Share via Email Still potent This is widower, retired car worker, military veteran and seething American patriot Walt Kowalski, played with grandstanding gusto and unfakable star quality by Clint Eastwood. Eastwood also directs and produces. Walt bought one of the Gran Torinos that he helped to manufacture - "right off the line" - but keeps it in pristine condition in the garage, while he rumbles around town in an old Ford pickup, glowering at foreign automobiles and their disloyal American owners.
The Torino styling emphasized the "long hood short deck" look and had strong elements of coke bottle styling. Tom McCahill stated, "the gaping grille looks a little like it was patterned after Namu, the killer whale ," but also stated that the Torino had "kind of pleasing, no-nonsense styling.
Base Torinos had a full width argent eggcrate grille that surrounded the headlights. Base Torinos also used a unique hood and front bumper differentiating it from the Gran Torino models.
The windshield rake was increased to a faster degree angle, while the A-pillars and roof were thinner. Despite these changes, structural integrity remained the same as models.
A full width rear bumper had inset rectangular tail lights with pointed ends. The Torino incorporated new safety features forincluding new flush mount door handles and side door guard rails. The new model line-up reduced the number of models from 14 in to 9 in The convertible and 4-door hardtops were discontinued but all other body styles remained.
The 4-door hardtops and sedans were replaced with 4-door "pillared hardtops. This configuration was also used by station wagons.
The station wagon line-up consisted of three models: The new chassis was a perimeter design that was used to help give the Torino a quieter and more isolated ride.
It featured an energy absorbing "S" shaped front end, torque boxes to isolate road shock, fourteen rubber body mounts and five cross members. The rear used a four link suspension, which Ford called "Stabul," with a computer selected coil spring mounted on a solid axle.
The heavy-duty suspension included a larger front sway bar, and heavy-duty springs and shocks. Competition suspension, only available in two-door models, included the most heavy-duty springs and shocks, heavy duty rear upper control arms and bushings, a larger front sway bar, and a rear sway bar.
This was the first year that a rear sway bar was offered in the Torino. Front disc brakes was standard equipment on all Torinos, which no other American intermediate other than its sister car the Mercury Montego offered in Gran Torino Squire station wagons had power brakes as standard equipment, but it remained an option for all other models.
The power steering was completely revised to be integral in the steering box, rather than the external booster style used in previous years.
All Torinos used inch wheels, while inch wheels were used for exclusively by police and taxi models. Starting inGM had begun to use a shorter wheelbase for its 2-door intermediates, and a longer one for the 4-doors. This allowed for stylists to make fewer compromises when trying to turn a 2-door into a 4-door.
Overall, the size and weight for Torino had increased forfollowing the longer, lower, wider trend. Weight increased significantly for 4-door and station wagon models, while 2-doors had a small increase in weight. The standard instrument cluster featured five equally sized round pods which contained a speedometer, fuel gauge, and temperature gauge, along with various warning lights.
The leftmost pod was a vent for the "DirectAire" ventilation system.Jan 31, · What messages does Gran Torino convey? Gran Torino is a recent melodrama directed and starring Clint Eastwood about a man befriending a Hmong family and saving them from the gang life ahead of the teenage Hmong boy.
Dec 17, · "Gran Torino" isn't a liberal parable. It's more like, out of the frying pan and into the melting pot. Along the way, he fends off the sincere but very young parish priest (a persuasive Christopher Carley), who is only carrying out the deathbed wishes of the late Mrs.
Kowalski/5. Jan 09, · Watch video · Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her. Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a Gran Torino/10(K).
Jan 31, · Gran Torino is a recent melodrama directed and starring Clint Eastwood about a man befriending a Hmong family and saving them from the gang life ahead of the teenage Hmong boy.
The film is about racism in modern America and how we can combat racism in the face of it. Eastwood does this through narrative,.
Gran Torino Gran Torino is a movie of change and compassion. Its controversial prejudice combined with its racial slurs make it almost conflicting to watch. Its controversial prejudice combined with its racial slurs make it almost conflicting to watch.
Reflections on "Gran Torino", directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. by Stuart Fernie. A video presentation of these notes is available here.
Is Walt Kowalski racist? I really don't think so. He's a grumpy old man in mourning, which only serves to accentuate his feelings of despair, disappointment and frustration, but he is also a man of.