Engine Of The Day: Ford OHC

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Ford called the the EAO, or sometimes the OHC… but the rest of us- at least, those of us in North America- know this little workhorse as "The Pinto Engine."


What vehicles did the Pinto Engine motivate, other than the Pinto itself? A better question might be: which Ford vehicles didn't get the Pinto Engine? From its introduction in 1970 until the last Pinto-powered Ranger pickup in 2001, this engine was manufactured in displacements ranging from 1.3 to 2.5 liters and was installed in everything from the Cortina to the Aerostar. While many cursed its namesake car, even the most virulent Pinto haters were forced to admit that the engine was actually a pretty reliable powerplant. In turbocharged and intercooled 2.3 liter form, it cranked out 205 horsepower for the Mustang SVO, and those crazies at Cosworth got 224 horsepower out of a 2.0 when selling the RS500 for homologation purposes.
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That's it, I've had it. I'm officially going on a Ford Tempo Fanatic like campaign against Pinto hate!

I grew up (and still am) a Chevy guy, but my Pintos were by far the most problem free cars I have ever owned and took everything a 17 yr old budding gearhead could dish out. My first one spent much of it's time sideways and helped me perfect the J-turn before it was viciously attacked and fatally injured by a blue hair in a Fairmont.

I will not stand idly by and let one of the best cars Ford ever made be slandered like this.

I saw and understood the respect given to Hubert The Hatred Bug, I only ask the same for my beloved Pintos.

Thanks for your support.