Last Call: Cheval Flambé Edition

I don’t know what I admire more about the driver of this classic Pinto, his bravery in the face of potential immolation, or his sense of humor about it.
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  1. bigredcavetroll Avatar

    I ordered a trailer hitch and receiver yesterday and it came today, so I’m pretty excited to install it on my Frontier tomorrow. Now my wife and I can ride in the same vehicle when we move this summer.
    In other news, my wife’s Fit has had a bit of leaking problem lately, although I finally figured out where it was with the help of some forums. Turns out that the 2007-2008 Fits have a problem with getting stress cracks where the d-pillar meets up with the roof. For now it’s been sealed up and the leak has stopped (I think), but there’s a nice moldy/mildew smell inside of it. Anyone know of any tips to get rid of the smell? When we first bought it it smelled terribly of dog and mold, so we ripped out the whole interior and bleached everything and I don’t really feel like going down that route again.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Baking soda is a good go-to. Sprinkle it on the affected area, and leave it for a day or two before vacuuming it.
      I had a HVAC guy do a thorough service call. He found the plenum had been cut open, but whoever did it did a poor job of sealing it back up, so I was cooling the attic instead of the living areas. He said most often people do it to insert a plate of cut-up apples to absorb odors after a fire. He shined his flashlight around and within seconds, found a scorched area of the roof. I guess the apples worked, becuse there was no odor.

    2. Lokki Avatar

      Amazingly Febreeze (spelling?) actually works. I haven’t tried it on mold or dog, but it definitely worked on heavy tobacco smoke. It took several ‘sessions’ but eventually it vanished the odor.

  2. mve Avatar


  3. mve Avatar

    Is that a Checker cab in the background? 6, 8 doors?

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      Looks like an 8 door Aerobus. The way the roof curves down at the rear suggests that it is the rare sedan-back. What we can see of the window between the Pinto and the pump is too big to be a sedan quarter window, so we can conclude it is door glass. Counting forward, 3 more doors are evident. 4 doors per side.

  4. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    When I first saw this picture on the internet a couple of years ago, it was a bit of a relief. I had been contemplating finding a Pinto for LeMons, and this is precisely the livery I had envisioned. I no longer felt compelled to make a Pinto with a reverse hot rod flame paint job. It’s been done.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Last weekend I saw a Pinto being used as a daily driver. Nowhere near show car condition, but at the same time, not too bad for an economy car collecting door dings for the past 40 years.

  5. Lokki Avatar

    My wife’s car is a1998 328i that we’ve had since new…and which now has a grand total of 68,000 miles on it. Since she retired a couple of years ago it only travels perhaps 1,000 miles a year -or less. Last year the electric radiator fan switch failed…in the on position. This killed the battery, and so when I had the switch repaired (which was %^*+?#!! expensive since they had to pull the nose apart to get to the switch) I replaced the battery. Twice since then the new battery has shown up dead in the garage after a couple couple weeks of sitting. When this happens I have put it on a charger for eight hours or so and it seemed to take a charge fine and be okay for a few weeks. However, the car them sat again for a couple weeks and then no-started till recharged. The battery is a sealed Interstate so there’s no water to check. I am not -aware- of any current drains, but I don’t really know how to check (yeah I own a meter, but…)
    Any opinions? Am I just going to keep a trickle charger on this thing from now on? Could the battery be bad? The car is an easy starter, and I don’t think it should die after just a couple weeks of sitting. My current plan is to start driving it myself a while, but I’m trying to decide if there is an inderlying problem

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Certainly sounds like it could be a bad battery, but I’m not sure how you rule that out without swapping in a known good one. Any other ‘lectrical weirdness after the fan switch failed?
      OTOH, maybe you just need to drive it more!

    2. bigredcavetroll Avatar

      There could be something slowly draining the battery either normally (like a blinking security light), or there could be something wrong too. Either way a trickle charger seems like a quick fix. Driving it once a week might not be a bad idea to keep everything else lubricated and such too.

    3. Sean McMillan Avatar
      Sean McMillan

      pull the negative cable. put a volt meter between the cable and battery terminal. if the reading is more than a volt you have a drain. then pull fuses one by one until the volt reading drops and then you’ve found which circuit is causing the drain.

      1. Lokki Avatar


    4. gerberbaby Avatar

      I’ve been told that when a battery goes completely dead, it loses like 20% of its capacity. Maybe that means it’s capacity to maintain a charge. My v70 recently went dead after sitting for 2 weeks. Been fine since. Wasn’t the first episode on that battery.

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    Fantastic! My three year old found a red toy car with…eh…ordinary flames on it in the basement two weeks ago. After playing with it for literally two hours, he came to my, very excited: “There’s flames on the car! We need to call the fire dpt.!”
    Sums up the attention span of three year old very neatly.

  7. Hatchtopia Avatar

    Signal Lubrication… is that like blinker fluid?

    1. nanoop Avatar

      Came here to post that.
      Edit: my other guess would be:

  8. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    I hate to say it, but those steelies are not working for me.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      They’re off an early Escort. Which is pretty amazing to me, considering that the Escort is FWD, and the Pinto is RWD.

  9. dukeisduke Avatar

    I’m way more interested in that from-the-1920s gas station.
    From a recent Shorpy post (1919):

  10. Joe Dunlap Avatar
    Joe Dunlap

    The flames on this thing may be in reference to (homage?) a study done sometime after the Pinto hit the market by a drag racer that found that it was more aerodynamic going backward than it was forward…..does that make sense??

  11. William Lyon Avatar
    William Lyon

    Obviously, only reverse was working, when the paint was working!

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