There was such a big buildup before Ford introduced the Fairmont/Zephyr twins. They were gonna be the best thing ever. And then they introduced them, and I was all like, "You're kidding me, right? The most boring car design in 40 years!" And later on I drove one. A college buddy had one. Most flaccid, underpowered, floaty, vaguely steered thing ever.
Imagine...you're a "car guy"...you just graduated from college with an engineering degree...you get a job with Ford...and you get assigned to THIS.Imagine the months...well...weeks...ok, it was drawn on the back of a napkin during a beer soaked lunch...of design work which went into creating this automotive legend.The Horror...the horror...
I had a new Fairmont in 1979, company fleet car, it was pretty basic and the fuel gauge was inaccurate which I discovered meant you were empty when it showed one quarter full. At around 30,000 it started to periodically drop a chunk of carbon off the inside of the cylinder head. Sounded like some one was beating a hammer. The solution was to remove the air filter with the engine running, hold the throttle open and slowly pour in a cup full of water. This burned the chunk of carbon out and away we went. Never knew what the cause was but thought it might have been unleaded gas. It was traded in at 50,000. Probably still on the road somewhere.
@ JimSounds like the hype for the new Dodge Dart.
I feel myself making a wincing face or grimace at this profile. It's like the "family car" you're able to buy in a very low resolution video game. The "sport car" in that game would probably be a featureless yellow 1995 Camaro or Mustang. Ugh, I need to rinse this bad taste out of my mouth with some Top Gear. Well played, Tony. I'll get you back for this.
Say what you will- I'd still love to drive it! The dent in the tailgate speaks volumes.
I can picture your comment on an offical OPC t-shirt, Dave."...The dent in the tailgate speaks volumes."-Oldparkedcars.comThat train of thought makes me think it would be fun to have an end of the year vote for best comment of the year...
This was my high school drivers ed car. I spent the summer driving the football coach around on errands in it learning to drive.
One mean looking Fairmont. Perfect light patina, steelies 'n whitewalls, and a sizable dent in the rear tail gate. I dig it.
*Zephyr...bah, this is why you don't comment when you're half-asleep!
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