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Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:52:55 AM »
Does anyone know where to get the lift struts for the back hatch for a 72 pinto?  I see AutoZone lists a set for 73' and up, but not for 72'.  Is there any difference in the back hatch for those years?

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Re: Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 07:39:34 PM »
Should be the same.  I am running foxbody mustang ones on my 73.  They were off an 89 GT I parted.  They seem to work ok.
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Re: Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 03:53:40 AM »
Thanks, I'll try the 73' struts.

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Re: Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 06:34:47 AM »
For anyone looking for these lift supports, I did buy the part number listed by AutoZone for 73' Pinto ( SG304004), and they work fine for my 72' Runabout.  The other source that crosses to this part number is the StrongArm 4405 commonly found on eBay and other places.

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Re: Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 01:52:59 PM »
I''m wondering with the changeover from the original Pinto platform to the Mustang II platform causes a lot of common parts to all years to be dropped for 71-73. Sort of an "Oh their different" and like an urban legend it gets applied to every Pinto part 71-73.

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Re: Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 02:08:31 PM »
I do remember my 72 had arms that hooked to the liftgate , in had springs on the inside with a shaft sticking out to put the arms on , someone here may have a photo of it to show you what they looked like ,
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Re: Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 05:56:19 PM »
Looking through some old ebay photo's, it appears 1972 might be a cross over year going from interior coil spring with lift arms to the pressured strut design.  I found photo's showing both styles for 1972, see below.  This is probably why AutoZone did not list a strut for the 1972.
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Re: Support lifts for 72' Runabout
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 06:03:44 AM »
My 72 (Ugly Yellow) has the same as the bottom picture.