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« on: December 24, 2016, 10:39:00 AM »
For all you do it yourselfer's here are the sites I use every day. (mustang II.net for 2300 and brakes etc)(ratsun.net for some of the best tech tips by posters I've found plus great pictures of cars/trucks/planes/bikes)(mustang II tech.net for 2300 and brakes etc)(4m.net for 2300 listed under mini stock) All of these are great site with great tech tip and interesting story's at times. The ratsun site while for Datsun's is one of the best site's I've ever found with 3 pages of new post everyday of the week. Ford Pinto nos on E-gay is great for new old Pinto parts. Please note that there is no guarantee that any or all of these tech tips will work . These tech tip are only posted here to tell you what I have done in the past.
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2016, 12:24:15 PM »
Want more power out of your Pinto at the cost of using more gas? Then take your Holley/Weber 5200 carb apart and do this simple mod. Remove the jets and look at the size on each one. An example would be 50 on the primary and 55 on the secondary. Now put the 55 jet where the 50 was (primary) and drill the 50 jet till it is 5 larger than the primary jet. Again as an example you will now have a 55 in the primary and a 60 in the secondary. It'll use more gas but will run so much better. Also try advance the timing some to help out the way it runs. Even an extra 2 deg will help. All for now.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2016, 12:40:23 PM »
Want more top end power out of your Pinto? The Holley/Weber carb has a poor air cleaner in that the lid is to close to the carb. Simple fix is to add 2 or 3 gaskets to the top of the carb which will move the air cleaner up ward. You'll know when you've moved too much cause the air cleaner will rub on the under side of the hood. You will need to install longer bolt in the carb that pass through the air cleaner to hold the air cleaner down. Easy fix with more top end power. BTW the gaskets are on E-gay every day and cheap too.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2016, 01:56:25 PM »
I love these simple but effective tips.

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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2016, 03:58:23 PM »
Most of the 2300 tips I know of were used by me on my 80 Pinto IT-B SCCA race car from 1984 to 1990. The good ole days.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2016, 04:13:07 PM »
Think you need more fuel pressure for your Pinto. If so get yourself a very early Ranger 2300 fuel pump for a 2300 carb'd engine. Its made upside down so its easy to tell if you have the right one. You'll have to remove that heavy fuel pump roll cage but you should anyway. The Ranger pump will pump plenty of fuel for even a race Pinto.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2016, 04:29:54 PM »
Want to get rid of that large piece of junk iron called a "master cylinder". You know, the one that leaks and rust no matter what you paint it with. Well then go down to your parts store and get an 1986 Ranger 2300 with disk brakes WITH OUT POWER BRAKES master cylinder. Its part number MC39568 at O'nearly. I think it was only one year. You may need to shorten the rod that plugs into it. If so there are adjustable rods on E-gay. I made my own so its not hard at all. It'll make your Pinto look like its not only faster but shinny. BTW if it comes without the rod, they've sold you the wrong one. Make sure its a 15/16 size piston.
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2016, 06:56:58 AM »
Some good tips there..
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2016, 01:55:43 PM »
Got a Pinto or any kind of low horsepower car with air condition? You know, when you turn the air on you lose 1/2 your power. Going up a hill is a real chore. Easy fix. Just install a vacuum switch on the air compressor that cut off the compressor when the engine produces little or no vacuum, like going up a hill. These switch's can be bought at large part stores like NAPA , Speedway Racing or a large auto air condition shop. You could also cut out the alternator at the same time with the same switch.
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2016, 02:16:35 PM »
Ever been on a trip and have your radiator start leaking? Easy fix will get you home. Remove the radiator cap after its cooled down and remove the small rubber gasket. Not the large one. You may have to add water along the way, but now you'll have a drip in place of a pressure stream. It all depends on the size of the hole. This will not work if someone shoots a 357 through your radiator.
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2016, 02:42:54 PM »
Want a little better mileage or power? Get rid of the heated intake manifold. This will only work if both heater hoses go to the front of the motor. Remove the intake and gasket and make a plate out of a coke can to block the square hole in the center of the manifold. The hole is about 3/4" square. Place the plate next to the manifold not the head. I use double side tape to hold it in place but glue will work too. Now reinstall the gasket and manifold. Check for leaks and your done. Do not try this if you live and drive in very cold country. You may have to move your temp gage sender to a different location. (there's several) Smog hoses are up to you if you want to de smog your car. Pinto were built in the very early day of smog control and are excessive to say the least.
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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2016, 03:21:40 PM »
Go to http://www.community.ratsun.net/ and look at car porn (its not x rated just pictures of really great cars)There is 474 pages of pictures. They also have planes trucks bikes porn. Also look under "view new contents". Great site and pictures are second to none. No Pintos BUT they allow any brand so someone here needs to post Picture of Pintos. Go to page 472 to see the most perfect interior in a car ever.
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2016, 04:01:28 PM »
Say your going to put a header on your 2300 Pinto and your going to use 3" pipe all the way to the rear bumper. No way unless your going to the salt flats. Exhaust is very big part of how your Pinto runs on the street. Most headers except Speedway have a 21/2" dia collector. A 21/2" pipe all the way would be just right if your Pinto is a full race engine car. A stock Pinto on the street needs no more than 2" to really run good. 21/4" if its got a cam and duel Webers. Bigger is not BETTER. Stock is only 13/4" so 2" is plenty if your car is stock. No fart can too. A turbo or glasspack is all you need unless you want to sound like a sport bike at 12000 rpm. Just remember that your Pinto will not be run to red line each and every day.(not for long anyway). Best header? Hedman two piece header is great and fits ole so good. Hard to find but still out there. Stay away from Pacemaker as there way over priced. Factory Ranger and Mustang are ok.
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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2016, 05:11:37 PM »
If you drive your Pinto really HARD you need a better oil filter than stock. On my race cars I use a Chevrolet filter(327-350) with a Moroso adapter. If you doin't have a remote filter use a 69 Datsun 510 filter which screws right on as stock. I use Wix filters 100% and both have no by pass so all of the oil pass's thru the filter. Be careful not to over rev the engine when cold or you could blow the filter off the motor. I've been using this setup for the past 40 years with no problems. Oil? I've used it all with no problem. I've even used Wall Mart oil with no problem at all. Just keep it clean and changed often. STP? I've used it for 40 years too with no problems in hi mileage motors. Weight? 5/30 in newer cars and 10/40 in my Pintos. 20/50 oil is only good for a 500 mile race. Go to BOB IS THE OIL GUY to read up on oil. I would not ever use a dayglow orange FRAM filter on any car. Just what I think.
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2016, 10:02:14 AM »
You say oil is getting into your brake drums after a long drive? Easy fix. Of course change the seals at the backing plates and then remove the breather fitting on the top side of the axel tube. It's the one with a hose going up into the frame of the car. Take the fitting and drill the hole that goes thru it to 1/8"(.125) dia. The fitting has a very small hole from the factory and plugs up easy to cause pressure to build up in the rear end housing and cause the leaks. See I told you it was easy.
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2016, 10:13:18 AM »
Do you have a problem with rust in both the radiator and the engine block? Easy fix. Use water soluble oil in the radiator and it'll stay nice and clean. I get mine from a machine shop near me but you can buy it from your local oil dealer. Machine shop is best cause you don't need much. Pint is plenty.
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2016, 10:27:39 AM »
Have a problem getting all the air out of your cooling system when you change coolant. Just take the thermostat and drill a .040/.050 dia hole in the flat part of the thermostat that's not covered up by the gasket. That's all to bleed the air off. Makes you wonder why the people that make them don't do it for you.
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2016, 12:05:25 PM »
Ever wonder why your heater doesn't work as good as it did when new. Well if you've got the model Pinto that has one heater hose going to the intake manifold that's where the problem is located. Take the cover that has the various fittings off the manifold. Its the only thing you can remove. Most of the time it will be full of rust that's pluging up your heater hose fitting. No flow / no heat. Clean it out. Be forwarned that there's coolant in there. Not much but some. New gaskets are on E-gay all the time. Back flushing the heater will brake loose the rust in the heater core sometimes.
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« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2016, 12:59:36 PM »
Want to know how to get electronic ignition for your 2.0L Pinto with junk yard parts? Then go to google /Capri club of Chicago/tip and tricks/tip for drive train/electronic ignition for 2000L. One of the very best mod for a 2.0L Pinto bar none. Has a good article on changing the cam belt in 20 min or so they say too.
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2016, 10:02:03 AM »
Want to know more about a 2300 engine than anybody should ever use? Then go to http://www.4m.net/archive/index.php/f-24.html  and read up on ever thing in the world that could go wrong or right with a 2300. If its not on here you don't need to know. Its VERY long too. Curl up by the fire and read your heart out.
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2016, 10:13:44 AM »
Need casting numbers for Ford part?(no Pinto parts) Go to http://www.mustangtek.com/index.html  Lots of good stuff on here. Some part numbers too along with pictures.
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2016, 10:22:28 AM »
Need to know more about the electrical parts on your Pinto or family car then go to http://www.madelectrical.com/index.shtml These guys are sharp to say the least.
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2016, 10:41:01 AM »
Want to get rid of all that monkey motion in your shifter? go to http://www.merkurmidwest.com/catalog/c7_p2.html Then go to the second page of the tranie parts and at the bottom you'll see the shifter bushing for your FOG tranie. Ad says it for a T9 but that's a FOG with 5th gear added on. Part is $17.65 plus postage I'm sure. Only place in the US of A that has the bushing that I know of.
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« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2016, 10:59:34 AM »
Need to know how big your rear end is? Well take you computer into the bathroom, lock the door, and now you'll know just how big it is. Go to http://www.carnut.com/specs/rear.html You don't need to tell the wife if its really big.
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« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2016, 11:16:15 AM »
Want to put a 3 G alternator on you 2300 Pinto? Then go to http://www.rothfam.com/svo/3g and you'll see how easy it is. If you want to move it to the pass side of the engine get a Merkur air condition mount. Easy mod and allows you to reach the disturber with out removeing the alternator. Go to  http://www.merkurdepot.com for pictures  Look at the thread in the writing at the top of the page.
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« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2016, 11:25:33 AM »
Want better bright headlites for your Pinto? Then go to  http://www.midlife66.com/wiring/halrelays.html and see how easy it is.  Will not work on a Vega. Will only work on a car that runs.
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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2016, 11:53:34 AM »
Want tilt steering in your Pinto? Easy fix. Go to http://www.mustangiitech.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&ltemid=132  then go to modification, then suspension steering, then tilt. That's it and if your rear end is too wide, tilt steering will help.
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« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2016, 12:11:19 PM »
Want better ignition for your Pinto. Then HEI from GM, the Vega people. Go to  http://www.junkyardgenius.com/ignition/jeep/HEI01.html to see how easy it is. Why do this? Better hot spark and really easy to carry a spair. A HEI will rev to 6000+ on a V8 but that's 12000+ on a 4 banger.
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