The following comes from Joe Morales of Deltona, Florida.  Joe writes "Hi Mike, I have been looking at your web site for sometime while I completed the restoration of my 1974 Ford Gran Torino.

I purchased my 74 Gran Torino earlier this year from a lady who had it stored under a tree in the woods. The car was all original down to the olive green paint and olive green interior. I knew what I wanted the car to look like but I am handicapped and cannot do most of the heavy extensive restoration process on my own, so with the help of a race car driver from Gainesville Florida my dream of getting a car restored is almost complete. I was able to do some of the work on the lighter pieces but most of the car was replaced with either NOS parts or higher quality used parts that were difficult to find at times.

I do not know how it compares to other restoration projects and the car is not totally complete as of yet but it is very close and thought I would share some of the pictures with you.

The specs on the car are listed below and the rebuilt engine has about 8 miles on it so far. Thanks so much for hosting such an informative site and any feedback on the restoration process I have had completed to this date would be greatly appreciated. My next project is a 1973 Ford Gran Torino Sport Fastback that I should be starting on as the new year gets closer.

Thank so much again and here are the specs on the car.

All the best to you,

Joe Morales Deltona, Florida"


74 Ford Gran Torino Specifications



Type Ford Gran Torino 2 Door Vinyl Top D65 Body Code

Material Steel

Year/Color 1974 Candy Apple Purple


Construction Steel Box Frame

Steering Power Conventional


Front Coil Springs

Rear Coil Springs


Front Disc

Rear Drum


Front 15 x 6 P215/65R-15 BF Goodrich Radial T/A

Rear - 15 x 8 P255/60R-15 BF Goodrich Radial T/A


Front - 15 x 6 Centerline Trigon #802 Billet Wheels

Rear - 15 x 8 Centerline Trigon #802 Billet Wheels


Year/Type 1974 351 Windsor

Displacement 356 cubic inch

Bore x Stroke 3.50 x 4 inch

Compression Ratio 9 to 1

Horsepower 370 Approx.

Camshaft 512 x 282

Lifter Type Hydraulic

Cylinder Heads 194 x 160 valves (race ready)

Fuel System Gas

Intake Manifold Edelbrock

Ignition System Points Ford Stock

Cooling System radiator with electrical fan

Exhaust System 2 inch Flowmasters Z chambered


Year/Type C6 1975

Torque Converter 2000 RPM Stall

Shifter Stock

Rear Axle:

Year/Type 1974 Ford 9 3.50 Gear

Ratio 3.50 Gear

Axles Stock 28 Spline


Seats 74 Gran Torino Buckets Reupholstered in Front/ NOS 1974 Gran Torino Rear

Dash Stock

Upholstery/Color Black Leather

Steering Wheel 2 spoke 1974 Stock Gran Torino

Carpet/Color Black

Gauges 1974 Gran Torino Sport Gauge Package

Stereo NOS Ford AM Radio


Color/Type Dupont Motors Candy Apple Purple

Ghost Flames Silver flex based ghost flames

Process Told it is a secret by the painter!


Thanks Joe, truly a beautiful car and something to be very proud of!!!   Thanks...