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    I was in Tech School at Sheppard AFB back in 1975 and purchased a 1974 Pinto, 4 speed. Received orders to Yokota AB, Japan shortly thereafter and drove the Pinto up to Indiana and my dad stored it for me till I got back in 1980. It looked brand new. When I got back I took it to a Ford dealership and they did the "anti-explosive" fix and I drove it to Florida. Separated from the Air Force and drove it to Seattle. Was forced to move to California for work in 1982 when I started with the Federal Prison System.

    Went to register it and was told it needed 1800.00 worth of air pollution control equipment, which I couldn't afford and had to sell it. I hate California to this date for that.

    Great little car. Had a blast with it in Seattle. Rear wheel drive so it was really fun in snow doing donuts in a vacant mall parking lot.
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    I remember when I worked in my father's repair shop after school, I did a tune-up on a Pinto wagon. It was a nice one, fully optioned with the 2.3L.

    After I finished, I took it out for a road test. When the C3 would shift into 2nd, the engine would bog down. Giving it throttle would make it worse. I spent the next hour going over my work when Dad came over and asked if I was finished. I told him what was going on and he said, "Yeah, that thing was like that since it was new."

    What the heck?? The car was only 2-3 years old and they paid money and drove it off the lot like that?

    My good friend used to drive is parent's Pinto Runabout that had the English 1.6L pushrod engine and 4-speed manual. That was a zippy little car but you had to keep it wound it up like a Swiss watch.

    The only Pintos I see these days are either grazing in a field or have V8's in them and are pretty ratty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1956CJ5 View Post
    Seen any Yugos lately?
    YES!!

    Believe it or not, one comes to our local library, parks and goes inside. Yellow and black, has to be restored, looks brand new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old greybeard View Post
    My wifes car when I met her was a Renault LeCar, married her anyway.
    These have the lamest feature of any car I can think of ... three lugged hubs. THREE lug nuts per wheel!
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    Never buying a ford again, 6 visits to get roof rack installed properly. Now ford is starting to bombard us with recalls. Exhaust recall, loose a pillar covers, recall for putting a piece of tape under the drivers seat. Some bozo at the dealer overtighten the security lug nuts and they broke off and had to be drilled out x4. Time at dealer 6 weeks. 2017 Ford Explorer. My 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins with 125000 miles has had less work.

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    I purchased a 1970 340 Duster with 4 speed, paid 2877 for it in 1970. No a/c or power steering, premium gas only.
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    I knew several people who drove Pintos in the ‘70s.
    A neighbor of mine in college decided she was going to move back home. Her Pinto hadn’t run in about a month. She didn’t know why so she just called a junkyard and they came and gave her $200 for it.
    I had a friend in the late 70s drove an orange Gremlin.
    Was it the Pinto or the Maverick had the special edition called the Drag N Fly?

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    My Pinto story! '74 Pinto, bought in '75, story in mid '76. Straight out of high school I went to work for a construction outfit about 50 miles from where I lived. On the way home one day when guy behind me flashing his lights honking at me so I pull over.(Ha! Not in today's world). He says he has oil all over his windshield. I open my hood and oil is everywhere. He asks would I like him to tow me somewhere and I said no, I'd make it to the store down the road and call my dad. All said and done, water pump went out and it got hot enough to open up somewhere and let most of the oil out. We changed water pump and we never figured out where the oil came out. But from then on #4 cylinder would foul out every 2-3 months and I'd have to pull it and clean it, put it back in for 2-3 months. It was a good little car.
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    I knew a guy & his son that put a 351 winsor in a Gremlin it would go every where but straight down the road!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike 2010 View Post
    I knew a guy & his son that put a 351 winsor in a Gremlin it would go every where but straight down the road!!!

    My dad bought an old used Gremlin as an 'extra' car. It had the straight six in it.
    TWICE I had to slam on the brakes and the car would skid and rotate 90 degrees before it stopped.
    That short wheelbase and all the weight up front meant that thing had terrible balance!

    Edit: And eventually, someone stole the gas cap because it had that little Gremlin guy on it.


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