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Building 74 ford pinto looking for ideas
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:15:31 PM »
Building 74 ford pinto looking for ideas
 Here is my plan I want to build a pinto coupe that could have a real option from ford had thing and decisions gone a little different. I have built a 390 Windsor running about 390 hp with Holley carb and a c4 trains. I want some ideas the interior and exterior trim options would appropriate for the era badging paint scheme so on inside, outside, in in the engine compartment, wheels , tires, rear end gear,
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Re: Building 74 ford pinto looking for ideas
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2013, 09:50:32 AM »
If you actually have a '390' that is a FE engine & not a Windsor. The 390 weight is about 650# compared to 460# for a 302. Also it is quite large. Good luck fitting that into a stock Pinto engine compartment.
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Re: Building 74 ford pinto looking for ideas
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2013, 10:17:59 AM »
it is a Windsor it started life as a 351w in a 83 ltd wagon

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Building 74 ford pinto looking for ideas
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2013, 01:05:21 PM »
We put a 351w in a 76 mustangII and a 302 in our 76 pinto, the increased deck height creates a lot of clearance issues you won't have with a 302. If you want my opinion stick with the small Windsor platform. Also look for the small bell housing C4 like in the mustangII v8 cars.
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Re: Building 74 ford pinto looking for ideas
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2013, 01:11:42 PM »
If you actually have a '390' that is a FE engine & not a Windsor. The 390 weight is about 650# compared to 460# for a 302. Also it is quite large. Good luck fitting that into a stock Pinto engine compartment.

'Windsor'...a man knows when he has an FE. ;) Hopefully. lol My first Ford motor was a 390...damn intake weighed 100 lbs, I swear. lol Tried to pick it up out of my Galaxie's engine bay single-handedly...my back's been screwed ever since...I was 13 then, now 32. lol

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2013, 01:14:27 PM »
Also...the width...it just wouldn't fit!!!!! lol

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Re: Building 74 ford pinto looking for ideas
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2013, 02:00:26 PM »
why not go small and modern. bigger4 or v6 to hell with manufacture,today were getting more then decent numbers out of these little engines stock.vortech 4.3 is 289hp same can be said with trans.i have been doing this type thing for 27 yrs. i quick mention of projects 64 mg 22r Toyota power 66 vw transportter74 Cadillac 502 73datsun p'u235 Buick 68 vw beetle 87 olds quad 4. i dont have any fab skills and only been welding for 2yrs just hit Craigslist ads because you want to be able to get the donor whole