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Newest Pinchero Project
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:51:11 PM »
Greetings all, first post here.

Last January, I picked up quite unexpectedly an 80' wagon that had all the cutting and welding done.  It had a stock rear, no engine or transmission and a very clean, blue interior.  It was a 4 speed car with 103K miles.  The body is very straight and the fab work is good enough that I can finish it right.

Its been a busy summer but I have collected most everything I need to get it roadworthy and beyond that are custom touches to the front valance and rear pan.

The motor is a '65 289 block and small chamber heads with all the goodies.  1.94 / 1.64 valves, good springs, roller rockers screw in studs and some bowl work.  The block is all ARP stuff, forged rods, speedPro slugs that should make about 10.75:1  I havent chosen the cam yet but might go with a Comp Cams Thumper Series since it will be a street driven deal.  I am fabbing mounts to get the motor back and down as far as possible.  I have already dropped the rack 1.5"  I have a set of NOS Hooker swap headers that are a couple decades old but perfect.

The trans is a C4 with the usual treatment.  I have the small, Mustang II bellhousing and 144 tooth flex plate.  I am looking for a looser than stock converter.

The rear is a '58 Ford Sedan 9" that is one of the narrowest around and drops onto the pins with an elongated hole in the spring mount.

That's the basics and I look forward to sharing it with you all.  I appreciate any input or advice.  I have owned 2 other Pintos in the past.  There are some amazing cars here and I like 'em.

I will upload some current pics soon.  Thanks for having me!

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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2015, 06:13:23 AM »
Hope you checked to see if it's a late 289 block, if it an early one the C-4 you have will not bolt to it , ask me how I know , later Blaine

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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2015, 08:19:01 AM »
Everything bolted together just fine.  The C4 is out of a '79 Granada and I have it all sitting in the car while I mock it up.

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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2015, 09:29:09 AM »
great , that means you have the late 289 , my first pinto I wound up with an early 65 289 with the five bolt rear housing, and a C-4 from a 68 falcon (yep a 6 bolt pattern) , and that my friend was lesson #2 when engine swapping , nice project , it will be nice when your done  :)
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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2015, 12:28:20 PM »
Here is the mess so far.  The gas tank is a '67 Mustang and is half the depth of the now gone spare tire well.  This will allow me to do a center exit exhaust in a custom roll pan.  A white maple floor will cover the tank.

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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2015, 04:35:14 PM »
wow, cool project...mini pickem up..... :)

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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2015, 07:38:55 PM »
That looks awesome!!!
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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2015, 10:28:11 PM »
Doing a great job..
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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2015, 04:29:20 PM »
Thanks guys, I am pretty excited to get work done in the next few weeks as things calm down around here. 

Stay tuned!

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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2015, 12:13:45 AM »
They kinda remind me of an old subaru brat, but way cooler. Or maybe a pinto ute? I love the odd rods, and I'm not sure I can remember an odder one than that.
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Re: Newest Pinchero Project
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2015, 12:04:35 AM »
I have always liked Pintos for their body style (especially early) and add to that, the weight factor and a gearhead like me starts to get pretty excited.  I have built plenty of traditional hotrods but this will be the oddrod I have been hankerin' for.

I am looking at American Weld Stars or American 200 S (coke bottle 5 spoke) in 8" and 7" wide and want to keep everything under the fenders with a slightly low profile.

This weekend I will finish the rearend mockup and get the new wheels on it.  Hopefully I finish the motor mounts too.

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