Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible

From the seller’s description:

Very clean 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible numbers matching 57,000 mile original car. Has been in the same family since 1984 with documented history. Rust free and has spent most of it’s life in Arizona. PS, PB, A/C. All original trim and sheet metal, interior is 90% original with new carpet.

Upgrades include hideaway headlights and Traction-loc rear end (pre-1984), big block radiator and sway bar, and 15″ Magnum 500 wheels. New top in 2015 including glass window, new cylinders and hoses. Newer windshield. KYB shocks, new front springs and recurved rear leaf springs. All new power steering hoses.

Rebuilt 351C 2V built to 4V specs 300+ HP with ported heads, larger cam, Mallory dist, Holley 600 double pumper carb. Have the build sheet for the engine. Original C4 built with B&M Street & Strip shift kit and 2500 stall converter. 9000 total miles on engine/trans. Headers, dual exhaust, Magnaflow mufflers.

One repaint in the original Medium Metallic Blue. Is one of 98 H-code blue/blue bench seat. One of the most desirable color combinations for the GT convertible and hard to find. Have the deluxe Marti report for it. Continue reading “Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Ford Torino GT convertible”

The high-style handler: 1976-’77 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

The high-style handler: 1976-’77 Oldsmobile 4-4-2

Magazine ad from author’s collection.

I’ve always appreciated the 1976 and 1977 Oldsmobile 442’s for their “slant back grille,” semi-fastback roof, chiseled lines, plush interior, and capable suspension system. Optional on the Cutlass S, the W29 442 Appearance and Handling Package added a special body side paint treatment with billboard “442” callouts, “442” decal on the decklid, Y74 bright rocker panel and wheel opening moldings and the corner-craving FE2 Rallye suspension. The latter included higher-rate front and rear springs, larger-diameter front and rear sway bars, firm ride shocks, and wider 15 x 7-inch wheels. That’s the good news. Continue reading “The high-style handler: 1976-’77 Oldsmobile 4-4-2”

“My First Race Car” Mike Thomas’s ‘64 Falcon

“My First Race Car” Mike Thomas’s ‘64 Falcon

“Real race cars have three pedals” – Roy Pool

Ford Country

After meeting nostalgia drag racers Dale Snoke (“The Rocket” 1964 Mercury Comet) and Roy Pool (1965 Mercury Comet) at the 2011 Bakersfield Hot Rod Reunion, Mike Thomas set off to build his own race car. He finally found this ’64 Falcon Futura for sale in Compton, California, and drove down there with cash and a car trailer. A deal was made and a rolling shell was acquired.

He jokes, “I should have brought some help with me!”

Later, a motor was found on Craigslist and a top-loader 4-speed and a 9” rear end were built for it. Everything was done in the garage with help from friends and family. Mike later found some Dodge A100 seats that were used in the Ford Thunderbolts for the interior and moved the rear wheel wells forward about 1.5 inches. His friend Roy Pool set up the rear-end, put screws in the back wheels and made Mike put a 4-speed in because “Real race cars have three pedals.” A year later, the car was racing at Famoso.

Mike recalls, “The hardest part of the whole build was saving money for it and the easiest was spending it.”

 

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Vintage Drag Car

This Falcon is Mike’s first race car. He credits his dad, Bob Thomas, for inspiration. They attended the NHRA Winternationals and World Finals at Pomona, California and used to watch the races on Sunday afternoons. They also worked on an old truck together. It was Dad who ultimately inspired Mike to go racing and he was always ready to lend a helping hand on this build: from driving his son to get parts, to dropping the motor in or tightening bolts.

Mike recalls, “I always wanted to drive a race car, just did not know when or how. After attending the nostalgia races, I knew that is where I wanted to be. The people are so nice; the kind of people that would help you between rounds working on your car, even if that meant you would be racing them in the next round.

“I was really inspired by Dick Brannan’s vintage burgundy 1964 427 Ford Falcon and Hubert Platt’s 1965 427 Ford Falcon, “The Georgia Shaker.” The best part of the whole experience is all the great people I have had the honor to meet and race with.”

Mike participates with the American Nostalgia West Drag Racing Club for A/FX and NSS cars, doing what they do best – side-by-side drag racing!

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Mike wanted a period correct 1964 race car, so when it came to different parts or paint; he stuck true to the era. He is pleased with his Ford’s lightweight configuration (fiberglass front body components) and that it looks like it’s moving when sitting still. It also has an original 1964 small block Ford Hilborn injection unit on it and is all hand-lettered with gold leaf.

Technically its an early Sixties A/FX car (A/Factory Experimental) for altered wheelbase race cars using fuel injection with nitro methane. This was the forerunner for early funny cars. Notable racers in the early A/FX class included Gas Ronda, Dick “Mr. Chevrolet” Harrell, Hayden Proffitt, Hubert Platt, Sox & Martin, and Phil “Daddy Warbucks” Bonner.

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Let’s Build a Bird (Falcon)

Mike gives special thanks to family and friends for helping build his bird. Paint, body work and roll cage where helmed by Bones Fabrication in Camarillo, California. Interior, mechanicals, and suspension were tackled by the owner and Roy Pool, and transmission work was completed at Anaheim Gear. Tom Clark at TW Brushwerks hand-lettered all the graphics and gold leaf accents and Hiro “Wildman” Ishi hand-painted Mooneyes logos.

The finished car now includes desirable parts: a 1969 Boss 302 short block running 351 Windsor heads, and Holman-Moody valve covers. A 1964 top-loader 4- speed feeds to a Ford 9” rear-end with 4.63 gears and 31-spline Moser axles.

During the build process, Mike learned about drag strip safety features, suspension technology and trying to figure out a mechanical 1964 Hilborn injection system. His own minor innovation involved removing welded-in, stock shock tower braces and bolting in 1964 Fairlane parts instead. He also had the top-loader tranny built with a big block input/output shaft so he wouldn’t twist one of them with the 5500 RPM launches. It was worth the learning curve to get it all done right.

Best pass with the injection on alcohol was 11.91 at 116 MPH. Not bad for a day of fun on the track! Future plans are underway for removing the Hilborn-injected small block Ford and installing a dual-quad 427 high riser. Listen for it.

TECH SHEET

  • Owner:  Mike Thomas
  • Occupation: Police sergeant
  • Location: Camarillo, CA
  • Builders: Mike Thomas & Roy Pool
  • Vehicle: 1964 Ford Falcon Futura
  • Body Modifications: Rear wheelwells moved forward 1.5”, fiberglass fenders, hood & front bumper, hood locks, 1964 Fairlane shock tower braces
  • Paint: Vintage burgundy 2-stage
  • Painter: Bones Fabrication (Camarillo, CA)
  • Custom Graphics: Hand lettered & gold leaf by Tom Clark (TW Brushwerks); Mooneyes by Hiro “Wildman” Ishi
  • Engine: 1969 Boss 302 short block w/1969 351 Windsor heads, 1964 mechanical Hilborn Injection, Holman Moody Valve covers, Doug’s tri-Y headers
  • Transmission: 1964 Ford Top loader 4 Speed (Anaheim Gear)
  • Induction: 1964 mechanical Hilborn injection
  • Ignition: MSD
  • Exhaust: Doug’s Headers
  • Rear End: Ford 9” Detroit Locker w/4.63 gears, 31-spline Moser axles
  • Suspension: F- Stock; R- Calvert Racing leaf springs
  • Brakes: F- Ford disc; R- Ford drum
  • Wheels: F- 15×4 slotted mag; R- 15×8 steel
  • Tires: F- 4.5/26.0-15 Racemaster; R- 8.5/26.0-15 Racemaster slicks
  • Seats: F- Dodge A100; R- Stock
  • Upholstery: Stock Ford
  • Steering Column: Stock
  • Steering Wheel: Superior 500

Dedicated to Roy Pool (1947-2016)

By Anna Marco. Addl photos: Thomas Family Racing

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Barris’ Villa Riviera

Barris’ Villa Riviera

The Villa Riviera began as George Barris’ personal car, a gift from Buick Division’s press fleet to “see what he can do with it.” Barris did a lot with it and as he did, he wrote a series of articles and photo documented each step of the customization in Hot Rod magazine’s 1964 Custom Car Yearbook.

Soon after it was customized and painted, movie producer Leslie Martinson selected it for use in an upcoming surf movie starring James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Nancy Sinatra, and Bob Denver called For Those Who think Young. The Villa Riviera played a significant role in the movie as James Darren’s and his sidekick Bob Denver’s car.

For its movie role, the Villa Riviera was painted white. After the filming, Barris experimented with fogging red paint over the white but eventually painted the car all red again. James Darren loved the Villa Riviera and after filming struck a deal with Barris to use it as his personal transportation. When Mr. Darren wasn’t using the car, Barris was busy touring it across the country. It also played roles in Perry Mason and The Outsiders television shows in addition to being a prop in multiple magazine ads. Rod & Custom and several other national car magazines featured the Villa Riviera in separate articles.

Barris was a master promoter and never missed a chance to publicize the Villa Riviera. It became a well-known Barris feature car at shows. In 1965, AMT released a special version of its annual kit with custom parts and instructions to build a Villa Riviera model. A neat post card was included with the model kit, showing the fogged paint job.

Like many custom cars, Villa Riviera was constantly evolving and changing. The biggest changes occurred when Barris sold it to its second owner, Russ Johnson, in 1983. Russ ran a body shop near Chicago and decided to try his hand at re-customizing Barris’ car. His version included moving the headlights to the grille area, using a 1970s AMC Hornet grill, installing side pipes, raised white letter tires, and chrome reverse wheels with moon hubcaps. Russ also added Pontiac Firebird taillights and painted the car maroon.

In 1986, Bill Ryan saw the car at a show near Chicago and negotiated a deal to acquire the car. Bill enjoyed the Villa Riviera for a few years, but the paint wasn’t holding up and he decided to repaint the car. Bill’s color choice was a dark blue and he re-trimmed the interior in gray velour. Bill showed the car at several car shows and it was during one of these shows that George Barris attended and he explained to Bill how he had originally painted the car and shared the original candy apple red paint formula with Bill. Bill decided to paint the car red again and return the interior to white, closely matching Barris’ original version of the car.

In the fall of 2015, while walking the giant parking lots at the AACA Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania, looking for nothing in particular, I stumbled upon the unmistakable Villa Riviera under a tent and learned the car was to be auctioned the following month in Connecticut. I wasn’t the only person impressed with the car, but won the auction and became the next caretaker. What I didn’t expect was that Dawn Ryan, wife of the deceased third owner, would provide a notebook filled with photos and memorabilia about the car. This information formed the basis that helped uncover the full history of this incredible car.

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Upon getting the Villa Riviera home, I discovered absolutely nothing electrical worked in the car. The power windows, seat, radio, dash lights, clock – all dead. Armed with the experience of a prior Riviera restoration, manuals, wiring diagrams, and a lot of good friends, we embarked on a mission to get everything working again. This proved to be a much bigger mission then we thought as the entire interior and dash had to be removed and all the wiring replaced. Years of adding stereos, cutting dash panels, adding gauges, switches and patched wiring required that the harnesses and console be replaced. A parts car was acquired along the way because I wanted all the right screws, brackets, fittings, and other little parts to put the car together correctly.

From photos obtained with the car and others provided by the Barris family, it was obvious that the wheels and tires were important features of Barris’ original design. The wheels were 10” wide chrome slotted wheels with chrome lug nut caps and special three bar spinners. The tires were cheater slicks with triple white stripes at all four corners. Locating the wheels was a challenge, but a friend found a NOS set in California. I was able to buy two of the rare spinners and had a new set cast from these originals. The tires were another challenge. Coker provided the blackwall cheater slicks and Diamond Back added the triple stripes.

The interior was basically a stock ’63 except that Barris added three important items: a pair of telephone handsets, a Muntz 4-track tape player (this was before 8-track) and a Sony Micro TV, all with custom brackets and mounting. Similar phones were found and we made brackets like the ones Barris had. The Muntz tape player was a difficult piece to find and rebuild, but the amazing power of eBay helped with that. The TV also came from eBay, a practically NOS unit.

The ultimate goal was to return the Villa Riviera, as much as possible, to the way it was when George Barris first customized it. I searched for the little details in the early photos, then compared them with the car and returned any missing items. Accuracy was important. There was also a lot of routine maintenance and restoration work required on the car, but nothing that would come as a surprise to an early Riviera owner as it needed all the normal stuff.

What has been most enjoyable was discovering and documenting the history of the Villa Riviera, then sharing it with the people who remember the Villa Riviera and those that never knew about George Barris but love old custom cars. This car never fails to turn heads.

The car is not restored to show standards as the car was driven and enjoyed. The paint is worn and chipped in spots, but largely remains in good shape. These minor “character flaws” help authenticate that this was once a movie car.

The work completed during my ownership of the Villa Riviera would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the Riviera Owners Association. Brett Barris, George’s son, also provided period photos and advice, supplementing the huge number of photos and historical documents that were acquired by Bill Ryan came with the car. Thanks also for the support and help  offered by many friends, including Walt Bolek, Brent Budgor, Fred Carullo, Pat Curran, Ed Horsefield, Bill Horton, Peter Mahoney, Bob Miller, Jim Petrarca, Mark Macreading, Billy Rounds and many others. Finally, none of this would have been possible without the loving support of my beautiful wife and daughter who encouraged me and endured my endless stories about the car and late nights in the garage.

Words: Jeff Goldstein; Photos: Mark Macreading

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VIVA LAS VEGAS

VIVA LAS VEGAS

We’ve been going to Viva Las Vegas almost since its inception and reporting on it in either Car Kulture DeLuxe or Ol’ Skool Rodz. It’s hands down one of the premier Kustom kulture events in the world. This time, we decided to do our report a little differently and asked the show’s promoter, Tom Ingram, to tell the story from his perspective. No one knows Viva better than he does, right? – Ed.

We knew going into VLV20 that we were in for a special weekend. Viva Las Vegas is the first music festival in Vegas to reach its 20th anniversary, the longest running music festival in Vegas. The publicity in Vegas was enormous, with the highlights for me being the proclamation from the mayor of Las Vegas making April 13, 2017, Tom Ingram Day and the cake of my ‘58 Cadillac made for a TV show.

On Thursday, as we opened up the car show; everyone arrived early and the lot was nearly full by that evening. By Friday evening it was hard to find a space as over 800 pre-1964 period-correct cars packed the car show area.

Musically, Viva 20 had one of the strongest line-ups of acts ever, including original acts like Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson, Freddy Cannon, The Cleftones, Gene Summers, Otis Williams & His Charms, Sonny Burgess, Alton & Jimmy, Larry Collins, and Doug Kershaw who headlined the Dave & Deke Hillbilly Fest. Current acts included The Reverend Horton Heat, Lee Rocker, The Spunyboys, The Jive Aces, Si Cranstoun and many more. There was nonstop entertainment all four days with music and bars going all night.

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Viva Las Vegas would not be complete without the pin-ups and the burlesque performers and this year had plenty of both. At VLV, there is an emphasis on people being able to meet celebrities from the scene. Most bands, after playing, go out to sign autographs, sell merch and meet fans. VLV also arranges people to come in to meet fans. At the car show, Dita Von Teese was signing autographs and taking photos with fans, as were Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a. Elvira) and Charles Phoenix.

The quality of cars was exceptional. From its inception, Viva Las Vegas has been strict on the type of cars allowed in the car show. The show is primarily a 1950s style music event so everything else must fit in with that style – the bands, the DJs, the vendors and, of course, the cars. At the beginning, the decision was made that all cars must be built before 1964 and be period-correct. This is not always a popular decision but it is what sets it apart from other car shows. VLV does not set out to be the biggest car show, just the best for this genre. One thing I have never been able to understand is why car owners have to pay to show their cars for which people have to pay to see or even walk in for free. To me that has always been the wrong way around so at VLV, cars are always free. And for the first 500 registrations, the car and driver get in free.

Other attractions at the car show include Axle’s gasser display, which always generates interest; and noise. I bring in a number of movie cars every year. The kids especially like these. The highlights for me were the BSA motorcycle from Thunderball and flying AMC Matador from The Man With The Golden Gun.

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New to the car show was Skratch’s pinstriping booth where all of the invited pinstripers could gather and car owners were able to get a pinstriper to do some work for them. Artist Big Toe ran an art show where world famous VLV artist Vince Ray spent the day meeting fans and signing art. VLV has a big stage at the car show and kept the fans entertained throughout the day and into the evening. Then it was time to go back inside the hotel.

Inside there were three music venues, a showroom, two vendor rooms and a late night club where record hops spun music until 7:00AM each night. This room housed Burlesque Bingo which, if you have not seen it, is a must for entertainment. Rockabilly Radio had 15 DJs on hand and was broadcasting live to the world all weekend. Rockabilly Radio is a fast growing online radio station that caters to the rockabilly scene.

Some people think that VLV has outgrown The Orleans. I think not. Next year we plan on moving the larger acts to the arena along with some other improvements. The car show will have more lines to get in and, of course, good prices on beer. No VLV21 acts have been announced yet but the hotel rooms in The Orleans are already sold out. Tickets go on sale on June 1 at www.vivalasvegas.net. I can see VLV continuing for many years to come.

One of the things that has kept it going is that I really welcome feedback and ideas from the attendees. If anyone wants to contribute any ideas or feedback, please email me at tom@vivalasvegas.net

I look forward to seeing you all in 2018, April 19– 22.

Words: Tom Ingram; Photos: Mike Basso, Roy Varga, Mitzi Valenzuela

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Syracuse Nationals Heats Up the Summer

Syracuse Nationals Heats Up the Summer

by John McCartney

Each July, the Syracuse, New York, Fairgrounds are turned into a one big car lovers’ paradise.

Syracuse’s Ol’ Skool Roundup is a highlight for everyone and the Back-Yard Build Off is one of the favorite parts of the Roundup. This marked the fourth year for this event, in which builders come up with their own special creations and then the fans vote to determine the winner. This year’s four cool rides (Cory Chappell’s 1955 Chevy pick-up, Arthur Pfund 1948 Chevy truck, Kevin Kimmerly’s 1950 Dodge Coronet, and Corey Kolz’s 1946 Dodge truck) kept fans busy checking out all the cool details. Also under the Roundup’s roof, one could take in a crazy pin-up contest, great live music, and even valve cover racing. Once again Sparky came up with some out-of-this-world trophies, which were awarded over the span of the show.

Artie’s Party, marked it’s tenth year at the Syracuse Nationals, once again bringing together some of the country’s finest pinstripers and artists. All of these talented folks come to Syracuse on their own time and money to produce fine artwork, which is then auctioned off, with all of the proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House. This year, over $70,000 went to this very worthy charity.

Walking around the fairgrounds, fans could check out acres and acres of cars, displays, a huge swap meet, and car for sale area. Over 12,000 cars were on the grounds in all. Check it out this coming July. Info is at www.rightcoastcars.com

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