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MAY 7, 2020 | From Ford Performance Staff Reports

Bill Rainy Shares Life and Death of His 1978 Pinto Cruising Wagon

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If you happen to be one of the thousands of Blue Oval fans who fondly recall the infamous Ford Pinto or still follow it in the collector car hobby, then you likely know of the cool 1977-78 Pinto Cruising Wagon. And if you are one of the thousands of members of the Pinto Car Club of America www.fordpinto.com or have ever visited with various Pinto owners at the annual Carlisle Ford Nationals then you likely have met Bill Rainey, whose cars, knowledge and work in the Pinto collector world is purely praiseworthy. That’s why we were saddened to hear that one of Bill’s project Pintos, a 1978 Cruising Wagon, had recently met with misfortune on the road. To read what spelled the demise of this popular Pinto model, check out Bill’s note and photos in this week’s Fan Spotlight below:

“Hello, Ford Performance! Your visits with the Pinto faithful at the Carlisle Ford Nationals are always appreciated, and I recall your interest in our 1978 Pinto Cruising Wagon. So I just thought you should know that our well ‘patinaed’ Pinto Cruising Wagon was rear-ended and totaled this past week. I was alone in the car and uninjured.

“It turns out that a kid was texting while driving his ’80’s-era 1-ton diesel dually and hit me when I was making a right turn at a light. The impact broke my seat and I lost control of the car, putting me into the guardrail. Photos do not fully show how bad the car is bent, twisted and literally split open. We never got the Cruising Wagon into the kind of shape we wanted, so I guess of all our classics, if it had to happen to one of them, we are glad it was this one.

“I’ve included some photos of the accident scene, as well as some that were taken back in December of 2015 when we found it sitting in a field before buying it. We loaded it up, cleaned it off and brought it home to eventually get it roadworthy. I’ve also sent you a shot that was taken at the Downtown Carlisle Cruise in 2016, parked behind Mike Hand's awesome ’72 Mustang Sprint. We hope that there will eventually be a Carlisle Ford Nationals this year, and that Ford Performance will be there!”

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