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Re: My pandemic project!
« Reply #90 on: July 29, 2021, 03:09:19 PM »
The more I drive it, the better it is running. I drove it 622 miles total last week at the Pinto Stampede using the seafoam.  I, however, had a problem with the idle pulley and the AC clutch during the trip home.  The belt was removed and it ran beautifully.  As AC compressor replacement was done at the shop (as I did not want to deal with the freon etc.), I scheduled an appointment for the second week in August to have it looked at again, as I feel the AC clutch is not working properly and the idle pulley probably should be replaced. We shall see.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the Pinto Stampede, meeting the people, seeing the cars, and touring the sights, despite the "Monsoon weather" we had!  The show day was the only day it did not rain, but the grassy knoll was rather soggy!  ;-) To my surprise and delight, it won an award for Best of Show!  We also toured the Rousch Factory, Snookie's car museum, Wagner's Auto collection, and the retired Ford Global Division executive, Mike Bernard's personal car collection. Impressive!!! Once I get the opportunity, I will post some pics.

Hope all is well at your end!

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Dan
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Re: My pandemic project!
« Reply #91 on: July 29, 2021, 11:38:13 PM »
Hey Dan,

Frankly, I'm not the least bit surprised that your Squire wagon won "Best of Show" - it is in phenomenal condition! 

Glad to hear you enjoyed the Pinto Stampede and am anxiously awaiting those pictures!!!

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« Reply #92 on: July 30, 2021, 09:07:59 PM »
I've read your project beginning to end. I agree with post 81 or 82, you've done all the right things. I am fascinated at how quickly you got everything accomplished. You commented on having the new carpet installed. Can carpet kits still be found for a Pinto? Mine is a '74 Runabout. Should I check with the outfit that did your visors? And, you got your tires from Coker?

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« Reply #93 on: August 01, 2021, 05:02:53 PM »
Hi PintoRoy!

I got my carpets through SMS Auto Fabrics, who subcontracted it to ACC carpets. If your carpets are of typical colors like black, red, etc., you would be best advised to cut out SMS and deal with ACC directly to circumvent the markups…in my situation, I had the hard to find Vaquero colored interior, so it was worth the markup to get a better color match as they have the capability to order colors that may not be as readily available.

As for the visors, SMS had the same said colors in the factory correct Tier vinyl fabric. They carry all factory colors. I would recommend them for that service…with a caveat…if you are seeking black, save your cash by going with those available online as they are half the price. Other than black, SMS is the way to go. Let me know what color you are seeking, and I will do my best to find the link for you.

As for the tires, Coker is who I went with as they had them in stock with the WSW tires that I wanted as I am more of a purist…if black walls are what you are seeking, they have those as well but you might find them for less elsewhere…but as I have said before, I was amazed out of all the parts I sought for, the tires was the most elusive for me! When I speak with others, they have shared my sentiments as well… what size are you hoping for? I can try to look around for availability for ya?

As for the speed of my project…a lot has to do with having more time during the pandemic, and the motivation to get it ready for the Pinto Stampede. The stampede was almost the biggest carrot that I ever had as a motivator! Chuckling…

Thanks Dewayne for your kind words, and I will try to get those pictures posted by tomorrow…

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Dan
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« Reply #94 on: August 02, 2021, 08:19:51 AM »
I am not necessarily a purist Dan, but I do appreciate a good stock restoration project. I tend to like to have personal touches to my vehicles, whether they be performance oriented, or comfort oriented (or both), sometimes with some mild bodywork modifications.
I have not yet decided which tire size I want, but would like something just a little wider than stock.  I checked that Facebook ad that you sent me a link to on my project thread. I was pleased to see that if I so choose, I can find 14" and even 15" 4 bolt rims. That would open up a larger selection of tires.
As for my interior, I began going black when the car got painted white in the middle '80s. The current carpet is a red/orange shag house carpet left over from a home remodel my parents did in the mid-late '80s. I have black door panels, kick panels, and luggage side panels. The headliner and dash pad are the original avocado green. Dash pad was the first thing I replaced when I bought the car in 81, I bought it the original green at the time, and later as I began charging colors, I painted it black, and also put a dash carpet cover over it. It should still be in decent shape if it has not gotten dry and brittle.

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Re: My pandemic project!
« Reply #95 on: August 18, 2021, 09:56:01 PM »
Quite the story on your wagon. I noticed the Ohio plates. Nice to see another Ohio Pinto owner. Just got myself a squire wagon, although the way it looks you can't call it much of a wagon. More of an embarrassment on wheels lol. I have an 80 runabout in the garage that will give some parts before I sell it. Yours though is somewhat helpful. I'll for sure keep that woodgrain company in mind once my body gets to where it'll be worthy of higher priced vinyl. For now... Dollar tree contact paper. It'll at least look better than what's on it.  Any other plans for your car or just enjoying it now?
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Re: My pandemic project!
« Reply #96 on: September 08, 2021, 12:09:39 AM »
Yes, I am about twenty minutes from you per your profile info.

I just replaced the p/s pump and p/s hoses, idle pulley, and the AC clutch. I am behind with my forum/blog as for adding narratives and pictures…I will try to catch up soon!

Contact paper is definitely a cheaper route to take. I saw another red 1974 Pinto Squire wagon at the Pinto Stampede, and that owner used contact paper. The color was pretty good match, not perfect but only Pinto owners would know the difference. He told me it lasted for a couple of years before it struck and bubbled up. If you keep it as a fair weather car, you might get away for several more years…the advantage of contact paper is that it is not permanent, so you can just peel it off and reapply another…the trim pieces that surround the wood siding is much more of a challenge due to the indentations and curvature…the 3M stuff was difficult to apply so I would imagine it would be nearly impossible to get the contact paper to adhere!

If you need help to locate trim pieces or parts, let me know! If you need motivation, let me know and I’ll bring my Squire over…

Happy Motoring!
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« Reply #97 on: September 08, 2021, 10:39:48 AM »
Thanks! Always good to get encouragement. Right now I’d be happy if the seats weren’t falling through the floor. She’s very rough. Seeing yours is inspirational and eventually I will be doing ac in it. You know how our weather is. 10 months of winter, construction, and hot as shizod with about 2 weeks of nice weather . I saved the name of the company that did your vinyl work and am familiar with plain city so I’ll let them do the trim. That’ll of course be later down the road when it’s better to look at. Wouldn’t mind going to the shriner’s car show if they have it again. Been a few years since I went to it.


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« Reply #98 on: September 09, 2021, 10:50:27 AM »
What color is your interior? I may have some interior pieces that might be helpful. If you are looking for replacement floor pans, I would reach out to dismantling yards in the SW part of the county like Arizona.  As for reproductions, there aren't any...but it would be worth while to check out Ford Mustang reproduction parts catalogs and try to get the closest match that you could find as they both share the same fox platform.

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« Reply #99 on: September 09, 2021, 04:27:00 PM »
I have a 1980 runabout I will cut the floor out of and use it. As for reproduction pans they have been made for about a year and are approx $100 per section. All but one section of my floor is good.
My interior is red, and except for the seats the interior isn't bad. I do need to take care of new carpet, headliner, and seats. The plastic panels though aren't bad. ui
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