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Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! #5138408
06/19/19 12:49 PM
06/19/19 12:49 PM
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Rochester, NY
dadto2 Offline OP
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I didn't think to snap a photo but... Last evening I took our old couch over to donate it to Goodwill. There was a powder blue 1974 Ford Pinto at the drive-thru donation door. I pointed it out to my sons (ages 10 and 12) who said in unison "Wow, I wonder if she's donating it!" Then my older son said "Hey wait, isn't that the car that explodes when you bump into it?!?" Both statements cracked me up!

So the driver, a middle aged woman who was barely older than the car itself said that she loves that car, and it's the best car she's ever had. The body was in really nice shape for a 45 year old car. When she fired it up and pulled away, all I could smell was that rich fuel smell and oil.

We had a Pinto like that very briefly when I was about 10 (1980ish) and I remember even at that age what a heap of junk that was... But it was still fun to see in actual use last night! crzy

Last edited by dadto2; 06/19/19 12:49 PM.

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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138426
06/19/19 01:11 PM
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Utah
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Don't rear-end it!

Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138437
06/19/19 01:31 PM
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A co-worker had one back in the 1970s. It had a broken door open handle on passenger side. Had to be opened from outside.

But its not just the Pinto. Any Ford with a drop-in gas tank had same issue. Including the Mustang.


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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138455
06/19/19 02:00 PM
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Waco, TX
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One of these hit the local craigslist a few months ago..............

Rust-free Texas car, needed paint (faded) & drivetrain work - but the body was solid - for $500

I had to really fight myself to not buy it.
I don't know why I wanted it so bad (obviously, would be getting a 347 swap!) - but I did!

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(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138479
06/19/19 02:31 PM
06/19/19 02:31 PM
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In the Garage...
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In the Garage...
There are two I see on base almost daily. Pinto and a Mercury Bobcat. No rust here.


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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138485
06/19/19 02:39 PM
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missouri
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In college had a friend that had one with Firestone 500 tires on it. We called Shake and Bake.

(for those not ancient, the 500 series tires were all recalled and replaced free) I had a friend at the wrecking yard. We got free 500 series tires. Massive burnouts ensued.

Ever have to scrap the balls of rubber off the fenders? The tire they replaced them with did not blow up, so eventually we had to buy tires.

Not so many burnouts when I was buying the tires.

Rod

Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138513
06/19/19 03:22 PM
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No picture? I’m going to rate this one with a Bigfoot sighting! LOL


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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138534
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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138539
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"Mini Stock" class racing used them all up.

Pintos used to be easy to find ALL through the 80's & 90's - - until "Mini Stock" became popular.

Now...... I see street-driven Pintos - - NEVER.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138551
06/19/19 03:45 PM
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I saw a first gen Ford Tempo on the road today...it really shouldn’t have been!


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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: LotI] #5138574
06/19/19 04:12 PM
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Waco, TX
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Originally Posted by LotI
I saw a first gen Ford Tempo on the road today...it really shouldn’t have been!


That's a MUCH bigger surprise than seeing an old Pinto still driving!!

We had a 1985 Mercury Topaz..... what a total heap of garbage.


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138601
06/19/19 04:50 PM
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My sister had a pinto, father had a maverick and mother a an Ltd wagon with the fake wood on the side.

Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138630
06/19/19 05:31 PM
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I had a brown Pinto in college. My brother's was a light tan color. At the time I liked it a lot and have fond memories of that car. I even took it deer hunting.... but the deer won. There was no front fender to speak of and radiator leaked after impact.


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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138699
06/19/19 07:04 PM
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There are lots of original survivors like that around here.


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Re: Just spotted: 1974 Pinto! [Re: dadto2] #5138710
06/19/19 07:12 PM
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A high school buddy of mine had a 1973 with the "big" 2000 cc engine. The engine was very responsive to mods. We put a better exhaust system on and rejetted the carb. We got that sucker up to 125 mph on US route 1 about 3 AM one morning. We were 18 years old and did not know about the nifty "self igniting " feature. We probably would not have cared if we did know.

Imagine if you had the energy of youth without the stupidity :-)

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