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« on: June 24, 2003, 05:34:06 AM »
Would any Pangra owners out there like to share general info about their Pangras ? It seems these cars had a lot of different  "personal" options as they were built...either by Huntington Ford, or one of the kits. For example: I don't remember seeing the same console/gage cluster on any pics I've seen, not that there's a lot of pics out there.
I'd like to learn more about the other Pangras out there.
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2003, 09:18:03 AM »
 As the resident Pangra expert I can tell you that ALL the Huntington Ford prepped cars had the same guage pod. They used a "Harmon " digital tach, and stewert warner oil pressure, water temp,volt and boost guage's.
The 2 Original Pangra's I own have the same guages in them and Mike P and the wagon in Jersey have the same guages also. I know that ALL the steering wheels are different ( cant say why)the shift knobs are different and the Recaro seats are simular but the late 72 were all vinal and the 73 had a cloth center section. The motor's were also simular but some came with a Emco waste gate and others with a spearco waste gate, ( Emco went out of bussiness). They were all lowered 2" and had Koni's at all 4's but came with different tires depending on when they were built. I could go on but thats the general info.
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2003, 11:45:18 AM »
thanks for the info Brad. Do you know what size rear brake drums you have ? After getting the wrong brake parts for it, I was prompted to measure the drums. Turns out to be 10". I was figuring the 8" rear end was out of a Mustang II...and it may be, but not with those size drums. Someone had to have upgraded along the way. Brake parts have to be ordered for a 1978-80 Zepher, but the housing itself may be more dated. It is a 4 lug, beyond that .. the I.D. tag is was not attached to the centersection bolts since I've owned it.

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« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2003, 11:03:14 PM »
 Huh, good question. I know 85-88 cars came with 10" drums and an 88 XR7 had them also. Those cars had either an 8.8 or 7.5 rear end.  ( I think my 89 Capri Turbo RS had a 7.5 4 bolt but dont know if it was 10" drum or not).
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2003, 10:56:48 AM »
hi brad...yup, 10" drum. Wait till I measure the front disc brake tonite, mabey that one is upgraded too ?
A repair of the trunk spare tire well tonight may just have me off the jack stands and cruzin' round the block
for a little check-out run of "all systems". If all works out o.k. i.e. the Weber sidedraft jetting corrections i did work out...I'll mabey be out again this weekend to make an "American iron" showing @ the dragway to chase a few imports at our once-a-month Sport Compact race. There's just waaaay too many Imports out there, and we need to show em that there's a car or two they might have forgotten about built in America.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2003, 12:18:55 PM »
 I've taken my Pangra to several Cruzes and most of the folks say " Hey a Pinto, I had one of those in High School, etc. Then you tell them the history of the Pangra and they kinda look at you sideways  :o.  Yes, the Ricers are plentyful but They "almost" all look the same. Most peoplre do not identify a Pinto with anything fast, ( untill they come up to my green 72 that runs 11s in the 1/4.) ;D
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2003, 12:31:07 PM »
 Interesting Pangra fact:  You may or may not know this but the Pangra front fenders are different from the 72 to 73. Now, this is how to tell. The 72's had a "bump" at the fender where the front bumper wraped around the side and the 73's were smooth. Why???. My guess is that it's to hard to mount the front bumper " around " those bumps ( I did this and scraped paint off the bumps). The 73's are easyer. Just so you can see what Im talking about there just so happens to be a Pangra nose on Ebay now. Take a look at the fender under the pop up light and you will see what Im talking about.
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2003, 08:38:36 PM »
that is interesting... my car is a 73, but has the wrap-around bumpers. Obviously..I think..a kit car. But because of the info you gave me earlier, along with some of my own "hunches" ..I figured it had to be a kit car. I ended up buying a fiberglass bumper on ebay last year...just in case i needed it when it comes time to do body/paint work.
Never went for a ride tonight. I need 4 bolts that are 1/2 inch longer for my make-shift battery box repair. This never ends when you buy a car were priorities were not "safety first" and all that boring stuff.  Someone "SCCA" raced this car. The extra mag wheels that were tossed in the car purchase had slicks on all 4, ..sports car slicks they are. And have you ever seen an extra ignition coil "tie-wrapped" to the working coil ?? This stuff I beleive was all prior owner to the person I bought it from. I own the "Shawn's Pangra" on this site.. yup. Shawn's a real nice guy too. I haven't been able to get ahold of him since a month or so since I bought  it though.Wanted to show him how things are coming along, and just say hi, how's the motorcycle you bought with the $ from the pangra sale etc. etc.  Oh well.  I at least has a fair amount of history on the car from him while we were in contact. Just can't jog him memory any more if I wanted to. Guess what I did 1st to the car ? Ripped those dingle balls of the dash  ;D :o   Where did you come across you pangras ??

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2003, 08:50:31 PM »
 Both In southern California about 9 mo's apart. I cant believe it but I was looking for a Pangra for about 10 years and 2  within 1 year was amazing. The car Im working on now was a total wreck. Mice got into it and it was sitting in the sun since 1976 ( low miles). It also was one of ??? ( maybe the only one) that AK Miller outfitted with Propane, yep It even has the yellow sticker on the windshield that allows the dirver to fuel up with out any tax, cool huh.
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2003, 09:11:27 PM »
That's wild ! 2 in one year, and a propane burner too. Who woulda thought ! You still reside in Ca. ?  Any better "pickin's" for decent parts for pintos ? Got doodley squat out her in N.H. , so thanks goodness for ebay and internet. ;)  Got any pics to swap ?
It's 10PM out here, and I'm hittin the sack. Check in when i get to work. That's my lunchbreak..th e internet cafe !
Thanks for the info and chat...Dan