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(Missoulian)   Desperate car thieves steal a 1976 Ford Pinto. How desperate? The Pinto had four flats and wouldn't run--they had to load it onto a flatbed trailer to spirit it away   (missoulian.com) divider line 64
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2012-05-29 09:00:43 PM  
It's not too often that a Ford Pinto is spirited away. Spirit-exploded, on the other hand, was quite common...
 
2012-05-29 09:02:28 PM  
FTFA:

"The owner reported the car missing on Saturday. He told sheriff's deputies that about a week and a half earlier, two young men had offered to buy the car for $300, Johnson said. But the owner told them the asking price was $1,200."

... he thought a 1976 Pinto that didn't run and had four flats was worth $1,200? I gotta figure out what that guy was on.
 
2012-05-29 09:04:08 PM  
No to mention it was a pinto. That is not exactly a prime target for car theives.
 
2012-05-29 09:21:35 PM  
Hell, by '76 they'd solved the explosive gas tank problem

/they were no fun at all by then
//I had a '71
///came with gas-soaked rag hanging out of the filler
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-05-29 09:28:09 PM  
Would a 1976 Pinto in Montana have a title?
 
2012-05-29 10:06:06 PM  
I used to know people who would take Pinto Runabouts, strip them, tub them out, and stuff chevy 350's in them, I think one of them they made a big block fit. They were ugly-ass straight line sleepers around town.
 
2012-05-29 10:06:27 PM  
Hey, it's a classic car!

/classic deathtrap, that is...
 
2012-05-29 10:54:05 PM  
CSB

We used to have a red Pinto station wagon when I was a kid. The parents would stuff all five of us kids into that thing whenever we had to go anywhere. It had a third row seat that faced the back window, and it was always breaking down. It was a horrible piece of shiat.

/CSB
 
2012-05-30 12:05:26 AM  
famous pintos in film:

www.imcdb.org

content6.flixster.com
 
2012-05-30 12:06:56 AM  
well, I f*cked that up by grabbing the wrong pic.

2.bp.blogspot.com

/fixed
 
2012-05-30 12:08:09 AM  
Probably the same mutherfarker who jacked my 15 year old plug in discman from my car (65 mustang). Enjoy that piece of shiat discman asshole. Hope it fits in your shiatass pinto.
 
2012-05-30 12:09:03 AM  
Was it a Pinto that exploded in the movie Top Secret?

We never had 'em in Australia. Someone had to explain the "easily exploding American cars" joke to me.

Pinto was a name of a soft drink soda in Australia. Only big tough men drank it and the idea was to spill most of it down the front of your shirt. It later changed its name to Solo but kept the same jingle and tough guy image.
 
2012-05-30 12:10:34 AM  

violentsalvation: I used to know people who would take Pinto Runabouts, strip them, tub them out, and stuff chevy 350's in them, I think one of them they made a big block fit. They were ugly-ass straight line sleepers around town.


Small block bolted right in and 289s and 302s were practically free back then. Same car as the Mustang II. Swap in a narrowed 9 inch (also pretty much free at the time) and you could tear up the drag strip. If I remember correctly the only real pain in the ass was putting in a C-6 since you had to shorten the driveshaft.
 
2012-05-30 12:11:42 AM  
Quite a few of the not so classic 70s and early 80's cars are being made into cheap dragsters.

I am not just talking about Novas and GTO lookalikes, but Mavericks, Pintostangs, Fairmonts.

I don't know why either.
 
2012-05-30 12:13:10 AM  
Not a bad deal I guess. Soak the seats with water and take it to a scrap yard. I bet they got about $800 or so.
 
2012-05-30 12:15:42 AM  
Wasn't this Bubbles hustle?
 
2012-05-30 12:24:23 AM  

drewogatory: violentsalvation: I used to know people who would take Pinto Runabouts, strip them, tub them out, and stuff chevy 350's in them, I think one of them they made a big block fit. They were ugly-ass straight line sleepers around town.

Small block bolted right in and 289s and 302s were practically free back then. Same car as the Mustang II. Swap in a narrowed 9 inch (also pretty much free at the time) and you could tear up the drag strip. If I remember correctly the only real pain in the ass was putting in a C-6 since you had to shorten the driveshaft.


I knew a guy that stuffed a 350 into a Bugeye Sprite and made it street legal

/I rode in it once
//once
 
2012-05-30 12:26:02 AM  
I got a free 1976 Pinto once. It got great mileage until I wrecked it.
 
2012-05-30 12:27:34 AM  

Enemabag Jones: Quite a few of the not so classic 70s and early 80's cars are being made into cheap dragsters.

I am not just talking about Novas and GTO lookalikes, but Mavericks, Pintostangs, Fairmonts.

I don't know why either.


Mavericks were always successful platforms for drag racing. Some of the famous Gapp and Roush cars were mavericks.

It's essentially the same as a first generation mustang under the skin. Falcon, Mustang, Maverick, and Granada (and their mercury and lincoln counterparts) are mechanically interchangeable.

lh3.ggpht.com

As to Pintos exploding... It's just a media fed myth.

http://www.pointoflaw.com/articles/The_Myth_of_the_Ford_Pinto_Case.p df
 
2012-05-30 12:28:06 AM  
Maybe they wanted to race it.
 
2012-05-30 12:31:58 AM  
I had a '77 for a few years during college. Handy car with the hatchback, but it left me on the side of the road a couple times. Shiat electricals; never get a Pinto wet if you want it to run. So they offered $300 for it? That's what I got for mine in trade, and the tranny was busted on it. Heh.
 
2012-05-30 12:35:17 AM  
Sounds like an insurance scam to me.

A thrice-removed uncle of mine owned a car dealership, he said when he wanted to get rid fo cars that weren't selling he would just park them in NYC with the windows down, keys in ignition, they'd be gone within an hour, he could collect *a little* from insurance coverage.

/he was a fat piece of sh*t, like my father
 
2012-05-30 12:35:35 AM  
leadmetal ,Enemabag Jones: Quite a few of the not so classic 70s and early 80's cars are being made into cheap dragsters.
I am not just talking about Novas and GTO lookalikes, but Mavericks, Pintostangs, Fairmonts.
I don't know why either.
Mavericks were always successful platforms for drag racing. Some of the famous Gapp and Roush cars were mavericks.
It's essentially the same as a first generation mustang under the skin. Falcon, Mustang, Maverick, and Granada (and their mercury and lincoln counterparts) are mechanically interchangeable.


Yeah, if I remember correctly many of those mid-eighties and older rear-wheel drive fords actually shared parts with older stangs.

/I do miss some of that simplicity.
 
2012-05-30 12:35:36 AM  

leadmetal: As to Pintos exploding... It's just a media fed myth.

http://www.pointoflaw.com/articles/The_Myth_of_the_Ford_Pinto_Case.p df


Pretty funny how that domain name is only one letter off from "Pinto Flaw"
 
2012-05-30 12:38:36 AM  

calbert: well, I f*cked that up by grabbing the wrong pic.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

/fixed


Ha, wondering WTF until I scrolled some more.
That is no way to go through a fark thread son.
 
2012-05-30 12:46:10 AM  

Ambivalence: No to mention it was a pinto. That is not exactly a prime target for car theives.


I wouldn't put it past some of my old neighbors to load a car like that onto a trailer and haul it to a junkyard.
 
2012-05-30 12:49:39 AM  
I'll bet the thieves sold it as scrap metal. I don't think you need a title to do so for an old beater car like that.
 
2012-05-30 12:53:33 AM  

butt-nuggets: I'll bet the thieves sold it as scrap metal. I don't think you need a title to do so for an old beater car like that.


There was a scrapyard in Milwaukee that was doing that same thing recently: thieves would steal some old shiatbox, and they'd get the car's scrap value. Milwaukee PD investigated yet didn't find it odd that the yard didn't have titles for these cars
 
2012-05-30 12:53:52 AM  
Or they could be demolition derby guys. Pintos are popular with some compact drivers. The $300 offer sits around what the car would probably crush for.

I doubt that the seller was a derby guy. I'd most likely have seen something on one of the derby boards. Folks tend to get a little pissed when they see what was stolen from them show up in the pits.
 
2012-05-30 12:54:43 AM  

Big Ramifications: Was it a Pinto that exploded in the movie Top Secret?


Yep

i759.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-30 12:57:02 AM  

butt-nuggets: I'll bet the thieves sold it as scrap metal. I don't think you need a title to do so for an old beater car like that.


I don't know what Montana's laws are regarding this, but in many states you need a title or a notarized bill of sale to scrap a vehicle. Some states allow you to cut the car up for scrap.
 
2012-05-30 01:07:00 AM  

Miss Stein: Big Ramifications: Was it a Pinto that exploded in the movie Top Secret?

Yep

[i759.photobucket.com image 640x361]


Cheers!

I'm at work and it took me a while to post my comment. calbert's pic wasn't up at the time.
 
2012-05-30 01:11:13 AM  
MY question is WHY a man has to be under the influence of DRUGS to chew another man's face right off.

oh my god is it zombie meth, zombie, pcp, or pot or lsd
i DONT KNWO lets blame it on bath salts cause those are legal in FL. u can find them everywhere. at every head shop.

they're combinations of mostly "safe chemicals" mixed with MDPV
 
2012-05-30 01:13:31 AM  

ZAZ: Would a 1976 Pinto in Montana have a title?


Yes.

Garbage.
 
2012-05-30 01:32:14 AM  

butt-nuggets: I'll bet the thieves sold it as scrap metal. I don't think you need a title to do so for an old beater car like that.


That's what my money's on. My dad just had that happen last year, only it was a boat carcass doubling as a planter. It was rusted onto a trailer with flat tires and had been there over a decade, and some of the local white trash scum came and stole it shortly before he passed.

/wishes their deaths to be by blood loss from fleas
 
2012-05-30 01:35:53 AM  
I bet it was Illinois Nazis.
 
2012-05-30 01:36:03 AM  
Before I saw Missoulian, I thought "Montana."

I lived there for a long time. It just sounded like something that would happen there. Like the "Uranium Health Mines." Look that one up, and while you're at it, spring snowmobile races (these take place on fresh water ponds, which end up containing several snowmobiles that show up in the summer after the water evaporates).

Fun place to live, if you're terminally bored but like a scenic backdrop ;)
 
2012-05-30 01:45:58 AM  
Stealing a '76 Vega would have been weirder. Or an '87 Yugo. Or any Pontiac Aztec.
 
2012-05-30 01:50:34 AM  
There are four flats!
 
2012-05-30 02:04:25 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: MY question is WHY a man has to be under the influence of DRUGS to chew another man's face right off.

oh my god is it zombie meth, zombie, pcp, or pot or lsd
i DONT KNWO lets blame it on bath salts cause those are legal in FL. u can find them everywhere. at every head shop.

they're combinations of mostly "safe chemicals" mixed with MDPV


tfparsons.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-05-30 02:15:03 AM  
Maybe the thieves wanted the Pinto to make a 24 Hours of LeMons race car.

cache.gawker.com

cache.gawkerassets.com

/I wonder how many B.S. laps you get for telling the inspectors, "$500? Naw, it was a steal!"
 
2012-05-30 02:24:37 AM  
I hope he at least gets the Creedence tapes back.
 
2012-05-30 03:25:54 AM  
This is probably one of the appropriate times for you guys to blame it all on hipsters.
 
2012-05-30 03:49:18 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: There are four flats!


Just shut up and play, the key changes again later.
 
2012-05-30 04:25:31 AM  

bahknee: Bennie Crabtree: There are four flats!

Just shut up and play, the key changes again later.


OMG you just owe me a new key board.

What you did there I saw it.
 
2012-05-30 05:31:26 AM  

bahknee: Bennie Crabtree: There are four flats!

Just shut up and play, the key changes again later.


Those D flats always messed me up too.
 
2012-05-30 06:00:01 AM  
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hot.
 
2012-05-30 06:07:18 AM  

drewogatory: violentsalvation: I used to know people who would take Pinto Runabouts, strip them, tub them out, and stuff chevy 350's in them, I think one of them they made a big block fit. They were ugly-ass straight line sleepers around town.

Small block bolted right in and 289s and 302s were practically free back then. Same car as the Mustang II. Swap in a narrowed 9 inch (also pretty much free at the time) and you could tear up the drag strip. If I remember correctly the only real pain in the ass was putting in a C-6 since you had to shorten the driveshaft.


That and the Pinto four bangers were used in a lot of dune buggies also.
My neighbor had a Pinto wagon we used to ride to high school in. Heater core went out in the winter & had to drive to school with the windows down to keep it from frosting up on the inside.
/CSB
 
2012-05-30 06:12:55 AM  
The guy should have taken the $300. The saying is that anything that runs is worth $1,000 but that piece of junk was something you'd normally have to pay someone to haul away.
 
2012-05-30 06:22:51 AM  
Angel: I'm sorry, Bundy. I failed you. I was sent down to Earth to show you a reason why you should live, but I can't think of one darn reason. I'll never get my wings now. And you know what kind of woman you get up in Heaven driving around in a '78 Pinto? The same kind of woman you get down here driving around in a '78 Pinto.
 
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