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Finally found a Pinto
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:02:26 PM »
After considerable searching I found a Pinto. My son was in the city where it was so I had him look and he bought it. Being he is a teenager and has no real mechanical knowledge I really don't know what I have yet.
But it runs and drives so he has registered it and will drive it home tomorrow.
Its a 1979. I really wanted a 71-73 with a 2.0/trunk but that may be impossible to find.
It appears to have a Bobcat grill and he says other than missing headrests the interior is pretty decent. For some reason it doesn't have one emblem that I can see. But the cell phone pics are poor.
Paid $800



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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2014, 08:07:54 PM »
Nice! And a really good price....

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2014, 08:22:58 PM »
Nice! And a really good price....

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I'm so far out of the loop I don't know what a good price is. I only paid $700 for my 72' (back in 1982) and it had 45000 miles and zero rust. :)
These cars used to be everywhere but I haven't seen one on the road in many years. :(
I've looked for an early Pinto since 2006 and found nothing local. I'd like to buy in the same province to avoid all the mandated safety inpsections and such. But I guess this will do for now.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2014, 08:30:21 AM »
It looks really nice! I love your car and yeah that's a really decent price. I like the small bumpers myself, but that looks pretty good!

I like that S&W also! I collect firearms as well :)
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- 1973 Ford Pinto wagon (registered ride 195)
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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2014, 10:32:24 AM »
I swapped a 302 into my 72'. But I've since read that the later Pintos are more suitable for a V8 swap. So I think I may hunt for a V8 Mustang II donor for all the mounts and manifolds.
But I've also read the turbo 2.3 87-88 is a good swap.
But I need to see if this old thing can make the 250 mile drive home today!

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2014, 12:10:43 PM »
I swapped a 302 into my 72'. But I've since read that the later Pintos are more suitable for a V8 swap. So I think I may hunt for a V8 Mustang II donor for all the mounts and manifolds.
But I've also read the turbo 2.3 87-88 is a good swap.
But I need to see if this old thing can make the 250 mile drive home today!

I've got an extra set of V8 frame mounts if you need them, for what I paid for them. You can get engine mounts and other parts pretty easily, which are basically redone. I redid a roller block for my King Cobra, and used an edlebrock manifold for the engine. Also brought it back with regular pulleys and all. So you'll only need the engine mounts really if you go in this direction and 302 engines are pretty easy to come by, here anyway.
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- 1979 Ford Pinto Runabout
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- 1997 Suzuki Marauder

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2014, 04:30:30 PM »
I've got an extra set of V8 frame mounts if you need them, for what I paid for them. You can get engine mounts and other parts pretty easily, which are basically redone. I redid a roller block for my King Cobra, and used an edlebrock manifold for the engine. Also brought it back with regular pulleys and all. So you'll only need the engine mounts really if you go in this direction and 302 engines are pretty easy to come by, here anyway.

I may take you up on that. Need to access this car first. My 302 had exhaust manifolds from a Ranchero. I had a lot of trouble making these work with the steering shaft. I've read that the Mustang II manifolds and oil pan can make this much easier.
In the old days before th internet we just figured this out as we went along. I used Mustang II mounts and bellhousing for my C4. But I had to space them to make them work.
Then there were the cooling issues....ah the good old days.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2014, 07:45:42 AM »
Well, it isn't very good. Although it runs and drives this poor thing is beat to death. Floors are made out of roads signs and the bondo has been slathered. The seats, glass and trim are good. It would make a good parts car or a beater. I'm going to let the boy sell it and move on. A V8 swap would twist this rusty thing in half.
My search will continue.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2014, 09:52:21 AM »
Let's make certain V8 frame mounts from a Mustang II work also. The engine mounts cost me a BIG arm and leg to have done.
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- 1976 Mustang II mini-stock
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- 1979 Ford Pinto Runabout
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- 1997 Suzuki Marauder

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2014, 01:07:11 PM »
They work. I've used them before. They required spacing in the early Pinto. And of course you need to attach them to the unit frame rails.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2014, 03:44:37 PM »
Hope you find one!
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- 1973 Ford Pinto wagon (registered ride 195)
- 1976 Mustang II mini-stock
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- 1979 Ford Pinto Runabout
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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2015, 07:37:06 PM »
I found one. Finally.
It's a 1979 with a trunk. One owner car with 26700 miles.
It has been in the garage its entire life. No rust and the interior is a time capsule. The seats don't even show any wear. I've never see a Pinto without a cracked dash.
The elderly owner passed away at 99 years and she was single and apparently a retired school teacher who won the car new in a new car lottery. The car was located in a small town in Saskatchewan about an hour from where I live. It has been kept running by the family but has seen very little use in the last 20 years.
Sorry about the low quality pics but its all I have until I get in home next month.
I have many questions about rear end swaps and motors mounts.





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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2015, 08:10:56 PM »
Hope your not thinking of hot rodding this one , if your the second owner I would keep it just like the new condition it's in , it almost belongs in a huge glass case 😸

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2015, 08:34:46 PM »
Hope your not thinking of hot rodding this one , if your the second owner I would keep it just like the new condition it's in , it almost belongs in a huge glass case 😸

I was thinking of a V8 swap. I know the car is completely unmolested but this is all I could find.
But I am torn about modifying such an original car.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2015, 09:00:15 AM »
That is sweet, I would not modify that at all..
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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2015, 04:00:22 PM »
That is sweet, I would not modify that at all..

I wouldn't either!

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2015, 04:55:03 PM »
I hear what you guys are saying. But I live in Saskatchewan and these cars are long gone. You can buy a junker for 500-800, that is if you can find one.
I plan on bringing it home and cleaning it up. Haven't decided on a repaint or not. It has a few "old lady touch ups" meaning yellow spray paint over a couple door dings and a few chips here and there.
I think it would look great if I resprayed it in the original single stage yellow as the interior is so nice.
Anyway, I will run it as it is for the time being when the snow melts as I have a low mile, completely original, all delete 93' 5.0, 5spd notchback fox body to play with.


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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2015, 08:54:35 PM »
Nice lookin ride.. 8)
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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2015, 05:33:31 AM »
See you are in Sask - I'm in AB.

Read this: http://www.fordpinto.com/index.php?topic=22522.0
Four pages. I'll never get it going. Too old and will never have enough extra cash.
Car is from Ont.

If interested , maybe we can make a deal ?

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2015, 06:51:25 AM »
See you are in Sask - I'm in AB.

Read this: http://www.fordpinto.com/index.php?topic=22522.0
Four pages. I'll never get it going. Too old and will never have enough extra cash.
Car is from Ont.

If interested , maybe we can make a deal ?

If it was an SK car maybe. But going through the out of province inspection is something I do now want to do again anytime soon.
Curious as to why you went to Ontario? There always seems to be a few Pinto's for sale in AB. I think.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2015, 05:45:38 AM »
Was told it was in better shape than it is.
Plus I'm dumb......some times !

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2016, 06:56:11 PM »
I went to get the Pinto today. I brought along a wide assortment of tools but didn't need anything. The car made it all the way home without any real trouble. The carb needs cleaning and it will need a tune up but it drives very nice. With only 46000km (28000 miles) I guess it should be a tight car.
I'm not sure what I want to do with it. Maybe I should give it a good cleaning, tune and a repaint and drive it. I haven't seen a Pinto on the road in years and today I was driving one.
Pretty cool.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2016, 10:51:02 PM »
I am looking for alternatives to cutting up this car for a V8 swap.
This has popped up locally.
http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/regina/1971-ford-pinto/1136489484?enableSearchNa%3Cspan%20style=
It's a 1.6 4 spd with 36000 miles.
I have swapped a V8 into a 72 before. I was able to use the C4 trans in the 72 2.0. This car would need engine and trans. I doubt it has disc brakes though.
Ideas???

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2016, 09:00:15 AM »
I've been enjoying the car as it is. And I even took it to a local show and shine. I can't believe how many people want to stop and share their Pinto stories. Seems everyone has a Pinto story.
The little "disposable" car attracted more attention than a new Shelby Mustang parked across from it.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2016, 05:20:04 PM »
I am looking for alternatives to cutting up this car for a V8 swap.
This has popped up locally.
http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/regina/1971-ford-pinto/1136489484?enableSearchNa%3Cspan%20style=
It's a 1.6 4 spd with 36000 miles.
I have swapped a V8 into a 72 before. I was able to use the C4 trans in the 72 2.0. This car would need engine and trans. I doubt it has disc brakes though.
Ideas???

Link wrong ?

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #25 on: June 16, 2016, 07:10:18 PM »
Must be sold.
Oh well. I still need to find a V8 Mustang II donor car.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2016, 06:16:56 AM »
No need to wait for an Mll.
Motor mounts are not hard to make.

I keep meaning to post up a set of headers for sale as well.
They were on an engine in a car, started , but never on the road.
Was going to have them ceramic coated before selling....... which will make them expensive , and not likely sell ?
Small budget ? I posted the part numbers of exhaust manifolds that work...... someplace ! LOL

Custom headers are super expensive here in Canada.
Nothing to spend 3500.00 or more.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2016, 03:50:08 PM »
I've been enjoying the car as it is. And I even took it to a local show and shine. I can't believe how many people want to stop and share their Pinto stories. Seems everyone has a Pinto story.
The little "disposable" car attracted more attention than a new Shelby Mustang parked across from it.

The car looks stunning but as you can see I am partial:


I have owned this car since 2004 when I found it in a scrap yard the way you see it here. The only thing i have done was a new cylinder head, wheels and rear spoiler. It has been a perfect car for 11 years never needing any work. The interior is also like new. On its last road trip to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, the car averaged 44mpg and passes CA smog at a PZEV level. I cannot speak more highly of this little guy.
Oh and for some reason this car keeps getting used in movies and commercials. Here is the last finished one:
I have many Pintos, I like them....
#1. 1979 Wagon V6 Restored
#2. 1977 Wagon V6 Restored
#3. 1980 Sedan I4 Original
#4. 1974 Pangra Wagon I4 Turbo
#5. 1980 Wagon I4 Restored
#6. 1976 Bobcat Squire Hatchback (Restoring)
...Like i said, I like them.
...and I have 4 Fiats.

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Re: Finally found a Pinto
« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2016, 07:48:35 PM »
The car looks stunning but as you can see I am partial:


I have owned this car since 2004 when I found it in a scrap yard the way you see it here. The only thing i have done was a new cylinder head, wheels and rear spoiler. It has been a perfect car for 11 years never needing any work. The interior is also like new. On its last road trip to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, the car averaged 44mpg and passes CA smog at a PZEV level. I cannot speak more highly of this little guy.
Oh and for some reason this car keeps getting used in movies and commercials. Here is the last finished one:


Now that is pretty cool!