1980 Ford Fairmont Station Wagon
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Yep, a 1980 Ford Fairmont Station wagon - complete with fake wood grain and a tired 221 CID inline 6-cylinder engine topped by a 1-BBL carb. Why put up a page about this? Two reasons. First, this was the only vehicle I owned that I didn't buy or otherwise seek out - I inherited it when I got married. Second, it was the car I actually got furthest with on bodywork before it's unexpected demise - it was the first victim of my new son's not quite complete mastery of driving a certain twisty road. If you are interested in the second victim, you can check out the page on Odie.

Before this car died, I was well on my way to removing the fugly wood grain decals and getting this car ready for paint. It was going to be my son's car, and we decided to have some fun with the color - it was going to be purple. We looked at some late 90's Ford products (the Ranger pickup and the Escort, IIRC), and they offered some nice metallic colors in the shade of purple (all with light grey interiors) that we liked, so I researched the paint codes and costs. I also was pointed to a non-metallic Chrysler color in the same basic shade of purple. Anyways, the estimate I had was that about 3 quarts would be needed to paint the car.

  •  Ford Deep Violet Clear Coat Metallic - Color Code JS. Cost per qt unknown.
  •  Ford Sapphire Blue Clear Coat Metallic - Color code JA. Cost $59.95 per qt.
  •  1971 Chrysler Purple - "Plum Crazy". Cost approx $40 per qt.

Why preserve the paint codes here? They're cool colors, and someday I may still decide to paint a car purple. This way I don't need to worry about losing the small scrap of paper this information was preserved on anymore - long live the web!

Sorry, no photos yet. There are 4x6 photos of the car post-wreck floating about, and if I ever find them, I'll scan them in and post them here. If you knew me when I owned this vehicle and happen to have any photos of it, please send them along so I can post them here.

Some of the parts from this car still linger in my garage. It took until 2005 to finally sell off the C4 transmission and starter. I do recall that the front bench seat went to Chris, one of my son's friends, shortly after the accident. He was in the car and thought it was cool to hand onto it. I'm sure his mother was thrilled. The power steering pump and alternator are still stashed away in a box somewhere.

 

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This was Car #7. The only car I became part owner of as a result of another non-automotive related action (getting married). My first station wagon. My first experience with working on a 1-bbl carb - the 1965 Valiant also had a 1-bbl carb, but I never worked on it. My first and only attempt to remove wood grain trim. My first tire and wheel upgrade. The first car that ever got - literally - totaled while I owned it.


Comments? Kudos? Got some parts you'd like to buy/sell/barter/swap? Nasty comments about my web page so far? You can email Mike or Debbie.

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