Skip to comments.Ford Pinto owners gather for annual charity drive
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.
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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
To Hell and back.
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.
I’ll drive a Vega there.
Yeah, for repairs.
I’ll meet you in my Pacer.
Their charity is to buy them a better car??
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.
“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.
The early ones with the thin chrome bumpers are neat looking little cars.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
They should take care they are not followed by a procession of Audis.
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.
“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.
More power to them for the charity but can’t believe anyone would cherish those exploding caskets on wheels.
Vega’s didn’t hold up well to even slow crashes.
Pintos, Vegas, and Pacers were all horrid little vehicles.
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.
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.
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!
I hear Jerry Lee Lewis wrote this years theme song.
Pintos were underrated cars. I had a station wagon and a sedan. Fast cars...
Ford’s version of the Yugo...
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.
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...
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.
LOL! That’s what I was looking for! That is the best part of that movie.
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.
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
I owned one. The last American made car I ever owned; for good reason.
I had a red Bobcat, the Mercury Pinto.
I love the way the woman in the Pacer ad is dreamily staring, not at the car but at her own reflection!
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.
My Pintos were V6s.
Be sure to bring plenty of oil with you.
My friend had a Pacer. Strange looking, but that car had great handling. He scared the **** out of me in it.