You Need This: Off-road-ready Ford Pinto

Colin
By Colin Wood
Mar 28, 2024 | Gambler 500, pinto, Cars For Sale

Photography Courtesy Rob Jones/Facebook Marketplace

The Ford Pinto makes an excellent race car, so why not build one to go off-road, too?

Originally built to run in the Gambler 500, this Pinto–dubbed the “Tangerine Bean” by the seller–features 27-inch mud tires, a roof rack, brush bar, 8-inch rear end with 4:11 gears plus a locker and more.

The seller also notes that the Pinto has been daily driven for the last six years.

Located in Stockton, California, this 1979 Ford Pinto is listed at $5600.

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Comments
Rodan
Rodan UltraDork
3/28/24 4:27 p.m.

It's the right color, just needs a white vinyl half-top, and a car phone from the 70s... cheeky

 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/28/24 4:47 p.m.

Colin I'm going to go ahead and say that every Pinto, regardless of preparation, is off-road ready.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/28/24 4:48 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

Colin I'm going to go ahead and say that every Pinto, regardless of preparation, is off-road ready.

Touché

03Panther
03Panther PowerDork
3/28/24 10:18 p.m.

The first "cruck" I ever saw - back in about 1980, or so, was a pinto runabout on 44s. Would do that rather than just oversized tires my self. But the 4x4 pinto has been done to death, so not for me. That one does look good. 

Tom1200
Tom1200 PowerDork
3/28/24 10:52 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:

Colin I'm going to go ahead and say that every Pinto, regardless of preparation, is off-road ready.

I learned my monumental car control by hurling my mother's Pinto down gravel roads..........I wholly concur with this statement.

DavyZ
DavyZ New Reader
3/29/24 2:50 p.m.

One of my favorite Pro Stock racing cars of all time is a Pinto.  I loved that little turd styling in my youth and I still like it now.  This one is a sweet little car!  Any info on the engine?  Maybe I read too quickly.  I like the fact that Pinto's and Vega's can accept small block V8's fairly easily.  This Pinto in 4x4 form would be cool with a 302 V8 under the hood.  

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