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Press Release copy:

Fairmont enters the 1979-model year as the most successful new-car nameplate ever introduced by a domestic manufacturer and Ford's top-selling car line in 1978. Offered in a full range of two- and four-door sedans, four-door station wagons and a sporty two-door Futura model, the Fairmont represents a new generation of Ford Division products designed for 1979 and beyond. A 2.3,-liter engine is standard, and a new four-speed overdrive manual transmission is available for Fairmont's optional 3.3-liter (200-CID) Six and 5.0-liter (302-CID) V-8 engines.

Ford Fairmont 1978  

One of Ford's better ideas?
Introduced in 1978, the Fairmont utilized the first use of the Fox platform, which unless you've been living under a rock for the last 25 years, has been one of the most widely-used automotive platforms ever produced.

With the Fairmont's light weight and size ergonomics, initial test reports considered this a true world-class car utilitarian car in the same lines as a Volvo.


1978 Mercury Zephyr ESS

I finally found a decent starting point for a proper boxy fox. A plain jain 2door sedan which I envision as a more squared off DeTomaso Longchamp.

Parts waiting: 351W, AOD, 8.8", 11" front brakes, 1.31" front swaybar, 83 Turbo Coupe leather interior.

Body mods to include later 4 light Fairmont/Zephyr front grille, stripless bumpers moved in to fit closer to the body. I have a buddy with an original Fairmont Turbo hood bulge if I can talk him out of it, otherwise I have an '83 Mustang GT scoop that will be used.

Above car is what I'm thinking of color at this point.

 

F A I R M O N T   A R T I C L E S :

Project Fairmont
Car & Driver - April 1979
Study in aesthetics and 5spd overdrive trans
with 3.45 rear end on stock 2.3 car.

 

 

 

 

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