The picture at left is the solution that my father came up with to accommodate the Torino. To fit the car into the garage, you had to put the nose into the "bump out", which he built. Actually, I'm surprised that no one ever pushed the front bumper through it. It was quite a job, getting that car with that long, long, hood to fit into that garage. But we did it.
In the 1970s my friends and I used to joke about cars that had hoods that "arrived fifteen minutes before you did". And it was true. It was a design thing, I guess. The longer the hood, the more prestige you got, or something. Anyway, I've told people about this for years and I'm sure that they just smiled and nodded. My brother is in Minneapolis right now, and while he visited the old house, he was kind enough to take this picture. He is younger than me, and learned to drive in the 1980s, so he never had to deal with this. In fact, he never knew it was there.
|1973 Ford Torino Station Wagon|