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New to me 1980 Pinto
« on: August 06, 2018, 04:56:59 PM »
Hi guys,
Tried to post an intro in the welcome section but it doesnít seem to be there. Hope this post goes through.

Just picked up a nice little 1980 sedan and have three basic questions to get things squared away.

Tires. Need new ones. Will 175-70/R13ís fit in there without issue?  Currently has ancient weather checked 80ís.

Need an outer timing cover so I can time it properly. All I can find online are ones for a 2.3 Ranger. Will those fit?  Otherwise Iíll have to cobble together some sort of pointer deal.

Carb. The one on there works. Sort of. Previous owner did a half assed de-smog job and there are definitely parts missing. Any simple bolt on replacements?  Maybe a Weber 32-36?

Appreciate any guidance. Thanks.

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Re: New to me 1980 Pinto
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 02:42:06 PM »
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Re: New to me 1980 Pinto
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 06:20:04 PM »
yes- those tires will work, but I believe 185/80 is more like stock. That's what I have on both of mine.
I don't know if the ranger timing cover will work. I would continue to look for the pinto cover. They are out there. I think you can post a want ad on here. Maybe one for sale on this site.
I would get a replacement carb. I would look up 80 pinto and order the carb it calls for. Then take off the EGR/ smog stuff. plug the manifold and make or buy a cover where the egr goes to the intake.

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Re: New to me 1980 Pinto
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2018, 08:03:43 PM »
I have 185/70R13 tires on my 78 wagon and they look great in my opinion.
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1978 Pinto Wagon
Bought with 22,230 original miles
Original: 2.3L - C3 Automatic - 6.75" Open Rear
Current: 8" 3:55 Limited Slip
Coming Soon: 302 - C4 Automatic

Caretaker: Paul B.

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Re: New to me 1980 Pinto
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2018, 12:32:01 PM »
Thanks for the replies. Did some more research and it turns out that 175 70/R13ís are nearly identical with the stock tires my Pony came with from the factory. Would have liked to go a little wider but got a smokin deal on a set of Hancook Optimas - $44 a tire for a 70K mile quality brand tire!

No joy in the parts for sale section or anywhere else on an outer timing cover.

Going to attempt (again) adding a couple pics. One of the carb and one of the car. Can anyone tell me what part is missing in the carb pic?  Pretty sure itís a diaphragm of some sort.

Why canít I post pics?  File size is within limits. Do I have to have a certain number of posts first?  Arghus!

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Re: New to me 1980 Pinto
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2018, 06:58:29 PM »
Welcome to you and your Pinto.  Just put a Remanufactured carb on my 2.3 engine (Holly 5200) got one for  Calif. smog car with automatic trans thru Auto Zone for $167.00 plus a core charge.  Came complete with gasket and choke. Took an hour and a half to replace with minimum adjusting.  Runs great. Beat the Heck out of trying to rebuild old one myself.  Also have 185/70 R13 tires on factory slot mags.  No rubbing or problems....go od ride.   Enjoy your Pinto