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one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:37:35 PM »
right just looking back on pics of my old dads pinto i think it was a 71 trunk model poss a 72 his car had ford in small letters at the middle of the trunk lid, now a few yrs later i had either a 71 or 2 trunk pinto and that did not have the ford letters on the trunk i have been looking on the net and can not see a early car with the ford letters on the trunk i have seen a few big bumper trunk cars they have the ford letters on them anyone know the answer to this, i am convinced my dads was a unmessed with car and is there a way from pictures to tell a 71 from a 2 my dad is long gone so i can not ask him.
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 09:39:05 AM »

Thanks guys,  ::)

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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 03:27:32 PM »
My 73 trunk has no letters & the rust free lid I got has no letters. I think my 78 had them if I remember right
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 12:32:02 AM »
I'm not sure which year the letters appeared on the trunk for the first time, but I think it was 1975 or '76.  I know my '74 (purchased new in 1974) did not have them nor did any of the previous model years.
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2014, 09:01:25 PM »
My '72 doesn't have them.

Thanks guys,  ::)

You waited a day and a half before copping attitude for not getting free info. Pushy much?
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2014, 09:20:39 PM »
Don't know if wagons are different but mine just has Pinto on the back..
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2014, 04:41:26 AM »
My Sedan Delivery has both the Pinto emblem and the ford letters on the tailgate.

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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2014, 10:49:10 PM »
I just stripped an 80 sedan & it has the letters & Pinto emblem
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2014, 08:40:25 PM »
Ford didn't put the F O R D letters on the trunk lids til the '75 model year.  The only way your Dad's car would've had those letters would be because a) a later-model trunk lid was put on (you said it was unmolested that way), or b) your Dad or someone added the letters afterwards. Do you remember if the Pinto emblem had the red-white-blue in the P part?
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2014, 08:46:27 PM »
Do you have pictures of them both? Essentially, '71s and '72s looked the same, except the Runabouts. '71 Runabouts were the only ones with the half-glass hatch (from factory).

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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2014, 11:45:12 AM »
tHANKS For your repies guys,
i will tell you the story of my dads pinto as i recall it,,,,,,,,,,,,,, hope i dont bore you all and please remember we live in England not the USA
 it was circa  april 1973 or 4 i really dont remember for sure, My dad brother and i had gone up north to visit my gran that lived in scotland about 300 miles north of us we took the journey up in a Ford Cortina mk 2 a 1968 model. during our stay my dad suddenly anounced i am going to look at a car do you want to come for a ride obv i was only 10-11 but was a car nut so off we went we pulled up outside a small house that had a narrow driveway around the side of the house we walked up and there it was a trunk pinto in metallic green with the roof rack every panel was dented busted windshield missing one of ther cast headlight surrounds it really was a wreck and considering it was at most only 3 yrs old incredible state. his driveway was to narrow for the car so the guy litteraly just hit the wall with the car too get in out of his driveway. anyway my dad bought it for i think circa 380.00 prob around $500 in your money i loved the car from the word go it looked like a sports car wide and low something so different from what was on our english roads it looked cool and really modern, he borrowed the money of my gran/his mom and we drove her the 300 miles back from scotland home.the drive was not uneventfull lhd on our roads my dad hit the centre kerb and the poor pinto reared up in the air i shizod myself but no harm came to us or the car, my dad spent every minute he had putting the pinto back in shape he did all the bodywork himself even tried to make a headlight door/surround out of aluminium but it was not good enough so bit the bullet and bought one from the USA he got a new windshield got rid of the luggage rack, i dont know why,and he got it repainted in the new for capri colour of pheonix orange you could actually get the pinto in a similar colour anyway it had the black interior so matched the orange well. boy i loved that car i had no idea it was a subcompact and cheap to take on datsuns and toyotas etc,.

looking back my dad was really brave to buy that pinto i dont know how he even knew what it was and also it needing so many parts remember back then we only had the telephone crikey we never had one in our house.  oh i forgot to mention the pinto was brought in to Scotland by a USA serviceman stationed in scotland it was not uncommen that after the US service men had done there stint over here they just left there cars on the barracks and they got auctioned of to private people etc, we then have to pay vat and import duties on them to register them over here,

in answer to the ford letters on the trunk i am 100% thatour  pinto had all its original panels i can only assume my dad bought the letters and fitted them and i did not know,
rip Dad..

i am a musclecar man have been for yrs and have severall mint mopars and really fast drag cars but the little pinto has left me wounded and i love em  :D and can,t stop buying the little buggers

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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2014, 12:12:12 PM »
What a WONDERFUL story!  Thanks for sharing!


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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2014, 12:22:46 PM »
tHANKS For your repies guys,
... I am a musclecar man have been for yrs and have severall mint mopars and really fast drag cars but the little pinto has left me wounded and i love em  :D and can,t stop buying the little buggers

I know the feeling. I have a 70 Galaxie 500 and a 1978 Mustang King Cobra, and I love that Pinto. After I sell my bike, I will probably be looking for another :D
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2014, 12:40:37 PM »
Thank you for the replies,, it means a lot, i have real good memories from the 70,s dad and that little orange pinto.
there is something to add about 4-5 yrs later my dad spotted an advert for a pinto runabout in a breakers yard down in London about 250 miles south of us he jumped on a train and bought the hatch door it was the metal surround one but not half glass, he fitted that to our trunk car a fair bit of work but he did it with basic tools, he never bought the runabout badges though lol.
and ultimately circa 82-3 he had the pinto painted white  8) finaly sold it in 91 he bought the American car he had always wanted (i did not know this) a 1957 studerbaker silver hawk, but my memories are that orange pinto, i have tried to track it down but fear it scrapped last time licensed here was 91 yep when my dad sold it............ ............

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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2014, 01:24:58 PM »
VERY cool story..
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Re: one for early stock pinto guys,, question
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2014, 04:31:42 PM »
Ford didn't put the F O R D letters on the trunk lids til the '75 model year.  The only way your Dad's car would've had those letters would be because a) a later-model trunk lid was put on (you said it was unmolested that way), or b) your Dad or someone added the letters afterwards. Do you remember if the Pinto emblem had the red-white-blue in the P part?

I am pretty sure the badges did have the red white blue in them