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1980 Wagon Project!
« on: September 28, 2012, 09:25:24 PM »
Hey everyone! I got my first Pinto this week. It's an 80 wagon that I picked up for $700. It looks rough but it's very solid and almost rust free. It also runs super good. I've wanted a classic car for quite some time but could never justify it because of gas mileage issues but this has done the trick! I have a big list of stuff I wanna do but it'll all get done. Slowly but surely  ;D







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Re: 1980 Wagon Project!
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2012, 11:34:16 PM »
Oh you will enjoy the wagon for sure. They are all little diamonds in the rough.

I have a 79

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 11:40:34 PM »
Thanks! And yep! I've always loved the look of the wagons and got lucky running across this one. I'm trying to find a 74-78 front clip for it though... which is easier said than done haha
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 11:47:38 PM »
I'm not sure where your from but check with Fred Morgan here on the site. He is our resident parts man. Last count he had 18 parts cars! Great guy, also.
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Re: 1980 Wagon Project!
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2012, 11:52:53 PM »
Awesome, thank you. I'm in north Alabama. Also, I'm considering getting some Cruiser Wagon porthole panels as I have a chance to get some for $100
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2012, 11:57:09 PM »
I worked up in North Alabama Courtland, Decature and Hunstville.. Pretty country for sure. There is a guy in Mccallister OK. that had or has a crusin wagon for sale or parts. Contact OkiePinto. He's here on the site as well.
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2012, 07:33:33 PM »
Ahh, yep. I'm kinda close to Huntsville. And cool. Hopefully I'll get to slap a coat of primer on her this week!
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Re: 1980 Wagon Project!
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2012, 08:36:12 PM »
Jonah,
She looks like a good find...

I live in Madison- love the area- Grew up in Huntsville.  Small world...
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2012, 10:07:01 PM »
Woah, it really is. I actually got the car in Hazel Green. I live in Blountsville almost at the Cullman county line.
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2012, 10:51:33 PM »
My wife was born in Birmingham but she spent part of her childhood in Huntsville too!  That would have been in the 1960's.
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2012, 10:54:00 PM »
Nice! It really is a small world haha
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2012, 05:01:57 PM »
Today is exhaust day! This should be fun..  :D
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2012, 07:56:55 PM »
Got it done! I used a Dynomax Super Turbo muffler. It's so quiet haha. Now you can't really hear exhaust from the cab but you can hear every little rattle.
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1980 Wagon Project!
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2012, 11:39:28 AM »
I worked in cull man one summer I wish I could move their we were doing a job for mcGriff industries I think, seems like they owned everything in town. Since you are in Alabama Tammy and I are in Ms. We need to setup some sorta redneck stampeede!
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Re: 1980 Wagon Project!
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2012, 11:08:36 PM »
Hi all! I know it's been quite a while since I last posted. I've been really busy but have been able to get quite a lot done to the Pinto! Including new carpet, some decent paint and some cruiser side panels! Still have a lot of work to do but she's getting there. Unfortunately I broke one of the rear windows today removing it for the panels :/











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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2012, 11:11:49 PM »
She does still have a grill btw haha.
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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2013, 10:59:18 PM »
Finally got around to installing the panels!



On a side note, I'm about to start working on a rack to carry my 78 Schwinn-Twinn that I'm restoring

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Re: 1980 Wagon Project!
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2013, 11:27:59 AM »
Thanks! And yep! I've always loved the look of the wagons and got lucky running across this one. I'm trying to find a 74-78 front clip for it though... which is easier said than done haha

Well if you were closer to me I would do a swap as I have a 77 that I am gonna be scrapping & have an 80 I'm gonna be saving.
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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2013, 05:17:33 PM »
Well if you were closer to me I would do a swap as I have a 77 that I am gonna be scrapping & have an 80 I'm gonna be saving.


I wish I could man.  That'd be a good deal haha
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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2013, 05:36:56 PM »
i`m in hazel green !!!! how`d you get that car away from me ? honestly i`m suprised i never spotted it anywhere as i cruise every road in hazel green regularly ...

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« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2013, 09:22:50 PM »
I don't know! haha. It was the guys wifes driver. I called him like 5 minutes after he posted it, went straight up and bought it.
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2013, 11:23:24 PM »
I finally found a new front clip! It's off a 77. I'm gonna pretty much strip thhe car it's coming from though. I passed up the one Yesterday cause I didn't wanna put in as much work as it would require. I hate to see the other car sit there though. If any of you want the guys number I can give it to you. Last price I got was $400. Been sitting 10+ years
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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2013, 09:30:55 AM »
From_Jonah how did you install the cruising wagon panels ? How is your blind spots ? The reason why is I have some rust around the rear side window and I can not find any seals.The window can be removed so I can weld the sheet metal but without a good seal I'm stuck...This is the only rust out spot I have on the car....Everyth ing else is just surface rust..I have looked at the panels as a fix but I'm not sure as to what I need for the swap or how to mount the panels.The car is a 1976 Pinto Wagon

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« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2013, 05:15:59 PM »
They just screw in on the ends from the outside and you'll have to drill holes on the inside window frame as there is screws there too. In place of the original seals on the panels, I used Duct Tape brand window seal. If you don't have a passenger mirror then the blind spot is awful... of course I'm also blind in that eye so that has a little to do with it.  ;D but the panels don't bother me at all on the drivers side
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« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2013, 11:39:55 PM »
Thanks for the info...You have to remove the glass window before you install the panels right ?

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« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2013, 07:44:06 AM »
No problem. And yessir. That part wasn't as easy as it seemed.
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« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2013, 12:03:02 PM »
This has been one busy week for the Pinto.. who has since received the name Guenavere. I got the front end swapped on and it's getting ready for new paint! Still have a lot of prep work to do. I'm going later in the week to get the rear bumper off the 77, the passenger door and the hatch. The  new wheels that are on the back are 15s. I have the full set just no tires on the front yet. Once I get the tires on front I'm probably gonna lower the rear end a tad.

As you can see, my moms cat really enjoys the Pinto  ::)













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« Reply #27 on: February 03, 2013, 03:11:14 PM »
The car looks nakey without a rear bumper lol. Seriously though it looks really good. Can't even tell it was an 80. Are you needing a grille for the car?
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« Reply #28 on: February 03, 2013, 04:04:18 PM »
Thanks! And Yeah it does haha. I thought I wanted a rollpan but I don't like it all that much. But I like it better than the ugly '80 bumpers. But yep, I do!
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