Looks can be deceiving. When Ron Ward sent me the link for this 1978 Pinto wagon, I saw baby-blue, primer, some bodywork that was best described as “cringeworthy” and wheels I wouldn’t put on a LeMons racer. Nope, no thank you, moving on. But doing so I would’ve shorted myself one of the more interesting projects that I’ve come across via the vastness of Craigslist.
What you have here is a stout little beast hidden under the veil of ugly. We all know a V8 makes a Pinto into an entertaining ride and in this case, a 1991 vintage 5.0 is running the show. Aluminum Ford Racing heads and a Ford Racing bumpstick make things lively, and the overdrive automatic is still attached, so you could even call it slightly economic. A Mustang II front suspension setup and four-wheel disc brakes compliment the suspension setup, and inside you’ll find a pretty clean interior, modern front buckets and some cage work.
At $5300 it isn’t cheap, but it looks to be well along and if all it needs is some prettying up, then this would be a good score. Finish out the interior, paint it something other than that God-awful Robin’s Egg Blue and go have a blast with it.
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