If you’re reading this, you probably fall into one of two categories. You’re either a person who likes Foxbody Mustangs and finds this genuinely interesting, or you already know about the Fairmont. I’ll do my best to cater to both.
If you didn’t already know, it’s true: The otherwise uninteresting and forgettable 1978-1983 Ford Fairmont is actually a Foxbody. It shares the same platform as the acclaimed 1979-1993 (ish) Ford Mustang.
But what does that mean for you? Why should you care about this unremarkable car? In short, you should care because the Ford Fairmont makes one of the most unsuspecting sleepers around. If you want to drive a terrible car and make Chevy owners cry, read on and see how this car has serious sleeper potential.
Ford Fairmont and Mustang Platform
Sharing platforms means more than ease-of-assembly. The Foxbody Fairmont came with many of the same engine choices as the clapped-out GTA Mustang above. Most notably, you could order a Fairmont with a 5.0 (302 Windsor) V8, and many owners did just that.
On its own, a Fairmont Foxbody with a Windsor V8 has plenty of potential. With a bit of de-smogging and simple Summit Racing upgrades, you’ll be lighting up the tires and drifting around like a CHP Notchback.
Can’t find parts for your Fairmont Foxbody? Don’t worry—3rd generation Mustangs share many components with the vehicle. Plus, almost any engine that fits in a Mustang fits in a Fairmont. Yeah—that means you can buy the same drop-in aftermarket parts kits for the car. And there’s plenty of those available online.
LS-Swaps and Chinese Turbo Kits
The Ford Fairmont recently became a favorite LS-swap choice. For builders of FrankenFords, there’s nothing more attractive than a 2-door Ford Fairmont coupe and a $300 Chinese turbo kit from eBay. And since the vehicle is based on the Ford Fox platform, you can drop in a Chevy LS engine with little more than an adapter kit, junkyard parts, and an ECU.
While we’re talking about ridiculous sleepers, I just want to mention the Ford Fairmont station wagon. If you can find one, it’s worth a look. At this point, any Fairmont is worth a look since they’re pretty much all gone. If you want to know more, check out the Regular Car Reviews video below.
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