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#2909458 - 07/27/15 08:44 AM 1978 Ford Fairmont
CNGInterceptor Offline

4V Fairmont
Grand Poobah

Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 12291
Loc: Rhode Island
So, I originally bought this car back in 2012.

I sold it later that year - and have regretted it since.

When I came back from Sheppard AFB in March, I wanted to try and find it.

As fate would have it, it popped back up for sale on Craigslist a few months back.

Long story short, it has 30,xxx extra miles, a little more rust, and the interior is worse than I remember - but I got it back cheap!

Enough talking - here's the pictures!







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1972 Ford Galaxie 500
My first car

1978 Ford Fairmont
2003 Cobra engine | 3.4 Crusher Whipple | T56 Magnum |
8.8 with 9" ends | Team Z suspension | Etc.


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#2909460 - 07/27/15 09:06 AM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
2kGM Offline
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Registered: 06/16/08
Posts: 408
Loc: NW Virginia, USA
I still have PTSD from an experience involving a rental fleet Fairmont in 1983. I'll never love them, but they were decent cars for their day, and did avoid most of the stupidities of that time through being focused on economy and utility.

Tough to kill, except for the usual body rust problems.

Does that have the Falcon six cylinder in it? The fours were pretty gutless as I recall.

I wonder if any Zephyrs from that era survived - I always thought the grafted on greenhouse back window looked amusing and silly on those.
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#2909463 - 07/27/15 09:17 AM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
CNGInterceptor Offline

4V Fairmont
Grand Poobah

Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 12291
Loc: Rhode Island
Unfortunately, it's "gutless" with a 2.3L 4-cylinder.

88HP is torture, but it's a fun car to drive around town and it gets more attention than any other car I've ever owned.
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1972 Ford Galaxie 500
My first car

1978 Ford Fairmont
2003 Cobra engine | 3.4 Crusher Whipple | T56 Magnum |
8.8 with 9" ends | Team Z suspension | Etc.


2017 Ford Fusion SE
The daily driver

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#2909875 - 07/29/15 12:41 AM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
GrandMarq9807 Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 05/10/10
Posts: 4420
Loc: Virginia
They are almost as light as a Fox Stang, make decent race cars.. The 5.0 was optional in the first couple years, had a '78 wagon with one... Bought probably four or five with the 3.3L(200) 6cyl, to resell, never owned one with the half motor... Had enough '74-'83 Stangs with the 2.3 4cyl(plus a '79 with the 2.8L V6 & a '80 with 3.3L & SROD), sure didn't want one in a F'mont... Around the time I quit "flippin" I'd acquired a '87 LX Stang with 4cyl & 5speed along with a 5 speed '86 GT... Finally gave the LX to daughter and she ran it up close to 200K mi before buying a new Saturn... Sold the GT to guy up in OH...
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1996 F-150 XLT 196K mi Beater, Stock

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1969 Fairlane Cobra 428CJ 4-Speed
1972 Comet GT Restomod 306, C4
1988 Turbo Coupe 331 AOD & 3.73 .. Pressurized ½ Motor is History

*****************NEW TOY!!!*********************
1969 Base Fairlane 302, C4, 45K mi(really!)

Now with P/S & PDB
Gonna wake it up with a Blue Print headed 347




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#2909883 - 07/29/15 01:22 AM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
bigROC209 Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 04/11/12
Posts: 2270
Loc: Stockton, CA
My cousin had an early 80's Malibu with a 305 in it. That thing was a light weight sleeper.
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Bottle in the trunk coming soon!


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#2909901 - 07/29/15 06:59 AM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
CNGInterceptor Offline

4V Fairmont
Grand Poobah

Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 12291
Loc: Rhode Island
This car is literally begging for more power!

...one project at a time though.

And rightfully, my '72 Galaxie is next on the "list".
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1972 Ford Galaxie 500
My first car

1978 Ford Fairmont
2003 Cobra engine | 3.4 Crusher Whipple | T56 Magnum |
8.8 with 9" ends | Team Z suspension | Etc.


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The daily driver

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#2909951 - 07/29/15 01:11 PM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
Mrvic2004 Offline

Over the Hill

Registered: 11/19/07
Posts: 1403
Loc: Kansas City, MO
Would love to find a 2 door Fairmont. Still that 4 door is nice.
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#2909986 - 07/29/15 04:09 PM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
2kGM Offline
Member

Registered: 06/16/08
Posts: 408
Loc: NW Virginia, USA
Any old Windsor block will drop right in. But as it's a four-cylinder, why not be amusing and put the SHO turbo 2.3 in it?
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#2910159 - 07/30/15 07:13 AM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
CNGInterceptor Offline

4V Fairmont
Grand Poobah

Registered: 03/18/07
Posts: 12291
Loc: Rhode Island
I have more project cars than I know what to do with!

But the thought crossed my mind about a 2.3L EcoBoost powertrain from an S550...
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1972 Ford Galaxie 500
My first car

1978 Ford Fairmont
2003 Cobra engine | 3.4 Crusher Whipple | T56 Magnum |
8.8 with 9" ends | Team Z suspension | Etc.


2017 Ford Fusion SE
The daily driver

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#2910206 - 07/30/15 12:03 PM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
2kGM Offline
Member

Registered: 06/16/08
Posts: 408
Loc: NW Virginia, USA
Yeah, that'd also be a fun knob to turn. It would certainly fit in the hole. You'd have to do some thinking about the transmission, though.
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1999 Grand Marquis LS HPP with PI intake manifold, mild J-mod, Class III hitch, KYB PI shocks.
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#2910286 - 07/30/15 06:14 PM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: 2kGM]
GrandMarq9807 Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 05/10/10
Posts: 4420
Loc: Virginia
Originally Posted By 2kGM
Any old Windsor block will drop right in. But as it's a four-cylinder, why not be amusing and put the SHO turbo 2.3 in it?


The 2.3 turbo that would fit were used in '84-'86 SVO Mustangs and '83-'88 Turbo Coupe T-Birds... A donor T-Bird could give the parts needed, most of those were 5-speed with Traction Lock 8'8" rear and 3.55 gears('87 & '88)... I looked for approx a year at the auctions to find one optioned with automatic that I used for my 5.0/AOD swap...

The late 2.3 with all the computer controls, DBW etc would be a nightmare... If a stand alone harness could be sourced most of the work would be fitment...
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1998 Grand Marquis LS. 96K mi. .. Stock
2007 Grand Marquis GS. 90K mi. .. Stock
1996 F-150 XLT 196K mi Beater, Stock

----------My Toys---------(links are up)
1969 Fairlane Cobra 428CJ 4-Speed
1972 Comet GT Restomod 306, C4
1988 Turbo Coupe 331 AOD & 3.73 .. Pressurized ½ Motor is History

*****************NEW TOY!!!*********************
1969 Base Fairlane 302, C4, 45K mi(really!)

Now with P/S & PDB
Gonna wake it up with a Blue Print headed 347




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#2910556 - 07/31/15 11:51 PM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
Bangster Offline

Poobah

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 9114
Loc: Tucson Az
Miss my four door and 2 dr sedan fox body cars. Even the 81 with the 255 V8 was fun for what it was.

The 302 in the 79 Zephyr was much better, I had an 80 2 door with the straight 6, which was an okay driver, it just didn't rev real well and wasn't well matched to the transmission and rear gearing, so it would shift and fall on its face.

I miss my 79 the most, I gave up on it after a lot of years and miles. The distributor gear roll pin sheared, and it took me forever to realize what was happening, as it was almost correctly timed a portion of the time, then off 180 degrees and just filled the exhaust full of gas until it slipped again and was nearly in time.

That color looks familiar, however mine was originally a silver car but they oxidize fast here without proper care.

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#2910871 - 08/02/15 11:02 PM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
fomoco4me Offline
Rookie

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 77
Loc: Maine
Nice Fairmont I had two exactly like that. One was a Government GSA car. 2.3 4 cyl automatic. I had to use it to climb a 4,500 ft mountain highway every other day. Top speed uphill 45 mph.

Second was an exact copy of yours another 2.3 4 cyl. with a blown motor. I saved it from the junkyard. Put another 4 cyl. in it. Putted around town until I sold it.

I had a total of six or seven of the fairmonts or the zephers. The one I really want is the Fairmont wagon that was made into ranchero type called the Durango. There was a dealer in California, Galpin Ford that sold these. Rare, but I would like to get one.

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#2910914 - 08/03/15 09:44 AM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: CNGInterceptor]
ilovemercury Offline
is actually GSDNH
n00b

Registered: 07/28/15
Posts: 17
Loc: USA
Those Durangos were hardly very robust, a fiberglass bed on a unibody frame?
There's a reason more weren't made.

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#2910939 - 08/03/15 12:25 PM Re: 1978 Ford Fairmont [Re: fomoco4me]
CJCCV Offline
Climber

Registered: 08/06/10
Posts: 840
Loc: Greater Philly, PA
Originally Posted By fomoco4me
The one I really want is the Fairmont wagon that was made into ranchero type called the Durango. There was a dealer in California, Galpin Ford that sold these. Rare, but I would like to get one.
Actually, the Durango conversions were based off the Futura coupe not the station wagon; the length and shape of the doors' being the dead give-away.
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