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General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Auxiliary Radiator Cooling Fan
« Last post by 1972 Wagon on Today at 08:36:48 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions. My wagon has factory installed AC. The sad part is that the Freon 12 system didn't develop a leak. Even w/ just the 2 air vents, the Freon 12 kept the car cool. The compressor just finally failed but I think it was last replaced in the 90's so I can't complain. Since the car is at the shop I can't measure the radiator but my 72 Ford shop manual says that all 72 Pinto's radiators were 17.24" wide. My 1973 parts book has the same radiator number for both the 1600 and 2000 engines w/ either manual or automatic transmission, including Pinto's w/ AC . When assembling the AC parts, the only one that fit w/ o problem was the expansion valve. The compressor w/ attached pulley was too deep. I kept looking until we found that buying the same compressor unit w/o the attached pulley and buying a separate pulley unit fit. Of course doing it that way cost over $100 more but having the AC work was worth it. The dryer/ receiver that was supposed to fit was also too large. I think the one for a Capri fit but again was more expensive. Lesson learned: Do not trust O'Reilly's "This part fits your car chart"! Stopping by the mechanic tomorrow and will give him the names of possible fan sources. He has sourced parts from Racer Walsh before so he goes the extra mile to keep my Pinto running.
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Your Project / Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Last post by rob289c on Today at 07:13:24 PM »
I fixed my trouble spots but found a little more to fix.  Did I mention I am sick of doing bodywork?!!  I didn't get to do the polyester putty yet.  Maybe tomorrow if I get back from pre-car show set up duty.  I did blow down, then damp sponge the body before I rolled it back in the garage.  I will get it dusty again after applying and sanding the polyester.  There will still be some body imperfections, but at this point I will live with them.  This was never meant to be a show car and there were a lot of compromised body panels that I had to salvage and make presentable.  At least the quarters and tail light panel are new and will look decent!  I did fit the rear valance panel to the body in an unconventional way that is actually better than the factory method.  I am able to jury-rig and improvise to my heart's content since I am not building a concourse-correct car.  If the stars align, I may be able to spray epoxy the weekend of 8/27-28.  If I do, I will send pics. 

***Dwayne:  Can we change the Title to "Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster"?  It is no longer going to be a trike*** 
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General Help- Ask the Experts... / Boss Pinto
« Last post by turbopinto72 on Today at 06:15:41 PM »
Does anyone know how to get a hold of Mike Streets ? He has the green Boss Pinto.
Thanks
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General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Auxiliary Radiator Cooling Fan
« Last post by pinto_one on Today at 01:40:15 PM »
If the car had the factory A/C it should have the fan shroud on it ,and that was kind of ok with the freon 12 which worked , dealer installed A/C had a 6 blade fan , yes it pulled alot of air but was very noisy, the 2.0 has a step on the end of the pump and a adaptor to fan , the R134 does need a larger condenser it get rid of the heat , the fatroy units were the best , add ons you need the triple pass ones , looks like you need more air flow , go type in burton power in england , they have a seven blade fan that will work , they still use that same engine unil passed 2000 , they still call it the pinto engine over there , hopes this helps you
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General Help- Ask the Experts... / Re: Auxiliary Radiator Cooling Fan
« Last post by Wittsend on Today at 01:34:03 PM »

Space must really be limited on a '72 with the condenser in front of the radiator.  If the mechanic is just going to the local auto parts store and seeing what is available you probably won't get anywhere. I'd suggest trying Jeg's, Summit or any of the other online performance shops. They likely carry a large assortment of fans and MIGHT have a very thin profile fan that MAY work.


I do not have A/C in my early (73) Pinto but I did switch to a Turbo 2.3 engine. Even without an engine driven fan this put the front pulley bolt VERY close to the radiator. So, I had no choice but to use an electric fan (Image #1). I had gotten a bunch of fans at an auto swapmeet (guy want $1 each..., how could I resist). I made my own mount out of angle iron. I believe the fan blade diameter is 16". The problem with this is there is no fan guard with the hood open (though one could be fashioned with mesh). Anyway, even though a pusher fan is said to not be as good as a puller fan it does an excellent job of cooling the car even though it is offset to the center of the fan.


Curious, does your 72 with A/C have the 17" or the 20" radiator (Image #2)? I could be wrong, but my recollection was the '74 model year (only), because it had the 2.0 and the 2.3, used the larger cradle opening for the 2.3 but installed the smaller radiator with a block off plate with the 2.0.  Ford may have used the larger radiator prior to 74 but I don't think so. Anyway, I widened my cradle and used the 20" radiator when I installed the 2.3. So, with cutting and welding it can be done.



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Your Project / Re: Red 1972 V8 pinto project
« Last post by rob289c on Yesterday at 08:26:11 PM »
I like the raked '70s look.  I am using the same rims on my project.  I just had the tires mounted on the rims on Monday. 
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Your Project / Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Last post by rob289c on Yesterday at 08:23:14 PM »
I thought I would have ben further along by now but I continue to mix, spread and sand body filler as often as my busy life allows.  I have about 6 small trouble areas that I will try to rectify tomorrow.  Then I will give the areas I did bodywork a coat of polyester putty to fill sanding scratches and other small imperfections.  If all goes well, that may happen tomorrow or at worst on Friday.  The car club I am a member of is hosting a car show on Saturday so I will spend part of Friday helping to set up the show field and do other last minute details and Saturday I will be at the show all day.  On Sunday if all bodywork is complete, I will DA the rest of the body and scuff the frame, then blow down and clean all surfaces in preparation for primer and paint.  I will be working out of town for the next two weeks starting 8/22 but will be home for the in-between weekend.  I hope to epoxy prime the entire body and chassis, including the under side.  I will them paint the underside, frame, and interior shell, including the interior of the trunk area with black enamel.  After that, if I get a warm September weekend I will paint the body.  If not, I will paint the body next Spring.  In the meantime, I will remove engine accessories, sand, sandblast, clean, degrease, prime, paint.  I will clean and degrease the exterior engine, paint the block and oil pan Ford Blue, keep the head natural, remove any unnecessary emission controls and vacuum hoses, re-gasket any external mating surfaces, install the header, then put the fresh-looking 2.3 back in the chassis.  Then I can assemble the front suspension.  By that time it will be time to push it into the corner for the Winter and resume in the Spring.  I will keep you posted as I make progress. 
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Pintos or Bobcats FOR SALE / 1973 Pinto Runabout
« Last post by DadsPinto on Yesterday at 06:27:11 PM »
1973 Pinto Runabout

This car belongs to my Father. He is the 2nd owner, 39K original miles and it is in original condition. It was originally owned by one of this teachers and she left it to him after she died. It was garage kept most of it's life. My father has original paperwork including the window sticker. The car is in good condition with minor rust areas that are shown in the picture.



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General Help- Ask the Experts... / Auxiliary Radiator Cooling Fan
« Last post by 1972 Wagon on Yesterday at 02:28:31 PM »
Last fall my mechanic completely (except for the evaporator) replaced the AC in my 1972 2.0 wagon. As long as the temperature remained below 90°, the R-134 was able to keep the wagon cool. When the temperature went over 90°, especially when idling, the R-134 could no longer cool the wagon. My mechanic checked the AC system to verify that everything was working correctly which it was. When he placed a shop fan in front of the grill, the AC was able to keep the engine cool enough so that the R-134 could cool the car. He is looking for an auxiliary fan to place between the grill and the radiator. My car is stock and he knows that unless it is absolutely necessary, I would prefer not to have to modify the car. Has anyone else found a fan that fit? Most of the fans he has found are too large to fit in the space. Suggestions? Ideas? Thanks from hot, humid Florida!
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There is always 2023. My son and I are going to a local car show since I wasn't able to make the drive this year. A 2016 Durango wouldn't help the numbers anyway lol. Hope the Pintos outnumbered them.
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