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  1. #1
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    Project S-1970 - 1970 Torino on a 2011 Mustang

    So finally decided to start a build thread after lurking thru these forums for years and finally having enough progress to post. Started with an idea after seeing the Foose Imposter on SEMA Battle of the Builders and thinking how that seemed like an easier way to have everything needed to have an old car with a new drive-train and creature comforts vs cramming all that into an old car like me and my dad are doing on our 67 Fastback. Being a Ford guy, a new mustang was the only option to swap everything on to but the measurements for a new mustang and an old mustang just would end up looking bulbous. Found a few people who had done this later and the proportions were always off. I wanted a car to look mostly stock on the exterior and completely new underneath. Went to a local car show a few weeks later and saw a 70 Torino Gt and loved the body lines and the fact that they are fairly uncommon to see. So did some research and found that width wise it would work however the wheelbase was off about 8-9", but that was close enough to try. So searched and searched for a reasonable price on one that was rough enough to cut up but solid enough to fix since replacement parts for the 70-71 are mostly non-existent. Ended up finding a guy selling 2 1970 GTs about 30 miles away. One was supposedly near paint and the other was a shell he was using for the vin and title. Price was right and car seemed to be in okay shape under his dimly lit shed so I brought them home. After getting them home, I found the gray car was no where near paint. The driver side door and fender had been wiped full of mud about an inch thick in spots from a previous wreck and the passenger side quarter was in about as bad of shape. Door post were seam sealed to hide the swiss cheese underneath and other odds and ends. But somehow the hull of a car that was sitting under a tree was in decent shape considering what my plan was for it.
    Next step was to get a donor car. I was fixing a 2014 Gt at the time, that I picked up from the salvage yard a couple months prior and was pricing buying new parts for it. Ended up running across a wrecked 2011 Gt convertible with most of the parts I needed to finish the 14, that went for fairly cheap. Being a convertible, it was perfect for the body swap since less cutting and re-enforced floor. Since the code name for the 2005-2014 mustang platform was the S-197 and this was a 1970 Torino, the S-1970 was born.

    Started this project back in the summer of 2016 but it is a slow build due to the fact that I got accepted to Pharmacy School a month after starting this project so now I'm a full time grad student, working 2 jobs, and only getting to work on it when I come home on Saturdays and holidays. Plus the fact it is not the only project car I'm fixing, but felt like it was a good time to post the progress so far.
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    The 70 shell. Floorpans were toast and the tunnel looked as if the driveshaft exploded but all that was coming out anyway Name:  20160721_110844.jpg
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    The Donor car before tear down Name:  20160811_131146.jpg
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    Turning the Torino shell into more of a hull. Left the fender aprons and cowl attached to get some more measurements. Only fitting that this huge car be sitting on a boat trailer Name:  20170826_145357.jpg
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    Hung the fenders on temporarily just to get some inspiration that this would work. Originally toyed with the idea of leaving the factory mustang in place in order to not disturb any of the cowl and dash of the Mustang but trashed that idea due to it being a noticeably different pitch from the Torino. Name:  20170802_204359.jpg
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    I was at Foose's shop when he was just starting to work on Imposter. He had the vette chassis sitting on the table with the plans on where they were going to shave off inches (side by side, before and afters). Really cool to see the master's thought process.

    This is going to be a really cool build!

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    This will be cool to watch. There's another guy on here, who is swapping a Torino body on to a Crown Vic floor/frame. It's been interesting to see how close that was to fitting, and that a Chevelle trunk floor worked very well in his application. For the life of me, I can't remember his name.

    Jay

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    I love these kind of builds! Can't wait to watch the build.

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    This is going to be a very cool build. Thanks for sharing!
    Cars are meant to be driven.

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    Very cool! I have had a few Torino's, a 70 GT, 71 Brougham and the one I wish I still had... a 70 Type N/W. My brother currently has a rusty 71 GT, I'll have to direct him to this build.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodler View Post
    I was at Foose's shop when he was just starting to work on Imposter. He had the vette chassis sitting on the table with the plans on where they were going to shave off inches (side by side, before and afters). Really cool to see the master's thought process.

    This is going to be a really cool build!
    Thanks! I'm jealous tho, would love to see his shop and see how he is able to get his ideas out and execute them so well. That's my biggest problem is the execution, I've got plenty of ideas but not necessarily the know how or tools to do them lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by JayinMI View Post
    This will be cool to watch. There's another guy on here, who is swapping a Torino body on to a Crown Vic floor/frame. It's been interesting to see how close that was to fitting, and that a Chevelle trunk floor worked very well in his application. For the life of me, I can't remember his name.


    Jay
    Yea I've been following his build as well, crazy how well the 72-73 body fits on the CV. Looked into that as a potential option for the 70 early on but the measurements just didn't line up close enough

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    Really interesting, love these kinds of builds that require some creative fabrication.
    Roger

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    Since I tend to get so focused when I'm working on this thing, I have a bad habit of not taking time to take pictures of the progress being made, especially the smaller stuff so excuse the lack of detailed progress pictures. Between fighting to get all the interior and dash out, to cutting up the unibody, tear down on the 2011 was a chore. Anyone that believes old cars are built stronger has never tried cutting into the frame/unibody of a new car. Took a lot of cutting wheels and sawzall blades to get the fat trimmed off of the car. In order for the Torino body to sit on the Mustang, the outer structural panels from the door post back to the wheel tubs had to be removed which meant hundreds of spot welds had to get drilled out. Once that was removed, the Torino should slide on to the Mustang's unibody like a glove....Naturally that wasn't the case. Since it seemed neither of these cars were built the same on each side, minor trimming had to take place before the Torino could drop down on the unibody. Name:  20170801_201741.jpg
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    Next step was to do the crazy part and cut what used to be a running and driving car in half. Figuring out where to make the cut took a lot of planning and measuring to make sure going back together would be easier. Finally ended up cutting thru the rear seat floor-pan as this was the only section with minimal brackets in the way then coming up at a forward angle on the rocker. Another plus side of cutting here would allow for more leg room in the rear. Before cutting we had to make two separate carts to support the car once it was cut so moving it around wouldn't be near as troublesome. Name:  20171021_103337.jpg
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    I'm in! Can't wait to see your progress. Don't hold back on the posts!

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    I'm in! Can't wait to see your progress. Don't hold back on the posts!

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    I sure am in for this. I love these type of builds. Keep it coming please.
    cheers Russell

    My 1957 Pontiac StarChief powered by a 5.3 LS with a 4L60E transmission, on 18" US Mags Big Slots.

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    Once the majority of the fat was trimmed off of the Mustang's unibody, it was time to start trying to put the Torino shell on. Since the back half of the mustang was out of the way, we built another cart to sit the Torino on in order to roll it into place on the front half of the unibody. This made it easy to see what else needed to be trimmed and also see how far forward the car would need to sit to get the wheelbase as close to factory as possible. The windshield was going to be a problem tho since the mustang windshield would not work. Getting a windshield made was out of the question and since this would be a daily driver type of car, I hated to use lexan due to how long it would hold up. So we decided to try and use the factory Torino windshield and adapt it to the Mustang's cowl section. First try, I bent a piece of angle to mimic the curvature of the old Torino's cowl where the windshield sat and was going to tack it near the rear of the mustang's cowl and then build a cover panel to make it all look factory. This would have required trimming the back of the dash a few inches but that didn't seem like to big of a problem until I looked at the dash again. Mounting the windshield this way would have the bottom running right into where the defroster vents are on the dash and due to the way the system is built under the dash, rerouting the vents would've created a lot of other problems and fixes that I was not capable of. I can fix metal to some degree, plastic not so much. So with that idea scrapped, it was on to the next one. After a lot of going back and forth, we finally agreed upon moving the Torino a little farther forward and have it sit slightly higher on the unibody to allow us to slice into the Mustang's cowl and add the new cowl in place. By doing this, the Torino windshield would have to lay back and the A-pillars would have to modified. Hesitant at first of how the end product might look, we made one side to get a general idea and both agreed that it would be barely noticeable once finished. Once everything was in place, we could clean it up to make everything look factory and all the water would run off where it needed to go. This is simply our working idea right now due to making sure the rest of the car is all together before doing anything to the windshield, so this is a future project to tackle. But since we now had a game plan for the windshield, we knew about where the Torino body had to sit on the unibody in order to move on. Name:  20171028_115344.jpg
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    This is a cool project. There is a similar vintage Torino near me with Coyote power and Mustang dash. this is one big step beyond that.



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    Sickkkkk
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    These are the types of builds that I dream about all the time. I am also collecting parts to do something similar with a 1951 Ford F1 truck and a Ford Explorer.

    Keep posting pictures please!
    1951 Ford F1, 1967 RS Camaro, 1979 Firebird Formula, 1979 Trans Am/LS swap.

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    Too damn cool, talk about pegging the coolometer...

    Joe

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