Ron is also the proud owner of the ONLY Formal Roof Torino Black on Black interceptor known to exist, and it is built with some Mad Max Cars parts as well. See the listing for that car also here in the client car gallery.
Here is Ron's Starsky & Hutch Gran Torino replica story in his own words:
"I rediscovered S&H on HULU.com just over a year ago. Forgot how much I loved it as a kid and how much I loved THE CAR. So anyway, I decided I wanted one. Six months of searching led to this car in Lake Stevens. The girl that owned it was a whizz-bang mechanic in her own right and told us every detail we wanted to know, including that it had a 400 engine rebuilt about 30K miles ago. I never did this before in my life, but I paid the full asking price of -believe it or not- $2500. The body was sound, the car just needed some small mechanical stuff done.
Now to the mystery. The build sheets (which I found under the back seats; thank you Ford) and VIN indicate this car was built with a 351 Cleveland. Where'd the 400 come from Prior owner doesn't know. Came to her w/ the 400. Another mystery; the speedometer is almost exactly 10 mph faster than actual road speed across the dial. Car has dual Flowmasters, Cragars. The 400 has an Edelbrock Performer intake and 4bbl carb.
Car screams. Owner smiles.
Here's what I think happened. Previous owner in the dim, dark past swapped in the 400 (since it's the same block as the 351C, it's a straight swap) installing dual flowmasters at nearly the same time. Also installed taller gears into the 9 inch rear end for better take off. Cragars installed for coolness.
Later owner benefits."
I must say we agree. Great car. Great Deal. Everyone wins!