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Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« on: November 25, 2012, 12:13:26 AM »
Okay, Ive got a '75 [used to be pea] green Pinto. ''The Frog'' ..Heres some oddball/cheap/fun stuff I've done to it.

-I've already made the original shifter appear to be a stickshift with the use of thread-all, Gurilla Glue, and an '84 Isuzu 4X4 shift knob.  8)
-Have started working on an 2.3 valve cover..but with mid 50's 'Chevrolet' script molded into it. [Gotta make people sctatch their head  ;D ]
-Took a '74 grille, cut out the teeth, then glued 2 cut-to-fit peices of stainless steel storm-door mesh to the back of it.   :D 
-Used a moped gas cap & latch assembly to replace the original. Looks similar to one that would be on a race car..but it's looks cool to me!

-Considered going a kind of NASCAR-type exhaust on it using true duals & race-type headers. 2 cyls per pipe.  ::)
-Considering making an intake manifold to hold 2 single barrel carbs..may use some '40's style ones just for kicks.  ::)
-Considered DynoMat-ing the floors/underside-leaving the inside trans tunner the original green just for kicks.  ???
-Considered black seat covers, but am unsure on that one.  ???
-Considering on painting the radiator, radiator support, and some other stuff black to accent the new grille.  8)

Now that you've read what I've done so far I hope someone out there's got a few ideas of stuff I can do with my own hands reletivly cheap [but free is good too!!]

Almost forgot-I want ta make my own Frog character [or script] for the car-all ideas are welcomed!
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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 10:48:12 AM »
there is a carb set up already for that, actually john is looking for one is call a Pony Ram. they are awesome. look into it.
about painting your radiator. make sure you use paint for radiator. i know it sounds stupid but i had a costumer that came because his car was overheating and it turn out it was because he did the same thing but use regular spray paint. so we had to change it and what i did is actually order one that came black anodize, you dont have to spend the crazy money for one of thous radiators i know they sale paint for them.
about the nascar type exhaust. they sound awesome. we did a boom tube on a ford ranger my brother had. 2.3 and sounded good.
here is picture on what it cane of looks like and there is a page that tells you how to build them. i hope it helps.
you need to post pictures of your work
Aerodynamics is for those who can't build engines

If ford pintos are not fast then why chevy's have to use there parts to make them fast?

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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2012, 03:07:51 PM »
As far as a twin carb set up for the 2.3 I haven't seen one?? Mine is for the 2.0 and was hard to find for sure, with the linkages and everything. Yopu could have a custom one made I'm sure.

I do like the Nascar tip for sure.

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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2012, 03:34:06 PM »
I have...customi zing on the cheap...radio mounted in a kit for 87-93 mustang in a/c console, wood trim is Home Depot baseboard moulding varnished with Pinto script added...before I found original trim. Gauges mounted in a radio delete pocket with the back cut off. My glove box light was from a Fairmont and my door lock knobs were from an Escort. The textured radio plate with the 8 track was from a Bobcat with a 'Montgomery Ward' AM/FM with no tape player, I filed the opening to accomodate the 8 track.



Pinto script added to stock door panels



8 track recycled from a 77 Oldsmobile in the u-pull yard





Did a few other odd things, but the car's been gone for two years and can't remember them all. Also used 'galvanized' plumbing plugs to cap the EGR ports on the exhaust manifold. Good luck with your project! Sounds like fun.  :D


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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 03:57:00 PM »
The only dual carb setup for the 2.3L is the one I plan to run on my buggy. I think I'm gonna run it on Callisto on the street for awhile to tune the carbs & get a feel for the throttle response. The one in this pic is a home-made intake. I have the Esslinger version. If I like how it works on the street I may set one of my Pinto's up with another one.
 

 
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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2012, 06:08:53 PM »
Hey, that 'Boom Tube' is sort of what I had in mind..but that looks ALOT cooler than just two 2" up-turned pipes..would Alumnium or stainless do better?

The Pinto script on the door looks hella good, but my panel got ripped/broke when I was trying to get my driver's door unfroze. Might end up using some old cut-to-fit plywood or cheap paneling varnished/stained for it..then find some Pinto emblem to out in it-thanks for the idea!

The intake I was thinkin of ia a little radical than [shorter, and fed to 1 or 2 carbs vs. 4] those. I found an old ['53?] Merc Flattie V8 [sadly..it's froze up] and was thinking about yanking the single-barrel Holley off and use it. Think it'd be enough for the newer 2.3? It'd have to have a one-off intake manifold cut and welded..but hey, who cares?
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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2012, 03:40:24 PM »
YEA they are not that hard to build. stainless will be a lot better. better sound and everything.
Aerodynamics is for those who can't build engines

If ford pintos are not fast then why chevy's have to use there parts to make them fast?

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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 08:06:04 PM »
On the dual carb intake idea, I read your post and got to thinking, what if you were to take 2 stock intakes and cut the outter two runners from each and bolted one to the front two cylinders and one to the rear, of course you would have to block the open holes and it would probably be a good idea to weld a balance tube between the front and rear plenum of both intakes. Has anyone ever tried this I wonder, you've got me thinking now I will have to go measure a couple of spare intakes I have and check it out, I might try this myself, lol.

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Re: Anyone out there have some wacky ideas?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012, 11:43:14 PM »
The double stock carb idea sounds kinda neat if ya either ran both really lean, or had a huge bore [like racing.] I'd do it if I were running dirt track just for kicks!

I got bored yesterdsay and re-routed the windshield washing sprayer to exit over the rear wheels...it was free, and I like a good burn-out as much as the next guy!  ;D
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