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    Default Looking for Ford pinto rally information

    I found a picture of a ford pinto from 1976 in Michigan and am looking to build mine in the same fashion. The picture was taken by Brian mcmahon. Any help is appreciated.

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    cool. ... Hope you get it built and on stages soon! Are you going period correct? Or modern new? Turbo Bird motor? Or?

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    Jim Kloosterman built a Pinto back when I was rallying a Vega in the 70s. I'll alert him to to this request on FB.
    Halley (WB5SQC) ...
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    I'm wanting to do a mix of old school,new school. I'm staying naturally aspirated. Will do tubular upper control arms with racing springs and adjustable shocks. Same with the back.

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    Where are you at in Iowa? My brothers are in the middle part...

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    Im in East Central iowa. Close to Cedar Rapids.

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    This is Jim Kloosterman. You may have sent me a message directly about a week ago too. It came across my phone but now I can't seem to find it! I did rally a Pinto in the late 70's but I'm not sure that the Brian McMahon photo is of my car; there were several others also rallying Pinto's in that time frame. I'd be happy to help you if I can, just remember that was almost 40 years ago and memory is the second thing to go!! You're welcome to communicate directly via e-mail at: jdkloost@gmail.com if you wish.

    Cheers,
    Jim

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    I sat with my then brother-in-law, Len Putz, in a Pinto, back in the day. It started life as a B-Sedan race car. Contact me and I can put in contact with Uncle Lenny.

    One thing, it is THE hardest car to roll back OFF the roof...

    And yes, we ran with a fuel cell.

    press on,
    just a poor, dumb, Michigan(now Wisconsin) navie
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    I'm completely new to the rally scene. I have a dirt track background. But no clue on this kind of racing. My pinto does have the recall installed so risk of fire. Which in reality was more then just the car itself. Only 27 had fires. The volkswagen beetle and datsun b210 had worse ratings when if came to collision caused fires. Buy anyways I'm very curious as to how to et ground clearance and suspension travel out of basically stock suspension configuration and just run upgraded racing springs and shocks. I know it's hard to determine because of the difference in stages but what gear ratio do you run in the rearend? I know it's not going to be 6.00 like in the dirt track. Think 3.42 or 3.73.

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    Gearing will need to be more in the 4.30 plus area, maybe even 4.80 to 5.00. Most NA cars use 1st gear only at stage start and then 2-5th for the work. I'd guess you should be looking at about a 2" raise over stock or so. Easy in the back due to live axle with leaf springs. Leaf springs can work, like to wheel hop. Probably be better to switch to 4 link with panhard or watts and either coils or coil overs. You'll need some sort of limited slip affair for the diff while you're changing everything around. The front will likely be a bit more work, maybe graft a macpherson strut assemby in?

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