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I had a couple of Pinto's that were pretty good cars. before you fall out of your chair laughing bear in mind

A. They were all over the place and a dime a dozen, the "exploding Pinto" scare made them almost worthless even though it was a five minute fix to correct the flaw.

B. They had almost bullet proof reliability, much like the Toyota 22R engine the Ford 2.3 OHC engine was brick simple and varients were used until the early 2000 models in the Ranger and Mazda pick-ups

C. The junkyards were full of them because even a minor fenderbender usually resulted in the owner insisting on a write-off, thus there was a ready supply of cheap used parts to keep them running.

D. A 4 speed Pinto with studded tires was more fun to drive in the snow and on dirt roads than should be legally allowed

E. And finally, they got pretty good gas mileage for the time. For all around cheap transportation they were a slam-dunk, you could even stuff a 74 in the back if it was in pieces.
 

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The issue with the Pinto was the bolts used to hold the gas tank support straps were too long. If you were rear-ended the excess bolt length could pierce the gas tank with pretty predictable results. The fix was just a sawzall away, or you could go one step further like I did and bolt a piece of angle iron across the two bolts to act as a deflector, then saw the ends off. Made them just about impervious to rear end damage.
 
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