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Re:What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2004, 01:03:22 PM »
I got a new reply:

I was talking to my best friends dad, and he  came out of the blue and asked why do you want to restore a Pinto?? That's like fixing up a vega.. It's just stupid..

Now for the new part: I was building  some resect and was pleased that you were groing up, but this Pinto thing is like taking 2 steps forward and 2000 steps back. What are you thinking??

Whatever he thinks.

I told him, I dont care what anyone thinks... I'm gonna do it anyways, cuz I've always wanted to.
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Re:What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2004, 01:42:08 PM »
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I was building  some resect and was pleased that you were going up, but this Pinto thing is like taking 2 steps forward and 2000 steps back.

I'm thinking you mean respect and growing. Which, in those respects, I don't understand why rebuilding a Pinto is different than any other older car. Perception is 9/10 of most people's reality, I guess.
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Re:What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #32 on: July 18, 2004, 02:23:59 PM »
i mostly get how come, but also at the car auction, when i got the car started, and drove it off, people were cheering, giving me thumbs up, and clapping and stuff, that was pretty cool.  most people have had a pinto, or at least had fun in a pinto, its mostly just people are either just dont like admitting they like them, or are just to stubborn to get past their reputation.  those are mostly the guys who buy a car for its looks, and nothing else, and to me that makes no sense, so o well, they have their ways, i have mine. but i bet my car gets more looks.

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Re:What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2004, 08:08:20 PM »
I'm thinking you mean respect and growing. Which, in those respects, I don't understand why rebuilding a Pinto is different than any other older car. Perception is 9/10 of most people's reality, I guess.

Oops.. my bad... got it fixed... What is bad though, is my dad even understands why I want to do this.. Now if I could only get him to understand why I want to start doing it now, even though I have a Dodge Omni GLHT sitting at the bottom of the driveway waitiing to be fired up for the first time in months.
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Re:What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #34 on: July 22, 2004, 02:36:09 PM »




People want to know why it does not have any side windows.  ( I converted a stationwagon to a Panel wagon)they want to know if I know of anymore that they could buy so they could hot rod them....

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Re:What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #35 on: July 22, 2004, 05:02:52 PM »
I always find it amusing when I go to the parts store and when I say the part is for a Pinto, the counter person (whom I don't know)will ask "Oh, do you have the red one?"  I don't live in a big city by any means, but this community isn't THAT small, maybe 80,000 people in the area.
It seems everyone around here knows my car.  But then, there is only one other guy in the area that still drives a Pinto for a daily driver.
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Re:What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #36 on: August 22, 2004, 03:42:15 PM »
I always find it amusing when I go to the parts store and when I say the part is for a Pinto, the counter person (whom I don't know)will ask "Oh, do you have the red one?"  I don't live in a big city by any means, but this community isn't THAT small, maybe 80,000 people in the area.
It seems everyone around here knows my car.  But then, there is only one other guy in the area that still drives a Pinto for a daily driver.

I used to get the same thing in NY with my 76 wagon. The windows were tinted real dark and even people that knew me would say " Thats you driving the green Pinto?".


My wife and I were filling the gas tanks in New Jersey. I was gassing up the box truck towing the Ranger and my wife was gassing the Grand Marquis towing the Pinto. A guy about 18-19 years old came over to me and asked what year the Pinto was. I answered that it was a 79. He said he had never seen a 2 door wagon. He said he heard of them but never saw one. ???  I started describing the work Ive done so far and he seemed only interested in it being a 2 door wagon.

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2019, 12:52:25 AM »
Ok had bring this topic back from the dead. I enjoy all the funny stories. Ok heres my two so far.
When I finally decided to move my 77 CW on a trailer to bring it to a new home to start restoring it. I was about to unload it from the trailer and a Mexican  guy walking by says Vega?? I say no Pinto Cruising Wagon. He says Oh cool car.

This was told to me by my friend where my project is stored in his garage. He had just got a 85 K5 blazer and invited one of his friends over to show it off, as he was starting to talk his friend saw the Pinto and was more interested in the Pinto than the K5 lol.




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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2019, 12:41:21 AM »

    I take my 88 year old dad to breakfast every Friday. Last week we spent 2 hours at breakfast and running chores. A few blocks from home I stopped for auto parts. The clerk asked to photograph the car. Then Dad said "We almost had a day with out someone noticing your bobcat."
     2 years and still a perfect record.


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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #39 on: October 24, 2019, 10:12:28 PM »
The Pintoracer always got looks and thumbs up no matter where l went! People taking pictures, standing around her at the Walmart parking lot when l come out with my groceries lol, checking her out while driving on the interstate! Even have cops pulling up beside me at lights and giving the thumbs up and nodding...oh yeah...l sure am missing that!  ;D :(
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2019, 07:53:21 PM »
I had my Pinto in a high-end vintage auto restoration shop for a good amount of time. (www.ClassicAut oSmith.com) You name it, they had expensive show cars being worked on up there.


The shop owner told me, "You know when people come in here, the first thing they notice and comment on is your Pinto!"


At shows, mine is usually the only Pinto there. Countless people come up to admire it and tell me their Pinto stories.
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #41 on: January 25, 2021, 09:34:28 AM »
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #42 on: January 25, 2021, 06:49:02 PM »
my favorite was last summer when i was heading back to work from lunch.i was running a little late doing 45 in a 35.i looked in the rear view and a city cop pulled out and here he came.i got caught at the next light,he pulled up beside me,rolled down his window and said `hey thats cool'.l told him thanks and went merrily back to work...
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #43 on: January 26, 2021, 02:02:15 PM »
the most common reaction i get in my car is the question  "  is that a gremlin ?" .. when i do tell them it`s a pinto i also tell them it is a very rare  1976 200th anniversary  Spirit of America version ..  it`s a 73 but they dont know that   .  it gets way more attention than my mustang i had .. 

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #44 on: January 26, 2021, 08:42:28 PM »
That paint job is way too cool. Great idea and great story!
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #45 on: January 27, 2021, 06:25:44 AM »
Had a guy chasing me around town last year. He kept it up, I turned lots of corners & still followed, to the point I was going to call 911, thinking he was a nut bar out looking to cause problems.

I let him get ahead of me & he pulled over & gave me two thumbs up & a huge grin !

Every time I start it up (in town) to unload it (I do not drive it on the 6 miles of gravel to the pavement) people come out of the wood pile someplace & start asking questions.

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #46 on: January 27, 2021, 10:54:23 AM »
every time I drive or stop and get gas I hear a pinto story , I learned to drive in one , or my or dad had one , my best one is going up a huge hill maintaning 70 mph pulling a 16 foot scamp camper , yep got a head shake and a thumbs up on that day
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #47 on: January 27, 2021, 02:24:24 PM »
My son had me take my Pinteroo (Pinto pickup) out of his shop and back to my barn.  It was getting more attention from his friends than his projects!    He's going to paint it for me once I get the turbo 2.3L / T5 swap completed.

I've heard "Pinchero" is a bad word in Spanish, so the wife calls it Pinteroo.

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #48 on: January 29, 2021, 10:49:52 AM »
According to Google Translator:

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2021, 04:36:37 PM »
I like that better than what the urban dictionary says.   Thereís people with that for a last name so I think the urban dictionary is wrong (hopefully).   I donít have any friends who speak fluent Spanish so who knows....

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2021, 05:25:29 PM »
In Portuguese the Slang term for Pinto is listed as..., I'll try and be discrete, 'male appendage,'  and typically used in an offensive way to mean 'diminished proportions.' So, Pinchero is likely some derivative of that. And the translation to "skewer" being of length and narrowness might be in a distorted, slang way applicable.  I wonder how many Pinto's were sold In Portugal, or Portuguese speaking Brazil?

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #51 on: January 29, 2021, 08:29:23 PM »
It's fun to see that others' experiences 18 years ago are no different than ours are today. When I take it out, frequently the very least I get is "is that a Pinto?!" In contrast, My '68 Mustang is among the classic cars that are highly sought-after right now. It's obviously an unfinished project, but it's an icon that's loud, sounds mean, and gets 1% of the attention my Pinto does.

I think it might be because the Pinto was an everyman's car. Someday people might be nostalgic for Honda Civics in the same way.
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #52 on: January 31, 2021, 05:23:45 PM »
The day I brought mine home on the dolly, I stopped at a store to get a drink.  A young man (late teens or early 20's) came out and exclaimed, "Dude, that's badass...is that a Gremlin?"  I said, "No, it's a Pinto."  I got another "that's badass" before he left.  He wasn't even thought of when it was built!
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #53 on: February 01, 2021, 11:21:48 AM »

... He wasn't even thought of when it was built!


Assuming someone gets their license at 16 'before they were born' currently relates to a 2005 car.  My '73 Pinto is 48 years old. If I take that back to when I was 16 (ironically 1973 also) it would relate to a 1925 Model T.

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #54 on: February 02, 2021, 04:52:37 AM »
    A few years ago an acquaintance offered to give me a ride to pick up my car after an oil change. He did not know what kind of car I had. When we pulled into the lot, He started going on and on about what a amazingly beautiful car was parked right here. He told me the history of the car (with the confidence of an expert) and the hundreds of cars cars that blew up.
     He then said it was a marvelous restoration, but only a fool would put so much money into such a looser of a car.
    Because my oil change was prepaid, I thanked him for the ride, got into my car and drove away. I would loved to see his face but I didn't look back.
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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #55 on: February 02, 2021, 01:24:05 PM »

Assuming someone gets their license at 16 'before they were born' currently relates to a 2005 car.  My '73 Pinto is 48 years old. If I take that back to when I was 16 (ironically 1973 also) it would relate to a 1925 Model T.

That's a sobering thought, isn't it?  BTW, I'm the same age as you.

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #56 on: February 03, 2021, 09:17:20 PM »
...  BTW, I'm the same age as you.

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I guess that makes us the some of Elder Statesmen around here!

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Re: What reactions to your Pinto do you get?
« Reply #57 on: February 05, 2021, 02:57:54 PM »
Sigh... I am only 56, and you guys are making me feel like an Octogenarian!👴 Lol...

Your reference of the model T was an eye opener as I never thought of it that way! Is there a fountain of youth nearby?

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« Reply #58 on: February 05, 2021, 03:28:40 PM »
Pintos are the fountain of youth; why else would we love them so?
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« Reply #59 on: February 05, 2021, 03:44:38 PM »
LOL...excellen t point, Dwayne!😂

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