Dash out!

Yesterday I worked a few hours to get the dash out…

Came out a bit harder then I expected. On my bronco there were about 6 bolts and the thing just popped off. On the torino there’s a HECK of a lot more calbes, wires, etc attached. And, maybe I did something wrong, but once the dash was unbolted there’s no support for the steering column.

Heater Cable
Heater box is in pretty rough shape, the fan is really rusted, etc. Will probably have to either get an all new one or just take it apart and replace some all the components. The doors inside it that I could see were rusted shut.

Some Rust
Here’s the worst rust I’ve found so far. This is on the outside air intake thing. When I tried to unbolt it, the bolts just snapped off.

Everything out
Everything is all out, still need to get the wiring harness the rest of the way out. This car must have spent it’s LIFE at the beach. There were buckets of sand covering EVERYTHING behind the dash!

Now to figure out what to do with the body RE-body work, paint, etc. Need to find someone good in LA to do the work that’s not crazy expensive.


Engine is out!

SUCCESS! The engine is outttttt!

Didn’t take as much work as I thought it would to get the engine pulled. Yesterday I took the day off and got the drive shaft and exhaust out. This morning, with help from my roommate, we pulled the engine

Almost clear


Where to put it??
Problem is… Where to store it???

Empty Bay
Here’s the empty bay, there’s a weird blue canister in the far back left. Not sure what that is.

Back Seat
Also got the back seat out today

Vert top
And the vert top.

Along with some other random bits and pieces, including the two door windows, need to clean them up, but they look pretty good.

One problem is that I have no idea how to get the rear windows out. The manual says to unscrew two screws, but I did that and they still won’t budge.

Tomorrow will work on the dash!


Engine Tear Down

Today I started some of the engine tear down process so that I can pull it out. Started with pulling out the Radiator.

Radiator Supports
Radiator had (4) supports, two top and two bottom. The bottom two had two bolts each, one on each side, the two top supports only had one bolt each.

Here’s my current radiator, with the spare that came with the car. Clearly not the same size, nor is the fan shroud. I think that the radiator that came with it is too far gone, I can see two BIG holes in it and it’s very very rusty inside. Will probably just buy a new one.

Trans cooler lines
There were two trans cooler lines on the driver side of the car into the Radiator.

Heater Hose placement
Here’s the heater hose placement, I’m not sure what that weird thing is that they are connected too in the upper left corner. Looks to have some vacuum lines come out of it as well.

From there I also removed the fan, (4) simple bolts and then I pulled some other small items off…

Fender mud flap thing
Some weird fender mud flap type thing, each one was bolted on differently. These are pretty beat up, will probably just need new ones.

Washer fluid stuff

Hood weather stripping

Horn location

Random cable next to horn, not connected
Then I removed the horn, washer fluid bucket, hood weather stripping. There was some random electrical cable next to the horn that wasn’t plugged in at all.

Carb Removed

Carb lines
After that I decided to dig into the Carb. Was pretty easy to remove that, not that I was expecting it to be hard. Although, it had a lot more random connections, etc then I was expecting. Tried to get as many pictures as I could with tape noting where they went.

Started to try and disconnect the power steering pump but the lines were giving me a hard time and I’ve been feeling sick. Came in, took a nap and made dinner. Now it’s raining here in LA! About time!

Hopefully in the next couple weeks I can pull the engine!!



Last week I bought an engine hoist and stand from Harbor Freight. This weekend’s plan was to go get my engine that’s sitting at the office and bring it home so it’s not sitting outside in the elements.

Well, Nate and I spent the morning putting together the hoist (after two trips to the hardware store to get bigger sockets) drove down to the office only to find that the engine had been buried behind TWO TRUCK loads of packaging material. There was no way we were getting it out today. Hopefully next weekend.

So instead I came home and decided to try and take apart some of the body to see how it’s looking underneath. Got the two front fenders off and the hood.

Here’s the lights, there’s 6 bolts holding each one on (A bit excessive!) These won’t be going back on, but you can see where the 6 bolts go

Driver Fender
Here’s the drivers side fender. There are 5-6 bolts on top, one in the door jam (top), two in the underside near the body, two in the front of the wheel well.

Here she is all naked!

The Fenders
Here’s the fenders. They are looking pretty good from the back, doesn’t look like many dents, etc.

Pass Fender Removed
Here she is with the pass fender removed.

Tomorrow I’ll try and work some more on it. Not sure where the next step is!


Vince’s Top 10

Top 10 list for restoration
1. Don’t completely disassemble the car the first weekend! Make a plan
a. Make a decision on what kind of project this is. Resto mod? Nut and
bolt resto? Nice driver? Your budget, time and resources will dictate this.
b. Create a working timeline that allows you to visualize the order in
which you will complete the car. Body before paint, engine rebuild before
decals, etc.
c. Every time you go into the garage to work, have a list of what you
want to accomplish. You will dream about this stuff…helps to get it on
d. Repair one part at a time. This keeps the project small and feasible.
Rather than looking at the engine bay and passing out….take on the
windshield wiper motor, then the wiper fluid tank, and so on.
2. Buy a set of shop manuals specific to your car. This is key to
understanding how parts go together and apart:
3. Get Organized:
a. Buy a Good DSLR camera, and take lots of photos…you never have enough.
Document the before, during and after. Organize them on your computer.
b. Plastic divider boxes for hardware. This is a better way to keep and
organize parts. Sandwich bags are only good when you are doing the initial
deconstruction. Clean them up and get them into the plastic boxes:
c. Get Shelves: in your attic, garage, closets, etc. Label boxes, group
parts and shelve them. A disassembled car takes up way more space than an
assembled car. I liked to use plastic totes…as they don’t fall apart and
stack easy.
d. Take Notes/drawings. lots of them. Keep questions together.
e. Keep a binder. Put all your questions, notes, drawings, vendors,
receipts, etc, in a binder.
f. Keep a list of vendors, with notes about each. Network locally for
guys who know what they are doing. Ask around at car shows about painters,
engine builders, etc. Do lots of interviewing. NPD is a Mustang parts
supplier…many of their parts interchange with Torino and are much much
h. Start a Spreadsheet with expenses/source. Nice to see what you’ve got
into the car and also a running list of what you have and haven’t bought
4. Don’t rebuild the drivetrain too early: these parts come with
warranties…which run out if your project drags on. My engine sat rebuilt
for 3 or 4 years. That’s not good.
5. Bench fire/tune your engine. I didn’t do this…as I didn’t want to mess
with it. Would have been much easier and less of a headache in the long
run. For many reasons…
6. Tools: Some really nice tools to have include; Quality Air compressor,
Sand blasting cabinet, ratcheting box wrenches, dremel tool, bench vise,
good socket set, shop to work in. Harbor Freight is great for the
expendables: sand paper, rubber gloves, zip ties, etc. take your chances
with tools.
7. Learn how to paint. “Spray bombs” (spray paint) are ok…for some things.
But using a spray gun or powder coating is preferred for high impact/use
items. You can do this with a good compressor and gun…and some trial and
8. Cheapo: Sometimes going cheap is not good. I learned this the hard way
with a distributor. Pay a little more for key components that are rebuilt
9. Use the TC Forum: ask lots of questions; refer to past posts, etc. I
learned so much on there!
10. Have fun: easy to get caught up and frustrated. Take breaks, work on
easy stuff and come back to the hard stuff. These projects are not easy,
cheap or perfect…otherwise everyone would do one.