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Rad Rides By Troy: 1969 Ford Torino

Rad Rides by Troy was established in 1995 as a father and son business. In 16 short years it has since grown to become one of America’s top automotive shops. Along the way, Troy has become a team builder - from the close-knit pack of fabricators, mechanics, painters, and machinists that make up the company to the essential partnerships he has forged with some of the industry’s leading suppliers. Found in each build, the unique blend of leading edge technology and custom fabrication work is what makes the surreal craftsmanship Rad Rides’ trademark.

We’re eager to see what Rad Rides brings to the table this year, the few photos we’ve seen of their ‘69 Torino look very impressive. The car packs a 529ci Boss FX Engine behind the grille with 10.5:1 compression. It’s stuffed with a Scat crankshaft and rods, Diamond domed pistons, and a hydraulic COMP Cam. A modified Hilborn intake and aluminum heads, ported by FX Engines, allow the motor to breathe properly through one-off Rad Rides stainless steel pipes. Flowmaster Series 40 mufflers give the Ford a great sound as it accelerates. The Bowler 5-speed transmission transfers the torque to an Eaton posi rearend. The Torino sits on an Art Morrison chassis, handled by a C5 Corvette suspension, resting on Ridetech springs and shocks, and stopped by Wilwood brakes on the corners. Gripping the pavement, the ’69 classic is wearing Custom Billet Specialties wheels with BFG 18-inch tires upfront and BFG 20-inch tires in the rear. The body of the Torino is 100% custom including the hand-built aluminum hood. The paint is a Rad Rides one-of-a-kind color: Glasurit, Tennessee Whisky & Daytona Sand.

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