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Old 10-14-2011, 01:03 PM   #11
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:50 AM   #12
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She still had the Mustang and the Fates smiled upon HIM?
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Old 10-15-2011, 05:21 PM   #13
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Speaking of flying under the radar - a hot tip in the early '80s was to order a Mustang LE with the 5.0 liter V8 instead of a six. You had a nice little Q-ship, and if your insurance company didn't ask too many questions, you got cheaper insurance to boot.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:20 PM   #14
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Speaking of flying under the radar - a hot tip in the early '80s was to order a Mustang LE with the 5.0 liter V8 instead of a six. You had a nice little Q-ship, and if your insurance company didn't ask too many questions, you got cheaper insurance to boot.
I have another hot tip. That body style of Mustang was total shyte.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:59 AM   #15
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I have another hot tip. That body style of Mustang was total shyte.
Hey, by the standards of the day, it was OK.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:00 AM   #16
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Hey, by the standards of the day, it was OK.
We had an 80 Mustang with the 2.3 4cylinder. By 60K miles the power steering rack had to be replaced. After that it was a regular stream of repairs. Though the engine itself held up just about everything else broke at one time or another. Since the Japanese had managed to make cars that didn't do that for at least a decade it was inexcusable. That car soured me on Fords to this day.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:41 AM   #17
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Speaking of flying under the radar - a hot tip in the early '80s was to order a Mustang LE with the 5.0 liter V8 instead of a six. You had a nice little Q-ship, and if your insurance company didn't ask too many questions, you got cheaper insurance to boot.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:44 AM   #18
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I had a couple of Pinto's that were pretty good cars. before you fall out of your chair laughing bear in mind

A. They were all over the place and a dime a dozen, the "exploding Pinto" scare made them almost worthless even though it was a five minute fix to correct the flaw.

B. They had almost bullet proof reliability, much like the Toyota 22R engine the Ford 2.3 OHC engine was brick simple and varients were used until the early 2000 models in the Ranger and Mazda pick-ups

C. The junkyards were full of them because even a minor fenderbender usually resulted in the owner insisting on a write-off, thus there was a ready supply of cheap used parts to keep them running.

D. A 4 speed Pinto with studded tires was more fun to drive in the snow and on dirt roads than should be legally allowed

E. And finally, they got pretty good gas mileage for the time. For all around cheap transportation they were a slam-dunk, you could even stuff a 74 in the back if it was in pieces.
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:24 AM   #19
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I had a couple of Pinto's that were pretty good cars. before you fall out of your chair laughing bear in mind

A. They were all over the place and a dime a dozen, the "exploding Pinto" scare made them almost worthless even though it was a five minute fix to correct the flaw.

B. They had almost bullet proof reliability, much like the Toyota 22R engine the Ford 2.3 OHC engine was brick simple and varients were used until the early 2000 models in the Ranger and Mazda pick-ups

C. The junkyards were full of them because even a minor fenderbender usually resulted in the owner insisting on a write-off, thus there was a ready supply of cheap used parts to keep them running.

D. A 4 speed Pinto with studded tires was more fun to drive in the snow and on dirt roads than should be legally allowed

E. And finally, they got pretty good gas mileage for the time. For all around cheap transportation they were a slam-dunk, you could even stuff a 74 in the back if it was in pieces.
A man sees lemons and he makes lemonade.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:56 PM   #20
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A man sees lemons and he makes lemonade.

Lime-ade actually..

(one of them was green)
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