1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

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Re: 1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

Post by Hawk » September 8th 2021, 4:17pm

My first new car was a Pinto. Not memorable which back then was a good thing.

Oddly enough the most jarring memory evoked by the ads was the notion that at one time 25mpg out of an anemic 4 banger was something to brag about.

And 50 years later I can’t see one without remembering all the Hyundai Ponies buzzing around a Qatar job site and being told they would never export them to the US. I went 40 years thinking they never made it into this hemisphere until AT told me the promise didn’t apply to Canada.
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Re: 1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

Post by smellody » September 8th 2021, 6:14pm

conjurer wrote:
September 8th 2021, 6:01pm
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The engines are actually fantastic and used in the Cortina, Formula Ford, the bock of the Lotus Cortina. Maybe the Elam too. Escort. Cosworth. Etc.
The gas tanks were great as well.
You mean the placement of the tanks in the Pinto. . . I'm sure the tank itself was fantastic in an Invicta kind of way.
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Post by Hawk » September 8th 2021, 9:05pm

Except for proof being offered I would not have intuited much favorable about the Pinto’s alleged power plant.

0 to 60 could be timed with a calendar all while flowing gasoline like the Colorado river. Which was a good thing inasmuch as it tended to keep the tank drained thus mitigating its explosive potential.

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Re: 1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

Post by AlbertaTime » September 8th 2021, 9:38pm

My Hyundai Pony was a great little car.

My 2014 Kia Rondo...not so much.

It made it to 107,000 KM (not miles) that I confess I enjoyed...before Kia told me that replacing the blown engine (that blew about three weeks after I paid it off) would cost $17,000 CDN.

I'm not a happy Kia fan, now. Not at all.
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Re: 1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

Post by conjurer » September 8th 2021, 9:52pm

AlbertaTime wrote:
September 8th 2021, 9:38pm
My Hyundai Pony was a great little car.

My 2014 Kia Rondo...not so much.

It made it to 107,000 KM (not miles) that I confess I enjoyed...before Kia told me that replacing the blown engine (that blew about three weeks after I paid it off) would cost $17,000 CDN.

I'm not a happy Kia fan, now. Not at all.
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Post by Datsun240Z71 » September 9th 2021, 4:04am

My first car (that I pickedchose) was a 71 Pinto. Had it 4 months before it was stolen off the dealer's lot while in for service. The police found it about 6 weeks later wrapped around a tree in someone's front yard. It had been trashed and all the good stuff (the alloy wheels) were gone. Dealer's insurance paid off well before then if I recall. My Dad bought my Mom a new car and I got a hand-me-down. Life was not always fair.

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Re: 1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

Post by DoctorIvey » September 9th 2021, 4:10am

smellody wrote:
September 8th 2021, 6:14pm
conjurer wrote:
September 8th 2021, 6:01pm
smellody wrote:
September 8th 2021, 5:23pm
The engines are actually fantastic and used in the Cortina, Formula Ford, the bock of the Lotus Cortina. Maybe the Elam too. Escort. Cosworth. Etc.
The gas tanks were great as well.
You mean the placement of the tanks in the Pinto. . . I'm sure the tank itself was fantastic in an Invicta kind of way.
You could say they pioneered Flame Fusion…
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Post by MAX » September 9th 2021, 5:44am

I rented a Pinto at some obscure airport and made it as far as the first set of railroad tracks as I was leaving the airport before turning around and exchanging it for a real car.
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Post by TemerityB » September 9th 2021, 5:51pm

My first car as a kid was a 1973 Ford Pinto in French's Mustard yellow.

It was terrifying - and it wasn't just the fucking gas tank problem that made it that way. The car was planned obsolescence at its horrifying, "it can't be THIS bad" worst. Everything broke on the car, just three years old when I got it - cam shafts disintegrated; inside door handles would break off in your hand; tires popped like balloons constantly; exhaust system so low to the ground a pebble would yank it right off the car; rotting floor boards; electrical system blew out; you name it.

I swore I'd never buy another Ford - so, of course, I started back with them in 1994 and stuck with the brand till last year - until, of course, their CRIMINAL act of knowingly selling faulty, dangerous transmissions on certain models from 2012 on. I have switched to Subaru and good heavens have I driven some shit boxes.
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Re: 1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

Post by Hawk » September 9th 2021, 6:19pm

Datsun240Z71 wrote:
September 9th 2021, 4:04am

We currently have two "Hyundais". Great cars both!
Ah, but *those* Hyundais are not *that* Hyundai.

If I recall the Qatar conversation correctly Hyundai Heavy Industries wasn’t even sure if their automotive flirtation would persist. Hyundai Construction was our biggest customer and the story went that their general construction and automotive divisions combined were less than 5% of their total revenue.

I’m also believing they spiffed up the Pony before they dared foist it on AT.

Trivia: the automotive division is also credited with them changing the English pronunciation of their name - Koreans pronounced it “Hun Die” which wasn’t ideal for a vehicle brand (possibly apocryphal - I got it from the Hyundai dude I was working with in Qatar (pronounced Cutter)).
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Re: 1971 Ford Pinto commercials.

Post by codguy » September 10th 2021, 6:05am

Hawk wrote:
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But is there any Pinto in that Pinto?
Yep.
The body from the doors/A-pillars back (sans hatch & rear bumper) were all Ford manufactured steel as required by NHRA for Pro-Stock competition. :mrgreen:

Motor trend article on Wayne Gapp & Jack Roush's pro-stock pinto.
https://www.motortrend.com/features/197 ... tock-pony/
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