Friday, September 18, 2015

Speedy Delivery: Custom 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon

Poor Ford Pinto.  You are the Rodney Dangerfield of the car world; endless fodder for car jokes.  Like this one:  A commuter's version of hell is to be stuck in bumper to bumper traffic with a Pinto in front of you and an Audi 5000 behind you.  But stuff a V-8 in a Pinto and write in all caps and you'll have the last laugh.  Find this V-8 swapped 1979 Ford Pinto Wagon for sale in Arlington, WA for $11,999 via craigslist.

In 1977 Ford introduced the "Cruising Wagon", an option package for the Pinto Wagon that included bubble side windows, wild 70's graphics and rear louvers.  Sadly, this car has lost its graphics package.  But on the bright side, you can park your wagon by the lake and use the rear bumper as a diving platform.

Originally this car would have been powered by a 2.3 liter OHC inline 4 producing around 80 brake.  That would be fine if you want to continue to be the butt of a joke.  However if you want to be the Joker, you will yank the four and replace it with A 1990 5.0 HO ROLLER CAM MUSTANG ENGINE AND REBUIL[d] THE BORG-WARNER T-5 TRANS.THEN GUT THE HARDWARE FROM A COBRA II AND USE THAT FOR THE INSTALLATION KIT. 3.55 RATIO V-8 REAR END.HOOKER HEADERS,2 AND 1/2 INCH ALUMINIZED EXAUST,MOROSO ELEC. WATER PUMP,ELEC.FAN ,POLISHED WEIND DUAL QUAD TUNNEL RAM WITH 2 CHROME EDLEBROCK 600 4 BARRELS. [and] TO[o]  MUCH MORE TO LIST in all caps.  You should be getting at least 220 hp in your Pinto Pony with this setup. But, of course you don't want to include a picture of it in your ad.  I must live in an alternate reality to think that if you write about your swap in ALL CAPS, you would want to include a picture in your ad.  Oh, well, here's a picture of the back.

The interior looks to be in good shape with fantastic pure 70's black vinyl seats that must be like sitting on a leach on a hot day.  

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  1. "A commuter's version of hell is to be stuck in bumper to bumper traffic with a Pinto in front of you and an Audi 5000 behind you"
    That's funny because an Audi 5000 is my present commuter car and my previous commuter car was
    THIS 1972 PINTO 1600

    1. That's not so bad, try living in a van down by the river. That's bad...


  2. I'm the man in brown.


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