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Round 2 1977 Pinto (OOB) - Definition of Loser

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Round 2 1977 Pinto (OOB) - Definition of Loser
Posted by Faust on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 7:23 PM
If you know me, then you know my thing is weird cars, the everyday and what I call “loser cars”. One of the most recognized, reviled and joked about loser cars of the Automotive Dark Ages was the Ford Pinto. With a reputation for blowing up like a stick of Looney Tunes dynamite and a design that was a weird mix of practical and impractically underpowered and underbuilt, the Pinto has long epitomized how low things could go.
 
 
 It’s no surprise then that I was beside myself with excitement when Round 2 anounced they were going to give us our SECOND Pinto reissue. First, there was the Pony Express wagon, followed now by the AMT 1977 hatchback! For Pinto-philes (even sounds gross) and loser-lovers like me, getting a chance to own the second-ugliest installment of Ford’s incendiary blighter was something that had only been hoped for.
 
 
I managed to snag one a week and change ago, and I’m really surprised to see that no one else out there seems to have jumped on this one. Of course, that might be because, unlike me, they knew what to expect! Check out my out of box review for this new stain on your modelling display at the link below, and bring your fire extinguishers!
 
 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:28 AM

Unfortunatly the mid-late 70's were weak points both in real and model car design. Nonetheless I plan to get this kit eventually. I have a soft spot for anything 70's.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:07 AM

Hi;

 I never did like the Endura front end on this one .I still like the original front end .

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Posted by Faust on Thursday, July 4, 2019 7:07 PM

oldcarguy

Hi;

 I never did like the Endura front end on this one .I still like the original front end .

 

 
I like the earlier ones better, too. That's why it's better to have this one! It's more of a reminder of how sad things got, and it's important we embrace that, so we don't ever have to suffer it again. (Except for stuff like Yarises other milquetoast, soul-less junk...)
 
I still say it's got a lot of Camaro in it. Makes me laugh!

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Posted by jkitman on Sunday, July 7, 2019 1:28 PM

I agree.  I like odd balls. Pintos, Vegas,  mavericks, gremlins etc. Keep em coming. A maverick would be awesome.  Hello AMT, Revell????

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Posted by Faust on Monday, July 8, 2019 6:26 PM

jkitman

I agree.  I like odd balls. Pintos, Vegas,  mavericks, gremlins etc. Keep em coming. A maverick would be awesome.  Hello AMT, Revell????

 

 
AMT or Jo-Han had to have done a stock Maverick at some time, didn't they. If they can reissue two Pintos, the BRAT and the final Volare, then maybe, MAYBE there's hope!

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Posted by maddmaxx on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 6:53 AM

I owned one of the Pinto Crusin Wagons in the original Ford advertisement scheme of Silver base with the black trim and yellow, orange and purple stripes.  My wife and I loved that car and used it for about 150k miles.  Now that I've returned to auto modeling (as well as the air and military I've been doing all along) I'm going to have to get one or two of these kits and do something about the dream race car we were going to build just before the local dragstrip closed.

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Posted by amt68 on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:41 AM

Monogram originally released a Chevy Citation kit in the early 80's that Revell has rereleased a couple of times that would fit this category. I've considered purchasing one of the original Monogram kits as it is a neat piece of model car history.

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Posted by American185 on Friday, December 20, 2019 5:44 AM

 

I agree.  I like odd balls. Pintos, Vegas,  mavericks, gremlins etc. Keep em coming. A maverick would be awesome.  Hello AMT, Revell????

 
 
Johan did do a promo model of the original Maverick in 1970. I was fortunate enough to snag one back then from my local Ford dealer and it still graces my collection to this day. There have been several attempts at whacko resin bodies of this car, but none were ever that successful. Close inspection reveals how horrid some of them were. They also did a promo of the sister car the Mercury Comet, which is very rare now and one of the prides of my fleet of model cars. They do pop up on ebay from time to time, but either in poor shape, or commanding telephone numbers !!!!

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Posted by Metalbender on Sunday, December 22, 2019 3:37 PM

Hi;

     Seems to me I remember the Johan Company doing both the Maverick and it's sibling Comet.

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Posted by Metalbender on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 12:27 PM

Uh Oh!

 You forgot the ultimate Loser. How about that famous " Bubble" car with the passenger door larger than the drivers door,You know the American Motors Pacer?

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Posted by Faust on Monday, January 6, 2020 7:46 PM

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Posted by 6 on Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:40 PM

I just got my Pinto kit delivered today!  I love all the old 70's base model economy disasters too!  Dying for a F/S Vega, Maverick, Comet, Dodge Colt, Omni, Chevette... even MIJ cars from the early 70s!!

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Posted by Faust on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 4:01 PM

I love 'em too! 

I've got Omnis, Horizons, EXPs and of course some of the already-made losers as you can see on my site (like Cavalier, Citation, Citation, other EXPs). 

1977 Vega = desperate want... I agree with all your sentiments, and I, too, and starting to like 70's and 80's cars from Japan! 

Rock on, man!

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Posted by Martin Brown on Monday, January 27, 2020 12:50 AM

How about Torino GT ? :P 

Ever since when I bought my first RV, My passion for towing exponentially grew. And till now, I have towed more than 880 vehicles successfully without any accident. I am Martin interested in cars, towing service and trucks. 

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Posted by Faust on Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:30 AM

Martin Brown

How about Torino GT ? :P 

 

 
You mean like the '76 Revell? My dad had a 1976 Torino when I was growing up - my brother always wanted to drive that car, but being a '70s Ford, it rusted away by 1991 after a couple of rebuilds.  They're nice looking cars.
 
My brother built the Revell, and has a second. He built the one as dad's car, not sure what he's going to do with the other one. I'm less about big boats and more about awful, cheap econobeaters, by and large. :)
 
 

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Posted by Metalbender on Friday, April 17, 2020 12:20 PM

Hi;

 That little Citation was okay. It was a good model to practice on for opening doors, trunk etc. The one thing I can say about MONOGRAM except the fact they liked to mold a lot in color. Their moldings were sharp and really clean. And that one was always (anyway the ones I got) molded in Yellow!

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Posted by Faust on Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:44 AM

I'll agree many Monograms from that era are well-moulded, but I do hate their lazy "Melt" under the hood. Like the cross-braces on the Citation, or the master cylinder and bottles on that and the GTA, it's just lazy moulding.

See, that's the great thing about the Lowrider Citation - not only do you get the correct decals for both kinds of X-11, you also get it moulded in white!!

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Posted by Metalbender on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:39 PM

Hi;

       Well, the Covid has me wandering around the sites and I stumbled on your review. I will say, that you covered it without the Bias I expected from anyone who maybe has never owned one or dealt with them from a Tow company's point of view.

      Firstly, I prefer the earlier Pinto with the original front end and grille. I think it looked( notice, I said Looked) peppy especially in the sedan version, fully loaded! The newer front end turned off a lot of Pinto and Vega owners. (Give us Bumpers ! they cried in anguish) !

        My full time job as I took over the Tow company was as a Ford Salesman! I sold probably more Pinto Squires than anything else, with a smattering of Runabout trimmed models in between! Now, that said. My tow drivers NEVER EVER had the opportunity to tow a Burned Pinto ( Crispy Critter) Our term for burned cars. Oh, and we never picked up a turned over Corvair either. Not in twenty years of operation!

 It's hard even today for me to believe that Stupid Lawyer that condemned a darned fun car and 26,000 auto workers to the trash heap of history, The Corvair had it's quirks too. Like very poor assembly and weird handling, But it grew out of it. Naturally The Corvair had to have a Flattop four door to emulate their big brother Biscayne sedan!

       Many were Pintos and Vegas and Pacers that got back-Ended. Not to forget the Gremlins! Cars then were so fickle, Like the Maverick LTD. You know that was an insult to the LTD! Well, thanks for the review and I gotta say like you, I was disappointed. Especially with the lack of proper fender well details and Decals. What's with that anyway? Thanks Again.

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Posted by Faust on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:35 PM

Thanks for reading it, and I'm glad the article was to your liking! I haven't ever owned a Pinto, but I do remember a number of them rusting away in my townhouse complex when I was a kid! (That would be about 1980-83... they didn't last much past that.)

I agree. The early ones are quite good looking. I think the worst are the '77s, personally. I hate that nose, and it looks like a Camaro of the same age due to the headlight pod shape. Maybe that's why I think the Camaros of that era look cheap as heck? Hmmm...

I'm amazed you never towed a burnt one, although like so many things, it seems that the media might have overhyped the problem  a bit. Still, Ford should have fixed the problem when they found it. 

AMT was never one for heavy engine bay detail, it seems. That era of AMTs is terrible; they're super-weak on engine bay detail and fit is dodgy at best. The '76 Gremmy is the same way. 

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Posted by steveracer on Monday, May 11, 2020 2:12 PM

I must have been a "looser" back in the day!  Here is one that survived many years of shelf sitting next to fancier and more loved cars.  Today, I get mucho attenion, and want to join the new club.  Wink

 

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Posted by 2qtslow on Sunday, May 24, 2020 12:45 PM
My then girlfriend and now ex-wife bought herself a new 1974 Pinto as a college graduation present. That was the first year of the new emissions regulations, and US small cars had terrible times adapting to the new rules. We could take the car to the dealer for a "tune-up" and it would still stall virtually every time we stopped at a traffic light. We also learned to be extra careful when making left turns against oncoming traffic because we were terrified we might stall before getting out of the way of the oncoming car. Strangely, that terror is still with me. I've put about 400,000 miles on various MINIs in the past fifteen years, and I still find myself thinking about the Pinto stall whenever I make a left turn. But I agree that they are pretty neat looking little cars.

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