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Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« on: January 13, 2012, 06:46:40 PM »
Hey Gang:

I see that "Jade" is being advertised on the site as the lowest mileage Pinto
known to exist.

Well, let's go the other way.  Who has the highest mileage Pinto known
to exist with its original engine?

To get this started and knowing my mileage for my '77 is rather lame
it has approximately 110,000 miles.

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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 07:40:49 PM »
Interesting idea for a thread!  Can't wait to read how far owners have driven their Pinto's.

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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 08:16:24 PM »
My 72 went 265k on its original 2000cc engine and 4 speed. Three different 2.3 combos and its only covered another 1k! But, it's been FUN. LOL
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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 08:26:06 PM »
http://www.fordpinto.com/your-pintos/1976-wagon-with-308-000-miles!/msg109755/#msg109755

quote from Mikerich1972 on 12/12/2010
Still running great at 326,650 miles!!!
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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 11:59:49 PM »
I believe mike rich has the highest that we here know of. My 78 went to 143,000-ish before the motor rebuild. It is around 175,000 now
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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012, 02:45:59 AM »
my old bobcat had a lil over 500k on it lol


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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012, 02:56:41 PM »
My 80 cruzer has 512,692 mi on it.It has around 280,000 on its 3rd motor the original motor went 202,000 before we pulled it running with a knock(piston slap in # 1).The second motor was a bad rebuild and didn't last very long.Schucks rebuilt engine.
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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012, 03:26:10 PM »
This is a little off topic, but close....
 
What do you attribute to the longevity of these little 2.3's? Reason I ask is I kept meticulous records of every tank of gas, 3000 mile oil changes on my new '74, and at 60,000 miles, I started another column of how many miles to the quart of oil. I started out at 600 miles to the quart and worked down to about 300 miles per quart at 110,000 miles.
 
Was it the 1974 engine, pre unleaded gas, and running unleaded gas? It did smoke a little after starting (valve guides?) and would smoke a bit on decelleration (pulling through rings?)
 
I am amazed to see some of you stating over 200,000 miles on the original engine. Were they smoking out the neighborhood?
 
At the time I was driving Pinto's (1973-about 1985), we were living with what we had. Today, almost 40 years later, we know the weaknesses of these engines and how to fix them.
 
I have a '79 driver with 39,000 miles on her. What would you do to that engine to ensure longevity? Don't use Pennzoil as I did in the day? Additives?
 
I would appreciate your thoughts,
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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2012, 12:54:08 PM »
I think Dave has a good point. I know on my Pinto I only have about 126k on the clock & it has already had a major engine rebuild. Another question.. When talking about the highest mileage Pinto, wouldn't a fair comparison to Jade be a Pinto still on the road on its original drivetrain?
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Re: Highest Mileage Pinto known to Exist
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2012, 01:53:35 PM »
1975 mercury bobcat v6, original block bored .030, 330k on the motor, regular changes, I only ran royal purple in it after i got the car, with Lucas oil additives. I miss the car but im glad that Its in a home where its appreciated. engine was rebuilt 2 times in its life. only had to be bored once.