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Happiness- Yours
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:32:32 AM »
Happiness, Mirth, Joyful expression... ;D
 Since this is a Pinto Forum, why not share what makes you happy about being a Pinto owner? The restoration, greasy palms, shiney parts, the journey, the driving, and even when it's time : Sharing the Stewardship and the sale to a new owner.
 Keep the perspective, we have other threads for the complaints and that Bar is always open.. 8)

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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 12:52:13 PM »
That's the back of my Cruising Wagon behind Racer Walsh's  # 93 in the T Building at the Ford Nationals in Carlisle 2011 on the first Pinto Stampede ! it was the culmination or two years of restoration after sitting for almost 20 years on the car I bought new the summer of 79. It was a life changing experience. Traveling around the country see new places and making new life long friendships along the way,all from the seat of my Pinto! This year will be the Ultimate Road Trip, 10,000 miles from Wisconsin to Prudue Bay Alaska and back!   
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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 01:35:44 PM »
Besides just liking the looks of a Pinto, (my old red Pinto also behind Walsh) they were about the cheapest car ever to race. It took very little in the way of mods to be on the track. Roll cage was the biggest expense. When I started racing the red car, the junk yards were a real good source of parts. Never again! If you race one you need a parts car in case a Vera hit you as you put him another lap down. I raced ole red from the east coast to Colorado and back during the 70's / 80's / and 90's. Now it runs vintage on the east coast several times a year. If you hear of a vintage race near you, go out and see it run. You'll like it, I sure did.
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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 07:32:22 PM »
"Besides just liking the looks of a Pinto..."

They sure had their own look. And I don't recall anything else on the road back then having a similar appearance like so many cars today. I think the wide belt line, steeply tapered sides and the rear slant back set it apart from anything else.  The way the hood rolled over in the front to the vertical toothed grill reminded one of your kid brother who would someday grow up, comb his hair and be a rather handsome guy.
  We were all into Datsun 510's back in the 70's and many kind of looked down on the Pinto.  But, frankly I never understood why my friends were as negatives as they were.  I kept my opinions to myself.  One of our friends had a Spearco Pinto that had performance above the typical. But with others having 396 Chevelles the HP per displacement factor wasn't something we were impressed with back then.


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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 07:47:28 PM »
Although I was mostly into Drag racing interests in 1970, I was enthralled by Mickey Thompsons "titanium framed" Pinto Funny Car on the Cover of Hot Rod magazine. Then years went by and I went to my first IMSA weekend at Portland International Raceway, and Was Blown away by a Radial Sedan Pinto and Compact Sedans rang my bells. Forgive me, I had driven my girlfriends MII Cobra v6 around, and then traded it for a Chevy v6 Monza Spyder Z24 and became a corner carver. Soon after I met my current wife and her ailing 74 Pinto hatchback, as I repaired the neglected parts, I realized this was a great handling car, and vowed to build a street legal compact with turning  the corner as its prime directive. Then I found a Pinto/MII/ Capri  salvage yard in Napa, and the rest is history. You can see why I can't give up the urge to drive this, race this and even someday build another!
 Pintosopher, Of course I blame it on my childhood Hobby Horse! ;D
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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2017, 09:07:53 AM »
BTW Joe. I lived in Vallejo during WW2. Remember it well. I was in and out of Travis AFB during the Korea war. I was last there in Vallejo in 1975.
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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2017, 10:21:26 AM »
BTW Joe. I lived in Vallejo during WW2. Remember it well. I was in and out of Travis AFB during the Korea war. I was last there in Vallejo in 1975.
Dick , I would have been a Norcal resident a lot sooner if my Dad had accepted the Job offer at Lockheed Sunnyvale in 1970, or even the Helping hand that would have put us in Sacto in 1971. Sometimes Karma just magnifies the arrogance and pride of individuals and the offspring pay the price..
 Fate is a fickle mistress, don't cheat on her, she'll make you into a sniveling wimp.
 There's a lesson here, but my vision is cloudy and I'm now getting to be where my Dad was in this decade :o

 Happy should be the elixir of aging, but my joints say otherwise...
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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2017, 10:31:55 AM »
... and I in Orangevale visiting my brother last summer.  Always enjoy driving by the Orbit gas station - and visiting the Rancho Cordova, Antelope, Rocklin and Mack Rd. Pick N' Pulls.

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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 01:12:36 PM »
My very first car was a 1974 Pinto Runabout that I purchased brand new at the age of sixteen.  Now I'm only a couple months away from my 60th birthday, but when I'm behind the wheel of a Pinto I feel sixteen again; and if that ain't happiness, then I don't know what is!

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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2017, 01:34:33 PM »
Still got my '74 I bought new back in the day. Love to fire up the '71 and '72 and go for a ride. Makes me feel young again,even though I'm pushing 61!
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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2017, 03:57:20 PM »
Although I was mostly into Drag racing interests in 1970, I was enthralled by Mickey Thompsons "titanium framed" Pinto Funny Car on the Cover of Hot Rod magazine. Then years went by and I went to my first IMSA weekend at Portland International Raceway, and Was Blown away by a Radial Sedan Pinto and Compact Sedans rang my bells. Forgive me, I had driven my girlfriends MII Cobra v6 around, and then traded it for a Chevy v6 Monza Spyder Z24 and became a corner carver. Soon after I met my current wife and her ailing 74 Pinto hatchback, as I repaired the neglected parts, I realized this was a great handling car, and vowed to build a street legal compact with turning  the corner as its prime directive. Then I found a Pinto/MII/ Capri  salvage yard in Napa, and the rest is history. You can see why I can't give up the urge to drive this, race this and even someday build another!
 Pintosopher, Of course I blame it on my childhood Hobby Horse! ;D
Of course , once my jewel was licensed, I became "incensed" to explore all of its potential on the streets between Autocross events. Even with a (then bone stock internally) 2.0L , I was tinkering with many Carb manifolds and even tried a bit of Dremel work on the Choke horns. Many days, the long way to work was my short commute. The day I unlocked the Carb equation, I even resorted to manifold swaps to pass the smog check, and reinstall the "good stuff" later. Of course "Happiness" is addictive, and the Former race motor went in between smog checks in those last days of street use. Too many temptations to spin the tires thru 3rd gear and Cocktailing fuel was tedious, not to mentions the Local PD had my #.  So a trailer racer it became and then went into a coma upon unemployment grief. The fire is still there, oh, do I want to get back on the Happiness Horse again... ;D
 What a ride it would be... ;)
 Pintosopher, Oh yes, Wild Horses could get me riding again!
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Re: Happiness- Yours
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2017, 06:54:48 PM »
As you sit in the living room finishing dessert, Waiting for NCIS to come on... The thoughts of your Pinto creep into your mind. Is it the Glow of the Trickle Charger indicator permanently imbedded in your subconscious?. The thought of airing up the tires to proper storage pressure? Nope! It's the memories that come with the Driving and wrenching while you progress through the many phases of Care and feeding of your Steed! ;D
 All good stuff prevails and the endorphins will flow like a large CFM 4 BBL carb on the secondaries and the headers howling :D
 So get the dust off your Hiney, workbench, and any other distraction.. Work it! ::)
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