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1977 Pinto

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I've been searching for a candidate for my 2.3 manual fuel injected engine I picked up in trade a couple years ago. Found this Pinto with no motor or gas tank for C$250.00. It's going to be either a 1/4 mile or rally car. Haven't decided yet. Won't be working on it until spring tho as I have no garage.
 

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Nice! Looking forward to this.
 

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Cool. its already painted for racing too
 

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I had 3 Pintos in the 70's and 80's, had zero trouble and sold each one for a profit. They were a solid little car but prone to rust like everything else in that era.
The gas tank panic was over sensationalized by 20-20(the TV show). At the time most similar sized vehicles were far more likely to catch fire in a crash, pickup truck gas tanks were behind the seat, VW beetle gas tanks basically sat in the driver's lap. I drove a wrecker from 72 - 82 and never towed a burned vehicle.
 

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The gas tank panic was over sensationalized by 20-20(the TV show). At the time most similar sized vehicles were far more likely to catch fire in a crash, pickup truck gas tanks were behind the seat, VW beetle gas tanks basically sat in the driver's lap. I drove a wrecker from 72 - 82 and never towed a burned vehicle.
Yeah… but it’s funny.
 

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Yeah… but it’s funny.
No, it was a TV "news magazine" trying to attract viewers. Funny is some idiot bragging about what a great truck his Toyota is after having the frame replaced when it was 6 years old. If a Ford or GM needed a frame after 6 years, you'd never convince the owner to keep it or get another one.
 

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No, it was a TV "news magazine" trying to attract viewers. Funny is some idiot bragging about what a great truck his Toyota is after having the frame replaced when it was 6 years old. If a Ford or GM needed a frame after 6 years, you'd never convince the owner to keep it or get another one.
You must be a lot of fun at parties.

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I like the second pic sense of humor.
 

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early escort wheels fit a pinto, interesting. I never checked into it but I figured the pinto was a sae pattern & the escort was metric.
Mom had a 78 pinto wagon. Automatic but manual steering. We didn’t keep it long, it had compression issues and dad didn’t want to mess with it. A ‘77 mercury comet 302 replaced it. (mercury’s version of fords maverick) . My aunt had a mustang 2 that caught fire but it was parked behind the mall when it happened, I have no idea what caused it. I still see a pinto every once in a while.
 

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I did notice that the rims are 4 stud. I'll be swapping out the rear for a ranger 8.8. I have a set of 5.13 gears for an 8.8. So then I wouldn't mind having 5 stud front. Anyone know what might swap in?
 

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I did notice that the rims are 4 stud. I'll be swapping out the rear for a ranger 8.8. I have a set of 5.13 gears for an 8.8. So then I wouldn't mind having 5 stud front. Anyone know what might swap in?
The Pinto uses the same front suspension as a Mustang II… maybe the most popular front suspension system on the planet. I’m sure you’ll find 5 lug rotors for it without a hassle.
 

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The Pinto uses the same front suspension as a Mustang II… maybe the most popular front suspension system on the planet. I’m sure you’ll find 5 lug rotors for it without a hassle.
Any street rod supplier will have them in 5 lug, I know Speedway Motors has them. If it's an 8 inch rear I don't know of any 5 lug axles, I used a spare Mustang II housing and had Currie make a pair of custom axles, the 10 inch Ranger backing plates bolted right on. The register- the part of the axle that protrudes and centers the brake drum- is smaller on a Mustang II/Pinto so use the measurement from a Ranger/Bronco II/Aerostar rear and you can use stock drums on it.
 

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