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Old 05-04-2006, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Will the front passenger side fender off of a 78 ford pinto bolt up to a 73 pinto? If not, what years are compatible with the 73 pinto?
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73 "should" be exactly the same... I had a 72 and 76 body parts fit it....
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a complete '71 front on my '76 wagon.
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just love them pics every time I see them!


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Old 05-04-2006, 03:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Believe me, it's as much/more fun as it looks
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Old 05-05-2006, 07:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I saw a mint orange pinto driving down the road yesterday, hubcaps and all. It was cool. A 16 year old kid was driving it, I don't think he thought it was cool.
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He just dosen't have a clue !! probably his Grandmothers !!
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Old 05-05-2006, 08:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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There's one around here, a brown 72 possibly a 71, and it's perfect ORIGINAL and the old lady still drives it...
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Old 05-06-2006, 08:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hello 89 coupe sub, are you the one with the pinto wagon? If you are what do you have for rear suspension? Those are some great pictures of your wagon. What do you run the 1/4 or 1/8 mile in? Thanks.
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Old 05-06-2006, 05:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, that is one of my cars but I have nothing more than a stock suspension. No traction bars or adjustable shocks or anything. Here is a link to what I did to the suspension and it's ET/MPH:
http://bbs.hardcore50.com/vbulletin/...ad.php?t=32529
I will be installing some Cal Tracs to try to control the wheelstands so I don't waste so much power going up instead of just foreward plus I will be getting a better cam that DOESN'T make most of its power below the RPM the converter stalls to. BTW, it is a street car I drive a lot on the street and handled many hours of cruising and idling in gear in bumper to bumper traffic at Woodward Dream Cruise last year in Detroit last summer. Despite many attempts to pull the front in front of the Woodward crowds, I was unsuccessful but I did get yelled at alot by the police, no tickets given out though
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Old 05-07-2006, 02:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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78 fenders will not work on a 73.
The 78 fenders have different shape down by the bumper in front of the wheel opening.
I think they are slightly longer too, not sure, but a 73 has the straight across front core support, while the 74 and later has the curved core support.
I have a 72 and a 78 Pinto, and I can see the differece between the two, but the bolt holes are probably all the same, so you may be able to put the entire 78 front clip onto the 73 as a unit.
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Old 05-07-2006, 01:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hello 89 coupe,
pretty impressive times. Working on 72 pinto runabout I had built in high school. I had sold the old motor which was a mild 302 with c-4, home ported 69 351w heads, torker 289, 700 double pumper, ford solid tappet. lemans cam, 4.56 gears and 4000 stall converter. Looking at old time slips and there are no 60ft times. I remember the car spinnig the tires about 100ft out of the hole after good burn out. I ran 9 inch slicks 28 inch tall. Alot of time slips in the elevens. best one was 11.84 at 110 mph. Car was still consistent even though lots of tire spin. I have twenty time slips that are from 11.91 to 11.94 108mph to 110 mph. Building new engine still have c-4. I was wondering do you have subframe connectors, looks like I see role bar or cage in pictures. Also asking because I was talking to a guy at englishtown who had a sedan, he had a 8 point cage and when he put in the subframe connectors he said it slowed the 60 ft times down .3. He claims it stiffened the car up to much what do you think? That car was running 10.90s at 119mph. It had a 306 with canfield heads and 4000 stall c-4.
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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When I did the cage and subframe connectors it helped my 60' and made it very consistent and at that time I wasonly running 10.90s naturally aspirated and high 9s with nitrous. My gaps below the driver door and passenger doors would get wide and I would hear spot welds "pop" when launching. My doors became hard to open and close so when the cage was made there was just 2 jack stands under the car one under/behind the driver door and one right behind the passenger front tire. Made the cage and the car sits level and the doors open/close easily. Mae it launch better. I would DEFINITELY do the subframe connectors. I have been mid 9s in it and I am working on mid 9s naturally aspirated then I may try nirous again but it's just a street car and I have fun with it.
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Old 05-09-2006, 12:21 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I have to add that YES Subframe connectors at the very least. And unless you back half the car, youll have to fab your own up out of something tubular steel. I say something because theres a guy running a 408 winsor 78 sedan with slicks and he just uses some round 1.5 tubing running from the front 'sub frame' to the rear leaf spring mount,No cage. Works very well for him. I opted to do it the hard way and am using 1.5x3 rectangular tubing on the same mounting points and cut through the floor welding the entire way to the back.
I opted not to run a cage cause im not going to put slicks on it anytime soon and ran out of fabrication time an $$ anyways.
Im banking on it being stiff enough so i dont ruin the car.
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Old 05-09-2006, 02:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hi 89 coupe,
Looked at SW race car web site. They have prebent full cages up to 14 point, rear frame kits for leaf and coil over prefabed, crossmember and ladder or 4-link available for pintos that can be purchased, weld in. This is according to Lenny at SW per phone conversion. I guess now the only thing to do is figure out what I'm going to do on the rear suspension. How many runs do you think you have on your stock leaf springs? What do your leaf spring clamps look like? Did you make them yourself? Sorry about all the questions I just like the idea of the car looking stock as possible and hooking up. Probably will run the subframe connectors as I will be running bigger tires and dont want to twist the car in half 60 ft times or not. I saw a few old sixties mustangs twist and have there windows pop out and twist the body of the car. They must have been running tires that were to big for there set-up. Thanks for the feed back.
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