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P.O. Box 3353, Stony Creek, CT 06405
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(This page originated 5/15/2004; newly back online after a brief absence at a new address as of 1/20/2009)

(JANUARY 2009 UPDATE: Sorry about the fact that many of the links on this page may be inoperable--we are in big time rebuilding mode, and may be for quite some time--we will do the best we can to reactivate links as we are able--thanks for your understanding)

We Also Highly Recommend: Bill Rainey's excellent & very useful CONNECTICUT PINTO & BOBCAT enthusiast web site (all-new as of January 2009): http://ctpintobobcat.com


*NEW* RETROSPECTIVE: 2009 CONNECTICUT PINTO & BOBCAT GATHERING - Sunday, September 13th, 2010 - Please view our newly-created report on this wonderful gathering, organized by Bill & Connie Rainey of ctpintobobcat.com, online at: http://home.comcast.net/~shorelinesteve/PintoMuster09/EventReview.html

RETROSPECTIVE: PINTOS AT THE GLASTONBURY MCDONALD'S CRUISE - Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 - Please view our newly-created report on this fun summertime Connecticut Pinto gathering online at: http://members.aol.com/cgextras/GburyPintosJuly2007.html

RETROSPECTIVE: COLCHESTER CRUISE MINI-MUSTER OF PINTOS - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - Be sure to view the report on this Historic Gathering online at: http://members.aol.com/cgextras/ColchesterPintosJune2006.html

REST IN PEACE CONNECTICUT PINTO MAN AND U.S. MILITARY VETERAN GEORGE METCALF - Please see the 8/20/2006 update to the SAAC News Highlights Page: http://members.aol.com/saacregion/NewsHighlightsPage.html


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Connecticut Pinto Registry Mission Statement

The idea behind the Connecticut Pinto Registry stemmed from our family having aquired one in the Spring of 2004, and noticing the apparent lack of local Connecticut-area Pinto people/Pinto enthusiasm. So, the purpose of this page is to more or less facilitate communiction and perhaps sharing of Pinto enthusiasm and knowledge, amongst Pinto people in Connecticut. We are not Pinto experts by any means, but are eager to learn more as we go along. If you are a Connecticut resident and a Pinto owner, please consider sending in your name, your town, your e-mail address (optional), and a photo of your Pinto (please note the model & model year, perhaps with a brief description), for inclusion on this page. You can snail mail to us at: CPR, P.O. Box 3353, Stony Creek, CT 06405 (we can scan & return your original photo--please supply a stamped SASE), or e-mail to us at CommonGear@aol.com. We also maintain a web site dedicated the the local general-interest CT Shoreline-area antique auto hobby scene--so please consider visiting the Shoreline Antique Auto Connection at http://home.comcast.net/~shorelinesteve/SAACMainPage.html for news & info on old car activities in this area.

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Connecticut Pintos

Pinto friends come from all over: Honorary CT Pinto Registry Member, Rob Smarsch's '74 Squire from OH... This year (2010) we elected to bring our '73 Squire down to Hershey, PA, to participate in the AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet, where, two years ago, it first earned its "HPOF" (Historical Preservation of Original Features) certification. While showing our Pinto in the Saturday Hershey car show (10/9/2010) we had the pleasure of meeting a very nice man named Rob Smarsch from Ohio, who, as it turns out owns a positivively magnificent 1974 Pinto Squire. Rob had seen Diane driving our '73 onto the show field, and made his way over to where the HPOF cars were parked, and we all had a great time getting to know each other and "talking Pintos" in general! Rob had not brought his '74 to Hershey, but we were able to see and learn more about it via some e-mail correspondence in the days after the Hershey show. In Rob's note dated 10/12/2010, to which the below images (included here with Rob's permission) were attached, Rob wrote: "...So glad you brought your awesome Pinto to the show!! It was the highlight of the show for me.I have attached exterior pics only of my Pinto because this is all I had readily available..." In a follow-up note dated 10/13/2010, Rote wrote: "...Loved Hershey and already booked our hotel for next year. Seeing your Pinto was the highlight of the show for me. Was so excited to see another Squire and enjoyed meeting and talking to you both. My Pinto is also tucked away for now and hope to get another ride in or two before the weather turns. Talk to ya soon, Rob... Long live the Pinto!!..." Quoting further, from a 10/16/2010 note that Rob sent, to which were attached a couple of pictures of the slick interior of the car: "...I'm sure the 4sp and the 2.3L engine helps but the car is still pretty slow off the line. I was really surprised when I first started looking at the car on Craigslist that the interior wasn't brown. They mentioned nothing of the interior color or pattern in the ad except to say that it was in good conditon. When I found out it was black with houndstouth, I became very excited...Oh, and (you) asked how many miles on my car and the Pinto is now clocked in at 21,700..." What I also remember Rob saying when we spoke at the Hershey show, is that, in addition to his car being a 4-speed, it had many options, including an AM-FM radio, and air conditioning. That interior color scheme is quite the striking combo, I must say! Also check out the woodgrained wind-deflector mounted on the aft edge of his roof rack--very cool! We wish Rob all the best with his most beautiful and well-preserved '74 Squire, and look forwarding to seeing him at car shows in the future! Thanks again Rob for sharing your beautiful '74 with us as an "Honorary Connecticut Pinto!" (this section added as of 10/17/2010)

Rob Smarsch 1974 Pinto Squire from Ohio

Rob Smarsch 1974 Pinto Squire from Ohio

Rob Smarsch 1974 Pinto Squire from Ohio

Rob Smarsch 1974 Pinto Squire from Ohio

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Honorary CT Pinto Registry Member Robert Woolley scores himself a GEM!... Funny how Pinto people seem to know what is going on within the hobby. Just a week or so ago, Diane was mentioning that she was watching an ebay auction for a super-nice '77 Squire, that we had read about a few months ago in the pages of one of the Hemmings glossy magazines (probably Hemmings Classic Car). Wouldn't you know that we would turn out to already know the winner of the auction for this magnificent Pinto--none other than CA's Robert Woolley, whose input we have previously featured on this page (see the Pinto Feedback section of this page). We also have a page of Robert Woolley Pinto miniatures that we need to get reactivated (he is an expert model builder), and hopefully we'll get that done soon. But for now, we wish to highlight his super-cool news--quoting first from his message dated 4/10/2010: "...Hi Steve: The weather has warmed up here, nice and sunny Friday, nice day to bring a new Pinto home, which I did. I now have two Squires, 74 and 77. Got it locally, just a few miles away. Nice clean California car. I'll send photos as time permits. Maybe it can be posted on the Registry. Sure glad you guys are not territorial and open it to outside CT... My wife asked if I were going to sell my 74? She used that strange word....'sell' I think I need to Google it and see what that means... Pintos will get respect some day. My friends think I'm nuts and cant understand a Ferrari, Bonneville, Model A and Sting Ray share a garage with Pintos! They cant figure why I'd want another Pinto, let alone why I have even one is beyond them... I'll keep a watch for Diane's Pinto on the site. They need to be driven and enjoyed... Robert..." And here's from Robert's follow-up note dated 4/14/2010, to which was attached a photo (see below) of his magnificent new '77 Squire: "...Hi Steve: Here is a photo of my 'new' Pinto. Just got it Friday, and its been raining since. Thats OK as its been dry here for the last three years and we really need it. Will be nice tomorrow, so the Pinto will get out and play. Its a 77, Calif car all its life, 26,000 miles, an estate car out of Chico Calif The guy I got it from found it there on a Ford dealers used car lot! 2.3 motor, 4 speed, power steering, and NICE!!!! Robert..." We agree, Robert, NICE! Congratulations and we wish you many happy miles of Pinto-ing in both your '74 and '77 Squires. Thanks for doing a great job of KEEPING THE PINTO FAITH! (this section added as of 4/14/2010)

Robert Woolley from CA - Magnificent New '77 Squire, April 2010 - WOW!

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Beyond-Beautiful '71 Pinto observed at a Deep River, CT cruise night, July 2009... I was pleased to be out in Deep River on Tuesday evening, July 14, 2009, to check out the weekly cruise night at the Volunteer Fire Department headquarters--and thankfully I had my camera along! The magnificent vehicle shown, per a vehicle identification card on the windshield, is a 1971 Ford Pinto owned by Shari Lucas (no town of residence noted). Per another informational card that appeared to have been created by the owner, the followoing information was provided: "1971 Ford Pinto (First year of production), All original, 66k miles...Extras: AC, Pinto sport wheels, Chrome on rocker panel and wheel wells, Shoulder belts, Bumper guards, 'Pinto' mud flaps (front), Vinyl top..." Unfortunately I never got a chance to meet the owner, but I was so pleased to record this fantastic Pinto specimen as it appeared in all it's original, well, preserved, low-miles splendor that evening. The image shown below is an overall view showing the rear of the car, and how it looked situated in its spot, among all the other beautiful vintage machines at the Essex Cruise. I have a few other, larger-format & higher-resolution views of the same car, at the same event, hyperlinked, that you can click on, and they are as follows (click directly on each hyperlink):

Left Front Overall View
Left Rear Overall View
Interior
Close-Up Of Cool Dealer Badge On Rear

(this section added as of 9/4/2009)

1971 Ford Pinto at Essex, CT cruise night, Tuesday, July 14, 2009

*1/22/2010 UPDATE - Finally getting around to adding Shari Lucas' (the owner of the very beautiul '71 Pinto shown above) very nice note to us dated 9/6/2009: "You found my Pinto!... Hi Steve - I spoke with Bill Rainey earlier this evening. He said you posted my pinto on your website. What a hoot to see it there! With multiple pictures non-the-less. Sorry I didn't get to meet you that night. I may be able to get up to Manchester on Saturday with Peps. I decided to name her Peps. Every time I've shopped for a four cylinder the salefolks always call them 'peppy'. 'Peppy' sounds too close to the Italian 'Pepe' being a male name and since I've decided she's a girl I named her Peps. Thanks for the website. I'm sure I'll check on it often.... Shari Lucas..." Sounds great, Shari--thanks for the check-in and we wish you and 'Peps the Pinto' many happy miles together! (this section added as of 1/22/2010)

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Don't look now--there's another Pinto Man in Torrington!... Earlier this year we had been posting a couple of updates about the upcoming ISWC (International Station Wagon Club) convention that was set for June '08 in Sturbridge, MA (of which Bill from RI's '77 did particularly well--see the updates to his section below) on the fordpinto.com forums, when "Smeed" from Torrington checked in asking about any local Pinto-oriented activities. What a pleasant surprise it was just last month, when browsing our friend Ian's "100% Kulture" web site picture galleries, when we came across a set that he had taken at a downtown Torrington cruise night that happened on 8/22/008. Sure enough, there was a super-nice looking Pinto in among Ian's photos, and upon checking back with Smeed, it was indeed his '73 Runabout! Quoting Smeed, from his 8/26/2008 posting on the fordpinto.com forum, in response to my question about whether it was his Pinto: "...Haha yes it is! I was sitting in that chair in the background for most of the night. I remember the 100percentkulture rat rod being one of my favs..." Small world indeed! Below are the two shots from the 100% Kulture site (thanks Ian for permission to reprint them here, in reduced format). Lookin' Good Smeed! And Keep On Pinto-ing! (this section added as of 9/1/2008)

"Smeed" from fordpinto.com forums' '73 Runabout, 8/22/2008, Torrington; Ian/100% Kulture image

"Smeed" from fordpinto.com forums' '73 Runabout, 8/22/2008, Torrington; Ian/100% Kulture image

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1978 Pinto Sedan Delivery w/V8 power, Bob Boudrot, Waltham, MAWe had the Ocean State below--and here's one from the Bay State... We received a nice note with some pictures in the snail mail from Mr. Robert Boudrot of Waltham, MA, postmarked July 2, 2007 (sorry for slow uptake here Mr. B!). He writes: "...Hi, I noticed your ad in Cars & Parts, March '05 issue...I own and race a '78 Pinto Sedan Delivery wagon, powder blue with a Mustang 302 V8, auto with Mustang II rear, with 411 spool, Mustang aluminum rims with M&H Racemasters on the rear...custom dual exhaust with Dynamax turbo mufflers & pipes both exit on the passenger side...rear-mounted battery with on/off switch on the rear bumper... The car has welded frame connectors, no headers or traction bars, yet the car has run 13.74 at 99 mph; 1.89 60' time. Hope to hear from you... Bob 781-891-6097..." Very cool Pinto, Bob! And quite the healthy runner too, it appears--wow! Bob also added a couple of ther notes to his letter: "...12 cars...5 too many...'64 4-speed, 289-4 Comet Cally, 4-sale, 75 miles, all-new..." Anyway, I finally got a chance to get to a scanner and scan Mr. Boudrot's pictures that he sent along, which give a bit of a feel for what a slick machine he's got--check 'em out! Thanks Bob for taking the time to check in and share some details of your super-slick V8 Pinto panel! (this section added as of 11/1/2007)

1978 Pinto Sedan Delivery w/V8 power, Bob Boudrot, Waltham, MA

1978 Pinto Sedan Delivery w/V8 power, Bob Boudrot, Waltham, MA

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The Ocean State Checks In! A note with pictures attached was received dated 12/14/2006 from bill@performanceresearch.com ; here is an excerpt, and we'll also paste in a couple of the attached shots of a beau-tee-full Squire wagon! "...New Pinto in town....Hi...I am in Newport RI. Not quite CT, but close enough. I am the new owner of a spectacularly restored 1977 V6 Pinto Squire. (Webmaster's note: I'm pasting in a couple of representative shots below) Love it !!! Other than searching for the proper tire size (It came with brand new 185-70 bw -- but I want wsw and these are are too stiff and too small) and wondering if 185-80's are big enough, I am fortunate that everything is in great shape and working order. (Even the lighter works!) So I'm not yet looking for advice or parts.. .but surely will soon !! Please add me to the list of contacts, e-mails, events, or what-have-you. Thanks, Bill..." Anyone who wishes can contact Bill at bill@performanceresearch.com and we'd sure love to see his super-fine '77 Squire "in the flesh" some day soon! Thanks for checking in Bill! (this section added as of 12/18/2006)

1977 V6 Pinto Squire - Bill from Newport, Rhode Island

1977 V6 Pinto Squire - Bill from Newport, Rhode Island

Page 13 of the Summer 2008 ISWC newsletter (scan of original printed page)--Bill Doyle's Pinto featured at the top - click to bring up high-res scan of Pinto picture*8/22/2008 UPDATE: Bill Doyle's super-nice '77 Squire appears at the June 2008 "5th Annual I.S.W.C. Convention" in Sturbridge, MA and takes home a prestigious award from the event!

As we observed in the International Station Wagon Club's (www.iswc.us) 2008 Summer Issue of their official publication, "The Talegate," Bill's Squire was awarded First Place in the "Original Unrestored" category. There was no page number on the page in which this feature appeared, but it looks to me to be about page #13 of the 22-page publication--see the IMAGE AT THE RIGHT for what the page looked like--you can see Bill's Pinto at the top, and below it were the 2nd and 3rd place Original Unrestored honorees, including Steve Peluso's 2006 Dodge Magnum and George Holt's 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate. Also, if you click directly on the image of the ISWC page shown at the right (or HERE), you can bring up a larger version of just the accompanying image (that we scanned from our copy of the publication) from the article alone--plus, we'll paste in a medium-size version of the image & accompanying words below. It also looks to us like Bill picked up some spiffy new whitewalls for his car, based upon comparison with the images in the above section--lookin' great Bill!

Here is what the accompanying paragraph read:

"Bill Doyle of Newport, RI won First Place with his 1977 Ford Pinto Squire, which comes complete with orange 'Alpine Plaid' cloth seats. It is powered by a 2.8 liter V-6 engine, with a Select-Shift automatic transmission."

As it turned out, we had our '73 Pinto Squire pre-registered for the same event, but family obligations came up which prevented us from driving up to Surbridge for the show, which I believe was specifically held on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at the Publick House restaurant.

Bill, you and your magnificent '77 sure did the Pinto marque proud at the 2008 I.S.W.C. Convention--congratulations!!!

From page 13 of the Summer 2008 ISWC newsletter--Bill Doyle's Pinto featured

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Pintoman71's brown Pinto on display in Torrington, CT, 7/14/2006There is a Pintoman in Torrington! When Glastonbury Connie started the "Calling All Connecticut Pintos" thread (ref. http://www.fordpinto.com/smf/index.php?topic=4879.0 ) at the FordPinto.com discussion forums to promote the then-upcoming June 21st Colchester Pintos Muster, it also kind of allowed other Connecticut Pinto-heads to "come out of the woodwork." Even if Colchester wasn't possible, the thread still provided those from the state with a bit of a "meeting place" to check in with their interests & activities.

One such previously-unknown Connecticut Pinto Person was "Pintoman71," who as it turns out, is from the northwestern Connecticut town of Torrington, where they occasionally run some big Friday night cruise nights on Main Street, with parts of the street apparently getting blocked off to allow the car display. He was able to bring his brown early Pinto hatchback out to the July 14, 2006 Torrington event, snapped some pictures, and subsequently posted them in the "Calling All Connecticut Pintos" thread. We are pleased to reproduce them here, as they do, obviously, represent, another bona-fide Connecticut Pinto (and a sharp-looking one at that)!

Here are Pintoman71's own descriptive words about his cool ride (also from the fordpinto.com forums):

"... it is a 1971 Pinto, turd brown color, automatic tranny...24,500 orignal miles...has the 2000cc emgine. It's a hatch, not the trunk. Everything on it is bone stock for now! It was on an island (Catalina) 22 miles off the coast for Cali..." (this section added as of 7/20/2006)

Pintoman71's brown Pinto on display in Torrington, CT, 7/14/2006

Pintoman71's brown Pinto on display in Torrington, CT, 7/14/2006

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Pintos spotted at the Glastonbury McDonald's Cruise Night, May 2006 - Greg Mattesen photo'Team Pinto' from Glastonbury Spotted! - Let it not be said that we don't have our Stealth Pinto Spotters out there "in the field," ready to document new Pinto sightings in the Nutmeg State! I had been aware, through participation in the FordPinto.com forums, that there were this couple, Bill and Connie, who were Pinto enthusiasts within the state, but it wasn't until just a few days ago, in late May of 2006, that some good VW friends of ours actually ran into them--plus they had a camera with them, for documenting the occasion! Here is an excerpt from an e-mail dated 5/31/2006 from our long-time old-car friend Greg Mattesen, about the enjoyable time he and equally long-time old-car friend Bill Silvestri had visiting the Glastonbury McDonald's (Tuesday) Cruise Night with their vintage Volkswagen Convertible Beetles: "...McDonald's Cruise...Bill and I got the opportunity to get together last night to attend the McDonald's cruise night in Glastonbury. I met Bill at his house, and we drove to the gas station. After Bill filled the '62 with gas, we swapped cars to drive the few miles down Main Street to the show...I had a great time driving Bill's car over...It was neat to enjoy driving by all the historic houses on Glastonbury's Main Street in such a historic car!...We arrived at the show shortly after 6 pm and were able to park next to each other right up near the DJ table. Quite a few interesting cars showed up, including TWO other VW convertibles...There were some other cool cars there, too, including some in the attached pictures. We spoke for a bit with the owners of the two Pintos: they were husband and wife. The husband drives the '77, which has been modified to be a real sleeper with a Thunderbird Turbo Coupe engine and Maverick rear end. The orange '78 was a recently-completed project for them, which the wife now drives. It had the one-piece glass hatch lid and a really interesting orange plaid interior..." Directly below is one of the wonderful photos Greg attached to his message--it shows Bill at the left posing next to the "stealth" '77 turbo Pinto of Bill's and Greg at the right posing next to Connie's eye-catching "creamsicle" '78 Pinto (presumably either Bill or Connie must've actually taken this picture?)--great shot!

Pintos spotted at the Glastonbury McDonald's Cruise Night, May 2006 - Bill and Greg pose with Bill and  Connie's Pintos - Greg Mattesen photo

A day or so later, I posted Greg's pictures at the FordPinto.com forum, and it was a thrill to see how quickly both Connie and Bill chimed in there...

Connie, a.k.a.: "Creamsicle" at the FordPinto.com forum, in a post dated dated 6/1/2006, wrote:

"...Wow, Steve...What a small world. We talked to those guys for quite a while and I knew they were taking the pictures for a pinto friend of theirs but I never expected to see them here. Thanks for posting them. They had a couple of impressive bugs at the cruise night and the grey one took a trophy. All of us CT pinto owners should get together for ice cream or something. I'll talk to Bill and see if we can put something together. Hopefully we'll see you in Glastonbury some Tuesday night! Connie..."

Bill, a.k.a.: "77turbopinto" at the FordPinto.com forum, in a post dated 6/1/2006, wrote:

"...Kool stuff. You can see the nose of one of the Bugs in the first pic. Nice guys, and they had super nice cars too. Thanks again, Bill.."

So, in all, that was a very cool "meeting," and we'll have to see if we can get some other Pinto folks to look at one of those Tuesday Glastonbury McDonald's cruise nights this season. Thanks again to Connie & Bill, and also, of course to Greg Mattesen and Bill Silvestri, for being our "Pinto Ambassadors!" Please enjoy a couple more of Greg's photos below (this section added as of 6/3/2006)

Pintos spotted at the Glastonbury McDonald's Cruise Night, May 2006 - Greg Mattesen photo Pintos spotted at the Glastonbury McDonald's Cruise Night, May 2006 - Greg Mattesen photo

Pintos spotted at the Glastonbury McDonald's Cruise Night, May 2006 - Greg Mattesen photo

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Glen and George's new V-8 Powered '77 Pinto, May 2005Glen and George from New London are at it again! Attached to an e-mail we received in mid-May 2005, were some pictures of their newly-on-the-road V-8 powered Pinto! The subject line of the e-mail read: "George/Glen's new member of the Pinto family!!!" There were no words in the e-mail--just three pictures attached. In looking at a snippet from what they had written to us back in February of this year (posted on this page back on 3/15/2005, see below): "...We are now doing a 77 pinto sedan (has a trunk) car and we are putting a 302 in it!!..." it appears this must be the one they were talking about. Wow--it's a real beauty! In a follow-up e-mail dated 5/19/2005, Glen (GPT34@aol.com) wrote: "...Hello again...Yeah it's the newest member of the pinto family!!! We picked the car up from a guy in Lisbon, CT. Then we installed a 76 mustang 302 in it. We also changed the rearend and put a 87 mustang rear in it. O yeah, we also went with a automatic C-4. It's painted 76 Ford baby blue. Yeah, the pictures were taken at Ocean Beach--it's up and going again. Yes Monday nights starting at 6:00. The new Pinto is a lot of fun !! I do mean a lot of fun!!!! I'll be leaving them 4-yls cars home this year I think!!!!! Hope to see ya this year at the shows!!...See ya, Glen..." VERY cool, we say! And yes, that's their awesome red 1978 Cruising Wagon (same one we first saw at the New London/Ocean Beach Park Cruise last summer) next to it in the below left photo. We wish to thank Glen and George once again for checking in with us, and Keeping The Pinto Faith! (this section added as of 5/24/2005)

Glen and George's new V-8 Powered '77 Pinto, May 2005 Glen and George's new V-8 Powered '77 Pinto, May 2005

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We received a very nice e-mail...from Tom in Milford, Connecticut (kusertg@hotmail.com), dated 4/3/2005, it was entitled: "A CT Pinto Owner." Here's what Tom had to say: "...Hello, Steve...just ran across the info about your Pinto web site over at FordPinto.com. Didn't know there was a CT organization. I don't have a photo of mine right now, but will try to get one to you soon (it's in rough shape right now, anyway). It's a '77 sedan...one of the really basic, bare bones models, in an odd green-yellow color. Bought it brand new with 62 miles on it from Keating Ford in Stratford. Up to 158,000 now...on the orginal clutch, no less! But the salt from the Sound and all that DOT salt on the roads over the years have done a number on my trunk floor, floor boards in some sectiions and other parts of the sheet metal. Still have all the original papers and the factory repair manuals. It's been off the road for a while now...in my garage. I've begun collecting parts to get it back in shape. It still runs and drives, but is a long way from road-worthy. I'm debating whether I want to restore it to orginal or have some fun with it...maybe a T'bird 2.3L turbo...or something...I'm Tom in Milford at this e-mail address..." What a great story! We've been in follow-up contact with Tom, and it sounds like he's interested in getting us an accompanying photo of his '77 some time--thanks in advance, Tom! How many original owner Pintos are out there? My guess is not many! Anyway, stay tuned... *8/16/2005 UPDATE: Tom wrote in again with an e-mail dated 8/13/2005, and attached an image of his '77 Pinto! Here's an excerpt from his note: "...Hi, Steve...well, it's been quite a while, but I finally have a photo for you of that '77 I'm working with...the one we bought brand new in Stratford. As you can see, I've got a lot of work to do. Sorry it took so long to get it to you..." Very cool Tom! And thanks also for sending along the photo of your '77 Pinto sedan, which we were pleased to include below (this section added as of 4/8/2005; updated info & image added as of 8/16/2005)

Tom Kuser's *original owner* 1977 Pinto Sedan, Milford, CT, August 2005

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Presenting more beautiful new Connecticut Pintos, plus important new info on some other "previously-unknown" Pintos in this section! In February of 2005 we received a very beautiful Pintos photo attached to an e-mail with the subject line: "Three of the five pinto's we have--Glen/George new london conn," from Glen at GPT34@aol.com. I immediately wrote back and asked for some info about the beautiful Pintos in the image, and also whether or not the red car at the far left was the same awesome red Cruising Wagon (which we now know is a 1978 model) that I saw at the Ocean Beach Park, New London cruise last summer--which is shown two sections below. Glen wrote back in a note dated 2/13/2005, with this most interesting feedback: "...Hi Steve, First yes it is the crusing wagon from Ocean Beach. My buddy and I have five pinto's! We take them to all the area shows and people love them. It all started when we purchased a green 1972 pinto runabout off a little old lady for $300.00 with 38,000 miles on it. Then next we picked up a 1977 pinto squire wagon and we totally restored it. It's white with a red interior. The next one I guess we just had to have was a Cruising wagon, so we picked up one of them from EBAY in Texas and totally restored that one. The next one we did was cool it's a 76 pinto runabout squire with a V6 and woodgrain sides. Yeah they came with V6 a lot of people don't know that. As far as I know this car was only made with woodgrain sides in 76. That's what all my books are telling me. We are now doing a 77 pinto sedan (has a trunk) car and we are putting a 302 in it!! Don't know why we do pintos but there fun and we have fun driving them around. I seen your wagon on your site, it looks like a nice car!! Maybe I'll see ya at some shows. Take care, see ya, Glen..." I wrote back to Glen a short time later after I read his recount of acquiring the "green '72," and thought about the green '72 that Kit Foster had sent us a picture of recently--that he had seen originally at the 2002 Norwich show--and as presented in the section immediately below. Sure enough--same car! In a follow-up note dated 2/15/29005, Glen wrote: "...Hi again, Yes that is the green pinto from your web site.Yes I would love if you put my cars on your web site!! Thanks again Glen..." So, there you have it! We wish to thank Glen for this very exciting new addition to the CPR page, and the beautiful photo! Sure hope to run into Glen and George at a show or two this coming season! (this section added as of 3/15/2005)

Glen & George's Pintos, New London, CT, left to right: 1978 Cruising Wagon, 1976 Pinto Runabout Squire, 1977 Squire station wagon

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Kit Foster Photo: Beautiful Pinto, est. model year 1972, photographed at Norwich, CT auto show, July 2002Kit Foster photographed another Connecticut Pinto at a 2002 Norwich, CT car show! Our friend and fellow Pinto-watcher Kit Foster sent along a photo from his collection, attached to an e-mail dated 2/5/2005. Quoting Kit: "...Friend of yours attached. He was at the Norwich show in July 2002. According to my notes it's a '72 car...Kit..." And then in a follow-up note, when I asked him what else he might know about the car, Kit wrote in an e-mail dated 2/7/2005: "...I used to see it at a body shop just up the road from here. It was in more or less daily use. I never did connect it with an owner. Now that the weather is getting better it may be around again. I'll keep my eyes open. I imagine you'd be interested in contacting a fellow Pintoist (Pintonian?)..." Sounds good, Kit, and thanks! Looks like a "regular" (not "EA") Connecticut passenger plate there on the front. With the rear glass hatch open like that we can also tell that it's a "Runabout" model. The color looks to be a light metallic green, and the car looks absolutely spotless, with chrome hub caps and sporty whitewall tires--wow, it's a beauty! I'm guessing that by the "Norwich" show, Kit means the "Eastern Connecticut Auto Show & Auction," which I believe is held annually at Dodd Stadium, sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, and has this web site: http://www.ecautoshow.com/ (this section added as of 2/7/2005)

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An Unidentified Connecticut Pinto Cruising Wagon! We attended the Monday July 19th, 2004 Ocean Beach Park Cruise in New London, CT, and ran across this super-cool red Cruising Wagon parked among the cars on display. We never got to meet the owner, and, as with most cruise nights, there were no windshield cards to provide any of that information. We did observe, however, Connecticut "EA" plates on the car, and so we feel fairly sure that it's a Connecticut Pinto! Hope to meet the owner one of these days--for now, please enjoy this picture, and keep your eyes open for this little red gem at upcoming eastern-CT events... (this section added as of 7/19/2004)

Pinto Cruising Wagon at Ocean Beach Park Cruise, New London, CT, Monday July 19th, 2004

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Al Rose, Waterford, CT, e-mail: (sorry, Al requested this deleted).Quoting from his e-mail dated 5/30/2004: "...Hi There, Am located in Waterford, just below scenic Millstone Point...Have a 72 Runabout and a 71 Sedan. The Runabout is registered but is going through major mods, the Sedan is a 2300 future project...Rock on ! Al Rose, aka, Pintobomb..." Here are more follow-up comments & descriptions about his Pintos, from Al, that arrived via e-mails dated 5/30/2004 and 5/31/2004: "...I can tell you that my runabout has a new 8" rear with 4:11's. I modified a 2300 bellhousing to fit a 2000 engine and installed a T-5, five speed tranny. My mod engine is still in the machine shop waiting to go on the new dyno when it gets installed. I am real interested to see what it will finaly put out for H.P. There is enough sheet metal work to keep me busy for the summer. Partial floor pan mod on the passenger side to accomidate three inch collector Schoenfield header and Flowmaster muffler. Will also have to move passenger side motor mount forward about three inches to clear header. A box in the back for a 15 gallon fuel cell and another for the battery, plus a piece of six inch aluminum channel to keep the whole thing from blowing up if someone comes knocking. A custom dash, (stainless, brass & copper), to fit just about every Sport Comp gauge Auto Meter makes. A new carpet and 87 Mustang seats for the interior...When it's done it won't be like any other Pinto except on the outside. I've spent a fortune on E-Bay and Jeg's on parts. Now it's time to fabricate them all together...Here's a couple of pics of my eggbeaters. The blue one is my sedan, the brown one, (for now), is my runabout. There not in the most photogenic shape at the moment, but the runabout is on it's way to better days after I finish one other project. As you can see, space is at a premium. Not much room to move..." Thank you Al for taking the time to send along the additional details and the images. good luck with your most impressive-sounding Pinto projects, and please keep us on the mailing list for future updates! (this section added as of 5/30/2004; photos and additional details posted as of 6/1/2004)

Al Rose, 1972 Pinto Runabout, Spring 2004 Al Rose, 1971 Pinto Sedan, Spring 2004

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Diane & Steve Mierz 1973 Squire (below), automatic transmission, ~19,500 original miles, Branford, e-mail CommonGear@aol.com (this image added 5/15/2004)

Diane & Steve Mierz 1973 Pinto Squire, Branford

Mierz's '73 Pinto Squire in Hemmings Classic Car magazine, September 2008, page 20 - click to bring up high-res version of Pinto article*8/22/2008 UPDATE: Mierz's '73 Pinto makes the September 2008 issue of Hemmings Classic Car! We had known that there was going to be some sort of appearance of our '73 in the Hemmings (http://www.hemmings.com/) publication, based upon some contact with one of their editors a few months earlier (where we also were asked to provide a better quality image)--but what a wonderful surprise to see page 20 of the September '08 issue! The small image at the right is a scan of the entire page, and if you click on it (or HERE), you will bring up a larger version (that we scanned from our original copy of the publication). We also transcribed the accompanying text, and are happy to present it below--along with another medium-size scan of the article. Thanks again Hemmings Classic Car for the nice exposure! From "Station Wagon Sensations" article by Jim Donnelly; Hemmings Classic Car magazine, September 20, 2008, page 20:

Diane and Steve Mierz, Branford, Connecticut, 1973 Ford Pinto Squire - "We are the proud owners of a pristine 1973 Pinto Squire station wagon with 20,000 original miles," Diane explains. "I've always had a thing for Pinto wagons, especially ones with the Squire option, but they're just not around any more, especially in this condition. I bought it for the princely sum of $3800 and had it trucked out to Connecticut...It arrived almost 3 weeks later a virtual dirtball, but once we cleaned it up we were amazed by its condition. It's the only Pinto I've ever seen without the obligatory crack in the dashboard and seams pulled apart on the driver's seat. It's possible to sit in it, turn on the Philco AM radio, drink in the genuine vinyl interior smell and flashback to 1973 all over again...Aside from getting the gas tank mucked out, getting it tuned up and having a new muffler installed, we've done nothing other than have fun with it. While people always seem to notice our 1954 VW, no one even gives the Pinto a second glance. If perchance they do notice it, it's because they seem to feel the need to yell to us that it might explode or something--generally never anything favorable (or intelligent!)...Two weeks ago I took it to a local car show, and arrived to find the field already filled with cars. The people at the gate actually waved the Model A in back of me around me, allowing him in, and then told me there was no more room. We've come to think of it as the Rodney Dangerfield of the car world...But that doesn't matter, because at least we're smitten by it. Ford made how many thousands of these things over 10 years and how many are left? We've only seen one other at Hershey, in the car corral, and we've been going since 1986. This year it is finally eligible for HPOF so we'll be bringing it down instead of the VW...And I'm sure we'll hear plenty of interesting comments the whole time it's there...."

Mierz's '73 Pinto Squire in Hemmings Classic Car magazine, September 2008, page 20

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Connecticut Pinto Resources

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Connecticut Pinto Classifieds

*9/23/2006 Important Update - This car is now SOLD!
From
an e-mail dated 8/22/2006 from XXXXXXXXXX : "1979 Ford Pinto in need of some TLC. Perfect car to restore or just drive to and from work. 2dr sedan, 4 cyl engine (very good MPG), standard transmission, rear wheel drive, and am radio. New Paint job and original interior. Cash only $650 OBO, clear title, buyer responsible for shipping or pick-up + title + notary fees. Would be good to restore. Not many pintos left! Stout, very economical car. With gas at about $3.00 a gallon, this is a great deal! Car is sold as is, no warranty is implied or intended. Pictures attached. Call Tony from North Haven, CT at XXX-XXXX." The ad contained a few pictures attached, a couple of which I've reduced down a bit to be able to include here (BELOW), for the sake of computer space savings...
(this notice was posted as of 8/23/2006)

1979 Ford Pinto For Sale in North Haven, CT, August 2006

1979 Ford Pinto For Sale in North Haven, CT, August 2006

1979 Ford Pinto For Sale in North Haven, CT, August 2006

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*4/20/2007 Update - This car now APPEARS TO BE ON EBAY! - Check out the two images we copied from the ebay listing we ran across in mid-April 2007, from a seller located in New York state. Note the same decals in the rear window as compared to the rear view we shot of it in North Branford in November 2005, in the following section below. Sure does look cool with whitewalls:

Ebay '72 Pinto in New York State, April 2007 Ebay '72 Pinto in New York State, April 2007

From a Webmaster drive-by on Route 80 in North Branford, CT, on 11/22/2005, when I saw an interesting-looking tan Pinto sedan in a used car lot...I decided to stop by there the following day, with my camera...I remembered this car from years ago when it was for sale out in front of Big A Auto Parts of North Branford. Apparently a local man purchased it at that time, and reportedly recently passed away. So, now the car is up for sale once again. I went inside the dealership where I saw it sitting, here in November '05, "B&J Auto Sales," 1229 Foxon Road, Route 80, North Branford, CT, and chatted with a man in the know about the car, Mr. Lee Wallace. He indicated it was a 1972 model, with 99k miles, automatic transmission, stereo, nice shape, and asking price $2,400. You can contact Mr. Wallace at B&J Auto Sales, 203-484-7371, and it appears they also have a web site: http://www.bandjautosales.com/ . Below are a couple of pictures I took of it on Wednesday afternoon, November 23, 2005 (sorry for the late afternoon shadows; I tried to adjust the exposures a bit afterward on the computer). Though I wasn't able to get a shot of the interior, it looked very clean. (this notice posted 11/24/2005)

1972 Pinto for sale at B&J Auto Sales, North Branford, CT, 23 November 2005

1972 Pinto for sale at B&J Auto Sales, North Branford, CT, 23 November 2005

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From an e-mail dated 3/2/2005 from velmam@harbornet.com,with the subject line "Pinto Parts" : "...Steve, My daughter owns a 1977 Ford Pinto. It is a hatchback and we are trying to locate the rubber gasket needed to reseal the hatch. Please contact me at debbiesevere@lycos.com with any info you may have on locating the needed part. Thanks, Debbie Severe, Tacoma, WA, 253-588-9953..." (this notice posted 3/15/2005)

From an e-mail dated 10/4/2004 from dblanca@juno.com: "...For sale: 1974 Ford Pinto Runabout asking $800.00. Have CT Title, 302 V8 engine, Hooker Headers, Slotted Mag Wheels, Roll Bar, Sunroof, Louvered Hatchback rear window and rear spoiler, Fiberglass Corvette L88 Style Hoodscoop. For pictures and other info contact dblanca@juno.com..." (this notice posted 10/12/2004)

From an e-mail dated 9/30/2004 from tkava@tampabay.rr.com: "...Help...I am restoring a 1971 Pinto to its original condition. I need to find out where the best place to go for green good quality carpet, green dashboard pad, wheel trim, and a grill?...can anyone point me to the proper place...." Contact: tkava@tampabay.rr.com (this notice posted 10/12/2004)

From an e-mail dated 7/30/2004 from szimm@telusplanet.net: "...Hello, was wondering if you would know of any Pinto Panel Wagons that would be available to be parted out? I am looking for a set of the side panels from a pinto sedan delivery. Same as panels on cruising wagon but without the porthole windows. Let me know if you can help. Thanks Dave..." Contact: szimm@telusplanet.net (this notice posted 7/31/2004)

From a snail mail correspondence dated July 29, 2004: "...I still have the 1972 Pinto. It's all original and in great shape, and a must-see for the enthusiast. I'm asking $2,995 for it, and if you know anyone interested, have them call...203-484-0845..." (this notice posted 7/31/2004)

From a conversation with an old car friend at the Time Machines show yesterday (7/25) in Durham, CT...his friend has a '77 Pinto Squire wagon, not running, that he would like to find a new home for--if interested, call: Lou at 860-684-4000 (this notice posted 7/26/2004)

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Useful Pinto-Related Links

FordPinto.com - Awesome internet resource for all things-Pinto! http://www.fordpinto.com/ (this link added 5/15/2004)

Pinto Car Club of America (Yahoo group) - http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/pintocarclubofamerica/ (this link added 5/15/2004)

Mustang II Organization - A close relative of the Pinto http://www.mustangii.org/ (this link added 5/15/2004)

F.O.R.D. Club of Wallingford - From what we recall, that stands for "Ford Owners Real Dreams," and it's a fine local organization that is into Ford automobiles of any & all years & styles, and run an excellent summertime cruise night series on Saturdays at the Wal-Mart in Wallingford--please refer to the Cruise Nights section of the SAAC Calendar Page (http://members.aol.com/saacregion/Calendar.html) for more info on how to contact the F.O.R.D. organization and find our more about their Cruises and other activities. (this link added 5/18/2004)

Pinto - The Ford Pinto Mailing List (Yahoo group) http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/pinto/ (this link added 5/24/2004)

Mustang II Network & Registry - Another useful site devoted to the Pinto's sporty relative http://www.mustangii.net/ (this link added 7/19/2004)

Robert Woolley's Pinto Miniatures - This is a CPR exclusive, featuring some absolutely stunning miniature model Pinto Squires, custom-made by automotive modeling expert Robert Woolley--check them out at: http://members.aol.com/cgextras/RWoolleyPintoModels.html (this link added 5/30/2005)

Historic Summer Solstice Pinto Gathering in Connecticut, June 2006 - This page documents a most fantastic gathering of SEVEN beautiful vintage Ford Pintos in the eastern Connecticut town of Colchester: http://members.aol.com/cgextras/ColchesterPintosJune2006.html (this link added 7/5/2006)

And Speaking of the Historic Summer Solstice Colchester Pintos, here is Noted Auto Historian Kit Foster's Related Pinto Feature posted July 13, 2006 - Kit has long been interested in Pintos, and when the June 2006 Colchester event happened, he got his materials together and published a most interesting historical perspective on the car--nice job Mr. Foster!: http://www.kitfoster.com/2006/07/midsummer-nights-dream.html (this link added 7/20/2006)

AutoRestorer Magazine ran a wonderful article in the "Readers' Cars & Trucks" section about Paul & Judi Messier from Cromwell, CT, entitled "A Yard Full of Horses" - This page reviews the AutoRestorer article from the January 2007 issue, with further information planned to be added--including a full transcription of the text: http://members.aol.com/cgearannex/AutoRestorerCTPintos.html (this link added 12/31/2006; significant updates added as of 1/1/2007; significant updates and LOTS OF NEW PICTURES added as of 1/15/2007)

Connecticut Pintos gather at the Glastonbury McDonald's Cruise Night for a fun evening of Pinto fellowship, Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - This page documents some of the nice cars and nice people we enjoyed seeing, at a most enjoyable cruise night: http://members.aol.com/cgextras/GburyPintosJuly2007.html (this link added 11/1/2007)

Bill Rainey's very cool new Connecticut Pinto & Bobcat site - For our money, there are no two people more active or enthusiastic about Pintos in Connecticut than Bill and Connie Rainey! In January of 2009, Bill rolled out a new site for Pinto & Bobcat enthusiasts that features a fantastic interactive message board--please be sure to visit Bill's new site and participate--you'll be glad you did: http://ctpintobobcat.com (this link added 1/20/2009)

"Cookieboy's Toys" - an absolutely super Pinto-enthusiast site, run by a super Pinto-enthusiast, Brian a.k.a. "Cookieboy." Yes, we realize that Cookieboy is located pretty far away from CT, in MN, but if you love Pintos, you'll have a lot of fun browsing what-all Cookieboy and all his fellow Pinto buddies are up to! - http://www.cookieboystoys.com/ (this link added 1/24/2009)

2009 "Connecticut Pinto & Bobcat Meet" Review - We finally got around to putting together some words and pictures from this most enjoyable gathering for Pinto & Bobcat folks, Sunday, September 13th, 2009, Manchester, CT: http://home.comcast.net/~shorelinesteve/PintoMuster09/EventReview.html (this link added 1/22/2010)

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Connecticut Pinto Retrospectives - In this section we'll publish some words about Pinto ownership/enthusiasm in the Nutmeg State, from "back in the day"...

From Portland's Greg Mattesen, via e-mails dated 6/4/2006 and 6/5/2006. Like Tom (see next entry below), Greg is a long-time old-VW friend, who, in addition to his Volkswagen enthusiasm, also enjoys all sorts of automotive and American roadside cultural history--you've enjoyed many of his stories and features here at the SAAC web site--and if you don't believe me, next time you get a chance, go take a browse of our Photo Pages Index page, and you'll find many interesting items that Greg's contributed (thanks, as always, to Greg for sharing your great enthusiasm & creativity!). Here's Greg's initial installment about his own "Pinto history," dated 6/4/2006 (as inspired by his having run into CT Pinto People Connie and Bill at a Glastonbury, CT cruise night in late May of 2006): "...The only Pinto in my own history was one we rented in Florida in 1978. My dad took me and my sister to Florida (Disney and Daytona Beach), and we rented a dark brown metallic with beige leatherette interior '78. It had the one-piece glass hatch in the rear, just like the "creamsicle" '78 owned by Connie and Bill. That was how I was able to correctly identify the year of Connie's when I was speaking with her..." Greg's 6/5/2006 follow-up note contained a scan of his original picture from 1978!--it is presented below--and please also scroll below the picture to read the text that accompanied this wonderful picture:

Greg Mattesen image: Pinto he and his family rented at Daytona Beach, Florida in 1978!

"...I was so young at the time, that I can't remember my specific impressions of the car (I was 11 years old). I must have liked it, however, because I took a picture of my dad and sister in it (see attached photo taken on Daytona Beach). We owned a '75 Honda Civic at the time which was the same color scheme (brown metallic exterior with tan interior). Forgive the photo quality--this would have been taken with my first camera, a Kodak 110 (very basic, like today's disposable cameras)..." (this section added 6/1/2004)

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From Torrington's Tom Matulis, via e-mails dated 4/8/2004 and 5/5/2004. Tom is an old VW friend, and he references some of his VW enthusiasm in his stories. Here first is the 4/8/2004 installment: "...I forgot to tell you my Pinto wagon story. Back in '76 Debbie and I had a Pinto wagon that we bought for her to commute from Torrington to Colchester in. We had moved from Willimantic where we were going to school at Eastern. I transferred to Central, she had graduated as an elementary school teacher and didn't have a job so we moved back to Torrington to live in an appartment that my aunt and uncle owned. Sure enough, a week before school started she got a job in Colchester, 55 miles away. Debbie drove a '62 bug and I had a '56. We decided to invest in something that would be reliable and cheap to run. Went up to the Ford dealership that I worked for when in high school and the year after, talked to the big boss and he located me a wagon that I could have at cost,no options at all in it. It was metallic green with a green interior. I bought trim rings for it and an am/fm radio and away it went day after day averaging 28 mpg...I kept in touch with Peter Bose, the service mamager for Ted Trudon VW out in Vernon. He was a good resource for parts for my '56. He invited me to a VW meet up in Pittsfield at a dealership. It was going to be a first meet for a new Vintage Volkswagen Club of America (sound familiar?) club that was forming. Come that Sunday morning I hopped in the Rosewood metallic (a Buick color) and red oxide primer '56, headed down the driveway, pushed in the clutch aat the end of the driveway and nothing happened, she just kept going. Cable snapped!!. A quick check of my limited stash( two boxes and a bread box that I carried with me and still have) of parts and no cable. Not many stores were open back then but a couple of calls and naturally nobody had a clutch cable for a '56 bug.The '62 needed a master cylinder so taking that was out too. I ended up going to the first eastern VVWCA meet in a Pinto!!! Parked it in a parking lot next door to the show. Oh well, at least I was there...Debbie drove that car 4 years and over 100k miles, She sold it to a girl from Torrington who was going to school at Uconn storrs and doing so as a daily commute. Two years later and close to 200k the car was totaled in a commuter rush accident on I-84. Most of the car was still original, including the clutch! Allit ever got was a couple of tuneup, tires and brakes and an exhaust system. It was quite a car, especially seeing as it was built on a Friday afternoon, the last day of production for the '75 model year! It had a '76 color, trim, grille,engine, emission specs and interior, but was titled as a '75. Strange. But what a car, especially for a Pinto..." And now moving on to Tom's 5/5/2004 follow-up: "...One other thing I forgot to mention...during the nice weather months I ran a set of '63 Falcon Sprint wire caps on it. They were 13" and looked real nice on the car.We also took the car on an extended camping trip through Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia and slept in it often during rain storms (our tent leaked big time) and during bear alerts! At one point in New Brunswick the sign said that the nearest town was 98 miles away and the gas guage was on empty. We made it and actually put more gas in it than the tank capacity by nearly a half a gallon. It was a cool car.Wouldn't mind having it now. Is yours a stick or an automatic? Ours was a 4 speed with some wicked high gearing, the 'mpg' model, but it had good gearing in 1st and 2nd for acceleration. It was actually fun to drive and I used to have fun blowing away Vegas with it. Having friends that were Ford mechanics was helpful. We changed the curve on the distributor to advance the tining and rejetted the carb. It actually got better mileage along with having lots more power. Ran B 70 -13 Goodyear polyglasswide ovals on it and an aftermarket sway bar on the front and adjustable gas shocks front and rear. It was a fun car..." (this section added 6/3/2004)

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From Eastford's Jack Larson, via a snail mail correspondence dated 20 May 2004: "...(Your) '73 Pinto kindles pangs of nostalgia. The Squire debuted during the winter of '72 (I was working for a Ford dealer in VT at the time) & was an immediate hit. As I recall, they were somewhat difficult to get--special order and long wait. My first Pinto Squire was a '73 (Arabella), purchased 11/72, dark green/saddle, 4 speed, exellent in snow (w/dealer installed Michelins), as I recall...Traded her Fall of '75, for a dark brown/parchment '76, the so-called 'MPG' version, also a 4-speed, but despite the 2300 engine, not quite so snappy. Sold her when I bought the dealership in MA. Then drove a '77 demo, again a dark brown/parchment Squire...The fuel shortage during Fall of '73/Winter of '74 further escalated sales. In numerous instances full size Squire owners traded down to the little Pinto (losing their shirts); after the bruhaha subsided, naturally, they traded back up!...I recall selling a '73 & '76 to one aunt, and a '76 to another. My parents drove a black/parchment '77 for a few years (preceded by a series of full size Squires, usually black/saddle or black/red), starting in the '50s, which replaced their original '47 woody..." (this section added 6/1/2004)

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Pinto Feedback

From an e-mail dated 8/6/2005 from Bill.Rainey@ColdwellBankerMoves.com: "Pinto!!!...I have no idea where I have been that I missed your site!!!!! Kool. Please add me to any email list you might have for it, and let me know of any events. Thanks...Bill..." Thanks for the check-in Bill--please let us know some more about your Pinto interest/background some time... *8/15/2005 Update: Here's a follow-up note that we received from Bill Rainey dated 8/8/2005, in response to my follow-up to his original inquiry: "...Thank you for the quick reply. Yes, my wife and I have two. I will see what I can do to get you some pics, and we have some on fordpinto.com but not in the photo section, just the post areas...Bill..." How about that--a TWO-PINTO family--and here in Connecticut yet! Very exciting! We're hoping Bill follows up again with a photo...thanks again Bill! (this section added as of 8/6/2005; updated information added as of 8/15/2005)

Robert Woolley's 1973 Pinto Squire; picture circa 1975, at his home in CaliforniaFrom an e-mail dated 5/16/2005 from Robert M. Woolley (mcjbob@alamedanet.net): "...Hello CT Pinto Registry:..Just found the CT Pinto website and did not find a guest book. I'm a bit far away, California and just wanted to say hello!...Bought my first Pinto Squire wagon new in 1973 and sold it many years later. Now, after being Pinto-less for 10 years, I am about to purchase my second Pinto Squire, this time a 74...Keep up the good work, and if I'm ever in CT, will certainly look you guys up...Robert M. Woolley..." Sounds great to us, Robert! I wrote back to Robert and asked him to keep us up-to-date on his soon-to-be-new '74 Squire (exciting!), and also to let us know if he runs across any pictures of his old '73 Squire. Thanks again for the California Pinto check-in, Robert! *5/18/2005 Update: In an e-mail dated 5/17/2005, Robert attached the photo you now see at the upper right, and added these comments about it: "...I only have one photo sccanned in low ago showing our 73 Pinto in front of our house, and included is my Corvette and two Model A Fords.  We still live in the same house and still have the Corvette now repainted back to its original white, and the Model A pickup..." Rober added in a follow up note that the year of this photo was 1975. When I asked Robert about the color of his Pinto, he replied: "Sorry, its not clear in the photo, and I'm not sure I have a better one, sadly. Its Lime Green Metallic, not sure what Ford called it...Color was a big issue for our Pinto, and we looked long and hard for the right color for us. Second place was metallic silver. I recall going to the Ford dealer and seeing at least 50 Pinto wagons, and oh if the wayback machine worked!..." Many thanks again Mr. Robert Woolley for sharing his wonderful Pinto background! *5/30/2005 Update - Check out the new page we just created featuring Mr. Robert Woolley's amazing Pinto Squire Miniatures! The URL for the new page is is http://members.aol.com/cgextras/RWoolleyPintoModels.html (this section added as of 5/16/2005; updated info & image added as of 5/18/2005; updated new page of R. Woolley Pinto Squire models URL added as of 5/30/2005)

From an e-mail dated 2/21/2005 from Mark (GeorgeDFerret@webtv.net), who evidently was at the 2004 AACA Fall Meet at Hershey, PA, and ran across our '73 there: "...I was in Hershey for the car show......man, so many nice cars AND my new car was a '71 Pinto sedan. Dark green metallic, luxury interior, luxury exterior, 4-speed, 2.0 OHC engine, AM radio, consolette w/electric clock, flip out rear windows, tinted glass, factory air. BEST car I've ever owned. Never had a problem with it. Love your wagon. The Squires are SO nice. I remember you car. Very nice!...I outran a police cruiser (Plymouth) on a back road in that Pinto. It out-handled his sedan. She'd squeal in 3 gears. On a straight-away she'd keep up with a 350 Caprice. She'd hit 3 digits...Gave it to my younger brother as his first car when my '74 Mach 1 came in. He trashed it. Broke my heart. Went to the salvage yard to take one final look at her. Still driving the Mustang..." (this section added as of 3/15/2005)

From an e-mail dated 10/4/2004 from Bill Hossfield (hosfield@warwick.net): "...Hi, Just thought I'd say hello.I saw your post in the AACA magazine.I went to your website..lookin good. I was unable to link over to the Yahoo group though. Did you see the 75 Pinto at Carlisle with 603! miles on it? Went for $2500 I believe. I sold a 23K 72 on eBay lat month for $2000. Yet I have a 1of 6 genuine AK Miller made Pargara wagon that gains no interest. I have had Pintos since they were new, worked at Ford then, I tend to have only 71-73 1600cc cars. I have two presently. I is a group II and the other is chopped and lowered with a Ted Wentz formula 1 1600 in it. I've probably street driven two dozen Pintos since they were new and cut up for parts as they rusted away about 50 cars--yes totally bad ones never cut a good one. I have a attic full of NOS and other parts plus a stepvan full of used. I you have any Pinto gatherings next summer let me know. I'd like to attend them. People around here think I'm nuts liking Pintos but I'm shure you've come across this too. Bill in New Jersey..." (this section added as of 10/12/2004)

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Misc. Pinto News

Please be aware of the Ford Fest - 'Family of Fine Cars', for Ford-bodied & powered vehicles and tractors only, April 29-May 1, 2005 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina. Info: Ford Owners' Association, http://www.fordowners.org , or Randy Church at 706-776-7379 or rchurch@fordownersassociation.org. We received this information via a snail mailing from the Ford Owners' Association, postmarked January 2005--yes, we realize it's not a Connecticut event, but it is a fun-sounding Ford-only event, and the Connecticut Pinto Registry was contacted directly about it. We sure wish we could attend! If you go, please write us back with a report on how it was! (this section added as of 1/12/2005)

Speaking of the Antique Automoblle Club of America, I posted recently about our Pinto in the AACA Discussion Forum, under "Ford, Other," and found a quick response. The following was posted on 10/30/2004 at: http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=UBB53: "...I just happen to check out your posting-we are in the Boston area, specialize in antique, classic and special interest automotive glass. Thru several buy outs we have some Pinto glass that we would be happy to move out to your membership very cheap. This would ne NOS Carlite glass, I know there are some movable quarter windows with hardware in the mix. Let me know if you anyone who could use any glass parts. Anything I have in stock I would love to move out cheaper than used! Thanks, Richard, ProSource Glass International, PO Box 996, Andover, MA 01810, Tel: 877-345-2800, 978-975-5400, Fax: 978-975-5300, email: richardt@prosourceglassintl.com..." Sounds good to us, Richard--thanks for the heads-up, and we're glad to pass along the word! (this section added as of 11/1/2004)

We brought our '73 Squire down to Hershey, Pennsylvania in early October 2004 to participate in the big annual Antique Automobile Club of America Eastern Division Fall Meet car show, on Saturday October 9th (the entire event ran October 6th through 9th). It was truly an exciting and fun experience. Our '73 fit into AACA's class #27J, "Production vehicles, including Thunderbird, 1972 through 1973." Since our Pinto's not "perfect," we elected a "do not judge" type of entry, to minimize the worry, and maximize the enjoyment at being there and participating. We're happy to say our Pinto got plenty of attention ("most of it positive, even"--as I am fond of saying, har har), and we THINK it might've been the only one there (though we did have a '73 Vega in our very class as well). As of yesterday, I uploaded a couple of photos of our Pinto at Hershey '04 to the AACA Photo Gallery area, and it appears new photos need to be approved by their webmaster before they can be displayed--I'll have to check back later to see if any of them made it... For now, however, we are pleased to report that it was a great thrill being the Pinto Representative at Hershey 2004! BELOW is a photo of "the scene" at the Hershey car show (p.s.: don't forget Connecticut's "Year of Manufacture" plate display option--which lets you display an age-appropriate plate on your EA-registered antique auto, as you can see here--a nice detail for any old car...) (this section added as of 10/25/2004)

Mierz's 1973 Pinto Squire at the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet car show, 10/9/2004, Hershey, Pennsylvania

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