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Scott Hamilton


Today at 09:54:39 AM
There's a predator in the stable, Guard your ponies with that car horn alarm..  Be ready for a quick exit to the Fwy of living ;)


Today at 01:16:24 AM

      Sorry Animals,

     Bachman Turner Overdrive nailed this
          version of

          House of
      The Rising Sun

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February 18, 2018, 11:38:50 AM
       One Tin Soldier

The Original Caste - 1969

My snacks are out of reach!
I can't even reach for the udder  :'(

(Max Yasgurs Dairy Farm
site of Woodstock Aug 1969)



February 18, 2018, 08:32:02 AM
Today, your world has a bit of Stagger, Leans left, and side drafts the rest of the pack. Of course you're in a recliner and the Snacks are out of reach ;D


February 16, 2018, 10:08:51 AM
If there's Fruit in your Friday, It must be the Golden Fleeced special ;)


February 15, 2018, 07:19:29 AM
Don't just hold your Horses, Be kind to them and the reins will be loose and the gallop will be swift ;)


February 15, 2018, 01:44:50 AM

Michael Martin Murphey
          Feb 1975

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February 14, 2018, 01:53:43 PM
Tick Tock, Your heart is on the clock. Your wages they will dock! ;D Ain't Love grand? ::)


February 14, 2018, 05:47:55 AM
Henley Hump Day is here, Get down to the Heart of the Matter. Fix the Ride, and roam free! ;)


February 14, 2018, 02:17:41 AM
     Excellent when U R    feeling blue  :-\
   Albiet a wee bit risque
Consider it a gift
          From Me 2 U
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Takin care of Business
Bachman-Turner Overdrive

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February 13, 2018, 05:20:01 AM
With tires like that, it'll climb any ridge, It could be hauling anything, Even the Family Partridge ;D


February 13, 2018, 05:15:09 AM
Look carefully as you wait for the Bus, It could be a dent in your wallet ,Gus


1971 Pinto Do It Yourself Manual

Date: 03/06/2017 01:19 am
77 pinto cruz. wagon
Date: 06/15/2017 09:18 pm
Bumper, grill and fender wanted
Date: 12/24/2016 04:13 pm
72 sedan drive train
Date: 10/12/2017 09:27 am
Mustang II V8 swap parts
Date: 03/26/2017 02:25 pm
Intake, Head, and valve cover gasket sets

Date: 12/10/2017 01:14 pm
77 pinto cruz. wagon
Date: 06/15/2017 09:18 pm
1976 pinto for sale

Date: 01/12/2017 02:08 pm
Cruiser Dash Gauges
Date: 12/04/2016 11:50 am
Wanted 2.3 engine mount brackets and mounts
Date: 02/14/2018 01:34 am
Esslinger 2.0 intake
Date: 03/06/2017 11:58 am
WANTED Hood Prop Rod
Date: 01/17/2017 02:47 pm

Recent Posts

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General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Front license plate mounting
« Last post by SteveWT324 on Yesterday at 11:40:57 PM »
Thank you Dwayne

Steve Tontz
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: 2018 Pinto Stampede
« Last post by flash041 on February 18, 2018, 09:23:34 PM »
No problem! we will have a GREAT DRIVE!! Cant get here soon enough
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: 2018 Pinto Stampede
« Last post by LongTimeFordMan on February 18, 2018, 03:43:30 PM »
Good to have you onboard Dave. Please notify Norm so we can get a count of members to make arrangements for lodging.

As for your pm about highways and the Blue Ridge Parkway

Do check out the google map links I included. In the formal itenarary we will include links to lodging and websites about places along the way so folks can have an idea of the historical significance of the areas.

Norm wanted to avoid freeways as much as possible and we have spent quite a bit of time to identifying a route with as much driving as possible over easy driving roads 35-50 mph similar to the Parkway but with gas and services available along the way. The route we planned is divided into  2 hour sections with gas stops every 50 miles on the right side of the road and comfortable lodging each nite..

Each daily section allows for driving in the morning and arriving at the hotel with time to relax and sightsee before dark.

Our end point will be Charlotte.

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs southwest to northeast and we will.be going north west to southeast.

The route we chose to Asheville and Charlotte via  Cherokee includes a drive from Cumberland gap over the route described in the ballad of thunder road then over rt 441, thru Pigeon Forge and Dollywood then over 441 to Cherokee via Gainburg and thru the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This is a very scenic route recommended by everyone I asked.

The routes to Asheville are again over rural roads paralleling the fwy.

General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: 2018 Pinto Stampede
« Last post by flash041 on February 18, 2018, 10:03:27 AM »
I went through the Cumberland Gap on my way to the 2016 Stampede! Cant wait for this years ride!
The previous owner smogged it in August 2017 and it passed. I was impressed when I saw that but was concerned thinking how could it possibly pass. I had to repeat the test 3.5 months later in November 2017 when I purchased the car. I also passed and honestly I can't believe it "really" passed twice in 4 months. I don't know if there's a bypass system by where smog stations can "cheat". I'm not saying that my smog station fudged the results but again it's hard to believe. I suppose if there are no air leaks or some components are not working (like the original vacuum solenoid) then it's possible to pass. I'll never know. I guess when I need to smog again in 2019 I'll know.....
I just want to say congratulation s on passing the California Smog test with a 42 year old car!  Too bad it wasn't a 1975 or older as there is no smog test for them in California.

 Years ago (1980's) the test cutoff was 1965 or older. The last year Volvo made their '1946 Ford looking' 544 was 1965, but holdover cars were sold as 1966's.  And 1966 is what mine was registered as. I think it was the oldest looking car that ever had to be smog tested.
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Front license plate mounting
« Last post by dga57 on February 15, 2018, 06:54:27 PM »
It mounts on a bracket.  There should be a couple of holes in the underside of the bumper where the bracket attaches, using the same type of inserts that are used to mount the plate on the bracket.  They are available at any auto-related store.  Junk yard is probably going to be your best bet for a bracket and I'm not sure if they were standard across the Ford lineup or not.  Barring all else, it shouldn't be a hard part to fabricate.  There are also generic brackets available that might work with or without slight modification.  Good luck!

Dwayne :)
Yes, I did find that thread and did use it as a guide and yes here in California the connections are critical for passing SMOG. I also managed to find a Mitchell's manual at my local mechanic here in California and took a photo of the vacuum diagram for a 1976 non A/C manual trans 2.3L. It appears the vacuum lines are all connected properly and the engine sounds good...for now. Still need to find power to the new Vacuum Solenoid that I purchased recently on Ebay. If anyone has a wiring diagram it would help me locate the correct wire to power the vacuum solenoid. My next visit to my mechanic I will take a photo of the wiring diagram from Mitchell's. Here is the vacuum diagram from Mitchells.
Update from original post....I did test the original solenoid and it doesn't "click" like it's supposed to. I did find a new one on Ebay and had the seller test it to verify that it clicks and it did. When it arrived it did click, so at the very least I do know that this new solenoid will work once I figure out which wire will power it. My wiring appears original BUT the old solenoid never had a wire connected so now with the new one the mystery continues. Trying to find a electric wiring diagram for 1976 2.3L manual trans....if anyone has one...Thank you. By the way I'm attaching here a vacuum diagram from Mitchell's for 1976 California emissions 2.3L manual trans. no A/C.
General Help- Ask the Experts... / Front license plate mounting
« Last post by SteveWT324 on February 15, 2018, 12:13:03 PM »
How is the license plate mounted to the front bumper? If a bracket is needed, I seem to be missing it. Please advise.


Steve Tontz
Long Beach,CA
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