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The 1971 - 1980 Ford Pinto
« on: March 22, 2011, 03:24:01 PM »
The Ford Pinto began its well intentioned if rather infamous production career when Ford decided to pursue the "runabout" market of economical coupes, hatchbacks, and wagons that were becoming staples of Japanese and European manufactures.





Although accolades such as be listed as one of the "Worst Cars of All Time" by Forbes and Time Magazine, and "Ugliest Cars of the Past 50 Year" in Business Week were harshly bestowed up on the humble model; it has found a soft spot in the hearts of intrepid enthusiasts from the American heartlands.




Although slotted as a modest and economical mode of transportation for America's masses, it did include innovative safety features that at the time where considered state-of-the-art, even by military standards.

The key feature was the Explosive Reactive Rear Collision Deflection Device.




Cleverly integrated into the fuel tank, this system was intended to counteract and therefore cushion the occupants from the forces imparted during rear collision events.  Unfortunately, due to the accelerated timeline that brought the Pinto from the drawing board to full production (25 months as opposed to then-standard 43 months), engineers never fully field tested operational models.  As such, the devices suffered from key design defects that would result in the immolation of equipped Pinto models (and sometimes unfortunate occupants).  Ford was forced to recall the defective devices but it is rumored they became training simulators for military EOD technicians.  The much (and to some, unjustly) blighted Ford Pinto ended production in 1980 after selling just 65,000 units that year. 



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Re: The 1971 - 1980 Ford Pinto
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011, 03:43:27 PM »
I know that we, along with a few friends...love these cars.
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Re: The 1971 - 1980 Ford Pinto
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011, 03:51:48 PM »
The "fix" for the fuel tank issue...
A piece of plastic strapped to the front of it to keep bolts on the rear axle from punching thru it.
The pinto fuel tank doesnt bother me...
Now the tank in the 64.5-73 mustangs... 1960s falcons and fairlanes...
THOSE scare the shit out of me. :lol:


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