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01-15-2013 10:59 PM
mjd4277
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Most of those were overblown in relation to the energies involved (80 mph + collisions as opposed to the low speed sort in the Pinto). The CVPI and now the Taurus interceptor were the only cars certified to withstand a 75 mph rear impact test with minimal fuel leakage. They also put in fire suppression systems as an option on the police packages.
It isn't overblown if police officers were killed in those collisions. And the suppression systems were only installed in 2005 and newer CVPIs.

F Series pickups were also very well documented for fuel tank related issues(tank straps rusting out due to salt corrosion)as well. Plenty of law enforcement agencies use those vehicles as well.
01-15-2013 09:19 PM
suss6052
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My father owned a blue 77 Pinto wagon with a 4-spd manual and rallye style wheels.


It should also be noted that like the Pinto,the more popular Crown Victoria has also had some safety issues in regards to its fuel tank as well.
Most of those were overblown in relation to the energies involved (80 mph + collisions as opposed to the low speed sort in the Pinto). The CVPI and now the Taurus interceptor were the only cars certified to withstand a 75 mph rear impact test with minimal fuel leakage. They also put in fire suppression systems as an option on the police packages.
01-15-2013 08:55 PM
mjd4277
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and is anyone here other than me even old enough to have owned a pinto?
My father owned a blue 77 Pinto wagon with a 4-spd manual and rallye style wheels.


It should also be noted that like the Pinto,the more popular Crown Victoria has also had some safety issues in regards to its fuel tank as well.
01-15-2013 12:02 AM
autolite I think between my brothers and dad we have had everyyear Pinto made 1971-81 .I had a 72 and a 77 still get a smile when I think about the fun I had in those cars.
01-12-2013 08:20 PM
badazz2010focus yeah it sucked at least that bozo who started this thread hasnt chimed in LOL!
01-12-2013 07:21 PM
felixthecat
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yeah it was LOL
I figured it was. I remember those & they were auto only's too.
01-12-2013 12:24 AM
badazz2010focus yeah it was LOL
01-11-2013 09:17 PM
felixthecat
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i remember that damn thing LOL I'm 35 we had a bobcat growing up. And yeah I was gonna say you guys are still going round and round about damn pinto's LOL!
Was it the v/6 one?
01-11-2013 09:15 PM
felixthecat [QUOTE=GreenEnvy;4534799]and is anyone here other than me even old enough to have owned a pinto? I've had 3 v/8 Vega's instead w/ 301's & a 327 w/ Motion performance kit= headers/rad & mounts. Cheap & fast.
01-11-2013 08:42 PM
Bleed Blue Dating myself here. My first car was a new 1977 Pinto hatchback. Dark blue with the Starsky & Hutch white stripe from the factory. Oddly enough 28 years later I replaced a 1977 Pinto wagon with my 2005 Focus ST. I would probably still have it around, but smog time was getting to be a real hassle. That and things like A/C, airbags, ABS etc kind of make life a little easier too...lol
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