Ford Fairmont Engine

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The Ford Fairmont is a compact car introduced in 1978. The Fairmont was successor to the Maverick model and its Mercury counterpart was the Mercury Zephyr, which came in place of the Comet.The long running Ford Fox platform was first introduced through the Fairmont. The other Ford offerings similar to the Fairmont were the Ford Thunderbird, Ford Granada and the Lincoln Continental.



The first generation (1978-1979) Ford Fairmont came with three different engine sizes: 2.3-liter, 3.3-liter and 5.0-liter. The 2.3-liter engine was a spark-ignition, four-stroke, four-cylinder with two valves per cylinder. The maximum horsepower was 88 at 4,800 rpm, and maximum torque was 118 foot-pounds. The 3.3-liter engine was also a spark-ignition, four-stroke, six-cylinder engine with two valves per cylinder. The maximum horsepower is 85 at 3,600 rpm and maximum torque is 154 foot-pounds at 1600 rpm. The 5.0-liter engine was a four-stroke V8 with two valves per cylinder. The maximum horsepower is 139 at 3,600 rpm while maximum torque is 250 foot-pounds at 1,600 rpm.
Ford Fairmont 1979 specifications included a 200c.i. I-6 engine (Thriftpower Six I6) model which was also used in other cars like the Mercury Zephyr. This engine had a power output of 105 hp (78 kW) @ 4400 rpm and a torque output of 156 lb·ft (212 N·m) @ 2400 rpm.

The urgent need to meet fuel efficiency standards prompted the Ford Fairmont to adopt the 255 cu in (4.2 liter) version engine (Windsor V8) in its second generation (1980-1981). This engine was essentially a 302 with the cylinder bores de-bored to 3.68 in (93.5 mm). Rated power was 115-122 hp (86-91 kW). A turbocharged four-cylinder carburetted 2.3 liter engine from the Mustang line was offered in 1980.

Between the year 1982 to 1983 (third generation) the Ford Fairmont opted for the 302 CI (4.949 L) also known as the 5.0 Liter engine with 4-barrel carburetor rated at 250 hp (186 kW) @ 4800 rpm.

As Ford switched to lighter, more aerodynamic cars with front-wheel drive, the Fairmont was replaced by the all-new Tempo for 1984. The Ford Fairmont was comparable to the 1979 Mustang which had similar specifications. Used Engines for all Fairmont models, are available for sale.