Maybe I have simply lived a sheltered life but until I happened upon this 1973 Ford Torino station wagon, I had never actually seen one before. The thing is huge and its curves and general shape seem to accentuate the size of the beastly hunk of Detroit Iron. The car looks clean enough but it is also somewhat of a poster child for how important wheels are in establishing the overall aesthetic of a car. The billet wheels on this thing look like they date from the earlier 2000s and while their size is good, the design is definitely dated.
I like the stance and the color so a refresh with some modern wheels would make the outside of the huge Ford good to go. The interior is 100% stock appearing which means you have miles of vinyl covering bench seats and its all that 1970s brown-ish color. I’d either leave the inside exactly as it is or maybe make one change for a set of bucket seats up front. Matching the factory color may be tough but the comfort factor and look would be worth it.
Lastly there’s the engine which like the rest of the car has good bones but needs some help. The cleaned up 351 Cleveland engine looks great but with manifolds and single exhaust it is not the powerhouse that it could be. Some aluminum heads, headers, maybe EFI, a healthy camshaft, and a hot ignition would turn the Cleveland into a pretty nasty piece and make this wagon really quick for its size.
These cars are not exactly packing award winning styling but doing stuff like tucking the front bumper and losing the glue on scoops would do a lot to clean up the exterior looks. One thing that would have to stay? The roof rack. That’s too cool looking.