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Old 02-13-2012, 03:05 PM
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Red? Red Green?!? Is that you???
Yes, it's me, the Pinto woodie wagon is red, I'm not green with envy since I'm oversized, so haven't a chance of fitting behind the wheel of the little charmer.

I've driven past it multiple times, but I'm not interested in whether it's for sale...or not. Whiz on by, take a look-see.
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Nah, I don't want a Pinto. Even if it is the coveted "woody".

My neighbor has a Turbo 280Z sitting in his driveway that hasn't run in years. I've been thinking about looking into what it would take to get it running. I know he could use the cash.

I've also been virtually looking at Suzuki Samurai. They are cute, and you can still find them cheap that haven't been hacked up.

The reason the Courier appeals is simple - no testing. And it is a Ford. Sorta.
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I've also been virtually looking at Suzuki Samurai. They are cute, dangerous, your backside will ache in a NY minute and you can still find them cheap that haven't been hacked up.
Fixed it for you.

I worked at Cerritos Ford when they also sold Suzuki's and Isuzu's. Samurai's sold like hotcakes when introduced and after peeps bought them, waltzed into the parts dept and bought a gazillion accessories.

But...when Consumer Reports said they were very prone to rolling over, sales dropped to nothing.

I'm no fan of C/R, but what they said was very true, cuz I saw the evidence first hand. At least one rollover a week was towed into the body shop.

The other problem is, the wheelbase is sooo short, the ride is very choppy. Excellent for "shaken not stirred" martinis, very hard on your backside.
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Can't disagree with you, but I'll bet the Samurai performs better off-road than a Pinto.
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Can't disagree with you, but I'll bet the Samurai performs better off-road than a Pinto.
Uh huh...and it will roll over a lot better, also.
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Seriously, I don't take roll-over seriously. Blazers, Bronco, Jeep, they all roll over easily. Well, DUH! That's why we like them, because they are high clearance, short wheelbase.
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Seriously, I don't take roll-over seriously. Blazers, Bronco, Jeep, they all roll over easily. Well, DUH! That's why we like them, because they are high clearance, short wheelbase.
Uh huh, but when you back your Samurai oughtta your driveway and it bounces over the curb and flips over, your noggin will take things very seriously. Will have a bump on it the size of an Ostrich egg.
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Fortunately I still have the neuro-motor skills to back out of a driveway.

With the Pinto, I could carry BBQ supplies with at all times, so to be prepared when the coals die down.

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Pinto wagons didn't catch fire when rear-ended like the hatchbacks did.

If they did, I'd have been toasted back around '76 or '77.

My '73 got "accordion'd" on the 405 just north of LAX.

I really liked that little car while I owned it.

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Good to know, Pop.

Bill, you got me curious, so I drove by looking for that little Pinto. Snapped a cell pic of the beauty. She is in pretty nice shape.

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BTW, it was Michigan Ave. But it doesn't go to Michigan.
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BTW, it was Michigan Ave. But it doesn't go to Michigan.
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Did you notice a price on it?
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It's not for sale. At least it is not posted. It probably would be for the right fool.
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It's got a domestic-built engine in it.

Mine was built with a (then unusual) OHC 2-litre German Taunus engine, in front of a little top-shifter four-speed, and ran like a fine Swiss watch.
You did NOT want an automatic!

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Those are added 4509 aircraft landing lamps on the front, which lit up the rural canyon nights.

In later years they decided to use a domestic-built engine, which also ran like a watch.

A Hong Kong Timex.

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I have seen Samuris that have been modified to become some of the very best rock crawlers.

They got a bad rap by consumer reports. The magazine shortened their slalom course so that the pylons were closer together. They claimed that they had to because the Samuri had such a short wheelbase. They tipped it over. Of course in the real world it was no more prone to roll-over than many other vehicles. That one test that they published wiped out Suzuki's business by 80%. Raw deal.
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Had to search a bit to find this thread, but well worth this fine selection (and for sale too).

I'm always on the lookout for a VW caddy diesel...

and found this beauty!


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