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Re: New project- 1977 Pinto squire
« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2021, 09:52:37 AM »
I did this just yesterday. I tried to remove the crankshaft pulleys from both of my engines to swap with each other, but found that I didn't have the correct puller to get the pulleys off. I instead checked RockAuto for alternators, and found a price, then called my local NAPA whse/store. NAPA's price was only $1 more, in stock, and included the same pully as the newer engine going into the car, PLUS a special weekend only 25% discount for AAA members--- SCORE!!!!

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Re: New project- 1977 Pinto squire
« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2021, 12:07:59 PM »

Although the car has a rusted out frame area I went ahead and finished what I started. I put the trash wheels and tires from the 80 on the car. Eventually I will get white walls but first things first. Fix the transmission leak, brakes, and address the severe rust I found. I will probably have to pay someone to weld in new and will cut up the 80 for parts. What I donít cut up will be sold but the entire floor will be used to fix the wagon as well as other parts. No love lost since I hated that car anyway.


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Re: New project- 1977 Pinto squire
« Reply #32 on: August 25, 2021, 09:35:09 PM »

Headlight died so I bought a new one. Even little things are good progress


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Re: New project- 1977 Pinto squire
« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2021, 07:44:09 AM »

 Even little things are good progress



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« Reply #34 on: August 26, 2021, 06:25:00 PM »

Thanks Dwayne itís nice to get little things done. Hereís the repair to the ring. Ideal no. Functional yes. I got the headlight from rockauto with the purchase of a magnet . I used some aluminum tape to hold it together so itís at least not as trashy broken. Eventually I will source a replacement since the Dorman replacement units donít fit well. I started pulling parts off the 80 and once all is pulled out of the interior I will get a blade in the grinder and start to cut on the floor and subframe. I will take all I can and sell what I donít. What doesnít sell will be scrapped. The 77 needs extensive repairs to the floors but canít explain it. Iím attached to it more than I ever was the 80. Honestly I never got attached to it and wished I bought the 78 wagon in North Carolina instead of the 80 hatch in Ohio. Oh well things happen for a reason.


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« Reply #35 on: August 31, 2021, 07:40:11 AM »

More minor yet necessary progress! I did some tinkering on the wiring. I went ahead and cut off the pig tail from the 1980 harness and spliced it. Now I have two parking lights. In all honesty Iím really afraid to tackle the floor but know I will have to. I canít sit in the car currently with that seat falling lol. The brake pedal on the 1980 goes to the floor so I will be starting to disassemble its brakes so I can scavenge parts including the newer left caliper, newer drums and other parts. I donít know that I will install those wheel cylinders even though they were replaced in 2018. Had an experience where I installed a wheel cylinder from another car that had one for a year. It blew out and killed brake shoes. I am cutting the car up so if anything I might keep those for spares in case one blows. I do have new in box already so Iím good regardless.


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Re: New project- 1977 Pinto squire
« Reply #36 on: September 01, 2021, 06:43:05 AM »
R4Pinto:  any chance that your windshield on the 80 is in good shape??   I need one for the Pintaroo (wagon->pickup conversion) and 79/80 windshields are hard to find.   I think you're in Ohio and I'm just a bit North of that border....

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« Reply #37 on: September 01, 2021, 06:44:54 AM »
R4Pinto:  any chance that your windshield on the 80 is in good shape??   I need one for the Pintaroo (wagon->pickup conversion) and 79/80 windshields are hard to find.   I think you're in Ohio and I'm just a bit North of that border....
There is 100% chance it is in good shape and 100% chance it will be sold to whomever is interested in it. Hit me up in PM. I can even take pics of it.


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Re: New project- 1977 Pinto squire
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2021, 06:06:52 PM »

Well I got the new pan gasket installed but disaster struck. The metal line at the transmission fractured. I now need to replace the line. I tell you I must need my head examined for fixing a rusty crusty 77 wagon and not the almost potentially not as crusty but still rusty 80 hatchback. It still had its share of rust. Oh well. Iíll get a pair of lines made so it wonít leak again.


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« Reply #39 on: September 09, 2021, 04:24:09 PM »
Electrical isn't as bad as I originally thought. The radio works intermittently, although it isn't the greatest. It has a short within, so I will be installing the radio I have in my 80 parts car. In my old 77 I had an 8 track but my 80 I had a cassette player with digital tuner. A radio I enjoyed. I will be installing that radio in the car, as well as the door speakers. I previously bought speaker grilles from a Ford Escort. I will paint them red and install them in the back of the car, so it has 4 speakers. For now I'll use the speaker box that I bought for another car. It will go in behind the back seat. Or maybe I will emulate my parents old wagon and have some generic speakers in the back lol.

Future upgrades will include a/c and maybe a 2.8V6. This weekend I will pull the transmission line so I can bend a new one and reinstall it. The copper lines are easy to bend so I will get those.
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« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2021, 07:37:23 PM »

The gas cap looked so out of place. Is it perfect? Nope but much better. I also started doing some repairs to the driver door. Itís completely shot. Iím essentially polishing a turd but itíll look better than it does now. I did some filling, some sanding. Need to do more filling and sanding tomorrow.


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« Reply #41 on: September 11, 2021, 08:56:30 PM »
A little at a time, and we eventually get to where we are going.
I only spent about an hour on mine today, but it is farther now than it was yesterday, and yours is too now.
Keep on keep'in on my friend.