Pinto Street Rod

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

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Super nice build..

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Looks pretty cool.

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Very cool!

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

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Wild! Love the green fade.

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soooo cooooolll

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Beautiful build Bobby !

Those Tom Daniel kits really are pretty nice . :)

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

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I like this Pinto! Very cool.

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

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

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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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Very cool!!!!

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very nice!!

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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

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

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Decent.

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Nice Build Bobby!

Great Green Paint... B)

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Nice job!

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

A small clarification:

Thanks for that comparison. Other than wheels, I never really looked at them that close. I have to agree, the unadulterated Tom Daniel original is much snappier. But that takes nothing away from the quality of your street rod.

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Thank you very much for the kind words! B)

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