Ford vehicles from the 1970s take a bit of a bad rap. The big cars were barges, the little cars were deathtraps, the Mustang was an aberration, the mid-sizers had all the fun of a bowl of Shredded Wheat…the one big brick, not the fun frosted type. Unless you were in the market for a good truck or a van, Ford’s offerings weren’t quite there somehow. Even by the standards of the day, there were issues. It’s fairly easy to say that it was simply a command decision…Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford II were no longer as cordial as they had been during the mid-1960s, and Hank the Deuce was still the final say in what went on whenever or wherever the Ford name was placed. The Pinto, Ford’s small-car offering, had it’s issues, but in it’s defense it was fairly popular and served the company well in it’s nine-year production run.
A V8 Pinto always sounds like a fun prospect. Small, short, light on it’s feet and capable of swallowing up the small-block Ford, a swapped Pinto is a no-brainer for a fun car to mess around with. It might not be a Gapp and Roush car, but a 302 in Ford’s little rear-wheel-drive hatchback is an enticing proposition. And for $3,500, how can you go wrong? Enjoy it for what it is: a smoke machine with a checkered name attached to it. If you can’t have fun in a V8 Pinto, we don’t know how to help you.