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My dad has a 1976 Pinto, 140 cid, auto,with 35,000 miles. It's been sitting outside for many years in the tempermental Ohio climate. I was told that some people beef-up and race 4 cylinders. Is this car worth salvaging? Are any other parts usable in older Mustangs.
 

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street rod guys will take the front suspension steering etc
 
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If anyones wondering why I posted this, it's because of the interchangability of Granada/Monarch spindles, Lincoln rearends,... I just realized that since the Mustang II was derived from the Pinto, they must be interchangable.
 

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Circle track guys love Pintos for mini stock. Might try advertising at some local dirt tracks.

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Are any other parts usable in older Mustangs?

Cigarette lighter, lug nuts, uhhhhh...
Tail light bulbs, yea, tail light bulbs.... and uhhh...
Battery!

Got any gas in it? I've got a siphon hose!
 
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hmmmm back half 4 link with 14 inch tires , 60 inch wheelie bars, blown 460 ....
Either that or burn it.
 

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The older Pintos had different style a-arms. Those are not like the Mustang II's. They are junk if you have those. Save the gas tank for the 4th of July next year, they blow up you know!!!
 

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Don't know if it's similar, but I love the Pinto r/p unit in the race car...I believe mine is early Pinto (71-72) which uses a flexshaft, as opposed to later units which use a solid shaft and u-joints. Very light and very precise.....I used the whole unit, from the steering wheel down...

The guy I bought my race car from sold it (back in '79) to buy a Pinto Pro Stock car (ex Bob Glidden) ...ran some impressive numbers with it (mid 10's with a 289) before family obligations got the better of him. The Pinto never won him the money that the Mustang did though...

Pinto's, IMO, make either a great bare-bones transportation car or a good race car; little to say about them in between those extremes...
 
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Most of the people around here dirt track them. I raced one in the early 80's. Got it the 13's. There was one from Cali with a 2.3L SVO engine that was in the 10's! Wanna sell it? I need a project....
 
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