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State Patrol: Front Seat Gas Tank Fueled 'Unsafe' Car (Minnesota Trooper Impounds POS Ford Pinto)
KAAL TV ^ | July 6, 2012 | Mike Maybay

Posted on 07/07/2012 11:41:41 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

State Patrol: Front Seat Gas Tank Fueled 'Unsafe' Car

Piece of $hit Ford Pinto Impounded by Minnesota State Police

It runs on alternative fuel source and the driver can see the road in ways most cars don't offer. But you won't be seeing this classic Ford Pinto back on a Minnesota road any time soon.

A Minnesota State Trooper stopped the car Sunday on U.S. Highway 52 in Koochiching County.

A State Patrol spokesperson posted photographs of what the Trooper found on the agency's Facebook page.

"Much of the vehicle was rusted out," said the spokesperson. Photos show a clear view through what remains of the floor to the road below.

But that wasn't all.

A tire was wedged behind the driver's seat, a placement the spokesperson said was holding the seat in place.

The Trooper spotted a gas can on the front seat. A hose ran from the gas can, out the passenger window, around the front and under the hood, "rigged up to the engine," according to the spokesperson.

"The car was impounded and the driver was cited for a number of violations," said the spokesperson.

Those violations included unsafe equipment and not having a Minnesota license.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: cars; deathonwheels; fordpinto; highwaypatrol; napl; pinto; pos; roadhazard; statepolice; unsafeatanyspeed; unsafecar; ushighway52
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Piece of $hit Ford Pinto Impounded by Minnesota State Police

It's a combination fuel tank/ash tray!

1 posted on 07/07/2012 11:41:49 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More photos and coverage ...

“How Was Anyone Driving This Ridiculously Unsafe Car On The Highway?”

http://jalopnik.com/5924130/how-was-anyone-driving-this-ridiculously-unsafe-car-on-the-highway/gallery/1

“Unsafe Equipment Stop”

https://www.facebook.com/MnStatePatrol#!/media/set/?set=a.10150917098448144.411045.159745283143&type=1


2 posted on 07/07/2012 11:44:00 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


3 posted on 07/07/2012 11:46:13 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

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4 posted on 07/07/2012 11:46:22 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well, if the brakes failed, at least you could stop the car “Fred Flintstone” style.


5 posted on 07/07/2012 11:46:22 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: DogByte6RER; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
classic Ford Pinto

Smiley - Confused - 3


6 posted on 07/07/2012 11:48:32 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Well, the rear suspension seems to need some rehabilitation:


7 posted on 07/07/2012 11:49:38 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: DogByte6RER
Hey now, it's a vented outboard motor tank and it's shock mounted, too. I've seen worse.
Try a Model A Ford - the gas tank is between the driver and the engine.
8 posted on 07/07/2012 11:50:53 AM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a dog.)
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To: Paladin2

Love the rust arresting spray paint around the rear wheel / quarter panel area.


9 posted on 07/07/2012 11:53:45 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: DogByte6RER

From the Jalopnik link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I3DpB4mP1Q&feature=player_embedded

...damn.


10 posted on 07/07/2012 11:57:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Still doesn’t beat my 73 Montego with a friend under the hood spaying gas down the carburetor to get me to his house where the gas tank was.


11 posted on 07/07/2012 11:59:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DogByte6RER
It is truly sad to see the last of the wild Ford Pintos captured and placed in captivity. In my childhood, they roamed America's roads with impunity, now the last of their kind sits in an impound lot, awaiting the car baler.
12 posted on 07/07/2012 12:00:18 PM PDT by MrNeutron1962
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To: DogByte6RER
I am simply amazed a Pinto is still on the road...or was...

Anybody wonder why the Japanese have kicked Detroit's ass in producing cars...since the 70's

Here's your sign...

13 posted on 07/07/2012 12:01:45 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow! Someone actually figured out a way to make a Pinto more dangerous than Ford made it.


14 posted on 07/07/2012 12:02:11 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: DogByte6RER
So, how many people got killed?
15 posted on 07/07/2012 12:02:47 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Popman

Yeah I’m sure the roads in Minnesota are just full of mid 70s Toyotas and Hondas....


16 posted on 07/07/2012 12:03:20 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: DogByte6RER
Where I'm from, we only drive those beaters in da winter.

Rusty Chevrolet by da Yoopers.

17 posted on 07/07/2012 12:03:29 PM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: DogByte6RER

I once saw an old Ford van with boxes stacked so high on top of it the height of the van was MORE than doubled. I think the van was on it’s way back to Mexico.


18 posted on 07/07/2012 12:03:37 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: DogByte6RER
Was this guy driving it?


19 posted on 07/07/2012 12:05:15 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: DogByte6RER
Poor guy...

I wonder if the the radio still works

20 posted on 07/07/2012 12:09:48 PM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (Liberals love to do what they feel is best for you even if it kills you.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Was the driver a Meskin’ heading south? Now I won’t get to see it on I-35 going to Meh-hee-ko....


21 posted on 07/07/2012 12:10:27 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Popman

I am simply amazed a Pinto is still on the road...or was...


About 3 weeks ago, I saw a Pinto stationwagen in pristine condition driving down the highway in Virginia. I did a double take and wondered a) is it the only one left running and 2) why would someone spend a small fortune to preserve a car with such a bad reputation. But someone in Virginia has got a very nice Pinto still running.


22 posted on 07/07/2012 12:10:35 PM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: DogByte6RER

Could this person’s Last Will & Testament reflect the fact that he wants to be cremated??


23 posted on 07/07/2012 12:12:25 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Smokin' Joe
So, how many people got killed?

Fewer people than died in Ted Kennedy's car.

24 posted on 07/07/2012 12:15:45 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Fools.Damn fools.Welcome to the USSA. Socialism is slavery to the State and the Supreme Court did it)
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To: DogByte6RER

My friend had a Ford Escort with a broken seat back. He didn’t even bother with the tire to hold it up, he drove it like he was sitting on a crate.


25 posted on 07/07/2012 12:22:50 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: OwenKellogg

FWIW there are 6 Pintos on eBay motors, all look quite solid.


26 posted on 07/07/2012 12:27:43 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: DogByte6RER

Wonderful things you can do with a carburetor. The marine gas tank doesn’t seem to be complaining about it. Has a nice shock absorbing base.


27 posted on 07/07/2012 12:31:16 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: nascarnation
Yeah I’m sure the roads in Minnesota are just full of mid 70s Toyota s and Hondas....

No, of course not, but they are filled with Toyota's, Honda, Hyundai, Nissans...

These manufactures who got a foothold in the huge American car market back in the 70's because Detroit produced absolute garbage...

The last American car I ever owned was an piece of garbage that leaked in ever conceivable place it could leak before it hit 100,000 miles.

I have a Camry in my driveaway with 250,000 plus miles on it...

28 posted on 07/07/2012 12:33:09 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: a fool in paradise
Hey that's my line, sort of.

“One less than died in Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile”. It's really good to use when discussing how many people died at Three Mile Island.

I always give the Libtards two guesses before dropping the Bomb on them. The more it pisses them off, the more I enjoy the experience. Me bad, very, very bad.

29 posted on 07/07/2012 12:33:21 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Godfathercare, either your Freedom or your Money will be on that Insurance Policy.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Just imagine how much he could have gotten for it in the CLUNKERS FOR CASH program.


30 posted on 07/07/2012 12:38:02 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Popman

I have a Camry in my driveaway with 250,000 plus miles on it...

Sadly the Baraqqi Depression has done that to a lot of people

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/question-of-the-day-is-300k-the-new-200k/


31 posted on 07/07/2012 12:39:02 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: steve86
Wonderful things you can do with a carburetor. The marine gas tank doesn’t seem to be complaining about it. Has a nice shock absorbing base.

I went to the link (photos) and found he has a real nice 'custom' electric fuel pump.... mounted conveniently on the door.

32 posted on 07/07/2012 12:49:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: steve86
Wonderful things you can do with a carburetor. The marine gas tank doesn’t seem to be complaining about it. Has a nice shock absorbing base.

I went to the link (photos) and found he has a real nice 'custom' electric fuel pump.... mounted conveniently on the door.

33 posted on 07/07/2012 12:50:13 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: DogByte6RER

Sorry folks.

Can’t be having energy saving vehicles on the road unless the manufacturer has borrowed $500 million from the American taxpayer...and lost every cent of it.

Besides...this gadget appeared to actually work.


34 posted on 07/07/2012 12:56:05 PM PDT by moovova (Pandora has left the box.)
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To: DogByte6RER

This is what happens when your minds is on drugs!


35 posted on 07/07/2012 12:57:19 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: DogByte6RER

This is what happens when your mind’s on drugs!


36 posted on 07/07/2012 12:59:55 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: UCANSEE2

Just about like the one in my Sears runabout. Nice work, accessible and easy to maintain. State Patrol mechanics should be taking lessons from this guy.


37 posted on 07/07/2012 1:06:16 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Popman

>> Anybody wonder why the Japanese have kicked Detroit’s ass in producing cars...since the 70’s

I agree the Pinto was a POS, but give me a call whenever the Japanese make an equivalent to my F-350 DRW...


38 posted on 07/07/2012 1:07:11 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: moovova

>> Can’t be having energy saving vehicles on the road unless the manufacturer has borrowed $500 million from the American taxpayer...

Hell-OO!!! This car is *not* powered by “alternative fuel”... it “runs on alternative fuel source”.

As in *conventional gasoline*, delivered from a plastic tank in the passenger compartment!

I appreciate your sentiment but it doesn’t align with the real story.


39 posted on 07/07/2012 1:14:25 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I saw one just as bad as that day before yesterday...on the freeway too. Scary.


40 posted on 07/07/2012 1:19:33 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Nervous Tick
I agree the Pinto was a POS, but give me a call whenever the Japanese make an equivalent to my F-350 DRW...

That's the point...Nissan and Toyota got into the large truck market late because Ford and GMC made and still makes a fine truck and that large truck market would have been very difficult to penetrate...

Nissan and Toyota paved the way for a smaller truck market though..

My first truck was a 1988 Nissan King Cab pickup truck....Ford nor Chevy made something even remotely similar..The truck was a gem...

$8,800 brand new....sold it 11 years later for $4,400 with 111,000 mile on..

Try that with ANY American made vehicle

41 posted on 07/07/2012 1:24:00 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: Popman

>> That’s the point...

No it isn’t!

What the Japs call “large trucks” are merely (sort of) full sized trucks.

I’ll admit, if I was in the market for an F-150 class vehicle, I’d give Toyota Tundra a close look.

For higher GVWR vehicles, there is NOTHING out of Japan.

NOTHING.


42 posted on 07/07/2012 1:28:16 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: DogByte6RER

That is normal down in Mexico with 10 kids inside and not belted in!


43 posted on 07/07/2012 1:37:35 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Police state.


44 posted on 07/07/2012 1:44:55 PM PDT by BobL
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To: rockrr

It’s that all-important interval between the stupid idea being implemented and Darwin taking notice.


45 posted on 07/07/2012 1:47:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: OwenKellogg

I know someone who has a 1976 Gremlin in showroom condition (original owner) The guy is so tight he squeaks, I doubt he’s done much more than routine maintanence and kept the car garaged


46 posted on 07/07/2012 1:54:30 PM PDT by Figment
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To: DogByte6RER
Photos show a clear view through what remains of the floor to the road below.

I saw many motorcycles with the same unsafe condition.
Better haul them all in until they can install solid floor boards.


47 posted on 07/07/2012 1:58:12 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: Nervous Tick

Feel better now?


48 posted on 07/07/2012 1:59:17 PM PDT by moovova (Pandora has left the box.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

I used that once when a friend and I were discussing his new firearm. A Lib woman overheard the conversation and said “Guns, uhgggg!” I replied with the Ted Kennedy line and she was dumbfounded.


49 posted on 07/07/2012 2:00:44 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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Gee it’s amazing how too many dimwits here on this thread have sunk to jumping on the Obama bash Americans band wagon.


50 posted on 07/07/2012 2:00:48 PM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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