Greg Dye has tried to keep his 1970 Ford Torino GT as original as possible, from the hidden headlights behind the blacked-out grille, factory wheel treatment and a custom-mixed paint job sprayed by Bill Everhardt to replicate the original factory Dark Maroon color.
The 351 cubic inch Cleveland V-8 in Dye's Torino was rebuilt to factory specifications by Stan Allen. Everything under the hood remains originalk, including the air conditioning system, which continues to blow cold air at 135,000 miles.
Many hood scoops on cars of the '60s and '70s were for looks only, but Dye's Torino GT has a functional open scoop that feeds cool air to the engine. To date, he says he hasn't had a problem with rain getting into the engine compartment.
Ford's classic `dog dish' hubcaps and brushed stainless steel trim rings give the car the correct 1970s look. Dye retained the factory 14-inch rims on front, but went with 15-inch wheels on the rear to boost gas mileage a bit.
Dye enjoys taking the Torino GT to weekend car shows and cruise-ins. At events that don't provide music, he often fires up the home stereo system he has modified to operate off a power converter in the trunk.