Started on May 27 by Fastbak390

1971 Ford Pinto 2.0 Turbo

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My 71 Pinto trunk. I bought it off of ebay, after the car had been off the road and sitting for 15 years. It was originally a 1600/4spd car, but it now has a 71 2.0/5spd with a draw through turbo setup (the kit was installed by the PO). I gathered parts for a year before I put it all together and mechanically restored it in 3 months on an extremely tight budget. It now has… —Engine: -Freshly rebuilt 2.0 -Crane turbo cam -Water-cooled Garrett T3 from a Thunderbird Turbocoupe -Vintage AK Miller manifold -Weber 32/36 DGV carb -Ross Racing 8.0:1 pistons -MSD 6AL and Boost Timing Master —Drivetrain: -T5 trans from a Turbocoupe -Shortened driveshaft -8” rear-end from a Mustang II —Suspension/Brakes: -Wilwood 4 Piston brakes in front (bought used) -Extra large Mustang II rear drum brakes (converted to 5-Lug to match fronts, actual drums from mid-90s Ranger ) -7/8” Addco Front Sway Bar -Koni Full Adjustable “Special D” shocks -15” Crown Victoria wheels -225/50/R15 Nitto rubber —Extras: -Junkyard special doors from a Pinto Stallion (Sport mirrors, impact beams, and rust free!) -Mustang II center console -Stewart Warner Gauges -Vintage Sun Super Tach II and Ford Motorsport Boost Gauge -Shift boot from a Maserati Bi-Turbo -Pop-out Windows —Soon to come: -Water/Methanol Injection -Original “Rallye” Pinto Gauges -Exterior Sport Decor trim around rear tail-lights (with inner black-out)

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The painting begins, and MSD is in!

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Volksroddin
May 27, 2008, 9:13 p.m.

nice very GRM cant wait to see it after the rattle can job

Jensenman
May 28, 2008, 6:37 a.m.

Cool! I had one the same color. :-D

HeartlandTechie
May 28, 2008, 4:01 p.m.

One of my dad's friends had one with a turbo kit on it too -- very cool to see this one. Great inspiration for what can be done on a budget!

DiscoPotatoDesi
May 29, 2008, 2:34 a.m.

Nice Pintooo! Looks like a mighty fun ride... :-)

Fastbak390
May 29, 2008, 2:39 a.m.

Its a fun little car! The yellow was Grabber Yellow, but since Ive replaced some panels, I tell people its a shade called Primarily Yellow. My 70 Ranchero has been down with some electrical gremlins, so I have been daily driving it for the past several weeks. Its surprisingly economical with mpg well into the 20s.

pintoautocrosser
July 8, 2008, 9:52 p.m.

I love it! I myself have 4 early Pintos. I too have a AK miller set up complete waiting to install after motor is built for street car. Vintage race- 71 H prod Pinto Street-yellow 73 Runabout Street-gold 73 Runabout Street-factory Pink 72 Sedan(someday daughters car) All 2.0 powered w/manual trans

MikeSVO
Oct. 18, 2008, 6:19 p.m.

I love it! Makes me miss mine a whole lot. :(...

Per
PerSchroeder
Jan. 29, 2009, 6:24 p.m.

Wow. I suddenly have the urge to do a search for an early Pinto. must. stop.

NewEdgePerf
Feb. 6, 2009, 3:59 p.m.

Pinto Love! I used to have a ITB Pinto that ended up in a wad! Used the parts from it for a daily driver that annoyed the neighbors and my wife for years! I think the gauges I had in it were worth more than the car! 2.3L parts are still plentiful as that engine is still popular in the Mini Stock racing circles.

71HANTO
Feb. 14, 2009, 11:28 p.m.

Looks like the perfect hotrod combination of Power to Weight, Underdog, Sleeper Image, and Bang for the $ .... had to say Bang somewhere....it's a Pinto with a Short Fuse!

racetearoffs
April 18, 2009, 11:29 a.m.

Nice even thru the junk yard and my constant search very rare around these parts ,

lewbud
Sept. 23, 2009, 3 a.m.

I had a 72 2.0 Wagon as my first car. My dream engine for it was the Cosworth DOHC head with a turbo. Never got it built though. I miss that car.

artyboy619
Jan. 6, 2010, 11:09 p.m.

my first winter beater was an 80 pinto it was a love hate relationship

orion051570
Jan. 7, 2010, 11:04 p.m.

WOW!!! Thats really cool , I think Pinto's get overlooked a lot , someone at Bunker Hill Drag strip here in Indiana had one, and it was very fast . Keep up the good work.,

problemaddict
June 6, 2010, 3:01 p.m.

Got it painted? Lets see some pix!

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