1980 Ford Fairmont

Started on Nov. 19 by snailmont5oh

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Underprepared CP car. The only Fairmont in all of Grassrootsdom, apparently.

It is a 1980 Fairmont 2-door sedan with a 347" Boss302 block, a Cobra T-5 trans, 8.8" rear with 3.55:1 gears and a TORSEN T-2R diff. The engine is built light for N/A, high-RPM operation with forged internals, Mahle coated pistons, coated main, rod, and cam bearings, Edelbrock Victor Jr. heads, an Anderson N-51 cam, and a 7-quart road race pan. Induction and timing are controlled by a Holley Terminator EFI system feeding an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake, and fuel is delivered via a custom fuel system including twin Holley Hydramats, a Walbro 255 LPH pump, and a pile of -6 and -8 AN braided stainless. The spark comes from a Crane Hi-6.

The front suspension consists of a '90 K-member holding stock lower control arms with Global West Del-A-Lum bushings. Double adjustable QA-1 struts and 8", 400 lb/in springs hold it up, and Maximum Motorsports caster-camber plates hold the alignment. Steering is a 93 Cobra R rack. Brakes are 11" '93 Mustang disks with Stop Tech cryogenically treated rotors, Lincoln calipers and master cylinder, PFC Carbon Metallic pads, and braided lines.

The rear axle is located by an Evolution Motorsports Tri-Link, a Watts link, and Global West lower control arms with Del-A-Lum and spherical bearings. Maximum torque arm springs keep it off the ground and KYB Gas-A-Just shocks and stock drums do their best to keep up.

The interior is a pair of old Corbeau Forzas. That's it. No carpet, no back seat, no headliner, no dash pad. The tach, and Auto Meters for oil press and water temp are mounted on top of the dash, near the line of sight.

Current best lap on the Summit Point Shenandoah Circuit is a 1:46.XX.

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Nov 22, 2011 12:23 p.m.
Nice. I'm just finishing up a '83 Futura. Any more details on this thing?!
Nov 23, 2011 2:30 a.m.
I had posted a whole laundry list of stuff that I've done to this thing over the years, but my account got deleted and I had to start over. As soon as I get a second, I'll be re-posting that. In the mean time, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrpSmdIOX5c
Nov 2, 2015 4:56 p.m.
@freetimegarage: Any progress on the Futura?

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