Dead old field Pinto

Angry Hipster /
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I came across this picture of a pinto on facebook. From a post by a guy who was closing down and liquidating a motorcycle scrap yard.

So, I decided to drive 5hrs one way and pay $50 to pick up this dead pinto that has been sitting in the field of a motorcycle salvage yard for decades.

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I had a blow out that destroyed my fender the car was in sad looking shape, but continued to make the trek.

After making it back I made the obligatory post to the face book group soley based on pictures of loading and unloading mopeds.

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The first reply was from a hater, who was called out, and fucked off.

More to come in next post(edited)

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right on.....sucks about your car

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Josiah Radebaugh /

That chrome looks pretty good!

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Luckily pintos have stainless fenders. With a little time and $ you’ll have a nice bike.

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Angry Hipster /

I've been spraying it down with PB Blaster, letting it soak, and taking inventory.

Looks like it will need:

Pipe (Chunk rusted out by header)

Seat

Front Rim (Rust hole in it)

Handle Bars

Pedal Crank

Cables

Chains

DJ Lou from the magnetos was cool as hell and offered to hook me up with a couple parts

The bike is kind of a side project, but I just wanted to rescue it. Mopeds are a piece of history and hard to find and it makes me happy to restore and preserve this one instead of writing it off.

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I have a maxi pipe, if it work for you it's yours.

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Angry Hipster /

Thanks for the encouragement and nice comments

Alex that is awesome! Hopefully someone who knows will chime in and say if a maxi pipe will fit, and if so I'll PM you my address and I can PayPal you the shipping cost.

I spent yesterday pulling this fender from a pick a part... it was more difficult than in thought it would be, lol.

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> Thomas Davis Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> Thanks for the encouragement and nice comments

>

> Alex that is awesome! Hopefully someone who knows will chime in and say

> if a maxi pipe will fit, and if so I'll PM you my address and I can

> PayPal you the shipping cost.

>

> I spent yesterday pulling this fender from a pick a part... it was more

> difficult than in thought it would be, lol.

> >

Wow! How'd the tire shred like that? Drive on it for a few miles? Just curious. I've had tube tires explode within bias plies, but rarely tubeless.

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Chöschi21 C.K. /

A Maxi Pipe should fit, it's the same Cylinder and there are a lot of people around here in Swizzerland using maxi Pipes on X30's

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yeah its the same pipe as stock maxi

that will clean up no prob, pintos are nice, at the very least you got frame, tank, and a rebuildable e50

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Chöschi21 C.K. /

It's not the same, the holder on the X30 Pipes is different, but you can still mount the Maxi Pipe.

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Was that a plastic fender?

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Angry Hipster /

I'm confused now...some say pipe will work, some say it won't..

Don, the tires were super super dryrotted from the years of sitting directly in the texas sun.

Then when I got to the junkyard to pick it up the tires were partly missing, lol.

They must have drug it for a bit to load it or something and the tires bottom parts just ripped and fell off. The wheels don't spin so it is pretty easy to grind them off.

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Chöschi21 C.K. /

It works, the Bracket or whatever you cal it on the Maxi pipe is just different, it works the same.

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Angry Hipster /

So maybe some bolts or some drilling of the bracket on the pipe would fit it?

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no its exactly the same pipe, i'm not sure what choski is talking about, 100% the same pipe.

throw that junk away and get a proma GP

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Chöschi21 C.K. /

Had to google it, i have never seen a Maxi Pipe with only one Mounting point, i only knew them with 4 Long mounting holes, not with one Round one, but you are right seems like maxis also got sold with them.

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i know what you are talking about now, it has like a captured nut inside it... i don't think we got them on regular maxis over here... maybe maxi N's (rigid) had them?

i dunno, we're confusing the dude, maxi and pintos all run the exact same exhaust pipe in USA. you could just replace the header too but every moped person literally has a pile of this junk.

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A $50 pinto is cool! 5 hour drive and blown up fender, not so much. Good for you on the save. I have, and am salvaging more decrepit mopeds than I should. Nice to see someone else with this habit. Make it go again!

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Angry Hipster /

Ok, let me try to answer some questions.

The fenders are plastic, stupid, brittle, old plastic crap. On a GM Flagship car, yes, Oldsmobile 98 was a top of the line auto back in 94.

All the tires on the car are were very old. The front driver's side developed some weird type of bulge and became very shaky before I had to replace it.

Then all was well until the passenger tire blew,, in hindsight the car did kind of vibrate but I thought it was a wheel weight that came off.

Anyhow my wife and I were going about 70mph when it exploded. It sounded like a 12gauge shotgun, my wife claims she saw the tread roll in front of the car and into a ditch.

It really didn't cause the car to go out of control or anything, I just eased off the road ,inspected the damage, and the tire was still inflated, albeit without any tread. It rode on the steel belts while I carefully drove to the walmart tire shop.

I need to get the rears changed asap. The funny thing is I knew I needed new tires and I remember walking through a parking lot with my wife and I commented look at all those new cars. I would be happy just with new tires, lol.

Anyhow, being a substitute teacher sucks, $10/hr unsteady pay. If I go somewhere else and work really hard, maybe I get $13 an hour or so, , not worth it. I'm going to just wait and go back to college for 2 more years and get a decent job. Or maybe I'll just save up take a couple of CompTia A+ tests, get certified, and do I.T., I'm worried with my luck it may not pay much more, lol.

So.....yes, I need to get better job, new tires, fix my car, fix my truck (Bad 4L60e) fix the mopeds, remodel the bathroom, install a hard water treatment system, go moped riding, and back to college, and save the world while I'm at it. (This sentiment has made me think of the Moped Monday podcast and how many people new to the scene just ghost) noobs getting into mopeds probably are not really settled well in life and they're busy trying to get everything in order like me.

I'm appreciative for the stock pipe, It would allow me to fix the bike faster. And then when I'm in the chips I can consider upgrading parts and passing the stock stuff on to someone else.

I bought the bike knowing full well it wouldn't be ideal for me to drop money on it, but it's really cool and rare here, and will wait happily in the garage with the hope of being repaired instead of in a field, possibly awaiting being crushed.(edited)

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> Thomas Davis Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> Ok, let me try to answer some questions.

>

> The fenders are plastic, stupid, brittle, old plastic crap. On a GM

> Flagship car, yes, Oldsmobile 98 was a top of the line auto back in 94.

>

> All the tires on the car are were very old. The front driver's side

> developed some weird type of bulge and became very shaky before I had to

> replace it.

>

> Then all was well until the passenger tire blew,, in hindsight the car

> did kind of vibrate but I thought it was a wheel weight that came off.

>

> Anyhow my wife and I were going about 70mph when it exploded. It sounded

> like a 12gauge shotgun, my wife claims she saw the tread roll in front

> of the car and into a ditch.

>

> It really didn't cause the car to go out of control or anything, I just

> eased off the road ,inspected the damage, and the tire was still

> inflated, albeit without any tread. It rode on the steel belts while I

> carefully drove to the walmart tire shop.

>

> I need to get the rears changed asap. The funny thing is I knew I needed

> new tires and I remember walking through a parking lot with my wife and

> I commented look at all those new cars. I would be happy just with new

> tires, lol.

>

> Anyhow, being a substitute teacher sucks, $10/hr unsteady pay. If I go

> somewhere else and work really hard, maybe I get $13 an hour or so, ,

> not worth it. I'm going to just wait and go back to college for 2 more

> years and get a decent job. Or maybe I'll just save up take a couple of

> CompTia A+ tests, get certified, and do I.T., I'm worried with my luck

> it may not pay much more, lol.

>

> So.....yes, I need to get better job, new tires, fix my car, fix my

> truck (Bad 4L60e) fix the mopeds, remodel the bathroom, install a hard

> water treatment system, go moped riding, and back to college, and save

> the world while I'm at it. (This sentiment has made me think of the

> Moped Monday podcast and how many people new to the scene just ghost)

> noobs getting into mopeds probably are not really settled well in life

> and they're busy trying to get everything in order like me.

>

> I'm appreciative for the stock pipe, It would allow me to fix the bike

> faster. And then when I'm in the chips I can consider upgrading parts

> and passing the stock stuff on to someone else.

>

> I bought the bike knowing full well it wouldn't be ideal for me to drop

> p money on it, but it's really cool and rare here, and will wait happily

> in the garage with the hope of being repaired instead of in a field,

> possibly awaiting being crushed.

Are mopeds in general rare, or just the pinto's in Texas?

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Angry Hipster /

Very, very, rare. I made a post about it on the magnetos fan page.

I'm 32 and I've had a fascination with mopeds since the 3rd grade. .

I've never seen them riding around here, not once, . however I did manage to acquire broken ones in my childhood/teens.

and I grew up in Galveston, which happens to be a pretty hip place aside from Austin.

Here is my Facebook post to Lou about it:

Luis Moreno Have you ever speculated on why they're more rare here. I'm 32 and I grew up in Galveston. When I was a kid circa late 90s early 2000s we would find broken mopeds in the alleys of Galveston. I remember grabbing a broken qt50, urban express, hobbit and a ts400. Going to the scrap yard was appalling there would be small bikes and the people would worked there would not allow anyone to buy them, at all, no matter pleading or bargaining.

There were also many deals to be had, I remember my dad buying me a mint 1977 express that needed the points filed for $75 on eBay, I had a cb360 I bought for cheap before the prices became astronomical. ..

Anyhow, it makes me think that there was at least a somewhat decent supply. Was it ever the same as the midwest probably not...but here in Texas the little bikes were not appreciated, rode hard, and ditched... Meanwhile there were moped scenes going way back elsewhere..

Another note: My brother and I had a couple of 3wheelers and occasionally we would ride them up and down the alleys..not fast or anything..next thing you know all hell would break loose. I remember seeing patrol cars literally power sliding into the alleys trying to catch us... so it makes me think many peds were likely impounded

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Shoot some kroil/pb blaster/ mystery oil/ atf/ etc into the plug hole, down the intake and on all the engine hardware so it can soak for a bit.

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> Saabsonettguy . Wrote:

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> Shoot some kroil/pb blaster/ mystery oil/ atf/ etc into the plug hole,

> down the intake and on all the engine hardware so it can soak for a bit.

Kerosene works remarkably well .

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Angry Hipster /

> Saabsonettguy . Wrote:

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> Shoot some kroil/pb blaster/ mystery oil/ atf/ etc into the plug hole,

> down the intake and on all the engine hardware so it can soak for a bit.

I've been spraying it and I just bought another can of PB Blaster..

I'm going to spray and soak the plug for awhile before I even think about pulling it.

Also the intake wasn't bolted on,, wtf, lol. The throttle cable was broken, so I just pulled the carb and aircleaner assembly off.

I guess it stands to reason that the bike broke, someone fiddled with it, then it got left in the field..

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I know that you got it from a motorcycle scrapyard but just to keep you from spending a pile of money on it, I would run the serial number past your local department of motor vehicles to see if it shows as stolen.

Mike

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> Thomas Davis Wrote:

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> Very, very, rare. I made a post about it on the magnetos fan page.

>

> I'm 32 and I've had a fascination with mopeds since the 3rd grade. .

>

> I've never seen them riding around here, not once, . however I did

> manage to acquire broken ones in my childhood/teens.

>

> and I grew up in Galveston, which happens to be a pretty hip place aside

> from Austin.

>

> Here is my Facebook post to Lou about it:

>

> Luis Moreno Have you ever speculated on why they're more rare here. I'm

> 32 and I grew up in Galveston. When I was a kid circa late 90s early

> 2000s we would find broken mopeds in the alleys of Galveston. I remember

> grabbing a broken qt50, urban express, hobbit and a ts400. Going to the

> scrap yard was appalling there would be small bikes and the people would

> worked there would not allow anyone to buy them, at all, no matter

> pleading or bargaining.

>

> There were also many deals to be had, I remember my dad buying me a mint

> 1977 express that needed the points filed for $75 on eBay, I had a cb360

> I bought for cheap before the prices became astronomical. ..

>

> Anyhow, it makes me think that there was at least a somewhat decent

> supply. Was it ever the same as the midwest probably not...but here in

> Texas the little bikes were not appreciated, rode hard, and ditched...

> Meanwhile there were moped scenes going way back elsewhere..

>

> Another note: My brother and I had a couple of 3wheelers and

> occasionally we would ride them up and down the alleys..not fast or

> anything..next thing you know all hell would break loose. I remember

> seeing patrol cars literally power sliding into the alleys trying to

> catch us... so it makes me think many peds were likely impounded

Good to know...You'll get it back on the road.

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Angry Hipster /
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It's so badly sun bleached that I can't read it. Is there any other spot the vin could be?

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Angry Hipster /

Wait, nevermind a camera flash made the etching show up nice and clear!

Where do I go to check the vin?

This website won't accept the vin, I guess it is too short. Only 7 Digits.

https://www.nicb.org/vincheck

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Angry Hipster /

I ran it through this website as well and it said no history found.

https://mvscusa.com/reports-2/nmvtis/

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