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Ford Pinto owners gather for annual charity drive
mlive ^ | July 18, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Michael Wayland

Posted on 07/20/2014 1:48:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Roughly 50 Ford Pinto enthusiasts are gathering today for the fourth annual "Pinto Stampede," a three-day event from Dearborn, Mich. to Hell, Mich and back to Dearborn -- the birthplace of the Ford Pinto.

The caravan of Ford Pintos, produced from 1971-1980, will make several stops on their journey including a visit to the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Product Development Center, the Ford & Mercury Restorers Club Car Show and other landmarks on their ride to 'Hell and Back.'

"The Pinto Stampede enables Pinto enthusiasts to celebrate our cherished little cars while doing something meaningful for others," said Norm "Trail Boss" Bagi, founder and organizer of the Pinto Stampede.

All proceeds from sponsorships and a fundraising raffle go toward the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps soldiers returning with disabilities regain normal lives. In its first three years, the Pinto Stampede has raised over $38,000 for the organization.

Ford produced more than 3 million Pintos from 1971-1980...

According to Pinto Stampede organizers, there are up to 10,000 "road-worthy" Pintos left in the U.S.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Travel
KEYWORDS: cars; charity

2013 Pinto Stampede stops at Jim Baier Ford in Fort Madison. (Pinto Stampede Facebook)
1 posted on 07/20/2014 1:48:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Never owned one or rode in one that I remember, same for Yugo, chevette, yes , once, vw beetle yes more than once..

If they can raise a few bucks for a good cause, more
power to them


2 posted on 07/20/2014 1:51:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

To Hell and back.


3 posted on 07/20/2014 1:51:06 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: BenLurkin
*Tap*


4 posted on 07/20/2014 1:52:57 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: BenLurkin

Had a 71 and a 72. Both were practical and good looking cars. Had the gas tank recall performed on them.

Terrible in the snow.


5 posted on 07/20/2014 1:53:25 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: BenLurkin

I’ll drive a Vega there.


6 posted on 07/20/2014 1:54:46 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: BenLurkin
The caravan of Ford Pintos, produced from 1971-1980, will make several stops on their journey...

Yeah, for repairs.

7 posted on 07/20/2014 1:56:01 PM PDT by Nachoman (libertyarmstx.com is now open!)
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To: Lx

I’ll meet you in my Pacer.


8 posted on 07/20/2014 1:56:57 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise

Their charity is to buy them a better car??


9 posted on 07/20/2014 1:57:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cicero2k

It wasn’t the gas tank, it was the filler neck, which was made with a rigid tube to save a couple of bucks. What did them in was a smoking gun memo in which a cost benefit analysis showed that liability lawsuits would cost less than a flexible tube. Juries changed that calculus.

The monster lawsuit resulted when two young women in a pinto pulled onto an interstate and into the path of a dump truck. Fire and lawsuits ensued.


10 posted on 07/20/2014 1:58:17 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: cicero2k

“Had a 71 and a 72. Both were practical and good looking cars. Had the gas tank recall performed on them.

Terrible in the snow.”

Yep, had a ‘73. First year of the fat bumpers I think. Terrible in the snow. Good little car though.


11 posted on 07/20/2014 2:01:34 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: cicero2k

The early ones with the thin chrome bumpers are neat looking little cars.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 2:03:02 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: BenLurkin

Good car, I drove mine from California to Houston during the winter, and missing the driver’s side window, I did the driving in a mummy, military sleeping bag, with the zipper down the center.

Nothing like driving through sub-freezing temps at 70 mph, with no window, while just sitting there, but the car was dependable, and darned well better have been since I paid about $50, or $75 dollars for it.


13 posted on 07/20/2014 2:05:38 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: Lx

Vega sucked.

In 1972 I went to look at a new Vega, and I got in the car, but before the salesman had even gotten situated, I told him, “no way”, this is too cheesy to even bother with this test drive.


14 posted on 07/20/2014 2:09:06 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: BenLurkin

I had a friend who years back went to the local Ford dealer and they put him in a Pinto. He told them after the settled on a price the only way he would buy it is if they threw in a set of rear fenders and quarter panels. They agreed to the deal...


15 posted on 07/20/2014 2:13:24 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Lx

First car ?

1974 Vega, was about to drop an all aluminum V-8 motor into it when I was T-boned in an intersection, oddly enough, by another Vega. The car was totaled.

Next car,

1972 Pinto.

Just a temporary car until I got my 1974 pinto Wagon.

I beat the crap out of that car and recall laying on my back with the transmission on my chest while replacing the clutch disk. And having to do it again since I put it in backwards the first time.


16 posted on 07/20/2014 2:16:57 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Yardstick

My ‘71 was a stripped down version and the seats were awful. No back support. So I replaced them with a pair from a wrecked Mercury Capri. Much better.

The thin bumpers were good looking, but U-Haul would not let me tow it behind our van because the bumpers were flimsy.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 2:17:23 PM PDT by cicero2k
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18 posted on 07/20/2014 2:22:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin
I am sure some wag will ask if they ended the drive with a bonfire?

They should take care they are not followed by a procession of Audis.

19 posted on 07/20/2014 2:25:30 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: BenLurkin
Back in the day, my buddy had a 72 Pinto. We went over a railroad track that acted like a ski jump if you hit it fast enough, (and we did).

When we got home we had to crawl out the windows, since we couldn't open either door. We jacked it up in the middle and jumped up and down on the bumpers until the doors would open and close. Then my buddy found someone to sell it to and dumped it.

20 posted on 07/20/2014 2:26:00 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: BenLurkin

“up to 10,000 “road-worthy” Pintos left in the U.S.”

Had a friend in high school that had one. We nicknamed it the Cherry Bomb.


21 posted on 07/20/2014 2:36:01 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: BenLurkin

More power to them for the charity but can’t believe anyone would cherish those exploding caskets on wheels.


22 posted on 07/20/2014 2:37:05 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Lx

Vega’s didn’t hold up well to even slow crashes.


23 posted on 07/20/2014 2:39:08 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Hugin

Pintos, Vegas, and Pacers were all horrid little vehicles.


24 posted on 07/20/2014 2:40:02 PM PDT by bgill
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To: BenLurkin
It's funny that the Pinto got and kept such a bad rap.

Several years after that fiasco, there was an tiny bit in the newspaper, perhaps 50 words, that after the feral government investigated it, that the Pinto was actually safer in a rear end collision than its Japanese competitors of that era.

Of course, they buried on page 32D so as not to tarnish that Japanese quality myth that Consumer Reports and their ilk trumpeted.

Yes the Pinto and Vega were junk, but everything coming out of Japan was too.

25 posted on 07/20/2014 2:41:28 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("911 is for when the backhoe won't start." JRandomFreeper)
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To: headstamp 2

My sister had a ‘73 back in the day.

She drove around L.A. in that stripped-down car. No power steering or air conditioning in her little blue Pinto.

It didn’t climb hills too well, either. I remember being a passenger in that Pinto while my sister tried to drive up a hilly street in the San Fernando Valley. The car wasn’t going very fast. Other cars passed us. The passenger in one of the cars, a bitchy looking woman, gave us a dirty look as her vehicle passed us.

Once, my sister left the Pinto parked on the driveway in front of our parent’s house in Santa Barbara for three or four days while we all drove another vehicle to Lake Tahoe and the California Gold Country. It was early summer, and when we got back, there was a crack down the middle of the Pinto’s dashboard that resembled the San Andreas fault.

From that day up to and including the present, my sister has always used sunshades on every vehicle she ever owned.


26 posted on 07/20/2014 2:51:15 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: Zeneta

1974 Vega - that was the one you had to strap groceries in a seatbelt if they were in the front seat! LOL

The delivery company I worked for bought ONE - it sat in the lot as the extra car. Unlucky me, it was the one available for me to drive when working between semesters in school.
NOBODY wanted to drive that car!


27 posted on 07/20/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT by RebelTXRose (SECURE THE BORDER!)
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To: BenLurkin

I hear Jerry Lee Lewis wrote this years theme song.


28 posted on 07/20/2014 2:52:19 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: BenLurkin

Pintos were underrated cars. I had a station wagon and a sedan. Fast cars...


29 posted on 07/20/2014 3:29:16 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ford’s version of the Yugo...


30 posted on 07/20/2014 3:40:01 PM PDT by Iscool
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To: BenLurkin

My first car was a ‘74 Pinto 2-door with a 2.0L OHC four and four-speed manual transmission. My parents bought it in 1980 from our neighbors, who were moving away to Alaska. It was the car I learned to drive in at the tender age of 13.

Living out in the country, my dad could just take me out to a lightly-traveled back road and let me work on the finer points of getting it started without stalling, upshifting and downshifting smoothly, and all that. As I remember, it was not difficult to stall that car off the line, and Dad would rip me a new one every time I did so.

It wasn’t the greatest car ever, but it served me quite well and was pretty decent on the whole.

As a side note, there’s a fellow I know who’s a fellow SCCA member who used to race a Pinto in their Improved Touring B class. He still has the car; it’s been sitting in the garage with a blown engine for the last decade or so.


31 posted on 07/20/2014 3:41:11 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: BenLurkin

I worked at a Ford garage in the early ‘80s and was given keys and a repair order on a Pinto for the filler neck recall. Drew the kit, pulled the car into my stall and saw the body was rusted away 2 inches around where the filler was supposed to attach. Showed the service manager who sent it back to the body shop. Wiggly-wiggly...


32 posted on 07/20/2014 3:42:54 PM PDT by W. (Democrats need the 'poor' to justify their political existence. What'd LBJ say? "I'll have them ni..)
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To: cicero2k

Back in the 70’s i had a choice. Which of my two vehicles would i take to work in the snow. The Pinto? Or the Honda CB350?

I usually took the Honda and let hubby have the Pinto.


33 posted on 07/20/2014 3:50:04 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: dfwgator

LOL! That’s what I was looking for! That is the best part of that movie.


34 posted on 07/20/2014 3:55:32 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: ExCTCitizen

I drove Pintos on several occassions and had no trouble.Really wanted to buy the excellent condkition used 1976? Rallye Pinto wagon with V6 from a local lot sometime around 1985?; but someone else bought it while I was trying to scrape up the money. And they wrecked it very soon afterwards. The V6 Pintos had plenty of power for hills.I wouldn’t be ashamed or afraid to drive a Pinto today if it was in good condition.


35 posted on 07/20/2014 5:14:51 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t care what any one else may say. I had two and drove the heck out of them lost one to a rear end collision (no it did not explode) ran the other for 120k miles. It was a good little car you could work on yourself and was a good safe if not powerfully drive. The @&$!!??&@$ tort lawyers killed the car and I say F them all


36 posted on 07/20/2014 5:25:24 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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I owned one. The last American made car I ever owned; for good reason.


37 posted on 07/20/2014 5:41:13 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: bgill


38 posted on 07/20/2014 8:04:44 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: Hugin

I had a red Bobcat, the Mercury Pinto.


39 posted on 07/20/2014 8:19:03 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: right way right

I love the way the woman in the Pacer ad is dreamily staring, not at the car but at her own reflection!


40 posted on 07/20/2014 8:36:20 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: cicero2k

My parents had a pea green Pinto wagon when I was a kid. I used to ride in the back with the seat folded down. My dad has always had good things to say about that car.


41 posted on 07/20/2014 8:51:37 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: hoosierham

My Pintos were V6s.


42 posted on 07/22/2014 4:46:38 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Lx
I’ll drive a Vega there.

Be sure to bring plenty of oil with you.

43 posted on 07/22/2014 4:48:23 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: bgill
Pintos, Vegas, and Pacers were all horrid little vehicles.

My friend had a Pacer. Strange looking, but that car had great handling. He scared the **** out of me in it.

44 posted on 07/22/2014 4:53:53 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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