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Title: The Ford Pinto was NOT a Bomb on Wheels!
Source: Audrain Museum Network
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Published: Dec 29, 2022
Author: Audrain Museum Network
Post Date: 2022-12-29 04:01:49 by Esso
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Back in the day, I had a buddy, Darrell, who was a Pinto nut. He had a bunch of 'em. I lost track of him in the late 80s or early 90s. About five years ago, I found out ol' Darrell wasn't doing too good. He picked up some uncurable disease like MS or something. He was quite a character.

Anyway, the problem with Pintos was the gas filler neck behind the license plate. A lot of cars had that back then, but the Pinto was so much smaller than the typical car back then that the filler neck would break off when a bigger car hit it. The wagons had the filler on the side, so they weren't a problem. I think it was around the mid 80s when they started pitting the gas tanks amidships.

Anybody remember the old P/U trucks that had the gas tank in the cabin behind the seats? Those were dangerous as hell. I wonder why they did that?

“The most terrifying force of death comes from the hands of Men who wanted to be left Alone.
TRUE TERROR will arrive at these people’s door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy…
but it will fall upon the deaf ears of the Men who just wanted to be left alone.”

Esso  posted on  2022-12-29   6:06:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Esso (#1)

I bought a banged-up '71 or '72 Pinto in 1979 for $35 and kept it for a few days before selling it for $50. Took it down to the river and and had some fun off-roading with some friends. Big powerful 1.6L 54 hp engine!

My main vehicle from '77-'83 was a 1970 Ford F100 pickup with the gas tank in-cab behind the seat.

StraitGate  posted on  2022-12-29   9:15:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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