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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #180 on: March 01, 2020, 07:16:10 AM »
One project at a time was all I was ever able to handle.  Like you said though, the money isn't truly lost if it bought you some happiness.  Hope you'll have that Pinto on the road before long!


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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #181 on: March 01, 2020, 09:00:56 PM »
Thanks.
Looks like the guy won't be pulling and giving me back the one engine, so that is going to slow things down. But I can keep busy getting everything else ready to go. Except for the clutch and the engine (and the windshield) I think I am done with any major purchases. I may have to keep and use the 79 front sheet metal for now due to the engine situation, but we'll see. I keep thinking I can live with it, but then I see a car with it and think no way.
Got a couple of tool type things this weekend, need to get them located. Then I can start on the Pinto again.
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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #182 on: March 02, 2020, 10:34:39 AM »
Generally speaking, I think the first edition of any automotive design is usually purest and best so I definitely understand your hankering for an early-style front end.  That said, I never really minded the update on the '79 - '80 models (I personally like it a lot better than the '77 - '78, or even the '76 for that matter, but that's just my opinion).  I could definitely live with it.  I think with only having one project, you'll be able to get this one going very quickly.
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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #183 on: March 05, 2020, 11:27:04 PM »
I may have to learn to live with it for now. I'm not going to compromise on the Cleveland, so will have to compromise elsewhere.
The grilles I have seen all in black are what is killing me. Maybe I can add some chrome, or body color. Or just try not to look at it.
Still wanting to do the one piece tilt front end. Was going to order a tilt kit from VFN Fiberglas, til I saw the price. Gone up a bit since I last looked. I've got the plans here somewhere to make my own. Not real high on the priority list right now anyway.
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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #184 on: March 06, 2020, 07:56:22 AM »

The grilles I have seen all in black are what is killing me. Maybe I can add some chrome, or body color. Or just try not to look at it.


Search for a Mercury Bobcat grille - they're chrome and I agree with you that I personally like that look a lot better than black.  Actually, black trim is "the thing" now and I can't, for the life of me, understand why.  My daughter-in-law bought a new 2020 Jeep Cherokee in December and paid a big premium to get one with the blackout trim and black wheels.  The Jeep itself is burgundy in color and there just not enough contrast to give it any distinction at all.  As my mother used to say, "to each his own!"

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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #185 on: March 06, 2020, 12:44:20 PM »
I miss chrome trim on cars. Our 1949 Chevy Styleline Deluxe has chrome from bumper-to-bumper. Although keeping it nice and shine requires some elbow grease, I like the look. My husband and I talk about how you used to be able to identify a car's make just by looking at it. Now it seems that most vehicles have a some what generic appearance.
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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #186 on: March 06, 2020, 01:10:08 PM »
I miss chrome trim on cars. Our 1949 Chevy Styleline Deluxe has chrome from bumper-to-bumper. Although keeping it nice and shine requires some elbow grease, I like the look. My husband and I talk about how you used to be able to identify a car's make just by looking at it. Now it seems that most vehicles have a some what generic appearance.

I could not agree more!!!  My daily drivers are a 2018 F-150 Lariat which came with the chrome package (to which I added chrome bed rails and chrome inlays in the embossed F-150 on the tailgate) and a 2017 Cadillac XTS which, while not adorned the way Cadillacs used to be, still has enough bling to look like a Cadillac.   As you said, most cars have a very generic look nowadays, and I'm not a big fan of that! :(   

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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #187 on: March 13, 2020, 11:33:50 PM »
79-80 Pintos had chrome grilles as well.  My dads 79 wagon came with it from the factory.  You will need the chrome headlight bezels to finish it off though.  Just letting you know you are not limited to the bobcat.
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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #188 on: March 14, 2020, 12:21:45 AM »
79-80 Pintos had chrome grilles as well.  My dads 79 wagon came with it from the factory.  You will need the chrome headlight bezels to finish it off though.  Just letting you know you are not limited to the bobcat.

Good to know.  I was 100% certain about the Bobcat because I was selling Lincoln-Mercury automobiles at the time, plus my mother had a '79 Bobcat.  Was not as certain about the Pintos of the day so decided against mentioning that possibility.  Thanks!

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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #189 on: March 14, 2020, 02:17:01 AM »
Thanks.
I honestly don't remember which this has. Wasn't planning on using it so I didn't pay attention. Guess that has changed.
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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #190 on: March 14, 2020, 05:54:48 PM »
Thanks.
I honestly don't remember which this has. Wasn't planning on using it so I didn't pay attention. Guess that has changed.
Russ

Assuming it's the original grille, being an ESS, I'm pretty sure the grille is black.  Again, I'm not as much up on the Pintos of the late '70s to 1980 as I am the Bobcats because of working in a Lincoln-Mercury dealership.  Prior to that job I was more familiar with Pintos, as my first car was a new Pinto. 

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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #191 on: May 24, 2020, 09:01:07 PM »
Anybody want a Pinto?

I'm seriously thinking I can't do this. I was so swept up in the project certain important things never occurred to me. Like how do I get an engine correctly mounted? The roll cage is probably a serious safety hazard on the street.

My job has really slowed down, we are having unpaid furlough days, and a very real possibility of layoffs later in the summer. So the money train has ran off the rails for now at least.

My thinking is I could work with what I have, which would be close to doing everything but an engine and windshield. And then still be where I am at now as far as the engine goes. Or just pack it in now. The money situation is temporary due to the airlines economic problems due to the virus. If I don't get laid off that is.

The stepson and family are still living with us with no change in sight, which is causing me more depression that I care to admit to anyone since it won't change anything.
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Re: New to me 79 Pinto glass hatch ESS
« Reply #192 on: May 25, 2020, 06:53:16 AM »
Hi Russ!


It's good to know you're still hanging in there!  The pandemic is a temporary situation so, tough as it may be, I would hesitate to make irrevocable decisions unnecessarily. Continuing on with your project might well even be considered therapeutic insofar as coping with the depression related to your living situation.  I don't know; I'm certainly no expert.  Perhaps you'll find happiness in being unencumbered by a long-term project.  Anything's possible.  So... no real advise here.  I would simply implore you to think it through thoroughly before you make a decision, then do whatever you think is best.  The pandemic will eventually fade into the pages of history just as the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 did.  Some things will likely change forever but, as a people, we're pretty adaptable.  There is no real way to know yet exactly what our future will look like.  I tend to think that, to a large extent, it will be whatever we make of it. 


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