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Just SHOOT ME!! Starting another Pinto project, a '73 this time :)
« on: September 16, 2011, 05:14:31 PM »
OK, I bit the bullet & picked up this '73 trunk model for $700.
 


 
It was a Florida car & has mint floors, frame, rockers, nearly rust free doors & fenders but has a little rot in the quarters but nothing beyond pinholes & it's mainly the drivers side. It's almost a shame I have to cut the floor for framerails & tubs.
 
The interior has EXP seats, no rear seat & a button tuck headliner..... .Eeeeewwwww!!
 
The engine, a built 2.0 & 4 speed were taken out 16 years ago for a V8 swap that never happened & it also comes with 2.3 which I happened to need for one of my dunebuggies. The 2.0 comes with a header(still in car) , an Offy 4 barrel intake & an adjustable cam gear. There's rumor of a cam as well as some porting but I wont know till I tear into it. This may find its way into another of my buggies as well.
 
I needed another Pinto project like I need migraine headaches.
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Re: Just SHOOT ME!! Starting another Pinto project, a '73 this time :)
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011, 08:33:28 PM »
Well wouldn't you know it...... I have a built 302w & T-5 that I'm pulling out soon ! LOL !
(to be replaced with a BOSS 302 & T-10)
Only about 600 miles on the engine !

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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011, 09:05:11 PM »
I wish I had the money to spare. My 302 has about 60K miles on it as does the trans. but it will get me rolling for awhile. I've got a .500 lift cam to pep it up & a tunnel ram with 390 Holley's to dress it up a bit.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011, 09:20:41 PM »
I dug a few of the parts out that will find their way onto this car down the road & snapped some pix. All I need now is some time to get to it all.
 
Here's the intake with the 390's sitting on it.
 


 
Here's the 11" Granada rotors I got from Advance Auto Parts with the Wilwood Dynalite polished calipers I plan to run. I will need to fabricate caliper brackets but that really isn't too hard to do. I need the Wilwood master cylinder because I also have 11" Wilwood rear disc's for the 9" rear I need to narrow.
 

 

 
I also took a shot of the 29/15/15 M/T SR rear tires I plan to run. The 26/8/15 in the pic are way too big for the front so tomorrow I'm picking up a pair of 24/5/15 SR's to run on the Centerline 3.5" wheels I have.
 

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Re: Just SHOOT ME!! Starting another Pinto project, a '73 this time :)
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2011, 09:32:00 PM »
Eye candy, that intake !

Wanna part with it ?  :lol:

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2011, 10:22:26 PM »
Eye candy, that intake !

Wanna part with it ?  :lol:

That wont fit a Boss anyhow  ;)  Actually I gotta get it powdercoated chrome still to go with the chrome bowls & polished scoop. I got outbid on 2 different Weiand mini-blowers & I just said "screw it" & went tunnel ram instead.
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Re: Just SHOOT ME!! Starting another Pinto project, a '73 this time :)
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2011, 05:13:12 AM »
Actually, the B2 I'm getting has a Shelby two 4 intake already.

I have a dumb idea floating around my head I should build a second Pinto. I already have the 302w with T-5. I bought a set of motor mounts for a 71-73 Pinto. I had been in touch with a couple fellows that have headers (if memory serves, they were not sure what year they were for ?)
I also have a line on two 9" locker diffs.

The 302w I have has stock heads. They would need replacing..... ..

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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2011, 08:31:41 AM »
That's how I ended up with 4 Pinto's. I wanted one for a driver with a V8 & the '80 hatch was just too nice to tear up so I'm gonna keep the 2300 in her & make it my 11 year olds 1st car.
 
I bought the '78 coupe to put all my V8 parts on but once I dug into it I realized it made a better parts car due to the hidden rust I found. I paid $800 for it which is $300 too much but I will use or sell nearly every part of the car by the time I'm through.
 
I bought the '79 V8 car because it was too good of a deal to pass on but it isn't what I want & I'd be insane to change everything on the car to turn it into what I want so I'll drive it till the '73 is on the road then sell it after I make a few improvements to it.
 
I've seen the '73 on Craigslist for over a month but I just couldnt bring myself to buy a 4th Pinto project so I ignored it but it was an hour from my house so I just had to go see it. It's an ugly mother but it's clean & well worth the $700 I paid for it. I may even put the 2.0 & 4 speed back in it & drive it around for a while so I dont lose interest.
 
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2012, 09:23:26 PM »
I forgot I started a thread for my '73. Now that I bought the '76 wagon I'm not as pressed to get the '80 on the road & since I'm digging into this one once Callisto is rolling I'm guessing next fall is when I'll hit this one hard.
 
I was at Summit today & found a Milodon 30926 oil pan on the scratch & dent table. It's for the 351W but dimensionally it's identical to the 30925 pan other than leaving room to clear the larger main caps. I figure if I use the 302 pickup with this pan I'm good to go.
 
 
 
Found a Ram 434 pressure plate 3 weeks ago in clearance for 40 bucks that fits my T-5 so all I need is a good 10 spline disc to go with it.
 

 
Check the glass parts off my want list & I'm getting a serious bug to put this one together.
 

 
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« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2012, 08:26:21 PM »
I found this set of Wilwood brakes 140-10440-BD on Summit's clearance table for $400 bucks. I really didn't need them but that was too cheap to pass up. I already had Granada rotors & a set of Wilwood calipers for this car. I think I'll use the rotors on my wagon & run the GM metric calipers I have on 'em & save the Wilwood calipers for another day.
 
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2013, 07:50:04 PM »
I stumbled into the deal of a lifetime yesterday. A guy said he had a couple of NOS Pinto bumpers in his rafters if I wanted to take a look. $100 bucks got me a pair of early rears, one with holes & one smooth.
 
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2014, 10:41:04 AM »
I haven't touched this car for 2 years & had no plans to since it wasn't going to be needed anytime soon. That changed recently when I decided to get it running & press it into service for my stepson. He needs a car &  I found a clean 72 sedan to replace this car so it's perfect for him.
 
I picked up a low mileage 2.0 & auto trans a few months ago that are perfect for this car.
 

 
The cover came off for the 1st time in a year & we dug in. I have him sanding the old paint off the fenders & wire wheeling the engine compartment in preparation for paint & assembly work.
 

 

 
I found a little rust hidden behind the drivers fender that's an easy fix but no surprises. I decided to keep the 4 wheel drum brakes so I bought a new master cylinder, 4 new wheel cylinders, new hoses, brake shoes & all new hardware for them. I also have a rebuilt rack & pinion, wheel bearings, tie rod ends & boxes of other parts to R&R this car.
 
I'll swap the clutch pedal into my 72 & put the auto pedal & shifter in here. I already installed the sport wheel in it. I'm hoping to have it on the road by September but there's a lot to do.
 
 
 
Luckily I had rounded up most of the parts for this car ahead of time. I'm not using any NOS or mint parts incase it gets banged up. Both fenders will have dent repair, both doors & quarters will have patches welded due to rust & the hood has a few pinholes underneath.
 
I figure this way if it gets totaled (he totaled his mom's Cobalt already) I wont blow a gasket over flawless parts being destroyed. This is all stuff I would have tossed in the scrap pile anyhow. I figure I'll have about 3K in it & I'm gonna make him carry insurance that will pay me that 3K in the event of a wreck. 
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2014, 11:40:31 AM »
You really are a glutton for punishment. ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2014, 12:18:27 PM »
You really are a glutton for punishment. ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2014, 10:47:20 PM »
Had my stepson take most of the paint off the fenders so I could get to work knocking out the dents & dings.
 

 
Both bottoms were folded under on the fenders & there were too many dents to count. No rust on them but they were loaded with bondo from all the dents.
 

 

 
I spent 5 hours with a hammer & dolly getting these as straight as possible.
 


 
They look amazing considering what I started with.
 

 
This was the worst of the dents. It had 3/4" of bondo in it & was caved in all the way to the marker light. It shouldn't take more than 1/16" of filler to make it perfect now. I wish I had a before pic.
 

 
You can also see the crease where it was folded under but it's flat now & shouldn't even need filler.
 

 
 
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2014, 07:39:11 AM »
Came out good,  8) wish I could do body work.. ::)
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2014, 10:59:29 AM »
Looks great! I love doing the bodywork :) Hate the greasy stuff!

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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2014, 12:09:06 PM »
Looks great! I love doing the bodywork :) Hate the greasy stuff!



Same here! :)
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2014, 12:11:54 PM »
Same here! :)

Now we just need to get Art to travel LOL
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« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2014, 12:14:31 PM »
Now we just need to get Art to travel LOL

Ain't that the truth?!?!? ;D
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2014, 12:16:54 PM »
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« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2014, 12:37:37 PM »
Now we just need to get Art to travel LOL
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« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2014, 11:34:29 PM »
I don't mind bodywork until I hit something like this.
 

 
The pinholes in the floor clued me in to a leaking vent but it turned out to be serious rust. This was a Florida car & never undercoated so a couple Ohio winters took it's toll on it.
 

 

 
I hated the idea of cutting the cowl off but I really had no choice. Luckily none if the areas will show when I weld it back together. I have some POR 15 & top coat on order & I'll weld in the metal from the 80 I cut apart since that vent area is clean. All the seam sealer is history too.
 

 
This car is gonna get driven & I didn't want to band aid it just to have to tear into it a couple years from now & fix it right.
 
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« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2014, 06:13:52 AM »
Ugly Yellow has rust under the cowl, though not that bad.
I was going to use a spot weld drill bit to remove the top.

Your way may be easier..... let me know how it goes.

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« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2014, 06:48:42 AM »
That sucks, but sometimes you don't know what's under it or inside of it. Well, you'll get it :)
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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2014, 07:48:32 AM »
Wow that sucks big time, I couldn't deal withat stuff, lol.. :o :o
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« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2014, 08:54:45 AM »
Ugly Yellow has rust under the cowl, though not that bad.
I was going to use a spot weld drill bit to remove the top.

Your way may be easier..... let me know how it goes.

Drilling out the spot welds was going to be an insane amount of work for a driver so I took the easy way out. Once it's welded back in none of the areas I cut will show anyhow. It's definitely a ton of work but I can't halfass it since it will need done right in a couple years no matter what I do.
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Re: Just SHOOT ME!! Starting another Pinto project, a '73 this time :)
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2014, 12:21:17 PM »
After sandblasting the swiss cheese showed it's extent. Luckily the one from the 79 I just scrapped was perfect.
 

 
I also cut out the rust on the drivers side under the cowl. It looks better now that the rust is gone.
 

 
Cut this section from the 79 to replace it.
 

 
I still have some minor trimming but it's close. Once I get all the metal replaced I'll POR15 the heck out of it.
 
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Re: Just SHOOT ME!! Starting another Pinto project, a '73 this time :)
« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2014, 10:54:19 PM »
Got the corner welded in today. Some of my welding looks like crap but it will all be hidden anyhow.
 

 

 

 
After welding I got to blasting everything clean.
 

 

 

 
Tomorrows agenda will be POR 15 & more seam sealer. I did some areas already that had been clean from blasting.
 

 

 
I'm busting my tail on this one but my OCD still forces me to overkill it on every step.
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Re: Just SHOOT ME!! Starting another Pinto project, a '73 this time :)
« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2014, 12:13:10 PM »
LOL, I think we all overkill :)

Looking good though!
Vehicles:

- 1972 Plymouth Duster (To be a Pro Street)
- 1973 Ford Pinto wagon (registered ride 195)
- 1976 Mustang II mini-stock
- 1978 Mustang King Cobra II
- 1979 Ford Pinto Runabout
- 1986 Chevy K5 Blazer
- 1997 Suzuki Marauder

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