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New Member - "New" Pinto
« on: May 07, 2017, 04:02:16 PM »
After casually searching for a Pinto for about 5 years I finally found my treasure. I had three of them between 1983 and 1989.  They got me through 4 years of Navy and 2 1/2 years of college before I decided to get a pickup.  I needed another project so I dragged a Bright Caramel (Orange) 1980 Pinto Home last weekend.  My wife wasn't happy with my surprise but she's over it.  I will start a thread on the Projects Forum to let you know what I'm going to do with it.  I have been lurking on this site on and off over the past 3 or so years; now I am a member and will post and contribute as I get into my project.  I tried attaching pics but the ones I have are over the 3000kb limit.  If someone can tell me how to make them smaller I will attach...

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2017, 05:25:43 PM »
Use Photo Bucket..... and Welcome to the site !

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2017, 06:50:56 PM »
You can also use something like Irfanview, which is a photo editing/management program to resize pictures. Best thing is it works great and is free.
http://www.irfanview.net/
personally I hate sites like photobucket, but that is just me. Been on too many forums/sites where the photos are lost (ruining posts, especially how-to's) if the person closes his account or in some cases forgets to pay, or even the site itself shuts down.

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2017, 11:21:18 AM »
Welcome,  hope you enjoy your pinto. Please post pictures when you can. I have an '80 Wagon the same color and would love to see yours. Only Mustangs and Pintos shared that color in 1980. :) :)

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 08:39:05 PM »
Welcome aboard, I truly wish you the best on your new project.  ..And yes, we're all suckers for pics. post lots of 'em. :)

I'm now working on my 2nd Pinto. My favorites are the Port-Hole-Wagon styles. I've recently rescued a stripped squire wagon(someone removed most things 'squire' on the exterior) & I'm now in the process of switching the 2.0 4yl  for a 2.9 L V6 engine(I just might even get this to work without "Funny-Car'ing" it(more rework than if I started from raw materials! ..did I mention I've applied this Pinto to the Velocity Cable Channel's "Garage Squad" show for help?). lol

My 1st Pinto Wagon I'd built the snot out of, putting some 7 Grand $ into it back in the 80's(costs after paying it off, the pain-job & interior were the biggest costs. There was more workable mech-stuff around back then).Even as far as cutting down a Mustang rear end for it to get better gearing(I had that work done, it was beyond my talent). Well, I must not have been the only one that loved my work, that car was stolen & only the stripped hulk was recovered months later,(they took "everything" but the paint job!) Sigh.
I've since learned more about "Hidden Kill Switches" & "Combination Electrical Lock Systems" that might make theft a bit harder.

Anyways, I hope we can help each other out with our Pinto Projects.

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2017, 07:37:28 PM »
I think I may have figured out how to get the pics to attach.  I re-sent them to myself but resized to 10%.  Hopefully they aren't too small to see.  Since I last posted I got it up on jackstands to get a good look at the undercarriage.  The floors and driver's side front frame rail are rotted.  There is a lot of NY corrosion.  I have decided not to save as a stock Pinto it but it's not going to die.  I am going to use it as a doner for another project.  I will send a few more pics and then describe my plans. 

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2017, 07:42:04 PM »
More pics

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2017, 07:52:30 PM »
It doesn't look too bad.  The interior is in nice shape.  No tears in the seats.  It is a complete car, mainly unmolested.  2.3l, automatic.  The body isn't completely rotted but there is a lot of corrosion on the underside.  It sat in an open outdoor stall for the last 10 years.  I knew it wasn't a gem when I looked at it but bought it anyway.  I had looked at it two years ago.  As with a lot of Pintos I see advertised, the previous owner thought it was worth much more than I was willing to pay.  I made an offer but they weren't willing to part with it at that time.  I saved the phone number and waited two years.  I called a few weeks ago to see if they still had it.  They did and offered it to me for less than I offered two years ago.  I know Pintos are rare, and to some collectable, but in my opinion they are rare because very few wanted to keep them!  Anyway, I loved the three Pintos I had in the 80's so I bought this hulk.  If it was more solid I would fix 'er up, but I have new plans.  Read on...

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2017, 08:09:46 PM »
So here's my plan.  I apologize in advance to any purists for what I am about to tell you.  The pic below is the back half of a 67 Mustang coupe.   I dragged it home 7 or 8 years ago with plans to make a trailer out of it to tow behind my 67 Fastback.  The Fastback has a tiny trunk and when our kids were younger and we would go anywhere in it for more than a day trip, there was no cargo space for all the necessities.  I was going to do the bodywork on it and paint it the same color as my Mustang, use the same rims, and it would have provided me cargo space, and a place to sit at car shows.  It was a cool thought but it never happened.  I thought about making a smoker out of it, but then got the idea to make a trike out of it.  So that is the plan.  I have all the body repair panels so that part will still be done, and the Pinto is going to donate its engine, tranny, drive shaft, wiring harness, shifter, radiator, etc.  I am going to weld up a frame, mount the power plant, shorten the driveshaft, and graft a motorcycle triple tree and fork assembly up front.  It's going to be a cool novelty vehicle.  It will be a made up of three vehicles I have enjoyed over the last 30+ years:  Mustangs, Pintos and motorcycles.  I know, some of you are going to ask me to reconsider, but this is going to happen.  I have two other projects ahead of this trike project but it is in the planning and gathering stages.  There is no turning back!  I will post to the Projects forum once I get going and will lurk and occasionally post in the meantime.  I hope I haven't turned too many of you off.  I am a true auto enthusiast.  I have 8 1/2 vehicles, including the half Mustang.  I'll post pics of my other toys. 

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Re: New Member - "New" Pinto
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2017, 08:26:09 PM »
I've had the Mustang for 23 years.  It was a good solid driver when I got it.  I stripped it to a bare shell, welded quarters on it, some other bodywork, rebuilt the 289 2V and C4.  Went through all the mechanicals.  Freshened up the interior and made it a real nice driver.  It took 14 years to complete the project due to crazy long work days, military duty, babies, and other commitments.  I finished it in 2008 and drive it sparingly  each summer.  Three years ago I dragged the 82 EXP home to be a father-son resto project for my then 14 year old son.  He claimed to be interested in "fixing up a car" but he's more interested in X-box.  I've done 95% of the work on it so far.  It was solid with only 44,000 miles.  I have gone through all the mechanicals and it's ready for primer and paint.  I have a later model EXP rear hatch with spoiler that is going on it.  It should be done and roadworthy by July 4. He is 17 and has his license so I can teach him to drive stick and he can start driving it.  That will get him out of my Ranger.  After the EXP I need to do body and paint on my 94 GMC Jimmy that I bought new.  It's a 2-door, 5-speed and it is my plow truck.  My son is going to drive it in the winter.  I am going to weld lower door patch panels and rockers on it and do some other bodywork and spray in with International Harvester Red tractor paint.  After that, I get to start my trike project.  That is the one I'm really looking forward to.  As I said, the Pinto is going to donate its life to this project and in the end I will have a Pinto body that can either be a parts source for others or I may consider making a Pro-Street Pinto.  We'll see,,,