Daily Features

MAY 2017: 1970 TORINO COBRA JET 429—THIS IS WHAT A USED CAR LOOKED LIKE IN THE EARLY 1980S

By on May 18, 2017
IMGP7864

IMGP7865

 

The early 1980s suffered from the residual effects of the late 70s.

 

Cars were regulated beyond comprehension so they were choked off, smog-proofed slugs with giant safety bumpers.   

 

The upside of the early 1980s was the availability of some very cool, gently used, affordable classic muscle because this was long before TV car auctions and spec buyers drove the prices far beyond the realm of the average guy.

 

Dwayne Baczuk was an average car guy back then when he found a low-mileage 1970 Ford Torino 429 Cobra Jet. This was a two-owner car and it was still in pristine condition over a decade later.

 

IMGP7861

 

Dwayne bought the car with two things in mind. He’s a self-described muscle car guy plus he needed a daily driver. Dwayne admitted he “drove it for a year as a daily driver” before he put it into part time duty.

 

AD-contactIMGP8080

 

This is a true survivor thanks to its history of three careful owners. The paint is the same coat that the factory applied—Dwayne described it as “mostly original” but there was some work around the hood scoop. The factory dealer sticker is still there and the decals under the hood are still in pretty good shape.

 

IMGP7869

 

Dwayne said the interior is still original with the exception of the headliner—he had it re-done. There are some signs of wear on the seats but this Torino is a spectacular example of how proper maintenance and storage can preserve a decades-old car. There is nothing more impressive than a survivor class interior.

 

IMGP7866

 

Dwayne did depart from stock with the engine. He built another 429 Cobra Jet engine but he does have the original stored away. He also went with Magnum 500 wheels because he liked the period correct look plus he added the rear window louvre after he bought the car.

 

IMGP7859

 

This car hasn’t seen a lot of miles over the years because Dwayne said “it just rolled over 60K” so the years have been kind to this 429 CJ.  

 

IMGP7867

 

Dwayne and his wife are relatively new to the car show scene even though they’ve had it for years. Dwayne answered a lot of questions at the car show because these cars are extremely rare and a well-preserved, survivor 1970 429 CJ Torino is a neon sign for car guys.

 

IMGP7863

 

One of the reasons this car is still intact is because Dwayne treated it with respect from the first day he owned it. He currently runs it at a conservative 70-75 miles per hour on the highway even though the Torino could run at Warp Two if he pushed it because it still runs the factory 3:25 gears.

 

IMGP7862

 

Dwayne has learned to expect the inevitable conversations outside a restaurant or at a gas pump  because this bright yellow Torino is a people magnet. People also slow down on the highway and pace him to get a better look at his vintage Ford muscle car.

 

IMGP7868

 

Some guys wish they could go back in time and scoop up a fantastic deal on a classic ride but Dwayne did the next best thing—he bought it as a used car when it was just a used car.

 

Jerry Sutherland

 

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Twitter

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Pinterest

 

Please re-post this if you like this article.

 

FACE-

 

 

print
50461 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

rad my star radio imgp3395

JANUARY 11, 2015: FIFTIES, SIXTIES, SEVENTIES OR EIGHTIES–WHICH DECADE HAD THE BEST RADIO MUSIC?

  There was an ancient time when many of us got our musical inspiration over a cheap car radio because we spent plenty of time in cars.   We...

January 11, 2015 View more...
st-001a

JANUARY 9, 2015: LOWLIFE PATROL–HOW CAR GUYS FOUND A STOLEN CAR WITH STRONG TIES TO ONE FAMILY

  We live in a small Canadian city of about 100,000 people where things have changed over the past few decades.   Crime is a much bigger issue because...

January 9, 2015 View more...
ms-imgp0561

JANUARY 8, 2015: MORE THAN A PRETTY PICTURE–A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR.COM

  We like to reach every potential reader any way we can at MyStarCollectorCar.com.   The new age of communication means we spend time on most of the major...

January 8, 2015 View more...
car dsc00425

JANUARY 4, 2015: MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR ASKS THE QUESTION–WHAT KIND OF CAR GUY ARE YOU?

  We at MSCC have encountered different kinds of car guys at shows, from the rookies who are new to the vintage ride game, to the veterans who have...

January 4, 2015 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

My Star logo1-001

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2017

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2017   Welcome to the newest feature at MyStarCollectorCar.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...
IGP2993-NOVA SC

CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS

  CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS   Have you already scheduled your car show for 2017?   “Send MSCC the information...

October 26, 2015 View more...
IMGP0377-001

AUGUST 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar

  It’s never too early to contact us about your club or community car show for 2017. Get your listing to us and take advantage of the exposure you’ll...

October 9, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

GLENNIFER LAKE: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SMALL RESORT COMMUNITY THROWS A GREAT CAR SHOW

  Glennifer Lake is a welcome sight in Central Alberta because it’s a lake in an area where lakes are not a common entity.   Glennifer Lake is the newest major body of water in that region because it is located on the Dickson Dam and began its existence when the dam was completed in See More

THE ELUSIVE DODGE POLARIS: HOW A CLASSIC CAR BECAME A SNOWMOBILE

  Time is the sworn enemy of memory and accuracy.   I was at a self-serve gas station in a 1963 Plymouth when I met a friendly old cat who knew I was in a Plymouth.   My spirits soared like an eagle because this guy was able to make a distinction between a Plymouth See More

AUGUST 18 FIVE FOR FRIDAY: FIVE REASONS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR LOVES ITS NEW FORMAT

  MSCC fired up our new format in August, 2015 are now celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the best format decision ever made here at MyStarCollectorCar.com.   The new format took plenty of trial and a lot of error before we found our mojo with the revamped website.   The new format is based upon See More

MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY: JIM PICKS HIS FAVORITE RIDES FROM SUMMER 2017

  This article may be the toughest assignment I have ever given myself here at MyStarCollectorCar because I loved every vintage car and truck this past summer.   There is still some summer left for us at MyStar so we will revisit this topic again at the end of the car show year, but right See More

Editor’s Picks

IMG_1451

MSCC AUGUST 2017 ROAD WARRIORS—ON THE ROAD WITH A BOATLOAD OF COOL

  Road warriors are the truest celebration of the car hobby.   There’s a fair amount of risk because an old C-body Chrysler doesn’t stop, handle or change lanes...

August 18, 2017 View more...
IMGP7176-001

THE GUILD GARAGE: WHEN A HALF HOUR CAR SHOW JUST SEEMS LIKE AN HOUR

  Restoration Garage always lived up to its non-car guy producers’ goal to produce a docu-drama.   The producers appeared to believe in the standard TV playbook wherein a...

August 3, 2017 View more...
IMGP8955-001

CHEERS TO YOU–IT AIN’T EASY BEING A VOLUNTEER AT A CAR SHOW

  Volunteers are a special group of people because they are willing to tackle a thankless job and donate their time to a particular cause.   They are the...

July 24, 2017 View more...
5

WELCOME TO MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE GREAT SONGS WITH SUMMER IN THE TITLE

WELCOME TO MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE GREAT SONGS WITH SUMMER IN THE TITLE   MyStarCollectorCar never stands still—that’s the nature of the hobby because old iron that stands still...

July 20, 2017 View more...

Car Shows and Events

IGP2993-NOVA SC
CONTACT US TO LIST YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS

CONTACT US TO LIST YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS info@mystarcollectorcar.com 733786 Total Views 1206 Views Today

June 23, 2017
165ce9588de34a61a8112aaf9a57c456_1-001
MICHENER ALLEN AUCTION AUGUST 19, 2017: ’73 CHALLENGER

MICHENER ALLEN COLLECTOR AUCTION AUGUST 19, 2017   1973 Dodge Challenger 2 Dr       Make:   Dodge   Model: Challenger Drivetrain:          RWD     Ext Color:            Blue Engine:...

June 19, 2017
phpThumb_generated_thumbnailpng red deer
10TH ANNUAL RED DEER FALL FINALE & SPEED SHOW

 10TH ANNUAL RED DEER FALL FINALE & SPEED SHOW     COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION – CLASSIC CAR AUCTION The 10th Annual Fall Finale Classic Car Auction September 8th-10th, 2016 –...

April 21, 2017
IMGP0377-001
AUGUST 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar

  It’s never too early to contact us about your club or community car show for 2017. Get your listing to us and take advantage of the exposure you’ll...

October 9, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive