ClassicsBuilt To Honor Dad, This Home-Built 1968 Torino is a Heartbreaker.
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The love of cars has always been a generational affair, passed down from parent to child in family garages since the invention of the horseless carriage. For Scott Kirk, the love of his 1968 Ford Torino came directly from spending time in his dad's automotive shop where, at a young age, his stature made him a valuable commodity. Scott remembers, "I've always been a tall, big kid, and so I've been able to be in the garage at a fairly early age and be useful. So I'd been working for my dad for many, many years. While I was in high school, he had a shop and it was either bag groceries at the grocery store or bill shop hours to my buddies for putting alternators on their cars. So we worked together." Along with the shop, there was a race car and a collection of Fords, but without a doubt, both Scott and his dad's favorite ride was the elder Kirk's 1969 Presidential Blue Formal Top Torino. [For more on 1969 Torinos, click here.]
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When it came time for Scott and his best friend, Mike, to hit the road on the Hot Rod Power Tour for the first time in 2009, they borrowed his dad's fave Torino and lit out. They made the run of half the tour from Dayton, Ohio, to Bristol, Tennessee, capping it off with a prized picture of Steven Kirk's car under the Bristol Motor Speedway sign. Scott was now completely hooked on driving his dad's car but, sadly, Steven died in 2014. Another blow came right after losing his dad, when Scott was unable to keep track of his dad's prized Torino. These two losses set Scott out on a mission to find another Formal Roof Torino as a way to pay tribute to his father and the love of cars he inherited from him.
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After a search of a year and a half, Scott finally found what he was looking for, albeit, it was a little rough. "I found this one through Facebook. It was in California, in the middle of the desert. It was a 40,000-mile car that was really clean; it was an ugly lime gold and green color, it didn't run, it didn't stop, and it had three flat tires, but it was solid."
Once the car was shipped back to Scott's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, he and several buddies began converting the garage into a shop. In high school, Scott had taken auto body painting and auto bodywork classes, but the one-car garage was all he had to do the work in. They started with the basics of a complete color-change paintjob. Erasing the lime gold and green and changing it to a beautiful Gulf Stream Aqua, a color that was his future wife's favorite, but not too far from dad's original Presidential Blue. "I gave her two choices and this is the one she picked," Scott recalls. The paint was barely dry before his car's big debut: "The day before our wedding is when I finished it. I have a tendency to finish things just in time."
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After the wedding and driving the car for about 200 miles, Scott checked the oil to find it was about 4 quarts low. The old bullet had seen better days and the oil rings were simply worn out. It was perfect justification for more work, so back in the garage and on the jackstands went the Torino. This time, things got really serious. Steve admits: "As a typical car guy, it snowballed into a stroker 347 and an overdrive transmission. And the big motor needed a big cooling system and then, you know, you want to drive it across the country so you need better fuel economy, so we ended up with a Sniper fuel injection and all that on it too."
In keeping with Scott's tradition of finishing things just in time, they buttoned up the engine and slammed the hood with two hours to spare before leaving for the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour. Scott got one hour of sleep and one hour to pack, and then left. "We put it in gear and as we were leaving the driveway with my best friend Mike, he said, 'Are we going to testdrive this around the block?' and I said 'no, we're just going to start driving and if it breaks down, we're gonna fix it. If it doesn't break down, we are going to keep going!'" As fate would have it, the Torino broke down six out of the seven days, but Scott and Mike persevered, fixing the issues, and completing the tour.
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This 1968 Chevrolet is insured for $150,000 and sports an LS3 V8 along with a whole host of upgrades. We simply love Camaro’s at Motorious, especially when they look like this one offered by Canyon State Classics. In 2019 you can find one in any state or specification. Whether it’s factory original, a barn find, or something more unique perhaps; like this 1968 LS3 swapped beast. Finished in white with gorgeous US Mags wheels that reveal some hefty Wilwood brakes underneath, this car has had some serious cash thrown at it, and it shows.
At the conclusion of the 2018 run, if Scott's garage thought it would return to its day job of just protecting the car from the elements then it was wrong. The garage was back to being a full-time shop both day and night. This time, it was up on the lift for the Torino to get a complete suspension upgrade. Scott and crew added a street or track full coilover front suspension, custom Eaton Detroit leaf springs, Mike Maier Racing rear Panhard bar, and a 1998 Cobra 8.8 rearend. They also went back to the Cobra for a set of 2003 brakes all around. Finally, it all rides on 18-inch US Mags Rambler wheels with 255s out front and 285s in the rear. Being a lifelong Car Craft magazine reader, Scott sums up what the magazine means to him: "It is very motivational because when you start a build—I started with basically a body and not a whole lot more—it's pretty daunting and it's cool to see other people's cars that they built in their garage, and it's like, if they can do it, I can do it!"
Once out and rolling this year, without a doubt, one of the most important stops for Scott was back in Bristol, Tennessee, to recreate the picture he took of his dad's Torino. The new photo being taken exactly 10 years from the first one. It was yet another, fitting tribute to his dad.
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Who: Scott Kirk
What: 1968 Ford Torino
Where: Columbus, Ohio
Engine After the original engine turned into more of an oil pump than a horsepower generator, Scott had it rebuilt into a 347 Windsor stroker (8.2-inch deck 302 block) and topped it off with AFR 185 heads that he feeds with a Holley Sniper fuel injection system. The EFI sits on top of an Edelbrock Air Gap intake and it's all kept cool by a Champion three-core radiator. This new power pump dumps its exhaust through tubing from MagnaFlow.
Transmission Since Scott was hooked on the long runs of the Power Tour, he decided an automatic overdrive transmission made better sense, so he bolted in one of Automatic Performance's AOD-E four-speed units with a 2,400-stall speed converter.
Rearend Getting the power to the rear tires is a 1998 Cobra 8.8 Rear end with 3:73 gears in the pumpkin.
Suspension Lowering the ride and offering better handling is a Street and Track suspension from Maier Racing that sports Bilstein coilovers, Eaton/Detroit leaf springs, and a Panhard bar.
The rollers are 18-inch US Mags Ramblers wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sports, 255/30R18s up front and 285/30R18s out back.
Body/Paint When it came time for Scott to pick a paint color, he left it to his soon-to-be wife. He gave her two choices and her pick was PPG's Gulfstream Aqua.
Interior This was perhaps the easiest part of Scott's tribute build. The original interior from the ugly green car that came from the desert was actually in great shape and only needed cleaning and bolting back in place.
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