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I am taking a solid 1972 Pinto wagon and turning it into a Rallye type Cruisen wagon. It has the two barrel 2000 engine which appears stock accept for headers. Front disc brakes - automatic trans. The main problem is no rear interior came with the car. I have no idea how to mount the port hole window side panels or how to finish the interior from the doors back. Cant find any info - book - pictures - videos on what or how to finish it.
Car was painted white before being put in storage over 20 years ago. I hand stripped and re-coated the wheel wells front and back. Will use chassis black on under side of fenders then reinstall - clean and do same to inside of door panels. Every seam has been cleaned and re-sealed in the inside from fire wall to tail section.
I need front disk brakes(rotors) - need any parts to finish rear interior including carpet. Any engine mod suggestions would be helpful - turbo ? So any input will be greatfuly appreciated - any books or sites with info please tell me where to look - Thanks
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The port hole in the side of the wagon was not available until model year 1977, called the Pinto Cruising Wagon

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Yes - I know it came later - I have the 1972 and the exterior rear panels for the Rallye type wagon.
I cant find any instructions/videos books that show how to install correctly - i need to find the interior panels and any trim pieces. Thanks

I will post pictures soon.
 

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I have the 1972 and the exterior rear panels for the Rallye type wagon.
I cant find any instructions/videos books that show how to install correctly - i need to find the interior panels and any trim pieces. Thanks
It is unlikely you will find any written or electronic material on how to install a kit for Pinto wagon. That was a low production option that may not have lasted the remaining model years. Finding factory interior pieces will likely come from a donor vehicle only.

The other choice is making pieces.
As to the port hole, that would be the easiest part. Look at RV shops that sell accessories
Caravan Parts Rv Small Round Fixed Window - Buy Caravan Round Window,Rv Small Round Fixed Window,Rv Small Round Window Product on Alibaba.com
And creating what you want.

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Thanks - I have the Ford side panels and original port hole windows already . Actually looking for the interior panels/parts for the rear interior area - I would love to find a "donor car" - I appreciate your help !
I have posted on a few sites and am getting some good leads and advice.



It is unlikely you will find any written or electronic material on how to install a kit for Pinto wagon. That was a low production option that may not have lasted the remaining model years. Finding factory interior pieces will likely come from a donor vehicle only.

The other choice is making pieces.
As to the port hole, that would be the easiest part. Look at RV shops that sell accessories
Caravan Parts Rv Small Round Fixed Window - Buy Caravan Round Window,Rv Small Round Fixed Window,Rv Small Round Window Product on Alibaba.com
And creating what you want.

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What does the interior look like now?

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I've had many Pintos but sold off the last one in the early 1990's. I've been cleaning out my shop recently and actually came across a few Pinto parts. ie, tail light, emblem, visors, etc. I also found some LTD parts from about 1981 as I had an 81 Crown Vic that I parted ways with in the early 90's as well. Not sure why I save stuff... Oh, I also found tail lights from a 77 Camaro and some stuff I think was part of a Plymouth Horizon. lol.
 

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Welcome to the FFO!

The port hole window should be rather easy to mount, Do you have one?
If yes post a picture

As to the rest you might get a sales brochure
1977 Ford Pinto Brochure- Sedan, Rallye, Pony, Runabout | eBay

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I have the port hole window "panels" and glass for both sides - i dont know if there is a gasket - rubber insulators or anything between the panels and the pinch weld seem area it seems to where it would be fastened to !
 

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I assume you have seen this
Ford Pinto RALLYE 1980 at AACA Hershey PA - Bing video
From about the 10 second mark to the 15 second mark looks like I can see the interior.

Your would need to fill in the rear side windows with metal. From the door back. And then have the interior fabricated. The link shows a red interior. However the mods to make the rallye look like a white interior.

One other mention is Ford would offer something like this and it was made by a vendor. That way Ford could test the market without spending a lot money on tooling. Ford did this on the first Mustang convertibles in 1983. Only the Mustang coupes made at the Dearborn plant would sent to Cars and Concepts in Brighton Michigan. They cut the metal top and added the convertible top until Ford took over production of the convertible option.

So I would say, make what you want on your 1972 wagon. It will be a custom project.

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I am just not sure how to actually mount / seal the outside panels. There multiple screw tabs - but just screwing it in would ripple the panel - there had to be sealer / gasket or something to give a flush mounting surface as the panels dont fit flush to the out side -
 

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The metal side panels with the port hole?
That is welded in

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More of a suggestion. You have a 1972 Pinto Wagon that never had the option. That option became available in 1977. So you are creating a one of a kind custom vehicle. Any mounting tabs or other mounting pieces are designed for glass, window retainers chrome trim and rubber seals. A metal panel will not have any sealing. If it is metal to metal joint the company (or a vendor) would have welded the metal together so there would be NO warranty claims for water leaks.

You might invest in a factory shop manual and a parts catalog. It will give you details that you seek. I wish I had the parts cat for the 1973 to 1979 Ford line. The CD I have is shot after a decade of use. They are only $25 on line. And I bet you are going to find NO reference to a rallye wagon. If that is the case, the conversion work was done by a vendor after the unit rolled off of the assembly line. That vendor was Cars and Concepts in Brighton Michigan.
Ford likely built 800,000 Pintos between 1977 and 1980. Few of those were wagons. Even far fewer were wagons option you seek. And this may NOT be an option for Bobcat. This option was done by Ford in 1977 to blow life back into that car line after the car took a hit in sales. Because in 1972 to 1974 Ford sold a half million copies in each year. Every year after that was 200,000 units or less
In the 1980s the Pinto had such a bad name the model replacement was called Escort. Pintos ended up being scrapped in mass numbers because no one wanted them. Today they are rather few in number and many have been chopped up for racing. Finding a 1977 to 1980 Rallye Wagon is close to being not possible to find one.

If I were you and I had aspirations of customizing a vehicle, I would suggest doing this as easy and for as less money as possible. And do this how YOU want it not by some other standard. It is your car! And there were no Rallye Wagons in 1972 so there isn;t really a guide.

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I appreciate your reply - and I have learned a bit from some and others offer good opinions = Thanks for yours.
I view this as a "restomod" and we have made good progress. We are currently resealing and refreshing all engine seals and gaskets - also cleaning and repainting the engine compartment - engine and tranny.
We have cleaned - blasted - refreshed and repainted front suspension parts and soon will reinstall them. Its a adventure for my brothers and I and we enjoy working with each other now that we are all retired.
I will post some pictures soon to show the progress -
Thanks again to everyone who has been helping us find parts and vendors -
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