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Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« on: January 27, 2022, 01:18:14 PM »
I know we have discussed it before... but what is happening to our Pinto site? I just went and looked. There have been only 22 posts on 7 different threads in the past 31 days. And I use 31 days because on this very site if a thread hasn't been active for 31 days there is a red lettered notification that you are posting to an old thread.


More so, years ago there was a LOT of discussion about repairing our Pintos.  It was technical discussion. It was "Car Guys" talk. While still Pinto related a fair amount of the discussion seems to be about secondary matters and not to the repair and modification of our Pintos. These 7 threads are:


Rotors (a reasonable but expensive) modification most likely don't have the money for
Coffee Mugs
An apology from a member who was replying to a post I made 3-1/2 years ago (that says something about activity right there) that they had never thanked me for the information I provided (no offense and no apology need)
A Pinto that was sold (did we lose another one?)
My posting about Part 2 of a Pinto video
Engine mounts for a V-8 swap that sadly seemed to indicate the the Mustang II part are hard to come by
A Pinto that was still for sale (are we losing another one?)


The two threads that were technical were about modifications (not regular Pinto repairs). Two were about cars sold (or not) and the rest were secondary matters. The PCCA is the only specific Pinto site I am aware of. There seems to be no competition. Two sites that I frequent for other cars I own (Corvair and Studebaker) have similar total build number to the Pinto (2-3 million). These sites compete with at least one major and other minor sites. They also have competition with Facebook etc. (a sited reason for decline here). Yet these sites get more activity between 8am and noon on any given day than we are getting here in 31 days! Why???


So, I guess my questions are is Pinto ownership such a waning interest and it shows in the participation? Are Pinto owners apathetic to make the effort to post? Effort was made to create and maintain this site. The work Dwayne does behind the scenes has been monumental. But, if we Pinto owners don't make use of what has been provided then we are letting a treasure languish. My apology if I seem to be coming down hard. I just remember how active this site was back in 2007 when I first joined.

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2022, 05:20:44 PM »
well,i'm still here.i check the site every day when i get home.haven't had a lot to say since i haven't had to work on mine in a while .she's ' right and tight ' to quote COUNTS KUSTOMS. i haven't drove it in a while since the weathers been not so good,can't stand to get her dirty.every day some body asks... where's your pinto ? just waiting on spring ,won't be long.
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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2022, 10:09:21 PM »
It saddens me when, nearly every day, I log on and find no one has posted since my last time.  I suspect a bit of that could be due to projects garaged and on hold throughout the Winter months, but that certainly can't account completely for the inactivity.  I personally do not go on the Facebook Pinto site(s) but I know some of our folks have defected to that medium instead of being here.  Another factor is that some of our most prolific posters of the past have since passed away.  I still firmly believe that we have a wealth of archived technical Pinto information that no other site can replicate.  That said however, we can't force people to participate.  It's hard to say how long we can hang on with these circumstances but I'm in it for the long haul... so as long as Scott and the rest of the board are committed to keeping it going, I plan to remain as active and engaged as I can. 

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2022, 08:49:22 AM »
I check the site most days too.   My first Pinto project stalled at the painting stage (been that way for more years than I want to admit to).   Need to get the '72 painted one way or another....  So basically, I'm good at collecting parts, just not good at finishing anything!   The swap meets I go to have been dwindling in size from sellers and buyers - The All Ford Columbus Swap in Ohio is really shrinking.  People there say it's the internet - but parts on Ebay seem to be less and less too....   I've found LOTS of great info on this site, hope it stays active.

One of the Mustang II sites disappeared a few years ago and all the forum info was lost.

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2022, 09:31:36 AM »
Although I don't post much, I also check the site everyday. Even though I have very limited mechanical ability, I enjoy reading about other people's Pinto projects and upgrades. My mechanic only agrees to work on my Pinto if I hunt for the parts and get repair suggestions so I frequently search the archives for needed information. I am also on a horse carriage driving site. Over twenty years ago when I started driving my horse, the site was heavily used. Once Facebook came along, many people switched over to the FaceBook site and the original site has pretty much ground to a halt. I prefer the non-FaceBook site. Hopefully there are others like me who don't often contribute but are faithful readers. Without this site, my Pinto would still be sitting in my garage not running.
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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2022, 05:36:49 PM »
i have built a dozen or so pintos with various drivetrains over the last 40 years and i dont remember how many i have posted on here as i dont have pictures of the first  5 or six but i will look back at what i can find of the most  recent ones and see what i can post about them ,, i still have the V6 pinto on the left but not the 351 version on the right .. i can dig up reasonable facsimiles of my old stuff and post them i due time ..  BOB Glidden had a big influence of my pinto building in the late 70`s and early 80`s ..   

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2022, 07:25:55 AM »
I'm still here & check the site every couple days.

Not working as much the last couple years, so lack cash for the cars.....

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2022, 11:32:27 AM »
Hoss429:   I'd be interested in the details of your V6 early Pinto.   My '72 has a Cologne V6 (2.8i) in it.  The previous owner (a friend of mine) pulled a 2.0 Turbo motor out because he liked the mechanically injected 2.8i in a buddy's Capri.  The front crossmember of my car is from a Mustang II with the v6 motor mounts and a chain as a roll restrictor.  The 2.8is are pretty rare in the US, so it's unique that way.  There's a T5 (NWC) attached with an adapter for the "short" input shaft to hold the pilot bearing.   The bellhousing I think is from a Mustang II, but I'm not positive.

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2022, 04:17:09 PM »
i am ashamed to admit that my V6 is a 4.3  chevy engine .. i wanted a 3.8 ford but it was just not feasible  to make fit even though i have built a dozen V8 cars ,, i looked back thru thousands of posts but could not find a picture of the engine ..this 4.3 though has been the best engine i have ever owned   .. it`s been in the car for 22 years  now and never a moments problem and will do some impressive burnouts .. 

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2022, 05:55:52 PM »
  I too have noticed how quite this forum has become.  I check in here daily but have to admit that I am also part of the problem since I have gotten pretty lazy about posting and have become pretty much just a lurker.  I need to take some photos of how my wagon has been slowly progressing over the years since I first acquired it.  Back then I posted some that showed the truly sad state it was in.  I have only worked on it a little at a time as money allowed.  I will try to get off my butt and post a few photos if the weather will give me a chance.

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2022, 12:03:12 PM »
It is good to hear that people are coming to the site. Thank you for the encouragement.

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2022, 11:50:10 AM »
I'd like to see a thread where we can pick Hoss429's brain - if he's willing of course.   What rear axle does he run? locker? (that's quite a burnout).  what radiator fits in a early car??  After building 12 cars he's forgotten more than I may ever learn!

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2022, 05:32:57 PM »
the 351 powered one i had did a nice burnout as well .. 

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2022, 02:05:18 PM »
I know we have discussed it before... but what is happening to our Pinto site? I just went and looked. There have been only 22 posts on 7 different threads in the past 31 days. And I use 31 days because on this very site if a thread hasn't been active for 31 days there is a red lettered notification that you are posting to an old thread.


More so, years ago there was a LOT of discussion about repairing our Pintos.  It was technical discussion. It was "Car Guys" talk. While still Pinto related a fair amount of the discussion seems to be about secondary matters and not to the repair and modification of our Pintos. These 7 threads are:


Rotors (a reasonable but expensive) modification most likely don't have the money for
Coffee Mugs
An apology from a member who was replying to a post I made 3-1/2 years ago (that says something about activity right there) that they had never thanked me for the information I provided (no offense and no apology need)
A Pinto that was sold (did we lose another one?)
My posting about Part 2 of a Pinto video
Engine mounts for a V-8 swap that sadly seemed to indicate the the Mustang II part are hard to come by
A Pinto that was still for sale (are we losing another one?)


The two threads that were technical were about modifications (not regular Pinto repairs). Two were about cars sold (or not) and the rest were secondary matters. The PCCA is the only specific Pinto site I am aware of. There seems to be no competition. Two sites that I frequent for other cars I own (Corvair and Studebaker) have similar total build number to the Pinto (2-3 million). These sites compete with at least one major and other minor sites. They also have competition with Facebook etc. (a sited reason for decline here). Yet these sites get more activity between 8am and noon on any given day than we are getting here in 31 days! Why???


So, I guess my questions are is Pinto ownership such a waning interest and it shows in the participation? Are Pinto owners apathetic to make the effort to post? Effort was made to create and maintain this site. The work Dwayne does behind the scenes has been monumental. But, if we Pinto owners don't make use of what has been provided then we are letting a treasure languish. My apology if I seem to be coming down hard. I just remember how active this site was back in 2007 when I first joined.
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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2022, 11:26:14 PM »
It's good to hear from you!  Sorry to hear you've been down with Covid but happy that you're recovering now.  You have been missed.


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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2022, 12:39:34 AM »
Im also still around. Need to get back in the grove and post more on my project. But i also search for info on here alot

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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2022, 02:27:05 AM »
Thanks for checking in!  It's nice to know people are still visiting the site, whether they post or not!


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Re: Has the Pinto world stopped rotating?
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2022, 03:16:59 AM »
No problem thank you for keeping this forum running. Its a wealth of information

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