V.I.S.I.T: Ford Fairmont 2-Door Sedan

Sleepers are cool, and Fox-body sleepers are especially cool, because they’re also cheap, easy to build and surprisingly competent.
The popularity of the Mustang has resulted in an utter cornucopia of aftermarket speed and suspension parts for Ford’s Fox body. The vast majority of these can be just as easily installed in the numerous less sporty models based on the Fox platform. The result? A fairly lightweight, V8 RWD “family sedan” (or wagon!) with taut suspension, precise rack-and-pinion steering, and a 4- or 5-speed gearbox if you desire. The 302 V8 is just a few bolt-on components away from nearly any imaginable performance profile.
The swoopy(-ish) Fairmont Futura coupe has traditionally played the leading role in my Fox-body sleeper fantasies, but lately the boxier Fairmont 2-door sedan has been capturing my imagination more and more. It looks like the sort of severely generic design that might appear in illustrations for a teenage chapter book. That nondescript, plain-jane exterior is perfect for hiding some of the sexy underthings that aftermarket speed shops have to offer, without anybody suspecting a thing.
This nicely-preserved Farimont 2-door has gained some nice ‘Stang wheels, but I was unable to determine what engine it had, or what other mods (if any) might have been done to it. The stock slushbox remains, but perhaps the owner’s plans for this boxy beauty are not yet complete.

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  1. LTDScott Avatar

    5 lug conversion isn't easy, so I''m sure the car has at least some fun work done to it.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I defer to the wisdom of the Fox sleeper sensei…if anybody would know, it's you.

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Rear axle shafts and drums, front hubs…what else?
      A little while ago I saw a Mercury wagon that I'm pretty sure was a Fox body. Figured it was a car that's likely absurdly rare. In a few years it'll be like having a Crosley or something.

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        Well the biggest thing is the axle shafts, which requires pulling the diff cover. Not a hard job, but not as easy as slapping on new rotors like in the front.

  2. dculberson Avatar

    Of course you got me searching for fox bodies to tweak; perhaps a wagon with a 5-speed swap. But this looks like fun:
    A 460 ought to move that Fairmont down the strip with some haste.

  3. tonyola Avatar

    If it weren't for the fact that Fox Mustang components can easily be put into this packing crate, it would have no virtues whatsoever. Maybe I have too much experience driving four-cylinder/auto Fairmonts, but they're amongst the blandest, characterless cars ever built. I wouldn't even call them vanilla – that's too flavorful and exciting. Maybe Cream of Wheat. Or tofu.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Tofu's probably an appropriate comparison – it's bland and flavourless on its own, but takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with. Likewise, the Fairmont's a bland base that's enhanced by whatever modifications you throw at it.

  4. BPR Avatar

    I had a 6 cylinder Zephyr. That car taught me to wear my seatbelt. If I didn’t, the flat vinyl seat would put me on the right side of the car every time I turned left.
    The cowl shake was impressive, but what bothered me was the constantly clogging automatic choke that eventually lead to a cracked exhaust manifold. That and the short circuits that would kill everything but the motor. Ah, the bad times!
    You could put whatever engine you want in one of these. Not me.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      When you have to swap the engine, trans, axles, various suspension parts and seats to make it a decent driver, the appeal of sharing a chassis with a halfway decent car does deteriorate somewhat.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        But everybody and their brother has a Mustang. With a name like "Mad Science," I would expected more love of the quirky.

        1. Tim Odell Avatar
          Tim Odell

          Ok…now I feel really silly.
          …given that I drive a Falcon, generally considered plain and lame in its day, which shares a chassis with OG Mustangs. It's had a motor/trans/axle swap done and suspension/interior work is on the way.
          Yeah…pointing and laughing at myself, basically.

  5. Texan_Idiot25 Avatar

    There's one in the ghetto near here. I'd love to build it, troll for rice boys.

  6. JayP Avatar

    Ford built the LTDII Sport with the 302 and a 5 speed manual for the last year or 2 before the Taurus.
    I've seed 2 sedan conversions and one wagon conversion locally. I'd take any one of them.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      You're thinking of the 1984-1985 LTD LX. It was basically a police package for civilian use with the 302, heavy-duty suspension, tach, and blackout trim. It only came with the 4-speed auto, but some owners put in Mustang 5-speeds.

  7. dukeisduke Avatar

    That car looks an awful lot like one I saw a video of on YouTube awhile back. It was doing runs back and forth in an industrial park type setting.

  8. Unfairmont Avatar

    The Fairmont makes a beautiful sleeper, and the beauty of the 2dr sedan like the one pictured is it weighs less than a notchback Mustang. It is the lightest body offered on the FOX platform, and actually weighed about 100lbs more than a Pinto.

  9. richard Avatar

    This is my car lol

  10. Marc Avatar

    I had the exact same Fairmont in the picture back in the 90's but in the horrible pale beige color. Bolted mustang police steel wheels and Goodyear eagle rubber to it. But then insanity struck and I put a 351 Cleveland in it. Custom motor mounts ie: chain on one side. Kept it in place. Never finished the car. Ahh… what could have been.