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05-04-2013, 07:23 PM
Hello. orangechat

I've always liked the early 70's Ford Pintos.
I don't care that its a Ford, or about any of its comical history.
Like many other things in life, i love them because i grew up with one and they remind me of good times as a kid.

I think its a great looking little car, here's a little me circa 1975.


They especially look hot like this. :lol:


I've always wanted to try making a Pinto body but never really got started on one.
I recently got these super cool vintage tires from UNGLEWD and they set my mind in motion.
They were originally planned to be used on the A100 but they are too small to look right on there.


I'm gonna make the whole body sized to suit the tires best. Just trying to decide what that size should be.
I have them put on a CC01 rear axle right now to see how they look.
Its a pretty good width but maybe you guys who know about actual cars could help me, is it wrong to have the off center diff?


My other decision before starting the body is the dimensions/look.

If the axle stays this wide, it'll give the tires a smaller look on a bigger scale car.
If i narrowed the axle, it would give them a bigger look with a smaller scale car.
If you see what i mean. Ha.

I think to have it look like these reference pics, i'm gonna need a skinnier axle. Yes?

Anyhow, its not gonna be too fancy in the chassis department as i just rather use parts i already have here, but it should look pretty cool. This chopped in half old CC01 may actually work pretty good for the rear chassis, i could use the trans too. Maybe some smaller shocks. I got two more of these rims from UNGLEWD too so i can narrow them up for some skinny fronts.


I may take my time on this one but it should be a fun build.
Any advice you street/drag guys wanna give is appreciated.
Here's a couple more cool pics of the look i'm going for.
More soon.




05-04-2013, 07:27 PM
Fun stuff Rick!

Bummer those tires were too small for the A100, but this is a more than adequate replacement build.

05-04-2013, 07:41 PM
That's a pretty cool build. I hope you paint something groovy on the side of it. Now you have to make a little patch of pavement at the HOP to drive this car. All you have is dirt and gravel. :laughing:

05-04-2013, 07:43 PM
Excellent, although I believe it had a center differential. But I'm pretty sure nobody used the stock unit in there drag car. I always thought they were a nice design. I am sure that's also because I grew up with one in the driveway as well. If I'm not mistaken the memories will always remain the best thing about that car and it was a pretty good little car.

05-04-2013, 07:46 PM
Thanks guys. Its probably best i don't have pavement close by. It'll keep me from smashing it too quickly.
I would love to pave a little track somewhere in the yard though.

05-04-2013, 07:50 PM
Always been a Pinto fan. Dad built one up for the road course that he drove daily, but now it's a drag car (new owner):popcorn:

05-04-2013, 08:12 PM
Always been a Pinto fan. Dad built one up for the road course that he drove daily, but now it's a drag car (new owner):popcorn:

Cool! I'd love to have one nowadays. Very hard to find.
On that note, I couldn't help but notice what seems like Ontario plates on that last reference pic i posted.

05-05-2013, 01:15 AM
I can't really help you with the look of it because I don't think we had these where I grew up, but I'll be watching your project taking shape for sure!

05-05-2013, 01:29 AM
None here either but they are very cool!
Looking forward to this one....

05-05-2013, 04:32 AM
Centred rear end is definately the way to go for the right look. If your going to go for the look of the Gapp & Roush car just shorten the long side to match the short side and use a short side axle shaft. I think that would give about a 1/10 look to it when done.
If you want more of a street car look like the last car, i would try to centre the rear end, but keep the same width. I'm not sure how you get the axle shafts to work short of cutting and welding to get equal lengths. I believe you would end up closer to 1/8 scale when finished that way.

05-05-2013, 09:30 AM
Very cool idea for a fun build. when i was a kid we always had mavericks. but I know what you mean about a car bringing back memories.

being a ford it was an easy swap to put a ford 9 inch rear diff in a pinto. they where all centered pumpkin.

Maybe you could use some old roofing shingles to make a nice little drag strip somewhere in your yard. with some paint would be easy to make it look right. traction would be crazy.

05-07-2013, 07:00 AM
Glad to see another set of those tires where they belong.
Excited to see a carved Pinto and I love a trip down memory lane!

Guessing that the A100 needs a set of the Traxx-ass Funny Car slicks if these were too small.

05-07-2013, 10:06 AM
Too cool!:popcorn:

05-07-2013, 11:41 AM
Thanks for the info on the rear axle guys. I opened it up to see how easy/hard it might be to make it skinnier, and like skinanbones said, it would probably be pretty easy to do if i had another short half axle shaft. I do have another CC01 axle here on my 4runner that i could temporarily borrow the shaft from while i experiment.

At least that would show me how wide the whole things gonna end up so i can start on the body while i try and come across another short shaft.

Can you order those little Tamiya parts on their own? (or) Do any of you guys out there have one you'd like to part with?

Wrencher - Thats a neat idea about the roof shingle drag strip. :hmmm:

05-07-2013, 03:09 PM
Ahhh... memories of my '72 Pinto.... 289ci small block, 4 spd manual trans.... ripped the one-tire-fire all day long with that thing. What can I say... this was 1989... my Grade 12 hot rod... fastest car in my shop class!! Will be watching this thread... wish I had some ideas to give you... but mine was all street.

A pic from 1989... the alley still shows signs of this burnout!!

05-07-2013, 03:37 PM
I say tuck those balonies together. Nothing looks sweeter than an ass end that is 90% tire ::2thumbs

05-07-2013, 08:59 PM
Headquake yes you can usally buy those parts seperate. If you go talk to Joe at hobby obbession in alliston he should be able to find that part for you, but it may take some time to come in.

matt c
05-07-2013, 09:27 PM
Oh man. These cars sure look goofy to me, stock. Hot as hell done up. I hope you don't mind; I dug up some pictures of my friends renter's car. When I was up visiting my dad in Trail 2004, winter of course, I parked beside this beast. I didn't get a chance to talk to the owner. It's all left to my imagination........and yours. I just had to snap a couple of pictures. What a beauty.

Some refrence shots for you:::bigdrool