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« on: March 04, 2005, 01:27:19 AM »
I just bought a 1977 Pinto hatchback in mint condition.¬  It's my first older car and I love it but everyone keeps telling me I am going¬  to blow up. Now I don't want o drive it!!¬  I'm only 25 and I'm a chick and my brother collects old cars and he says I'm stupid for worrying so now I am secretly asking questions in Pinto chatrooms!!! I read somewhere that the 77's were safe but I don't know who to ask?¬  ¬  ¬ Does anyone out there know anything?¬  Somebody...... .please help me!!

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Re: gas tank explosion
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2005, 03:15:36 PM »
Look under the car between the rear axle and the gas tank. You should see a thick plastic shield about 1/4 inch thick If you have it then you are okay and you won't blow up. My 73  had one, I got rear ended and I am still here. I only had 73 Pintos so yours may be slightly different but that is what mine had.
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2005, 11:37:40 PM »
Just got off a site that says the 1977 Pinto had the fix installed from the factory( priceless.org)..good to know i always thought it was done in 1975
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2005, 03:52:22 PM »
It wasn't really a problem to begin with...Contrar y to what that one media source (who was heavily funded by GM at the time) wanted you to beleive.

Of the millions of pintos produced, there were only like 8 cases of Fire from rear-collisions.

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2005, 08:50:25 PM »
It wasn't really a problem to begin with...Contrar y to what that one media source (who was heavily funded by GM at the time) wanted you to beleive.

Of the millions of pintos produced, there were only like 8 cases of Fire from rear-collisions.

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No, it really was a problem....and it did cost Ford dearly, in money and in customers. It was proven that Ford did Know the concern of rear impacts on the Pinto, but chose to turn the other cheek save a few bucks to keep prices down....rememb er under $2000 was the goal! Thats why there was a recall
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2005, 11:38:53 PM »
Funny how Ford did not learn their lesson???
 The Crown Victoria has the same gromet set-up as the Pinto...
WOW! WHAT??? They Blow up too????
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2005, 10:14:33 AM »
And what's worse about the Crown Vic incidents?? Cop cars are involved in this one... I tell ya, Ford's gotten dumber over the years... From the exploding Pinto to the exploding cop car... will they ever learn?
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Re: gas tank explosion
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2005, 10:44:05 AM »
this reply will make a few people mad but if you don't want that problem buy a chevy. 
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don't take it personally i am just a chevy man that uses fords to run in demo derbies.  remember everyone has their own opinions!

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2005, 11:02:50 AM »
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!!   If you like Chevys so much, why don't you race with a Vega?!?  ???
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2005, 12:23:33 PM »
i would just can't find them.  would be a good derby car along with pinto wagons, sedans and amc pacers and sprints!  i think the neighborhood is just fine though.  LOL!!!!

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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2005, 12:29:22 PM »
It seems Ironic to me,  that mr. chevyman here,  needs a ford to win.
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2005, 07:48:50 PM »
this reply will make a few people mad but if you don't want that problem buy a chevy.¬ 
ford equals

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don't take it personally i am just a chevy man that uses fords to run in demo derbies.¬  remember everyone has their own opinions!

Checy's don't explode??? Tell that to the owners of the CHEVY trucks from the 1980's that blew up, and why? Because CHEVY put the gas tanks outside of the framerails on them, so when it was hit in the side, BOOM!!!

Seems they didn't learn from Ford's mistake on the Pinto.

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2005, 07:54:01 PM »
Hey, who's the wiseguy that added "Inferior" to my earlier post about the Vagrant, oops...I mean Vega?!? I did not put that word in there, even though I may agree with it!!  ;D
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2005, 08:08:32 PM »
My take on the whole situation on the gas tanks was that Ford`s knew of the problem and other car makers of the time were jut as bad or worse BUT Ford was caught weighing the cost of the fix vs the cost of the payouts..I found this excerpt from¬  ¬  ¬  ¬ home.att.net/~Resurgence/Pinto.htm ..         " One of the tools that Ford used to argue for the delay was a "cost-benefit analysis" of altering the fuel tanks. According to Ford's estimates, the unsafe tanks would cause 180 burn deaths, 180 serious burn injuries, and 2,100 burned vehicles each year. It calculated that it would have to pay $200,000 per death, $67,000 per injury, and $700 per vehicle, for a total of $49.5 million. However, the cost of saving lives and injuries ran even higher: alterations would cost $11 per car or truck, which added up to $137 million per year. Essentially, Ford argued before the government that it would be cheaper just to let their customers burn! "

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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2005, 08:46:24 PM »
Okay...Okay... is there a gremlin in this forum?!?  ???   Someone added "Inferior" to my last post again!!! So who's the wiseguy?!? Or does "Inferior" get added anytime the word "Vega" is used?!?
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2005, 08:50:46 PM »
Okay....somebo dy's bad!!!!  ;D
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2005, 08:52:35 PM »
Inferior Chevy Vega.   does it do it when I type it too?
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2005, 09:09:59 PM »
It appears so!!!  ;D  Maybe we should just call them "Vagrants" like we did back in the 70's (I know...dating myself!)!!!  ???
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2005, 09:12:27 PM »
what other chevy's does it do it with.
monza
sunbird
vega
chevette
 i dont know I try not to think of chevy too much
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2005, 09:15:13 PM »
Ok somebody really doesn't like V ega's
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2005, 09:18:49 PM »
Notice it didn't do it when you put the space between the "V" and the rest of the name?!? Maybe I'll just use "Vagrant" and be done with it!!!!  ;D
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2005, 09:25:02 PM »
maybe  Vegatable? (vegetable)
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2005, 09:27:48 PM »
Ok  whatever is doing it doesnt discriminate
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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2005, 09:49:32 PM »
HA,

You found one of the site (and forums) hidden features...

There are so many more!

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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2005, 10:05:01 PM »
Scott, I'll bet you're laughin' your head off!!!!  ;D
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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2005, 10:10:11 PM »
Hey Scott, how about a couple clues.   Now I feel like a treasure hunter!! 8)
 
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« Reply #26 on: May 05, 2005, 10:17:50 PM »
Me too!!!! This could be fun!!!  ;D
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« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2005, 10:23:17 PM »
I have never told anyone about the hidden stuff on the site until now.. I actually forgot until I saw this thread. It was fun coding the site & sticking stuff here & there to see if anyone saw it. A little disappointing when they were not found....

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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2005, 10:24:34 PM »
ok, 1 hint..

Has anyone seen the 'Strech Pinto' ?


Hmmmmmmmmmm... ...
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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2005, 10:32:14 PM »
Well, I've run it through "Search" in a few different formats and came up with nothing! I guess I'll just have to pay a little more attention now!!  :)
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