Thanks to Pat L for sending this one in! This is a 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon and it’s in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, about 17 miles east of Albuquerque. It’s on Craigslist with an asking price of
$1,000 $800 or best offer. With some work it could look like this again!
The Pinto wagon was available from 1972 to 1980 and I personally prefer these early models, they were so simple and pure compared to the later years. If this whole car looked as nice as this front end photo it would be hard to pass up this one. Although this Green Glow-colored wagon is a second-generation car it shares a lot of the first-generation basic good looks, in my opinion.
Being a New Mexico car this one is pretty much rust-free, which is always the biggest challenge when restoring a vehicle. You can see a big dent on the right door, but I’d rather sort that out than to have the bottom of the door be rusty like most of these cars are by now.
Man, that rear bumper looks HUGE! Here’s what this car used to look like, and could again; beautiful! Here’s a 1972 Pinto Wagon and you can see how much better the smaller bumper looks; dang 5-mph-bumper-regulations. The seller says that this car has some dents and scratches but no rust and that they purchased it to turn it into a street rod but they have too much on their plate so it has to go.
Ahhhh yeeeeee’uh, there’s that 4-speed manual! A two-door wagon with a 4-speed; what’s not to like?! The seller says that they have new front seat covers, I’m not sure if they’re OEM style or not, but the passenger seat looks good and the driver’s seat looks like it just needs a new seat bottom insert. The carpets are faded and probably dirty and, being a southwest car, I’m guessing that mice have had their way in and around this car like they always do. The dash and other plastics and vinyls could be dyed and the dash looks good but I think I see a crack to the right of the driver’s instrument pod? There are no engine photos but this 2.3L inline-four cylinder runs and has had a recent oil change and minor tuneup. The clutch supposedly works good and it sounds like this one is ready for some cosmetic work and then just drive it for the fun of it. Are any of you fans of Pinto Wagons? How would you restore this one?