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I inherited this 1979 4door Fairmont sedan from a relative that passed away a few years ago and while it may not be a classic or as traditional as a mustang, t-bird etc. The body was in good condition and as straight as an arrow despite the passage of time so I want to put my own modern twist on it with a few modern mods and fresh coat of paint and this is what I've got so far.

This is the car when I first saw it as it sat:
Stock 3.3L I6 motor





I had to get a new transmission after the stock one got royally screwed and in the process of being rebuilt, the original bell housing and torque converter were stolen so I went ahead and got a TCI Superstreet C4 automatic transmission rated up to 825HP so it could be used with the stock motor in the interim until such time I can afford a V8 upgrade in the future. (IN JAMAICA WE PAY 87% DUTY ON IMPORTED MOTORS, SO GETTING IT INTO THE COUNTRY IS A MOTHER OF A FINANCIAL BURDEN AND THERE AREN'T MUCH RESOURCES FOR V8S OR PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH THE STOCK I6)

The standard "small" bell housing for the C4 was too big to be bolted with the stock motor which I found out later was a stock bastard bellhousing to begin with and it was a royal run around for a month or two to get the correct one and corresponding torque converter.
 

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I previewed a set of wheels using wheelsnext while they were still active and decided to go with a set of staggered 18" TSW Jaramas (18X8, 18X9.5) and got a set of 4 to 5 Lug converters from ebay:


Originally I wanted to go with black mixed with gold pearl with blue metal flake rally stripes down the middle, but decided to skip the gold pearl and go with a black base coat with blue metal flake and taped out black rally stripes down the middle:


The car was with an initial painter who had flared the front and rear wheel arches and done some prelim body work but had it sitting in the open exposed to the elements to the point where it began to rust so I took it to a different painter.
 

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For the past YEAR much to my own frustration after being promised last year November of 2012 that it would be ready in April 2013...the car is still not painted and has almost pushed me to go postal on the painter. Here is how it currently sits awaiting the base:


He coated it in hardener and saw a few imperfections so he's currently going back over some of the body spots and I'm being told that by the time I get back from Miami in the next two weeks, it will be ready...so fingers crossed for that.

I'm redoing the interior from that nauseating wine red stain to black, so the seats and interior has been gutted and the roof liner, carpet and seats are currently being redone in leatherette.
 

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The mods to come in mind are:

Air ride suspension

Upgraded and Modern Stereo System

Ultimately want a built 408 motor but until then I'm willing to work with any modern ford motor which can be used with the existing C4 tranny. Was recommended by a user on the forum to try one of the 5L late model crown vics, mustangs, f150 etc from a junk yard so I'm gonna try and get one for less than 1500 with wire harness, power steering and all from a junkyard in Miami.

WOULD LOVE the COYOTE, but that would be more suited for a classic coupe like a stang or even in a kickass cosworth :evilhehe:
 

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Coyote also has humongous heads, you'd be cutting and chopping to get it in.
 

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Much overdue update....FINALLY it's painted and the interior is in and she looks like a beaut whether rolling slow around town or parked in the sun....but now the lack of power is the next hurdle.










I want it to be the ultimate sleeper and daily driver while retaining the usual comforts of power steering, ac etc with fuel injection for decent gas mileage around town. And I want that for less than 2grand because that goes hand in hand with bigger brakes and I'd also like to make the switch to an 8.8 rear axle.

All wishful thinking but it's a matter of filtering through the 5.0 HO "deals" on ebay and resting easy knowing its in good enough condition to do some minor modifications, pop that sucker in and just go.
 

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It's been a while and alot has happened with the car...which some of you might be disaapointed with but it's still a Ford at heart...just with a Japanese heart.

I decided to go with a 1.5JZgte swap instead of my initial plans for a V8 mostly due to the availability of parts for these Toyota engines locally. The 1.5JZGTE is a 2jzgte block with a modified 1JZGTE head....here are the mods to date:

Mods

2JZGTE Block
2JZGTE Head Gasket
1JZGTE Head with modified oil feed port
1JZGTE Stainless Steel Exhaust Manifold
ARP Head studs
ACL Race Main Bearings
King Rod Bearings
SARD Analyse Self Tuning ECU
Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator
AEM Universal High Flow Fuel Filter
440cc Injectors
Greddy T88H 34D Turbo
Greddy Oil Catch Can
TiAL MV-R 44mm Wastegate
TiAL 50mm Q BOV
TiAL 50mm QR BOV
TCI Superstreet Automatic C4
Denso Iridium Spark Plugs
Glowshift Wideband A/F Gauge
Glowshift Digital Oil Pressure Gauge
Glowshift Boost Gauge
Glowshift Temperature Gauge
Auto Meter Carbon Fiber Mechanical Oil Pressure Gauge
Mishimoto Radiator Cap with built in Temperature Gauge
Front Strut Tower Brace
Rear Strut Bar
QA1 Tubular Control Arms
QA1 MU2TK Tubular K-Member
'95-'04 Toyota Tacoma 4 Piston Brakes
'79-'04 Mustang GT Billet Aluminium Front Coil Overs
Yukon Duragrip 7.5 Limited Slip Differential (3.73 Ratio)
Custom Intercooler Piping
Custom Stainless 3" Exhaust
AeroCatch Flush Hood Pins
Sickspeed Chrome Horns
Volvo 240 Chin Spoiler(SOOOOOOO happy how this turned out)
 

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Haven't taken it to the dyno yet but I would guess it's pushing about 440-450HP based on the 440cc injectors, 16lbs of boost and the ECU.

Plan to upgrade the torque converter once we determine what rpm the power band comes in with this massive turbo. A modest start to what promises to be a one of a kind build
 

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Gonna resurrect this post with some questions about 8.8s...

What models and years of mustangs came with an 8.8 which is a direct bolt up to my '79 Fairmont without any modifications?

I had a bastard teeny tiny 6.something differential and not the 7.5 which was a shocking discovery when I went to install my 3.73 Yukon Duragrip LSD kit because I thought the car only came with either the 7.5 or 8.8 and I know it wasn't an 8.8 for sure...BUT rather than trying to source a 7.5 I'm going to try and sell it and upgrade to the 8.8 with all the bells and whistles. I think the 86-93 Mustangs share the same 8.8 rear ends but can anyone confirm that?
The plan is to buy an 86-93 8.8 housing on eBay

and rebuild it with this kit from LMR

Are there any additional parts I would need to fit to the housing?

LMR have a note about brake fitment being ONLY for Turbo coupe brakes with an adapter or drum brakes...I like the Baer SS4 5lug brake kit with the 12" rotors
but I'm not sure if they'll work on this version of 8.8, might give Baer a call about that but for now, I just wanted to confirm I'm heading in the right direction with these parts to make it a painless swap.
 
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