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(Kare11)   Ford Pinto owner solves that whole exploding gas tank thing with a few after-market parts   (kare11.com) divider line 103
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2012-07-09 09:33:57 AM  
That's some good old American know-how.
 
2012-07-09 09:56:43 AM  
Considering the last Pinto was made in 1980, and it is not exactly a car that is known to be kept in good condition by collectors, I'd wager that almost any Pinto on the road is pretty close to being a "hazard".
 
2012-07-09 10:11:00 AM  
Yes, I would say that it was on the road at all is a damn miracle.

And, while I understand the joke, that's a wagon, the gas tank issue was with the hatchbacks.

now to be even more of a jerk about it. the tanks would leak, not explode. The tests they showed on the TV were rigged
 
2012-07-09 10:38:51 AM  

dletter: Considering the last Pinto was made in 1980, and it is not exactly a car that is known to be kept in good condition by collectors, I'd wager that almost any Pinto on the road is pretty close to being a "hazard".


I saw a Pinto wagon a while back that at least looked to be in great shape.
 
2012-07-09 11:00:19 AM  
A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!
 
2012-07-09 11:01:25 AM  
I like it. This way he can use the same fuel supply to run his outboard.
 
2012-07-09 12:47:03 PM  
By any chance was he chasing a dodge ex cop car with it?
 
2012-07-09 12:47:42 PM  
hahaha what a stupid person. They should get a job and own a proper car like a normal person. Then the cops wouldn't bother them for being poor.

hahaha so stupid!
 
2012-07-09 12:48:00 PM  
benderwithassbumpers.jpg
 
2012-07-09 12:49:46 PM  

Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!


duct
 
2012-07-09 12:50:12 PM  

NowhereMon: I like it. This way he can use the same fuel supply to run his outboard.


it is pretty ingenious. unsafe as all hell but ingenious nonetheless.
 
2012-07-09 12:50:21 PM  
Cerebral Knievel: And, while I understand the joke, that's a wagon, the gas tank issue was with the hatchbacks.

I've read/heard that the original pinto was designed to have one of the first fuel cell type gas tanks (like they use for racing), but that it was cut out in order to bring costs down.

IE, good engineering got tossed out by penny pinchers.
 
2012-07-09 12:51:56 PM  
pinto was a great car. and it wasnt dangerous, you were more likely to get crushed by someone slamming into you at 50mph than the gas tank explode.
 
2012-07-09 12:52:04 PM  
73 Pinto.
Forest Green

First car I ever owned.
Loved that thing. Even though it blew blue smoke under heavy acceleration and was just rubbish at getting girls, it did the job of getting me around college and to work and back.

/Dumped it just after college when I got a real job.
 
2012-07-09 12:53:01 PM  
That thing's pretty much an IED on wheels.
 
2012-07-09 12:53:34 PM  
That's no worse than my car.
 
2012-07-09 12:53:52 PM  
Dad?
 
2012-07-09 12:54:22 PM  
Who says our cars don't have the longevity of Japanese imports?

/what a rustbucket
 
2012-07-09 12:54:53 PM  

lordargent: I've read/heard that the original pinto was designed to have one of the first fuel cell type gas tanks (like they use for racing), but that it was cut out in order to bring costs down.

IE, good engineering got tossed out by penny pinchers.


And people wonder why large segments of the population don't trust corporations.
 
2012-07-09 12:55:00 PM  
Yes indeedy, that was a heck of a story that was told in about 3 sentences.
 
2012-07-09 12:56:10 PM  

Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct


Maybe. maybe not: http://www.duckbrand.com/
 
2012-07-09 12:56:47 PM  
This guy went to great lengths to rig it all wrong.
 
2012-07-09 12:57:42 PM  
Say, that gas tank looks a lot like the one stolen off my pontoon boat last month.
 
2012-07-09 12:57:59 PM  

farker99: 73 Pinto.
Forest Green

First car I ever owned.
Loved that thing. Even though it blew blue smoke under heavy acceleration and was just rubbish at getting girls, it did the job of getting me around college and to work and back.

/Dumped it just after college when I got a real job.


Mine was white and orange, orange interior, Guess how much I got laid in high school...........0
 
2012-07-09 12:58:03 PM  
Second try: Link
 
2012-07-09 12:58:22 PM  
It's funny because for a moment I thought "so what if the drivers floorboard needs to be vacuumed up for all the gravel on it?

/ya see? that's the funny part.....because it's not the floorboard, get it?
 
2012-07-09 12:59:15 PM  
It's not "Dangerous", it's just lowered in the back with "Speed Holes" in the floor and an aftermarket fuel cell.

Although, TBH, he should have at least mounted that tank in the trunk and routed the hose under the car so as to not attract attention, and perhaps thrown a stolen road sign and a few floor mats in on the passenger side.
 
2012-07-09 01:00:42 PM  

lordargent: Cerebral Knievel: And, while I understand the joke, that's a wagon, the gas tank issue was with the hatchbacks.

I've read/heard that the original pinto was designed to have one of the first fuel cell type gas tanks (like they use for racing), but that it was cut out in order to bring costs down.

IE, good engineering got tossed out by penny pinchers.


I don't know about that, but the killer for the Pinto was The Pinto Memo written internally at Ford that basically said this:

1. With expected unit sales of 11 million Pintos, and a total cost per unit to modify the fuel tank of $11, a recall would have cost Ford $121 million.

2. But, using mathematical formulations of a probable 2,100 accidents that might result in 180 burn deaths, 180 seriously burned victims, and 2,100 burned-out vehicles, the "unit cost" per accident, assuming an out-of-court settlement, came to a probable $200,000 per death, $67,000 per serious injury, and $700 per burned-out vehicle, leaving a grand total of $49.53 million.

3. Allowing the accidents to occur represented a net savings of nearly $70 million.

4. Therefore, it was cheaper to let people burn than fix the issue. This is also known as the subtext for Fight Club.

Ford eventually had to do the recall and was sued big time after the memo came out, so in the end it was cheaper to do the recall. Nice job, memo writing guy.
 
2012-07-09 01:03:16 PM  
Came for Top Secret ref, leaving sad....

but also leaving link since image is too large

Link

/Movie is better than Airplane!
//Though not by much.
 
2012-07-09 01:03:18 PM  

Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct


Nope, duck tape is perfectly is acceptable. It has long been used to refer to the product, and referred to similar products before that. Beyond that, Duck Tape is a specific brand so that usage is also perfectly fine.
 
2012-07-09 01:07:27 PM  
I knew a guy who did the same thing to his old jeep: put full gas cans on the back, then ran a hose from the can to the engine.

I am amazed that no tragic flaming accidents happened, nor did any cop pull him over.
 
2012-07-09 01:08:19 PM  
Kind of a slow news-day in Minneapolis.
 
2012-07-09 01:10:46 PM  
The firewall in the engine compartment is almost as useless as an Iranian Nuclear Network Firewall.
Fuel Pump = Stuxnet
Pinto Wagon= Nuclear Reactor
Cop = Impotent Iranian Webmaster. Too little too late
 
2012-07-09 01:14:45 PM  
Pinto Ron unavailable for comment
 
2012-07-09 01:15:02 PM  

Floobergasted: Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct

Maybe. maybe not: http://www.duckbrand.com/


Otherwise known as BeatEmJoinEmAndProfitFromDumb brand.
 
2012-07-09 01:15:34 PM  
www.fordpinto.com
 
2012-07-09 01:16:07 PM  
Aftermarket parts? You mean, he sold it for scrap and bought a used Toyota Camry?
 
2012-07-09 01:17:00 PM  
All he needs is a big ashtray taped to the top of the gas tank.
 
2012-07-09 01:17:16 PM  

Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct


Really, gee I didn't know that einstien!

You must be a hoot at parties.
 
2012-07-09 01:18:04 PM  

dywed88: Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct

Nope, duck tape is perfectly is acceptable. It has long been used to refer to the product...


Only by the kind of people who say "intensive purposes" and "doggy dog world." Because there's a trailing "t" followed by a leading "t," the "t" in "duct" often gets lost--but that's a function of how your mouth works, and it doesn't change the actual phrase. "Duck Tape" is a humorously-named brand of duct tape, not a literally-named brand of duck tape.
 
2012-07-09 01:18:14 PM  

Oldiron_79: By any chance was he chasing a dodge ex cop car with it?


LOL - I've always loved you (splat)
 
2012-07-09 01:21:17 PM  

Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct


Duck
 
2012-07-09 01:21:28 PM  

dywed88: Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct

Nope, duck tape is perfectly is acceptable. It has long been used to refer to the product, and referred to similar products before that. Beyond that, Duck Tape is a specific brand so that usage is also perfectly fine.


Also Duck Tape came first and was used originally for water proofing ammo cans in World War 2. It wasn't until after the war that it began to be used for sealing ducts.
 
2012-07-09 01:21:40 PM  
Indian car.
 
2012-07-09 01:22:00 PM  
Cars like this are why yearly safety inspections should be mandatory.
 
2012-07-09 01:22:51 PM  
The only beef I have with this field mod was securing the new fuel pump to the passenger door. Everyone knows that girls get all upset when they snag their stockings on a fuel pump. Better off to just screw it right to the dashboard and put either a JEGS or a big number "3" sticker next to it to indicate that this mod was for speed, like the coffee can exhaust.
 
2012-07-09 01:26:54 PM  

Floobergasted: Baloo Uriza: Doc_Gerbil: A little bit of duck tape would fix that fine car right up!

duct

Maybe. maybe not: http://www.duckbrand.com/


And oddly enough, the only thing you can't use duct tape for is duct work.
 
2012-07-09 01:29:04 PM  
I love the external fuel line. I may add that feature to the family truckster this weekend.
 
2012-07-09 01:30:45 PM  

Rapmaster2000: lordargent: Cerebral Knievel: And, while I understand the joke, that's a wagon, the gas tank issue was with the hatchbacks.

I've read/heard that the original pinto was designed to have one of the first fuel cell type gas tanks (like they use for racing), but that it was cut out in order to bring costs down.

IE, good engineering got tossed out by penny pinchers.

I don't know about that, but the killer for the Pinto was The Pinto Memo written internally at Ford that basically said this:

1. With expected unit sales of 11 million Pintos, and a total cost per unit to modify the fuel tank of $11, a recall would have cost Ford $121 million.


A x B x C =...

This is also known as the subtext for Fight Club.

Awwww
 
2012-07-09 01:30:48 PM  

Tom_Slick: Cars like this are why yearly safety inspections should be mandatory.


Yep. One guy farks up, better get the government power-trippin' nitpickers on everybody's case.

Makes perfect sense. I'd rather be driving next to this guy than some ditz eating a salad
while piloting a 4 ton blimpUV.
 
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