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General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: 1971 Front suspension
« Last post by Reeves1 on Yesterday at 08:54:29 PM »
Change the cross member with a newer (74^) and it will have to be narrowed.
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: 1971 Front suspension
« Last post by Reeves1 on Yesterday at 08:53:12 PM »
I put a Wilwood kit on mine & not happy with it. The pads sit beyond the rotors , that are 10.75. There is room for an 11" rotor, but they tell me there are none that fit that kit.

If I were you, I'd pick up disk rotors.
Tony put a Strange kit on his 71 & is happy with them: http://www.fordpinto.com/your-project/1971-with-a-cleveland-install/30/

You can still get upper & lower ball joints. Beware on some tie rod ends though. Try & get OEM style.
Swing arm bushings are also available.

Only thing I've yet to find is a re-build kit for the rack. Cannot even find new ones.
The ones advertised as for the early ones are different.

Various things you can do for front springs. I use Mll springs cut down. I'd have to check, but think it was between 3" & 4" less than 6 full coils.
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Early Pinto radiator options?
« Last post by russosborne on Yesterday at 08:21:16 PM »

Looks like they ship here, but it takes a couple of weeks.

I don't know anything more about them other than a Google search turned them up. Hey, I am bored. :-)

General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: 1971 Front suspension
« Last post by russosborne on Yesterday at 08:15:02 PM »
Well, given that you are aware of and seem capable of doing the crossmember swap, I'd seriously consider going with the Mustang II/later Pinto front suspension.

You can get all sorts of stuff for it at any hot rod place for one. Lots of options. Won't be getting obsoleted as the parts for the 71 might (has happened on other cars(what do you mean you quit making those?)). Just make sure that when you buy something it is for the original MII, as some hot rod stuff may be slightly different and not a bolt on for a stock suspension. Crossmembers and racks are two that stand out in my memory.

General Help- Ask the Experts... / 1971 Front suspension
« Last post by john hamilton on Yesterday at 06:40:51 PM »
I'm new on the forum here, so I've been looking for information on the 1971 front suspension.  Most of the posts are pretty old, so I'm hoping for some updated information.  My '71 has drum brakes on the front so I plan to install larger disks.  So far, I've seen that Wilwood has a 5 lug kit for the '71 Pinto and PST has a front end rebuild kit for a '71 that includes the lower ball joints.  If there are no distinct advantages to swapping in the later suspension, I'll plan to go this route.

On the other hand, the '74 and up suspension components are readily available and considerably cheaper.  Are there major handling advantages to using the later suspension?  Dropped spindles and tubular a-arms are sexy, but is it worth the fabrication needed to change the crossmember?  Also, has anyone actually swapped a later Pinto crossmember into an earlier car?  Would you recommend using one of the street rod crossmembers or try to source one from a scrapped car?  I don't mind doing the fab work, but if it ain't broke...

I've seen a couple of Turbo Coupes available for donors if I want to go 2.3 Turbo, but if this is truly going to be my time machine, I gotta go V8.

Any and all input is appreciated!

Thanks, John
Your Project / Re: 2.3
« Last post by dick1172762 on Yesterday at 05:51:49 PM »
Just understand that a stock 80 Pinto will never be a tire smoker. A new EVEN cheap car will have 2 to 3 times the HP of a stock 80 Pinto. In your case I would look at the cat converter as it could be stop'd up after 37 years.
Your Project / Re: 2.3
« Last post by Wittsend on Yesterday at 05:27:31 PM »
It might just be valve guide seals. Again I'd check the compression first.  I only have the Turbo 2.3 version and I swapped the whole EFI over when I did the engine swap. I'm sure there are others here with far more experience on the subtleties of the 2.3 "what fits what" that changed over the years. Hopefully they will chime in. You might want to add more to the post Subject than just "2.3". That way others will know you are looking specifically at a potential engine swap and hopefully get more replies.
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Duraspark conversion
« Last post by 1974pintowagon! on Yesterday at 05:12:32 PM »
Ok I'll have to go back and recheck the timing and vacuum advance. I have to wait a couple days before I can check it out. I post a new message when I get to it and see what I find.
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Early Pinto radiator options?
« Last post by 65ShelbyClone on Yesterday at 04:50:19 PM »
I probably should have emphasized that my early Pinto has a 2.3 turbo in it. Over 100% more power than a stock 2.0 and it's 10lbs of iron in 5lb engine bay, hence the space concerns.

Hi 65ShelbyClone, if you search this site for "escort aluminum radiator" (yes, I spelled aluminium wrong in the post), you will find my install of a Chinese alu radiator made spedifically for MK1 and MK2 Ford Escorts. I think you will find that it fits quite well with minimal adaptations.

Now that is interesting! Looks like they're not easy to find in the US though.
Your Project / Re: 2.3
« Last post by sursmiliepin on Yesterday at 04:25:35 PM »
I will be doing the work myself. Was hoping there was a simple fix, like changing intake and oilpan like I do on the 5.0s. I assume its just worn out, a little smoke. I gets me were Im going. Most info on here are for modified setups. Thanks.
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