My First Car: 1973 Ford Torino 2 Door

A brown 1973 Ford Torino was my first car. The 73 model year wasn’t what I would consider at the height of style for the Torinios (seems all of Ford’s designs went for the worse starting with 1973). The 72 Torino had a much better looking front end, however Starsky and Hutch drove a 73.

1973 Ford Torino - 1

You can see, my Torino was in bad shape. I don’t recall but it may not have ran at all. But it was cheap! This is the type of car Sandler sings about in Ode To My Car (iTunes DRM Freeicon or Ode To My Car [Explicit]).

1973 Ford Torino - 5

As a result we found this powered blue 1973 Ford Torino 4 door.

1973ish Ford Tornio 4 door

The idea was that it would be used as parts for the 2 door. The big difference between the two is that the 4 door ran, had all it’s parts togther and it ran. I know what your saying, that 2 door is far sexier that that ugly 4 door, but did I mention it actually ran? Of course when I pushed on the accelerator it would actually accelerate about 2 seconds later. Made for some interesting left hand turns into traffic.

Thankfully I purchased a much better 1972 Ford Maverick not too much longer.

Update: The Clint Eastwood movie Gran Torino came out and has a much better looking Ford Torino. If my car had looked like the car in the movie, I would have had much different perspective on my POS.


What's That White Stuff?

Yesh, it was like 70 degrees on Saturday. Now we have one of the biggest snow storms to hit us in 6 years. That is a good 2-4 inches in my back yard. I had to make use of the snow shovel today. 

Would I Fail This 4th Grade Test

Johnny Mango declares that the current APS (Albuquerque Public Schools) assessment test will be too hard. Look at the examples test questions he gives:

  • You go to a party. There are 3 drinks, 2 sandwiches, and 4 kinds of candy. How many combinations of all three are possible?
  • You have the sides of a rectangular prism flattened out. How many faces and how many total cubic inches are there?
  • You have a carpet and a runner of certain dimensions. Is the rug 3 square feet more than the runner?

These test questions or for 4th graders, do they seem like they might be over their heads? I’m not qualified to say what’s good for a 4th grader and what’s not but this seems like they are bit complicated. I even had a hard time understanding exactly what the questions are asking on the first few read through.

Albuquerque schools are in a dismal state. I;m glad to see the school district trying to improve things but this might be a bit more than the kids are ready for right now.

Click through to see if I answered them correctly.

Let’s see if I answered these questions correctly?

  1. 3x2x4 = 24
  2. This question was confusing to me. But it says a flattened rectangular prism. So at one point it was 3 dimensional which mean it has 6 faces. But since it’s flattened out it has no cu inches, otherwise they would have to give some size information.
  3. I have no freaking idea.