ANJ - Paul and Sue Baggaley
Pinto into a Locust will go!
can fit a Pinto into a Locust. Paul and Sue Baggaley have proved
this. They have squeezed a 2 litre OHC Ford Pinto into their yellow
and aluminium Locust.
installation is being able to get the engine to sit low enough in
the chassis. When it is at the correct to allow the bonnet to fit
height the sump is much to low. This has to be corrected by fitting
a shallow big wing sump. Paul examined and measured the ones produced
by Burton and decided that one could be fabricated using the standard
sump and a bit of metal and welding rods.
sumps are very shallow but maintain the original capacity by having
wing like extensions added on each side. The only other modifications
required to fit the engine and box in the car were the removal of
the bottom corner of the drivers footwell. This was in order to
clear the clutch actuation lever and the repositioning of the alternator
to clear the chassis rails and steering column.
you can see from the photographs there is plenty of room in the
engine bay. The exhaust now exits the engine bay on the driver's
side and as it is the driver and not the passenger who would get
the ear bashing, Paul has extended the system to the rear of the
car. This produces a much quieter exhaust note.
wonder if one of the 2 litre 150bhp Twin Cams fitted to the last
of the Sierras could be used. Were they not based on the Pinto?(Peter)).