Build Thread 1978 Fairmont Futura Build. My dog ate my homework.

CarMichael Angelo

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Index
Because of the length of this thread, I've added these quick reference links to specific areas of the build.
(Work in progress)

Some Completed Car pics:
https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-fo...hiskey-we-go-now.871263/page-315#post-9075003

Build Plan
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Mustang Forums at StangNet
Chassis
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Completed SFC's install:
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Rear Suspension:
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Wheels/Tires
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Rear end
Initial Narrowing
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Completed Rear:
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With Cobra brakes installed:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 20 | Mustang Forums at StangNet

Mini Tub
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The Official Gila Monster Build
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Engine

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Oil pan Fab:
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Basic Block Mods-lifter galley clearancing
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Deck widening:
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Side Plate:
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Intake manifold Construction:
My Diy Fi Intake Takes Shape. | Mustang Forums at StangNet
Initial mock up
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Trans

Engine compartment

Initial sanding/welding:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 13 | Mustang Forums at StangNet

Completed welding:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 26 | Mustang Forums at StangNet
Painted
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Interior

The Dash
Version 1 using stock dash:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 53 | Mustang Forums at StangNet
Version 1 scrapped, Version 2 using steel tubing:
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Initial sheet metal coverings-dash top:
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The skeleton out in the sun:
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Initial fab of ga. pod ("Winkin")
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The underpod initial fab ("Blinkin")
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Dash Version 3 w/ center insert, electronics mocked up
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The console fab and rough completion:
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More dash/console rough trim out:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 63 | Mustang Forums at StangNet

Dash frame painted
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Dash top covered and stained
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Complete dash mock up
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Turbocharger
Hot side fabrication:
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Turbo manifold complete:
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Cold side initial fabrication:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 11 | Mustang Forums at StangNet

Intercooler

Electrical

ECU
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 27 | Mustang Forums at StangNet

Body
Decal Concept
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Lower side scoops(The Gila Gills)
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Wind Tunnel tests on Gila Gills:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 54 | Mustang Forums at StangNet
Gila Gills complete:
Progress Thread - The Official Gila Monster Build | Page 55 | Mustang Forums at StangNet

Fuel system

Basic Fuel tank surgery:
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Fuel tank lining, Fuel pump mounting
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Lines
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Pump/filters
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Fairmont, Inline 6 cylinder, turbocharged, australian head, roller cammed, turbocharged, fuel injected
 
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CarMichael Angelo

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Gi·la monster
noun \ˈhē-lə-\
[count] : a large orange and black poisonous lizard of the southwestern U.S
Illustration of GILA MONSTER
gilamons.gif

Origin of GILA MONSTER
Gila River, Arizona
First Known Use: 1877

It came today.

After 6 weeks of waiting, the driver finally pulled up at my door, and offloaded the project I've decided to name after the ugly little dude above.

So that you're on the same page,...Lets compare the car to the lizard for the sake of this thread:

1. A Gila Monster lives in the Southwest,..named after a river in Arizona.
1a: My Fairmont was bought, and lived its life in Arizona.
*check.:nice:
2. A Gila Monster is considered a dim bulb, and slow moving.
2a My Fairmont is slow moving, the dim bulb is directly behind the steering wheel.
*check:nice:
3. A Gila Monster is considered ugly.
3a. Most consider a Fairmont ugly.
* check:nice:
4. A Gila monster is various shades of yellow, orange, and black.
4a. My Fairmont is various shades of yellow, orange, and black.
*check:nice:
5. A Gila Monster is venemous.
5a. My Fairmont is not,..........maybe one day?:shrug:
* :notnice:

Based on my 4 out of 5 grading system,...I'd say I got a bonafide Gila Monster.

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check out my bad assed headliner.:lol:
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So you're looking,..and thinking another faded yellow car???, ...And to that I'm saying "I know,..Right?"
It seems that every one of these things I get are either this color,..or baby blue,....I'm just glad the thing is as straight as it is,..and is 99% rust free. The only deviations are the hood hinge areas,...but not even the Arizona desert could stop that from happening.

The interior is obviously trash,...the dash is atrocious,...I know all of that that can be easily replaced.
(And of course, it will be) The bench seats are short lived as well,.. but they'll do for now,..I got suspension to deal with first.

So,...Now that you can see I haven't been blowing smoke up your asses for the last month and a half,...here's the build plan:

#1. get the current car running right. This is going to be a "build while I drive it" build.

Chapter 1: Suspension/brakes/wheels-tires/ Cosmetics
I need an 8.8,...front and rear coil overs,...a Cobra M/C, and an adjustable proportioning valve to allow me to convert the car over to the Cobra brakes that have been in the basement for a month now.

The 17 x 9's, and the 17 x 10.5 Bullitts w/ 255/315 Sumitomo rubber will go on after that. (Also currently in basement)
I may have to mini tub the rear wheel wells, and narrow the rear end,..because I'm not gonna do a redeaux of the fast and loud drift car w/ quarter panel extensions.

The factory 4 link will stay initially,...until I decide if I want to spend the time researching, and building, then sorting out a torque arm/panhard bar on what will essentially be a daily driven street car.
That said; all suspension bushings will be upgraded, I'll invest in a good set of control arms.

Cosmetically,...I'll buff existing paint,...black out trim,...and have the windows tinted.
Chapter 2:Interior

If I can stand to wait that long,...I'll replace the dash pad,...and upgrade the factory gauges to the Summit digital units that sit on a wish list in la la land.
Two Summit branded Corbeau wannabes w/ their respective sliders are also slotted.
A pretty serious audio system, made up of two pairs of components speakers mounted in the doors and quarter trim. Two 10" subs,.one 4 channel amp,..and one sub amp will take up the space that used to be the back seat. New carpet,.sound deadening will be included in this chapter.
Chapter 3: Powertrain:
This has been a point of contention for me for some time,...as I want it to be different while trying to keep it Ford. After considering about 4 different paths (one of which was an LS option):eek:,...

I think I've decided to do all the work required to make a 4.2L inline six fit the car ( Something that it currently will not do) I have acquired a rare Australian Crossflow head that will allow me to individually port inject each cylinder. Build custom intake and exhaust manifolds and turbocharge the combo. Back it up w/ a manually shifted 4R70w, and complete the drivetraing w/ a disc brake 8.8 sporting a 3.73 reargear.

Chapter 4: Exterior Cosmetics:

We'll have to see how this one goes,...by the time I get to this stage,....I expect that the car will be retired as a daily driver. After the last car,...I will not opt for a buddy deal paint job,..and will more than likely paint it myself.

The plan is to do all of this for a total investment of 6k. The 6 k number is the bail out sell price of the car should I decide to sell it. I've wanted a clean fairmont for so long now,..and this one will make my 6th., so clearly, I have it bad for the body style. No plans to sell anytime soon.



 
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That interior looks primed to have an 85/86 dash and center console swapped into it.


Crutchfield has the kick panels with the speaker enclosures built into them.

I would keep those door panels and dye them the desired color.
 

84Ttop

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Nice car, I was the proud/embarrassed owner of a 79' Zephyr.

I know where the car still is, sure you don't want me to source the factory bucket seats and factory 12 watts stereo amplifier? lol
All kidding aside, sounds like it will be a nice project!
 

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I have a SN BB/MC that I got from Scott that I probably wont use now that Im going manual brakes... Can you use that or does it HAVE to be a Cobra MC?
 

CarMichael Angelo

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I have a SN BB/MC that I got from Scott that I probably wont use now that Im going manual brakes... Can you use that or does it HAVE to be a Cobra MC?
tell the truth Collin I don't know what I need. I thought I needed the cobra mc.

what is a sn bb mc anyway?
 

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Brake booster/master cylinder from an SN-95 Mustang. @RacEoHolic330 could tell you more about it. I know that's what you need if you have 4 wheel disc brakes.
 

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Mike, I ran the stock MC on my '95 after upgrading the front to the Cobra brake package with 13" rotors, and it worked just fine. Had a nice firm pedal feel, but not to be confused with manual brake firm of course. The power assist was still there.
 

CarMichael Angelo

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Mike, I ran the stock MC on my '95 after upgrading the front to the Cobra brake package with 13" rotors, and it worked just fine. Had a nice firm pedal feel, but not to be confused with manual brake firm of course. The power assist was still there.
so,...that still leaves me wondering,... This car has power brakes already, the booster looks like a freakin flying saucer, not like the one typically on a mustang..

The good side to that is there is a buttload of room between the front of the mc, and the driver's side strut tower for the upgrade.
 

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so,...that still leaves me wondering,... This car has power brakes already, the booster looks like a freakin flying saucer, not like the one typically on a mustang..

The good side to that is there is a buttload of room between the front of the mc, and the driver's side strut tower for the upgrade.

You think the diaphragm inside of this relic is larger than the one for the Mustang? If so, it might be worth hanging onto if compatible with the MC you want to use.
 

CarMichael Angelo

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You think the diaphragm inside of this relic is larger than the one for the Mustang? If so, it might be worth hanging onto if compatible with the MC you want to use.
I don't no nothing about a diaphragm if it isn't intended to stop an unwanted pregnancy.

Just look at my big assed booster:
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On a side note: I just noticed the upper rad hose,....whadya spose is going on there?
 
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