car its a pretty good deal .Dont forget the brakes.On the brite side I believe it can all be updated and swapped out with newer mustang suspension and brakes that are easier to find and cheaper.after alls said and done be prepared to have 3,000 into it ,not to bad for a decient good looking ride.but if its rusted out leave it alone.BTW,Where the heck is Goletta anyway?
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Ford never built a 1969 GRAN Torino.
The first Torino that was a GRAN Torino was 1972. The seller of the car has attached the name ( most likely due to the movie ).

That car is on craigslist for $1500, the sellers name is very similiar to the op's in this post. http://ventura.craigslist.org/cto/1504925365.html

make your own conclusions, but I think someone is fishing.
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