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2000\10\18@045342 by Alan B. Pearce

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>In this case, he is talking about a Ford car, manufactured (I think,someone
>correct me if I'm wrong) in the late seventies or early eighties, which
>supposedly had a problem with its gas tank so that it would sometimes bust
>into flames when hit from behind.

I colleague of mine worked in Canada for a while, and a friend of his had a pinto. Because of the problem with the way the bodywork bends when hit from behind he kept a very large spanner in it so he could smash the windscreen to get out in a hurry. Almost inevitably one day he was hit from behind, and in haste grabbed the spanner to smash the windscreen. just before doing the deed, he figured it was worth trying the door to see if it had jammed, and to his surprise it opened. He climbed out and went to talk to the driver of the car that hit him, and when the other driver started cowering behind the wheel in fear, realised he was still carrying the very large spanner, gripped in what could only be described as a threatening manner.....

I believe the word Pinto is an American Indian name for "horse". Have I got this correct?

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2000\10\18@074127 by Andrew Kunz

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IT's a wild horse in the American Southwest, near Mexico. Undoubtedly the
Spanish conquistadors gave the name.

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2000\10\18@093740 by James R. Cunningham

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It's a name for a specific color pattern on some horses (not to be confused with the 'appaloosa' color patterns).  The color reverse is called a 'paint'.

Alan B. Pearce wrote:

> I believe the word Pinto is an American Indian name for "horse". Have I got this correct?

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2000\10\18@093916 by James R. Cunningham

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'Pinto' is not a name for a wild horse.  That is 'mustang'.  'Pinto is a name
for a specific color pattern on any horse.

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> IT's a wild horse in the American Southwest, near Mexico. Undoubtedly the
> Spanish conquistadors gave the name.
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> Andy
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2000\10\18@094947 by Andrew Kunz

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Thanks, James.

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'Pinto' is not a name for a wild horse.  That is 'mustang'.  'Pinto is a name
for a specific color pattern on any horse.

Andrew Kunz wrote:

> IT's a wild horse in the American Southwest, near Mexico. Undoubtedly the
> Spanish conquistadors gave the name.
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2000\10\18@115353 by Alan B. Pearce
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thanks guys for the corrections.

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2000\10\18@152041 by Lee Jones

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> In this case, he is talking about a Ford car, manufactured (I
> think, someone correct me if I'm wrong) in the late seventies
> or early eighties,

Ford started making the Pinto in the very early 1970's.  A
friend of mine got one when we were in high school or very
early college.  That could be as early as 1971 or 1972; I
know he had it by the end of 1973 or 1974; I just don't
remember exactly.  I don't know when Ford stopped making it.

Ford's up-scale Mercury division made a Pinto-variant.  The
only difference that I know of is the tail lights.  The Ford
Pinto was a D shape on each side.  The Mercury variant had 2
D shapes back-to-back to form a rounded rectangle on each side.

Anyone remember what marketing name Mercury used?  (I don't.)

More trivia.  The Pinto came in a hatchback and a little
bitty station wagon.


> which supposedly had a problem with its gas tank so that it
> would sometimes bust into flames when hit from behind.

The one my friend owned was never hit from any direction that
I know of.  However, the rear was light enough that 2 teenage
boys (me and a friend) could lift it up over a curb onto the
sidewalk.  The owner was ticked but everybody else thought it
was really funny.

                                               Lee Jones

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2000\10\18@153457 by Severson, Rob

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> The one my friend owned was never hit from any direction that
> I know of.  However, the rear was light enough that 2 teenage
> boys (me and a friend) could lift it up over a curb onto the
> sidewalk.  The owner was ticked but everybody else thought it
> was really funny.

The night that my brother-in-law was married his VW bug was lifted up and
placed on a 6 foot (2 meter) compressed snow bank. The bug sank only a foot
or so.

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2000\10\18@155353 by Tim Hamel

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Hello,

The Pinto was a bit before my time (bout a decade) so I can't reply based on
recollection. I did a search and came up with a site about Pinto racing. If
it's right, Mercury's car was called the "Bobcat." What do I win? <g>

Regards,

Tim H.

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> Anyone remember what marketing name Mercury used?  (I don't.)
>
> More trivia.  The Pinto came in a hatchback and a little
> bitty station wagon.
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2000\10\18@155401 by Dale Botkin

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On Wed, 18 Oct 2000, Lee Jones wrote:

> Anyone remember what marketing name Mercury used?  (I don't.)

Bobcat.

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2000\10\19@040741 by David VanHorn

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At 03:51 PM 10/18/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Hello,
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>The Pinto was a bit before my time (bout a decade) so I can't reply based on
>recollection. I did a search and came up with a site about Pinto racing. If
>it's right, Mercury's car was called the "Bobcat." What do I win? <g>

I never understood the point of this strategy.
Ford marketed the escort as a mercury too, and the only thing that changed
was the hood decal.

Then there was the Merkur XR4TI, the "german" car...
That post office box in germany must have been HUGE!

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2000\10\20@064946 by Andrew Kunz

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>Ford started making the Pinto in the very early 1970's.  A
>friend of mine got one when we were in high school or very
>early college.  That could be as early as 1971 or 1972; I
>know he had it by the end of 1973 or 1974; I just don't
>remember exactly.  I don't know when Ford stopped making it.

They started in '71.  My first was a '72 Runabout with a 2000cc engine.  They
also had a 1600cc at the time.  I don't think 2000's were available in '71.

>Anyone remember what marketing name Mercury used?  (I don't.)

Bobcat.

>More trivia.  The Pinto came in a hatchback and a little
>bitty station wagon.

I had one of each.  The Runabout in high school, the wagon after we first got
married (our first big purchase).  I rebuilt the engine in the wagon for the fun
of it, then traded the car for a '76 Marquis with a 460.  The guy who got the
Pinto wagon blew it up racing on I-95.  I eventually gave away the 460 to my
neighbor, who owned a garage, and loaned him my engine stand - his couldn't
handle an engine that big.

>The one my friend owned was never hit from any direction that
>I know of.  However, the rear was light enough that 2 teenage
>boys (me and a friend) could lift it up over a curb onto the
>sidewalk.  The owner was ticked but everybody else thought it
>was really funny.

And if you put those same two teenage boys in the back seat, you could break the
rear springs (guess how I learned that one!).

Andy

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2000\10\20@082238 by Alan B. Pearce

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>And if you put those same two teenage boys in the back seat, you could break the
>rear springs (guess how I learned that one!).

I didn't realise they were big enough to take 4 people in the back - they were not bed springs ....  ;)

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2000\10\20@094902 by Mark Skeels

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I took a pinto to Florida for my honeymoon in 1975 (from Chicago area). It
used almost as much oil as it did gas, and when I arrived in the driveway of
my home after returning from Florida, 2 of the Firestone tires that came on
it were flat the next morning.

It was a hatchback, and I used to haul around large guitar amps in the back.
My fellow band members said it looked like a frog coming up the driveway to
our practice location.

Mark

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