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three questions
« on: November 02, 2015, 05:53:18 PM »
How fast have you driven your stock pinto?
How fast have you driven your modified pinto?
How was it modified?

For the sake of propriety we will all assume that your speed was attained in a legal location!
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Re: three questions
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2015, 07:06:08 AM »
Had mine to 80mph(75mph speed limit)only did it once for a short distance because the motor was buzzin, just wanted to see how it handled..
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Re: three questions
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2015, 07:29:07 AM »
Stock 1977 2.8 V-6, had the 85 MPH needle buried when the car was new. I baby it more now. 

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Re: three questions
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2015, 09:12:39 AM »
first new 1971 pinto, 2.0 four speed ,3.55 rear , top 105 , 1973 new pinto 2.0 four speed ,same 3.40 rear , top almost 85 , New 1974 pinto wagon, engine swap one year later , 351W with 10 to 1 pistons , 850 holley , top loader four speed , headers , crane cam, L-60 14s on back with a 9 inch rear, when past the 110 number on around to bounce on the zero peg , as for legal i have to say i do think the statue of limitations have long since pasted , but on the other hand 110 on my 76 V6 pinto , 2.8 stroked with a 2.9 crank , TBI fuel injection ,headers , and Not in overdrive ,
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Re: three questions
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2015, 10:20:35 AM »
I routinely buried the needle on my brand new '74 Runabout back in the day.  That's what you did when you were sixteen!  With the two Pintos I've owned in more recent years (a '72 sedan 1.6L 4spd and my current '72 Squire wagon 2.0L automatic) I've held it within the speed limit which, on the Interstates around here, means 70.  All three of my Pintos were/are bone stock... I'm just not into modifications.


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Re: three questions
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2015, 08:20:46 PM »
About 115 MPH stock with a 2.0.
Until the broken centerline in the road became solid and beyond Until 8000 RPM in fourth gear stock 4 speed and rear gearing with 2.3 turbo.
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Re: three questions
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2015, 01:41:54 PM »
1980 wagon 2.3 4 speed bone stock as far as I know, needle stopped just before 85 garmon said 92. Still had a little left in her but my exit was coming up.

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Re: three questions
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2015, 10:39:14 PM »
I didn't look, but I had a car and a half on the hotrodded 396 SS El Camino in the other lane.  Of what was a probably a racetrack. As far as you know.
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Re: three questions
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2016, 02:29:14 AM »
My stock '71 got up to 80 on the Kansas Speedway track during the first Pinto Stampede in 2011 (she was 40 years old)... and I've gotten her to 85 on the freeway here in Cali. My '74 Squire with 4-speed and 2.3 (also stock) I've gotten to 85 just last year. Both cars have their original engines/transmissions.
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Re: three questions
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2016, 07:38:19 PM »
1972 capri (similar to pinto) with modified 2.0, Isky cam, 10:1, holly 390 4bbl, header, stock body, trans and rear end..

75 mph in 2nd gear @ 7500 rpm, shocked the young fellow in the new porsche who couldn't seem to get past me... until I lifted my foot

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Re: three questions
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2016, 04:41:46 PM »
the capri with the german 2000 handled really well and could do 100- 105 mph

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Re: three questions
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2016, 04:54:38 PM »
When my '72 2.0 was stock, I think I had it up to 70 or 75. It was a little buzzy for my liking.

I'd have to look at the data logs (because I was watching the road rather than gauges), but I think post-2.3 turbo swap may have been 85-90mph so far. I thought it was going take a bit of pedal to merge and suddenly I'm going a lot faster than the other cars. Nice surprise, but not with Pinto brakes.

Fun trivia: it's gear-limited to 143 @ 6000rpm.....bu t not gonna try it.

That reminds me, does anyone know if Pintos have a tendency to lift at that kind of speed? They look like they would and most cars from that era did, so...
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Re: three questions
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2016, 06:23:28 PM »
I had mine up to 80 one time and it felt stable, of course it was under ideal weather conditions too, could be a whole different deal with a head wind..
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Re: three questions
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2016, 11:35:26 PM »
Hard to say. It buries the speedo pretty quickly.

And as for the air foiling, at about 75, I can feel the air hitting and lifting. If it were to be an issue, I'd say an air dam would just about fix that. And I think they can look good.
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Re: three questions
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2016, 10:50:39 AM »
"That reminds me, does anyone know if Pintos have a tendency to lift at that kind of speed? They look like they would and most cars from that era did, so..."

Back in the Pinto Pro Stock days the Pinto was said to be more aerodynamic backwards than forwards.  Not sure if that is true or urban legend.  One of the issues my Sunbeam Tiger group deals with is heat.  Apparently air moving under the car creates a high pressure area that limits the airflow out of the engine compartment.  Many have dealt with it not by having the typical wedge type front air dam. Rather the dam is completely vertical and forces the air around the car. This creates a low pressure area and allows hot air to escape the compartment.  Even the dam is low tech. They use the 6" black plastic garden boarder with the rounded top.  They slit the top, notch a few flat oval holes at the round base and use hose clamps to attach it to the sway bar.

 If you look at the sides of our Pinto's they are quite tapered, especially for the time.  In this Pinto commercial they had a bunch of huge fans blowing on the side of the Pinto as it drove by to show its stability.  I guess with larger cars available they thought a selling point would be its cross wind stability.  Kind of ironic. Rumored to be more aerodynamic backwards than forwards. Displayed as being aerodynamic sideways I guess someone forgot to test it going forward - LOL.

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Re: three questions
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2016, 01:33:06 PM »
The first of my 16 Pintos was a new 72 plain Jane with a 2L and 4 speed. Any thing over 60mph was a real white knuckle drive. The only thing I did was to add an A&A fiberglass chin spoiler. The difference was like night and day. The car was glued to the road and very stable up to its max cruse speed of 70 mph. Made all the difference in the world. Sadly the spoiler is no longer being made except for the one up in Canada that is a real rip off. What I now use is abs plastic to make a flat air dam that is almost bullet proof. Form it with a heat gun. Speed bumps will not hurt it at all. Only problem is its a 4x8x1/8 sheet so you'll have a lot left over. About $100 a sheet from Granger.
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Re: three questions
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2016, 04:15:38 PM »
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Re: three questions
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2016, 11:13:20 PM »
I've been sketching some designs for an air dam, with front brake vents. I like the idea of it, and the look, but I am torn. I also want it to look very plain and "innocent". It's funner to sneak up on them!
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Re: three questions
« Reply #18 on: February 29, 2016, 06:47:00 AM »
Interesting..
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Re: three questions
« Reply #19 on: February 29, 2016, 10:22:30 AM »
Every time I see a modern front bumper/lower valance torn off a car and lying at the side of the road I contemplate its adaptability (at least in part) to one of my older cars.  I mean, it's free for the taking and nothing but my time to tinker with it. Given that modern bumpers have are aerodynamicall y designed it might be a way to go.  The only thing is that it is a very fine line between looking cool and looking utterly stupid.

To add to 65SC's question about front lift..., he has the 2.3 turbo in an early car like I do.  I'm not sure if it is the extra power, or the springy aspect of the extra weight, but my car has a lot of front lift on initial acceleration and as I approach freeway speeds. The front end just seems kind of light and floaty.

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Re: three questions
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2016, 10:26:40 AM »
Never drove a stock pinto.

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