Powerplants => The Formulas => Topic started by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 12:34:43 PM

Title: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 12:34:43 PM
Hello. After having to sell my red 73 formula some years ago, I acquired another red formula, only this time it’s a 72- I don’t particularly like red, they were just the best local examples I could find at the time.

Also does anyone know of or have a door lock/unlock dash switch for sale?
Thanks
KC
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: rkellerjr on May 18, 2018, 12:45:15 PM
Awesome, lets get some pics up of that new ride.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: roadking77 on May 18, 2018, 04:00:43 PM
Welcome to TAC. Like Rich said, Pics or it didn't happen.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Jack on May 18, 2018, 05:06:07 PM
Congrats, and welcome to the 72 Formula club.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 06:17:50 PM
ok trying to crack the davinci code to post pics
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Jack on May 18, 2018, 06:44:04 PM
I found Flickr to be the easiest, great an account, upload the pics and copy the BBC code over in your response.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 06:48:10 PM
(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m492/73Formula/formy1.jpg) (http://s1128.photobucket.com/user/73Formula/media/formy1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 06:49:38 PM
(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m492/73Formula/formy3.jpg) (http://s1128.photobucket.com/user/73Formula/media/formy3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 06:50:58 PM
(http://i1128.photobucket.com/albums/m492/73Formula/formy2.jpg) (http://s1128.photobucket.com/user/73Formula/media/formy2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 06:52:43 PM
Front pic is with brand new LED headlights, repaired chin spoiler, fb emblem
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Jack on May 18, 2018, 07:02:00 PM
Nice looking car, you just need the rear spoiler and it'll be perfect.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 18, 2018, 10:32:57 PM
As far as the formula goes, I actually prefer the wingless look. All about the front end to me. The 73 I had had the spoiler and I had plans to remove it. Other than the color, this car pretty much had everything else I wanted... it was originally blue which one day I will also restore

Next up is fuel system I noticed that whoever had the car before me “creamed” the fuel tank- you can see it deteriorating from the inlet????. Got a new tank and sending unit ready to go.

Stats- 350 2 barrel Auto NOM
A/C, power window and brakes
Will be adding power locks and rear defrost in future

Thanks for looks and comments
KC


Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Jack on May 19, 2018, 04:31:39 AM
It only has 2 barrel carb? Replacing the intake and throwing in a 4v, it will wake up the 350. That was the first thing I've done to my 71 Espirt came with 350 2v and true dual exhaust (now T/A clone with 400), the early 350 have decent power just need waking up.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 19, 2018, 04:55:54 AM
Lol yes only 2 barrel. The mechanics are pretty solid so I will leave alone for now. Honestly it feels very similar to the 400 I had in my last car. Eventually I want to go the LS route- For now the car is dependable and the AC blows cold so thats fine with me.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: roadking77 on May 19, 2018, 09:46:39 AM
Great Looking car. I have oddball tastes, I also like the look of that car without the rear spoiler. Is that later model fbody in storage yours too?
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 19, 2018, 12:19:10 PM
Lol no sir- I am a teacher... make of that what you will. My other car is a 2002 hyundai elantrA. The cars you see in the background are from TAFlorida’s shop. In my view, you are not oddball at all but thinking clearly. Remember whoever agrees with everything you say is a genius
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: roadking77 on May 19, 2018, 04:17:39 PM
I like your thinking.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 1975 ta on May 19, 2018, 08:20:55 PM
sweet ride!
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 737driver on May 19, 2018, 10:59:53 PM
Great looking Formula! I always loved the Formys. Looks like you will have a lot of fun with it!
Jim
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 20, 2018, 06:31:38 AM
Thanks guys- Car is driven at least every other day- if and when i ever go LS it will be my DD til the end!
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Jack on May 20, 2018, 06:42:22 AM
Thanks guys- Car is driven at least every other day- if and when i ever go LS it will be my DD til the end!

I guess that's one good thing in living in Florida LOL, my 71 was my early spring to late fall DD until the company I work for moved to downtown Boston... Now I just don't drive.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 25, 2019, 04:58:33 PM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/181636925@N03/
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 25, 2019, 05:04:16 PM
Updated pics
Hope I did that right
Car now has
17 inch honeycomb with 275/40/17 and 255/40/17
Dropped 2 inches in back and 3ish in front with all new suspension/steering bits
Led headlights and taillights
New fuel tank, rebuilt carb
Trunk restored
New emblems all around
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Aus78Formula on May 25, 2019, 06:40:38 PM
Looks gorgeous. Unless the paint is starting to go on it I wouldn't worry about getting it resprayed unless you like to look at it in boxes for 10 yrs.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Casey on May 25, 2019, 07:06:29 PM
Welcome!  Car looks great!

You might consider a TBI EFI conversion as well as an overdrive transmission versus doing a LS swap if you want it to be a daily.  Most of the MPG gains with the LS are from EFI and overdrive.  Plus the EFI conversions are fairly cheap in comparison, and much easier.  So long as you aren't power crazy and want 400+ hp I'd look into the above first.  Much less down time too, so there's that.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Aus78Formula on May 25, 2019, 07:12:05 PM
Or both, power crazy and rarely driven, but when you do you like to sometimes cruise and save fuel and make the car enjoyable to get out.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 25, 2019, 07:21:46 PM
Looks gorgeous. Unless the paint is starting to go on it I would worry about getting it resprayed unless you like to look at it in boxes for 10 yrs.

Hello
Lol what do you mean by this??
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 25, 2019, 07:25:04 PM
Welcome!  Car looks great!

You might consider a TBI EFI conversion as well as an overdrive transmission versus doing a LS swap if you want it to be a daily.  Most of the MPG gains with the LS are from EFI and overdrive.  Plus the EFI conversions are fairly cheap in comparison, and much easier.  So long as you aren't power crazy and want 400+ hp I'd look into the above first.  Much less down time too, so there's that.

Welllll
Im not horsepower crazy exactly
The car has a 175 hp 350
Yes lol I would rather have an LS
I pretty much DD the way it is now, just no super long trips
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: firebirdparts on May 25, 2019, 07:26:10 PM
It looks great!
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: Aus78Formula on May 25, 2019, 07:32:44 PM
I wouldn't worry about getting it resprayed unless you like to look at it in boxes for 10 yrs.

Lol what do you mean by this??

Well, you don't simply drive up and drive away with new paint. Generally it's off the road for years, half waiting for them to start, half waiting for them to finish, then you find out they went under. Better to just enjoy your car as is. Get it detailed and buffed, looks like that red would come up really deep.
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: 72Formy on May 25, 2019, 09:44:06 PM
Lol
That sounds horrible guy
I have a good shop that does all my work, im good
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: RA34MLA on September 11, 2019, 09:03:35 PM
Love the honey combs and the stance.  Very cool!
Title: Re: Back in the game- 72 Formula
Post by: mz-formula on September 12, 2019, 04:04:37 AM
Sweet!   Love a good formula.  I would personally have to add a spoiler, but I definitely appreciate leaving a car as it originally was especially on the odd optioned cars.