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Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« on: October 18, 2011, 08:43:42 PM »
Hubby has a few guy's that keeps their eyes open for Pintos and VWs for him. Well, a few weeks ago one told hubby about a Pinto at one of the yards. Hubby tried to contact the yard manager several times via the phone. Never could catch up with her.  Saturday we were in the area of that said yard so we decided to go find out if we could see the Pinto through the fence. We could, it is a yellow trunk model. It's a 70 though 73, not positive the exact year. Looked pretty nice from a distance, but don't they all! LOL

Today hubby drove out and talked to the manager. He got to see it up close. I guess it is an automatic with a 2.3. The body has some damage to the passenger door. I don't know how bad though. Hubby say's it's not to bad. It has seat covers on the seats, the dash is cracked but has a cover on it. It doesn't have a headliner.

Hubby said he agreed on a price and they are supposed to be digging it out for him. So it looks like there may be another keeper coming into my Pinto family! :D Hubby say's it is definitely worth fixing up. 

Not sure when it will be coming home, but I will be posting pics as soon as I can!! :D

See, just because I got back into VW's doesn't mean I gave up on Pintos!
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2011, 07:00:09 PM »
Pintos and old VWs are the way to go.  My parents drive a ratty 69 Bus and it's hilarious to see it parked next to my primer covered Pinto.
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2011, 09:25:06 PM »
HEHE I got a Bobcat and love it and I got a 74 super beetle and hate it. So im gunna stuff a s10 frame and a small block chevy V8 into the bug so hopfully I wont hate it anymore.
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 03:39:52 PM »
HEHE I got a Bobcat and love it and I got a 74 super beetle and hate it. So im gunna stuff a s10 frame and a small block chevy V8 into the bug so hopfully I wont hate it anymore.

I don't blame you there. I don't like super beetles either! LOL Just a plain jane bug for me. :D


We pick up the Pinto tomorrow at lunch time. It has to go to hubby's work so he can have the key guy make a key for it the next time he is at the yard. Then we can see if it runs or not. I'll be updating with photos tomorrow!! :D
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 04:14:42 PM »
Don't feel like hotwiring it?  Haha.  I'm really not a fan of Super Beetles either, but I love every VW before then.
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 06:26:23 PM »
Nah, i think I can wait for a key! LOL 

I know that this is a bit off topic, but here is a pic of my VW's. The Westy is the newest addition and what has been keeping me busy lately. Trying to get him up to par for an inspection so I can finish getting him registered has been time consuming. That and just cleaning who knows how many years of rat crap out of him! LOL Totally gutted the inside then put it all back!

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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 07:34:53 PM »
I'm pretty damned jealous of those.  I really want a Bus, most fun vehicle I've ever driven.  Any chance you'd like to swap one for a 99 Ranger?  haha
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2011, 07:45:50 PM »
I'm pretty damned jealous of those.  I really want a Bus, most fun vehicle I've ever driven.  Any chance you'd like to swap one for a 99 Ranger?  haha

LOL, yah, no chance of that! LOL

Your right they are very fun to drive!! Quite a different experience then any other vehicle. I love them both!! Can't wait to start driving the Westy!! :D
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2011, 08:16:35 PM »
I really want to get my hands on a Weekender, or make one out of a regular bus.  The interior of the Westfalia without the extra weight and top-heaviness of it. 
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2011, 08:23:53 PM »
I'm pretty damned jealous of those.  I really want a Bus, most fun vehicle I've ever driven.  Any chance you'd like to swap one for a 99 Ranger?  haha

Lol i got a Vw Bus bout like that blue and white one in her pic! Guess what It gets used for? A chicken coop/storage! LOL thats about all its worth to me has no title and well I really just dont like air cooled VW's. I wont even own a VW powered buggy mine would have a subie engine if i built one or a 2.3.
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2011, 08:28:38 PM »
Send it over here, I don't need a title to register anything older than a 96.  I love air cooled VWs and have no real interest in water cooled ones.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2011, 08:44:17 PM »
I tryed to get it titled once VIN comes back saying it was crushed which it wasnt and from what i can tell the vin tag hasnt been tampered with. Its been sittin for years id say by now its prolly rusted out bad prolly cut some good metal out of it for the V8 Bug project.
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2011, 09:31:40 PM »
Funny thing is, you can probably sell that chicken coop rusty old bus for a lot of money! LOL Oh wait, where are you? If your close to me, those bus's aren't worth much! I'll come take it off your hands! LOL   Got any pictures? :D
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2011, 11:03:32 PM »
To get BACK on the  Pinto subject... I can't wait to see your new toy! If it has a 2.3 installed by the factory, then it's a '74 or later. That doesn't mean somebody didn't swap the original and installed a latter-day Pinto engine in an early model. People do all kinds of funny things to Pintos!  ;)

As for the VWs... Kimmy, I want to send you a couple pix I took at the Temecula Rod Run of some neat VWs... including a bus whose windshield windows pop up and a pretty in metallic pink bug that matches my camera! ;D
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2011, 01:24:03 PM »
You know, now that you mention it, I didn't really see the bumpers that well, so it could very well be a 74. I hope not as I don't care for the big bumpers. I would definatly be changing to smaller ones if it is. :D

I would love to see the pics, send them to me!! :D
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2011, 05:01:13 PM »
Ok, here it is.









Ouch,






Must have had a bad heater core.



So, the jist on it. It's a 9th month of 71 making it a 72 model year. It has the 2.0 motor I believe. The heater core is gone. The plastic for the speedometer has been removed but it is still in the car. Looks like the turn signal switch is history, and the column has a hole just below the switch. It's an automatic. The carpet is actually fairly decent but does have some bad spots, like someone cut it in a few places for some reason. The seats need to be recovered.

We won't know if it runs till tomorrow. The key guy couldn't make it out today.  I believe it will run though. I think it is the car we spotted at a grocery store about a year ago. I even left a card on it's windshield back then. I didin't find the card, but I still believe this is the same car. I remember it having faded paint and damage. The PO lived not to far from that store. 

The story on it is, an old man owned it. This tow company actually towed it for him before for repairs. He passed away and they just got the luck of the draw to go tow it in.

My plans for it are, if it runs, just drive it the way it is. Then slowly put things back on it, like the heater core. I will also use this car for practicing with MarGlass.  I want to try to take most of the dent on the side out, then MarGlass the rest to make it look good.  IF, it runs good enough and doesn't leak, I plan on driving it this winter while we are working on my PT Cruiser.

I haven't come up with a name yet, but going toward Old Yeller! LOL
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2011, 06:42:16 PM »
She's so sunshiny bright... I'd call her Sunny... or Sunshine... or Pollyanna because she is, well, sunshiny! lol

She is a beautiful little car, but I'm sorry the old man passed away... but ultimately glad you got her.  ;D

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« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2011, 06:48:27 PM »
Thanks Becky. I am looking forward to playing around with the body work! :D I have never done MarGlass before, so  it will be fun to see what I can do with those dents! :D
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2011, 09:26:08 PM »
Sounds kinda fun!  ;D
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2011, 01:02:36 AM »
Let me know how the MarGlass goes. Before I repaint Brownie I need to repair her driver side fender, the front bottom of the passenger side fender, and a small dent at the body line by the rear taillight. Willing to try anything better than Bondo!
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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2011, 12:43:13 PM »
Even if you use Marglass or Dynaglass or any other filler with strands of fiberglass in it. It doesnt replace bondo. You just use it to fill the larger areas then grind it not perfect but smoother then use a thinner layer of bondo over that then prime and paint. No matter what you do bondo will always be used.
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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2011, 04:37:10 PM »
Got a key made today!! Put a battery in it and it fired right up!! It was a little low on tranny fluid so I added some and took off! It runs and drives like a well built machine! :) I would say this one is the best mechanically sound car we have bought! All I need to do to drive it daily is get it registered and put a good windshield in it!! I can drive it with the current windshield but I will be chancing a ticket. I think we have one so all I need is a gasket.

Here is a short video of the first start up!! Maybe! Lol, I'm posting this from my iPad so the video may or may not show up! If it doesn't I'll fix it when I go in the house.



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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2011, 09:20:47 PM »
Well, I did my normal "making it mine" routine with Sunny. (Yah, going with a name that Becky suggested :D ) I gave him a bath. LOL 





I wish this is what she would look like when dry! LOL



The PO was a firm believer in Duct tape fixes everything! LOL





Yes, even the door weather stripping has duct tape.



Amazingly, it works! LOL It didn't leak when I washed it.  Although it does leak down the heater core hole thingy. I figure I will put a tupperware container down there during rainy days! LOL Least till I get time to look at it better. Right now he is going to be a driver. Going to drive him just the way he is! :D I am so thrilled that he runs so good!!! Get in, turn the key, starts immediately, and put it in gear and go! Even stops good too!! Once I get tags I plan on driving him to work and back when the PT is down!

This is what we found in the trunk! So in a way, we got a better deal then we though! :D LOL





One last shot of the top of the car after one coat of TR3. I will probably do a couple more coats as time goes on.



Now I just need to get him registered and also order a windshield rubber. Then I can get the kid to come down and R&R the windshield and I will be ready to roll! :D

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Re: Another Pinto for Pintogirl?
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2011, 12:19:13 AM »
You made it a HIM!?! lol

Sunny looks great after a bath! I can't believe, er, he, has such a shiny roof! What a treasure Sunny is turning out to be!

Never underestimate the power of duct tape! lol ;D
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