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#1 hobbybobby

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:02 PM

The Ford Pinto was Ford Motor Company's first domestic North American subcompact automobile.

Marketed beginning on September 11, 1970, it competed with the AMC Gremlin and Chevrolet Vega, along with imports from makes including Volkswagen, Datsun and Toyota.

Offered as a coupe, wagon, and Runabout hatchback, the Pinto was popular in sales, with 100,000 units delivered by January 1971 alone.

Its reputation suffered over time, however, especially from a controversy surrounding the safety of its gas tank.

A rebadged Lincoln-Mercury version, the Bobcat, debuted in 1974 as a Canadian-market model, and in March 1975 began selling in the U.S., also.

(The Pinto Special and Bobcat Special would remain exclusive to Canada into the new model year.)

The Pinto’s 10-year production run outlasted the Vega through the 1980 model year, when 68179 were built.

It and the smaller Ford Fiesta were replaced by the front-wheel-drive Ford Escort.


Pinto Street Rod
Showy Ford Mean Green Machine, Original year: 1977.


Customizing sub-compacts is a special kind of challenge...

Another one from an earlier build time, finally done.

Just small changes, the front is lowered, the front wheels are turned originals, the rear wheels are front wheels from a formula1 kit in 1/20, the motor is wired, the gear shift is a pin, and some color experiments...

Hope, you like it.

 

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#2 hobbybobby

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:04 PM

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#3 crazyjim

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:06 PM

Nice work and SHINY :) :) :)  paint on a usually lackluster car.



#4 slusher

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:26 PM

Super nice build..



#5 cobraman

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:28 PM

Looks pretty cool.



#6 peekay

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:37 PM

Very cool!

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 01:13 PM

Ah, the old Poison Pinto. Beautiful soft fade of the greens. Looks very good.



#8 realgone58

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 01:29 PM

Wild! Love the green fade. 



#9 Chris White

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 02:13 PM

soooo cooooolll



#10 TooOld

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 03:19 PM

Beautiful build Bobby !

Those Tom Daniel kits really are pretty nice . :)



#11 o-man

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 03:51 PM

That's a cool pinto!  Never thought I'd type nor utter those words, lol.



#12 Ford guy

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 06:45 PM

I like this Pinto! Very cool.



#13 PappyD340

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:27 PM

Very NICE Bobby, love the fade job and the colors, KOOOOOL!!   :D 



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 01:50 AM

That's actually a pretty cool little Pinto! Your modifications really helped it's appearance. Great work on the fade paint job! 



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 02:25 AM

Nice work. Great looking model. I like those over-the-top 70's designs.

#16 geordie

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 05:26 AM

Very nice build.  Roll on the day from these '70s street freaks come back into fashion.  I love 'em !!!  Great job.



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 08:12 AM

Very cool!!!!



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:38 AM

very nice!!



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:52 AM

Thank you very much for the kind words! B)

 

 

 

Ah, the old Poison Pinto. Beautiful soft fade of the greens. Looks very good.

 

 

Beautiful build Bobby !

Those Tom Daniel kits really are pretty nice . :)

 

 

 

 

I had not the opportunity to build a genuine Poison Pinto...

 

 

A small clarification:

 

Tom Daniel designed this one here:

 

Poison Pinto
Ford Compact Custom Street Rod

  • Original year: 1971
  • Company: Monogram
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Designer: Tom Daniel

 

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... and someone else at Monogram (or Matel) has changed it a few years later to this here:

 

Pinto Street Rod
Showy Ford Mean Green Machine

  • Original year: 1977
  • Company: Monogram
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Designer: ????

 

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Someone at Mattel ripped off the neat little 'Poison Pinto' decal, which TD did for this kit, and used it on a Pinto Panel truck Hot Wheel...

 

 

Unfortunately, this happened with many kits... :unsure:

 

 

One can argue about taste, but in my opinion, the primary original designs are much better, as these, which were later changed in the companies, by other "designer"...

 

... there are very rare kits, which later became better or more beautiful... :blink: 


Edited by hobbybobby, 29 September 2013 - 08:53 AM.


#20 outlaw035

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:06 PM

nice pinto...(never thought i'd say that...lol).....but NO flipp'n way u can call that a streetrod... B)