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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I rebuild & restore classic cars and trucks when I'm not researching and writing about all things automotive. My current project is a 1978 Ford.Read more about Joshua Weinstein