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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #30 on: December 26, 2020, 10:25:19 AM »
Hi Rob,

Those wheels are similar to the ones available as factory options from Ford. I recently saw two of those original OEM wheels on Amazon priced at $160 for two. The seller did not have the other two, but in your case that's all you need. Would you like for me to locate the ad again for you?

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #31 on: December 26, 2020, 12:52:26 PM »
Thanks Dan, but I'm all set.  I have received 3 of the 4 I ordered and the 4th one will be here soon.  I ordered the 4x4.5 bolt pattern rather than the Pinto 4/108mm pattern as my Mustang rear axles are 4x4.5 and it is going to be a lot easier to get the 5x4.5 rotors that come with my front end kit drilled for 4x4.5 than it would be to remove the Mustang axles  and have them re-drilled for the 4x108mm pattern.  I want them all to be the same bolt pattern so I can rotate tires.  I just got a BO notification that my front end kit still isn't complete and there is no estimated ship time.  That's fine with me.  I don't need it till May and they won't charge me until they ship.  They can store the parts for now, rather than me storing them!  I am looking forward t Spring so I can get back on this project!  For now I work 7 days a week and emergency calls don't stop just because it's Christmas...
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2020, 11:38:02 AM »
Your logic makes complete sense! For some odd reason I was thinking you were using the mechanicals from a Pinto as you parted out a Pinto for this project, although having a Mustang rear body.

Are you a firefighter or an EMT? ER doc? Regardless, thank you for your service during these trying times!

Happy Motoring,
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #33 on: December 27, 2020, 02:43:10 PM »
I'm using mechanicals from both the Mustang and the Pinto.  The rear half of the Mustang is where I will sit.  So the body panels, seat, rear suspension, rear axle, rear brakes and, tail lights are Mustang.

I grafted the Pinto front subframe to the Mustang rear frame.  So the Pinto portion is the engine, tranny, driveshaft (to be shortened), radiator, front suspension and brakes, cowl, firewall, dash and components, steering wheel and shaft, wiring harnesses, parking brake lever, and misc. other parts. 

Since it's no longer going to be a trike I should inquire about changing the title of the thread.  The trike idea was cool but I think it will be easier to make it a 4-wheel buggy.  I'm committed now since I already bought the front end kit and 4 rims!  I was out doing my oil change and tire rotation on the daily driver and spent a few minutes looking at my project wishing Spring was here!

As for my profession, I manage 4 locations for a large propane company.  My entire civilian career has been in the energy and HVAC industries.  This time of year we are extremely busy.  I have Drivers and Techs that work all hours so when they're working, I'm working.  I spen 6 days a week in the office and Sunday is on and off the computer supporting my men.    I am retired from the military (23 years of Navy and Air Force), 19 of those years were Reserve and Air Guard. 

I'll be 60 this coming year so a few more years of this and I'll be able to slow down a bit and do something different.  Then I'll have more time for my Harley, Mustang, and the Mustang-Pinto Buggy I'm building! 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #34 on: June 19, 2021, 10:06:35 PM »
I'm back...I have started back on my project.  When I cut the Pinto up for my project, I cut the cowl away from the firewall...I spent a full day last weekend welding them back together.  I did a hack job cutting it apart so putting it back together wasn't much fun, especially with all the seam sealer that was melting and burning!  Today I was making patch panels for what was left of the floor area of the firewall.  The entire floor was rotted away so I fabbed in patches.  Not real pretty but will be functional.  I will finish it tomorrow, then fit it to the frame and figure out how to marry it to the Mustang driveshaft tunnel.  Once it is fit properly I will make some markings so I know exactly where it goes.  I need to remove it, finish the metal work, then do the corrosion work, prime, paint and then re-attach permanently.  I am working with junk and making it up as I go along.  I'll be glad when this part of the job is over!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #35 on: June 21, 2021, 11:11:14 AM »
Glad to see that you're back at it!  It's quite a project and I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #36 on: June 21, 2021, 08:09:01 PM »
I discovered that I am going to have to do some driveshaft tunnel modification on the Mustang half of the vehicle.  The Pinto tranny tailshaft is in a much higher position than the Mustang.  I am going to have to get the driveshaft shortened (to about 24") so I can get it mocked up then modify the tunnel. I save parts of the Pinto tunnel so I should be able to use them.  Of course this means I will have to modify my seat frame so it will sit with the higher tunnel.  In the meantime I will shift gears and do some body work for a change of pace.  I will take and post some pictures so you can see what I'm playing with.
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #37 on: June 24, 2021, 04:07:47 PM »
I was in Rochester last week, but I was not able to find time to contact you to see if I could come by to see your Trike project and other Pintos you may have.  My apologies...

I will def keep you in mind when I return to Rochester in August.

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #38 on: June 26, 2021, 09:15:06 PM »
Please do...I will be going to NC Aug 18-23...otherwise I will be home.  Yesterday I did my driveshaft measurements and this AM I took the driveshaft to a shop to have it shortened to 23 1/4" and have new u-joints installed.  When I get it back I can modify my driveshaft tunnel.  Tomorrow I am going to start some body filler work on my weld seams.  I am also going to cut the roof back to about the point where the rear windows are, then cut about 6" of the leading edge of the roof and graft it on to the roof I welded on the Mustang portion.  It will stiffen the leading edge up so it doesn't flap in the wind.  I saw it flapping when I towed it to the weld shop last Fall.  It will also make for easier ingress and egress with a shorter roof.  It may ba hard to visualize but I will send pics to clear things up.
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2021, 05:12:51 PM »
Here are some pics from today's work.  I found a spot on the leading edge were the inside width is 48" and the same dimension on the roof in a sport where I could shorten it.  I cut the leading edge off the front portion of the leftover Mustang roof and about a foot off the roof as it was.  I then welded the support piece in place and welded the leading edge on.  The entire roof is now shorter making it easier to get in and out, and the leading edge I still have more welding to do but for now it is tacked on well.  After that it will be grinding, then epoxy primer, body filler on all roof weld joints and block sanding.  The driveshaft should be done this week.  I look forward to getting it back so I can get it and other associated parts fit properly in the chassis.  I have a long way to go...
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #40 on: August 02, 2021, 08:46:36 PM »
I haven't made much progress on my progress...I have been caught up in a multitude of other tasks.  The two attached pics show recent work.  I finally welded the leading edge of the roof on and ground the weld down.  I have a little more to go, then I can clean, sand, spray more epoxy, then apply body filler to complete the roof work.  The other pic is a side view to show you how it is coming along.  Note the 23 1/4" driveshaft on the floor.  I hope to get more done this weekend and l a lot more done before I have to stop work in November.  I have too many irons in the fire...I will be happy to retire in the next few years!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #41 on: October 07, 2021, 06:56:24 PM »
I've been off the grid for a while, mainly because I didn't make much progress on my project over the Summer.  I have done a few things recently.  When I put the dash in place I realized I couldn't get into the "cockpit".  I decided I would have to section the cowl and dash to move everything forward.  I also (mistakenly) decided to narrow the dash.  I cut about 3" off each end, then welded it back together.  I will be relocating the headlight switch to the former windshield wiper switch position and I filled in the spots where the vents were.  After sectioning the cowl, I have plenty of access so I didn't need to narrow the dash after all.  Too late, and I will make it work.  It cost me the better part of an afternoon.  There is a 79 in a nearby junkyard that I may consider salvaging but I probably won't.  The cowl sectioning consisted of cutting out the vent portion and welding it back together.  You'll see from the pics that it is really narrow and provides the room I needed to get in and out of the cockpit.  I am going to remove the cowl/firewall from the chassis and weld up what was left of the rotted floor.  The trans hump will eventually get covered with diamond plate and will be secured to the frame.  I am going to fabricate some radiator support to firewall rods like a Model A to further stiffen things up.  I wish I had accomplished more over the Summer but had a lot of other priorities.  I have a few weeks before it gets rolled into its Winter resting spot so I will post any further progress.  Thank you for reading...
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Trike
« Reply #42 on: October 14, 2021, 05:33:31 PM »
Yesterday I finished patching and stitch-welding what was left of the firewall.  It looks like Frankenstein but welding patches inside and out stiffened it nicely.  It was corroded and flimsy.  It will be covered by diamond plate so it won't be seen.  Today I sprayed two coats of epoxy primer and it is now curing.  While I had primer mixed, I shot the leading edge of the roof that I welded on earlier this Spring.  One more thing I may do before putting it away is to shorten the steering shaft to move the steering wheel a little more forward.  That will complete the need for sectioning the dash and cowl to give me more room to enter the cockpit.  I am just about done for the season, so I will probably power wash the whole unit and put it away until Spring.  I hope to have more time to spend on it next year...
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