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« Reply #60 on: April 22, 2021, 11:28:58 AM »
Tire blowout pictures...
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« Reply #61 on: April 22, 2021, 11:36:16 AM »
Blown tire damage pics (con't); note the screws for the mud flap that was torn off...
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« Reply #62 on: April 22, 2021, 11:41:15 AM »
Here's the completed woodgrain restoration and touched up rear fender-well...See earlier pics for NOS OEM wire wheel covers that I added.  These are of the original wheel covers that came with the car.  Vote which wheel covers you like better!  ;-)
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« Reply #63 on: April 22, 2021, 12:28:42 PM »
The tires were the among the most challenging part to locate due to the limited availability of 13 inch tires, and more so as white walls!


I went through that a few years ago myself, and I can't imagine it's gotten any easier! 

I DEFINITELY vote for the NOS wire wheel covers.

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« Reply #64 on: April 22, 2021, 04:40:42 PM »
You're car looks great Dan! All you're hard work has definitely paid off!

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« Reply #65 on: May 21, 2021, 03:44:53 PM »
Yeah, I can hear you saying, "...where the heck have you been?"  My apologies, as I ramped up my pandemic project, as I can see the Pinto Stampede's 50th anniversary of the Pinto show is fast approaching! 

I got a lot done in the last several weeks. I addressed the main seal leak between the transmission and engine block, and while I was at it, I decided to send the transmission for a rebuild.  I figured I would not want to deal with it later, and it had an minor issue of slipping when cold. While it was at the local transmission shop, the oil pan was dropped to clean, repaint, and replace the gasket. The flywheel was checked and looks to be in very good condition with no missing teeth and minimal wear, if any could be detected. I also was pleased to find that there was no rust in the transmission tunnel, due to the Ziebart Rustproofing being applied when new.  The steering rack was replaced with a Cardone brand remanufactured power steering rack purchased from NAPA. I also replaced the universal joints on the drive-shaft before reconnecting to the rebuilt transmission. Lastly, tackled the dreaded heater core project, whereas I replaced it with a NOS OEM heater core with brass fittings (purchased from a guy who brought out a defunct Ford Dealership). I probably could have done it without unbolting the dashboard, but I wanted to see how it all came together...wha t a job that was! 

The next two things to do is to have it re-aligned at a tire shop due to the new steering rack, and to repair the factory AC.  The AC wasn't a priority for me during the winter, but I should have made it a priority as it is now 87 degrees with a forecast of 91 next Tuesday!  Yikes! I ordered a new compressor and dryer from O'Reilly's Auto parts, which was described to be identical to the old.  It will be on the 134a refrigerant. It is scheduled to arrive by next Tuesday, the hottest day of the week.  Due to the Freon and my lack of knowledge with ACs, I plan to have it installed by an Auto Air Conditioner specialist here in Columbus.

Okay, fingers crossed as I upload the pictures...
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« Reply #66 on: May 21, 2021, 03:46:56 PM »
Look at the rust-free transmission tunnel and shift linkage!  It had Ziebart Rustproofing applied when new.
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« Reply #67 on: May 21, 2021, 03:53:27 PM »
Rebuilt transmission installed...
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« Reply #68 on: May 21, 2021, 03:56:26 PM »
Rack and Pinion Steering Rack, old and new;
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« Reply #69 on: May 21, 2021, 03:57:45 PM »
Drive shaft awaiting for new universal joint to arrive...
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« Reply #70 on: May 21, 2021, 04:00:06 PM »
Before and after picture of the oil pan which was removed to replace gasket and to be repainted; note new steering rack.
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« Reply #71 on: May 21, 2021, 04:02:50 PM »
Removal of valve cover to inspect valves, inner parts, replace gaskets and repaint. Timing belt cover was removed as well for new timing belt and will be repainted.
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« Reply #72 on: May 21, 2021, 04:05:42 PM »
Dismantling dash to access the heater box and core; replaced with NOS OEM heater core with brass fittings.  Note new carpet, shift bezel, and re-dyed steering column plastic pieces.
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« Reply #73 on: May 21, 2021, 04:09:42 PM »
Closer look at heater box assembly...
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« Reply #74 on: May 22, 2021, 12:25:49 AM »
Wow!  Dismantling the dash is NOT for the faint of heart!  You're doing an amazing job on your Squire and once you're on the road with the Stampede, you will appreciate your efforts more than ever.  Glad you're back; missed you!

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« Reply #75 on: May 25, 2021, 03:12:52 PM »
Yippee!  My feared nightmare did not come true!  As you may recall several months ago that the auto-shipping company damaged my front valance panel while loading or unloading my Pinto when it was shipped here from Florida? I looked high and low for a replacement without success, even with using the OEM part number. Many dismantling yards that had Pintos did not have one as they tend to be the damaged piece or already removed from the car. So, I looked into having a reproduction fiberglass mold made from my original broken piece. I found a fabricator who was willing to do the project, as he was seeking one for himself and needed a good piece to reproduce a mold from. Most fabricators did not want to touch it, or felt it would be unprofitable for them to take it on.

Despite the lukewarm reviews on YELP, I was at end of my wits, I decided to gamble and then worried for a couple of months after shipping it off to Canada, wondering if I would ever see it again. Needless to say, I worried over nothing, as I was very pleased with his workmanship, communication, and the end product. Whew!!! He made me two complete with tabs to be drilled to line up with mounting brackets/holes. It proven to be a perfect fit!  It was not prepped for paint, per my directions, as I wanted to have it done locally.  If you are seeking a front valance panel for 1979 or 1980 Ford Pinto, he would make one for you using the mold that he created from mine. I do not know what he would charge you as he did it for me at no cost as I allowed him to use mine to create a mold as he felt there is a need for this part. I was very pleased...

His name is Rob and his business is Showcars Unlimited in Foxboro, Ontario. He has a rudimentary website where you can contact him.  He also makes spoilers, hood scoops, and other fiberglass parts. I have not personally been to his shop or seen his other parts other than what is shown online. He was pleasant during my communications with him, and was clear in what he would do or not do.

The following pictures shows an array of views.  The damaged valance panel (broken end cap and bolt holes), the bracket points on the radiator support bar in the middle, end holes in the fenders on the side, and the test-installation of the new valance panel (taken before prep and painting as flat-black like OEM).
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« Reply #76 on: May 25, 2021, 03:14:31 PM »
more pics...
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« Reply #77 on: May 25, 2021, 03:19:11 PM »
The following shows the damaged end piece of the old valance and the mounting points on the fenders and radiator support beam...
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« Reply #78 on: May 25, 2021, 03:20:47 PM »
damaged end piece of the old valance panel...
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« Reply #79 on: June 04, 2021, 07:20:00 AM »
The sun-visors that I shipped to SMS Auto Fabrics in Oregon for restoration has finally been shipped back!  They were really back-logged, as I gave them the visors last October, and it's now June!  ;-)  It should arrive by next Tuesday, which I cannot wait!  The sun in my eyes is not all that pleasant, although I love the warmth it brings us!

They e-mailed me a picture of the restored visors which looked nice.  It is done using the NOS OEM Tier material in Vaquero color. I inquired about the hardware that I had sent with the visors, as it was missing from the photograph.  They said that it was already packed for shipping, and wasn't included in the snapshot.  I hope so, as I sent them everything including the mounting and the rubber end tab per directions. I will send additional pictures once it arrives and is installed. It is very easy installation.. .just three screws on one end and plugging in the other end piece to the dome light fixture.

Despite the interior being in a very good condition and the headliner looks as if it is new, albeit original to the car, the sun visors looks worse for the wear.  I think it is due to having a number of clip-ons (i.e. vanity mirrors, tinted sun-screen shield, religious ornamentations) that trapped the moist humidity of Florida weather.  Surprisingly, there is no mold or odor to be found in the car, other than the visors.

Here are the before and after pictures:

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« Reply #80 on: June 06, 2021, 12:12:47 PM »
They should look fantastic installed in the car!!!

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« Reply #81 on: June 27, 2021, 06:25:24 AM »
Your Pinto is looking great.  You are doing the right things:  repair/replace while you have already done the labor to get to it...for instance rebuild the tranny while you have it out for the seal replacement, and get the new u-joints done while the driveshaft is out.  Great job!
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« Reply #82 on: July 02, 2021, 02:20:02 PM »
The sun-visors that I shipped to SMS Auto Fabrics in Oregon for restoration has finally been shipped back!  They were really back-logged, as I gave them the visors last October, and it's now June!  ;-)  It should arrive by next Tuesday, which I cannot wait!  The sun in my eyes is not all that pleasant, although I love the warmth it brings us!

They e-mailed me a picture of the restored visors which looked nice.  It is done using the NOS OEM Tier material in Vaquero color. I inquired about the hardware that I had sent with the visors, as it was missing from the photograph.  They said that it was already packed for shipping, and wasn't included in the snapshot.  I hope so, as I sent them everything including the mounting and the rubber end tab per directions. I will send additional pictures once it arrives and is installed. It is very easy installation.. .just three screws on one end and plugging in the other end piece to the dome light fixture.


Good to know.....I did not know they did restoration work.  SMS is about a 5 min drive from my work.  I went there about 9 years ago to get some headliner material for my Saleen.  Might need to go back during lunch one day to see what all services they offer now. 
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« Reply #83 on: July 05, 2021, 06:46:12 AM »
They do door cards restorations, visors, and a few other things. I think they would do original seat covers as for the materials but you have to install it yourself…but not 100 percent sure. Log on their website and look up services. You can email them for a job you are seeking and they will tell you their quote if they offer that service. They do provide free samples for anything you ask for…nearly on everything. If you have a car that’s rare, they will replicate it by making it for you using your submitted materials. It’s not cheap, but if perfection is your goal….

As for the Pintos, they have all the materials for all model years.

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« Reply #84 on: July 07, 2021, 07:43:05 AM »
The A/C job is completed!  Whew, as the 90+ degree weather was killing me!  LOL...

I have a question...I am hearing impaired, making this difficult for me to assess the issue. Please bear with me.

I was told by my family that the Pinto's 2.3 engine has a tapping sound when first started and seems to get better in ten or fifteen minutes as the car warms up. My wife and girls are not car people, but they guessed it was coming from the top part of the engine??? What does this mean?  I looked at several websites, and the one for Ford Rangers that uses 2.3 litre engine stated this is a common problem caused by carbon buildup on the hydraulic lifters that is treated with either SeaFoam or Wynns Hydraulic Valve Lifter treatment additives. Is that true?  I don't want to cause additional damage using additives that i know nothing about, so I am looking for your advisements or thoughts.

The same websites discounted that the issue is not piston-slap or other mechanical issue as the noise dissipates after warming up. Does this make sense to you or not? They also stated that it is more of a nuisance rather than an ominous sign of mechanical failure as it goes away once warmed up. They seem to be confident that the above mentioned additives to clean out the carbon buildup would do the trick.  Should I put faith in that statement?

I know that the previous elderly owner did not drive the Pinto for more than a 100 miles a year for the last ten years after her friend gave her the car as an inheritance when she passed away.  I would suspect carbon buildup would be a likely scenario.  It runs better the more I drive it.

To recap what has been done...full tune up, oil change, new timing belt, new hoses, new coolant, new valve gaskets, new oil pan gaskets, and rebuilt transmission.

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« Reply #85 on: July 07, 2021, 11:13:25 AM »
My guess would be the lifter. Short of disassembling everything and still not likely being able to observe the exact cause I would try the additives. Modern oils are good at removing contaminants in the engine. Fresh oil helps. The "side effect" is that this "cleansing action" might also dislodge contaminates and cause the problem they are trying to prevent.

Was the oil change with a multi viscosity oil? If no it might be that until the oil warms up it isn't flowing as need at least in the case of the lifter that has issues.

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« Reply #86 on: July 07, 2021, 11:55:04 AM »
I'd start with adding a can of Seafoam to a tank of gasoline.  It's not going to hurt anything; I have used it in everything from Pintos to a Rolls-Royce at some point or another.

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« Reply #87 on: July 07, 2021, 06:23:13 PM »
around 600 miles ago i pulled the motor out of mine to freshen it up.rear main was leaking, among other things.while i had it out i slipped a new set of rod & main bearings in,all new seals and gaskets and a new set of lifters too.they were ok but had been in there for a while.got it back together and everything was great,until around 200 miles.it picked up a little lifter tic.but only happens when the motor reaches 180 deg.on hot days.at idle.when i start it up cold no problem.oil pressure 80 lbs cold.never goes under 40 lbs hot.so i pulled v-cover off every thing looked good,rolled motor over checking all the lash and found 1 lifter that would collapse a little by pushing down on the followers while on heel of cam lobes.so i replaced it with another new one.thought that was it-not- still doing exact same.it only does it on hot days above like 85 deg.in the morning and at night when its cool no tic.got me scratching my head.don't like workn on a hot motor...
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« Reply #88 on: July 10, 2021, 05:46:12 PM »
I went ahead and added the Seafoam (odd name if you ask me as no one would want to add saltwater to petrol!LOL)…I drove it the entire 270 beltway for a total of 57 miles. It ran well, and the more it is driven, the better it ran. I will try it for several tanks to see if it improves it by burning/ cleaning out the carbs. Fingers crossed! Thanks for all or your reassurances as it seems like snake oil, but many swears by it! 😀

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« Reply #89 on: July 10, 2021, 05:56:10 PM »
There are two ways of "attack" with a "mechanic in a can." One is in the fuel to hopefully clean valve stems that might be keeping the valve from closing completely thus increasing a gap and causing a tap (it can burn valves too). The other would be in the oil to to help free up a sticking lifter..., if that is the problem.