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The Mickey Thompson Pintos

By Dale Pulde

Dale Pulde playing rough with the Mickey Thompson Pinto. Photographer unknown
Dale Pulde playing rough with the Mickey Thompson Pinto. Photographer unknown

There have been lots of questions on the net lately about the Mickey Thompson Pinto funny cars I drove. All the Pintos were the same. They ran on the one Titanium chassis. We did a photo shoot with the Mustang body on the Titanium chassis one time, but it never ran.

I drove the Pinto on every run it ever made when owned by M/T. There was the real ugly first dark blue body. Then we re painted it blue and yellow. After burning it up it, we received another blue and yellow one, which was burnt up in the final round at Indy 71. Harrison went to the semis and we put him out. That is when they blew the clutch out the side of the car. The Pinto was in primer for the last AHRA race we won that year. For a few races at the end of the year, the car was painted a dark blue with some ice blue scallops on them.

We then got M/T to let us do it candy red for the 72 season. We won the 32-car AHRA Winternats and were runner up at the NHRA and IHRA Winternats, which we should have won also. The last race we went to was the only one with the dark blue Revellaser paint job. The bodies were interchangeable. for the Mustang and Pinto. Montrelli and I only tried to do this once. And it's a good story. This photo was the last full run it ever made and this was the red body. It was at Niagara Falls NY, Summer 72. We set a new track record, beating Gene Snow.

It took me four fire suits to get through 71 and '72!

Dale

 

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