Torino gets some love, and new suspension components

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This Ford Torino rides on Heidts suspension components | Heidts photos

“The Torino may not be the most popular car around, but the people who have them love them,” said Scott Diedrich of suspension specialist Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts. “At Heidts, we celebrate every build and understand that rare vehicles deserve the same quality and functionality as the cars you see every day.”

And with that statement, Heidts has launched its Superide II Independent Front Suspension for 1971-72 Ford Torinos, promising “a true independent anti-dive upgrade for these heavy-but-powerful classics, adding safety and reliability in an adjustable coil-over system.”

According to the company, which is based in Lake Zurich, Illinois, “From its iconic role on the Starsky & Hutch television show to featured appearances in big-name movies like Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino and Fast & Furious 4, the Ford Torino has carved out a unique niche among classic car enthusiasts.

Superide II Independent Front Suspension
Kit installed

“Despite its passionate following, however, the aftermarket has been slow to embrace the Torino as a vehicle worth celebrating. But that’s all changing with the introduction of upgraded front and rear suspension setups from the chassis experts at Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts.”

The hub-to-hub kits include a Superide II crossmember, tubular upper and lower control arms, power rack and pinion steering, billet adjustable coil-over shocks with springs, and 11 inch rotors with 4-piston Wilwood calipers, the company said, adding that standard or drop spindles are also included, bringing the car’s ride height down 2 to 4 inches, respectively.

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Available upgrades include double-adjustable coil-over shocks and 12 and 13 inch brake packages.

Heidts 4 Link Rear Suspension Kit

“The IFS is designed to be paired with a Heidts 4 Link Rear Suspension Kit to dial in the perfect stance,” the company said. “The 4 Link kits are built specifically for the Torino and come standard with brackets, links and hardware, plus coil-over shocks and springs.

“There doesn’t seem to be many parts manufactured for the Torino, so we’re very excited to serve this particular audience of enthusiasts,” Diedrich added in the announcement. 

“Torino builds are for people who enjoy the challenge of doing something different — not just another Mustang or Camaro. We’re happy to support these unique projects that are a little bit out of the ordinary.”

The news release also noted that Torinos are not expensive to purchase and have “massive engine compartments” making installation of Ford’s new Coyote V8 easier.

 

For more information, visit the Heidts website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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