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familytruckster
familytruckster Reader
10/19/11 7:04 p.m.

84 was CFI and had a 3.8 V6.

I hated that motor (had an 84 Capri). I love 4 door foxes though. A 2.3 Turbo swap is also a fun option. Or a thunderbird SC swap....

ClemSparks
ClemSparks SuperDork
10/19/11 7:16 p.m.
RossD wrote: Maybe I can see if I can store the Miata at my parents place or maybe get a car cover and leave it in my driveway With regards to the price, I was thinking $500 if it was 'rust free' and was able to make the 100 miles back home.

Now we're talking in a language that I am able to enable.

GO with the plan above. (But start with a $300 "This is all I have and need to get to work tomorrow" offer).

Clem

Nitroracer
Nitroracer SuperDork
10/19/11 7:54 p.m.

I bought a two door zephyr z7 a few years back for $100. Found some cool four doors along the way too.

ransom
ransom HalfDork
10/19/11 8:46 p.m.

Anybody have any idea whether an LTD is a lot heavier than a Fairmont? I dig 'em both, with a slight preference for the LTD's looks. But if it's carting around an extra couple hundred pounds of "progress" (sound deadening?) on essentially the same chassis... Not so much.

hotrodlarry
hotrodlarry Reader
10/19/11 9:19 p.m.

I had an LTD the same color as the original poster. Mine was an '83 and had the 200 I6. It was slow and ugly, but I liked that car.

edit* - found a pic... this was before I rattle canned it flat black.

mad_machine
mad_machine SuperDork
10/19/11 9:45 p.m.

it's funny looking at these cars.. they seemed so streamlined at the time

integraguy
integraguy SuperDork
10/20/11 9:02 a.m.

A reference book I have, lists the weight for a mid '80s Mustang 2 door coupe as 2700 lbs and the LTD as a 3000-3100 lbs. Split the difference for a Fairmont, and a LTD weighs maybe 200 lbs MORE than a comparable Fairmont. Hey, those slanted overhangs aren't made of paper.

Ranger50
Ranger50 Dork
10/20/11 9:33 a.m.
integraguy wrote: A reference book I have, lists the weight for a mid '80s Mustang 2 door coupe as 2700 lbs and the LTD as a 3000-3100 lbs. Split the difference for a Fairmont, and a LTD weighs maybe 200 lbs MORE than a comparable Fairmont. Hey, those slanted overhangs aren't made of paper.

I have seen some of the no option 4 cyl Fairmonts come out at 2600#, wagons at 2700#. Plastics are a heavy bitch to hide sheetmetal. Plus all that slanted overhanging weight is in all the right spots..... Plus the additional wheelbase.

Tom_Spangler
Tom_Spangler Reader
10/20/11 9:59 a.m.

I've thought about it, but if I do it, it'll have to be a wagon.

16vCorey
16vCorey SuperDork
10/20/11 10:21 a.m.

The 3.8L V6 started in 1983 and the last year for the 3.3L 200ci inline 6 was also '83. So before '83 the 6cyl was the inline, after '83 was the V6, and '83 they made it both ways.

familytruckster
familytruckster Reader
10/20/11 3:37 p.m.

Pretty sure I know this guy.....

and this is what's under the hood....

ClemSparks
ClemSparks SuperDork
11/29/11 4:41 p.m.

I just wanted to rekindle the discussion here as I am about to gain a (albeit 2 door) '79 Fairmont.

Excited...much.

I've wanted one of these things for the better part of two decades!

I plan a fuel injected 5.0, undetermined transmission (I'm leaning toward the lazy/easy/cheap opton of an AOD...I have a couple around). It's already got 5 lug '95 Mustang suspension under it. Needs much paint help.

I'll start my own thread when I drag it home!

Clem

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