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pinto_one:
I very much agree with Dick , install a turbo 2.3 , do not cut anything ,

Wittsend:
Even a 2.3 is a very tight fit for a 71-73. Of late 65 Shelby Cobra and myself (wittsend) have done them. Lots to glean form others trials. I did a two part "So you want to build a Turbo Pinto" post that you can find herehttp://www.fordpinto.com/general-pinto-talk/so-you-want-to-build-a-turbo-pinto-part-1/msg76893/#msg76893 .  Part II is linked at the end of Part I.

Whatever you do make sure you can in fact do it. The frustration for die hard Pinto people is to hear of yet one more Pinto with its heart ripped out, sitting outside to rust because the owner abandoned the project. But if you are willing, capable and committed all the best.

john hamilton:
I've considered the turbo 2.3 but haven't decided yet.  I'll have it planned out before I do anything.  Here is the MGB GT V8 I built from a bare tub.  Some cutting and welding involved, so anything is possible.

Reeves1:
V8 not hard...... I have several topics on it. Plus others have topics....

Parts: http://www.fordpinto.com/parts-resources-here-is-where-you-can-find-this-or-that/various-parts/

Wittsend:

--- Quote from: john hamilton on June 11, 2017, 11:28:25 PM ---I've considered the turbo 2.3 but haven't decided yet.  I'll have it planned out before I do anything.  Here is the MGB GT V8 I built from a bare tub.  Some cutting and welding involved, so anything is possible.

--- End quote ---

Nice car. You obviously have the skills to do the job.

 Ironic, I have a friend who in the 70's had a Spearco (turbo 2.0) Pinto. The turbo died and he did swap to a 289 V-8.  He also had a MGB that was a slalom car with a Turbo 2.0 Pinto motor.  The V-8 swap proved to have a lot of problems and he got rid of it. The MGB he crashed testing it out in the California desert roads. Not a happy ending to either.  Today he drives a 50 Chevy 4 door with a stock 235 six.

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