What’s wrong with our 1978 Fairmont Wagon?

What’s wrong with our 1978 Fairmont Wagon?


And we’re back. Hey everybody, Keith here, it’s been a minute
since our last video on the foxy Fairmont, if you are just learning about this car, hop
over to the Holley YouTube channel and the first video is up there explaining why we
have this Fairmont, what we are doing with it. You’re going to see it in a lot of upcoming
videos, we’re going to be promoting the Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival and that’s in
conjunction with NMRA World Finals. We’re just looking to enhance that, we are
going to throw in some autocross, some drifting, maybe a truck tug of war, maybe some off-road
stuff for Raptor guys, maybe we’ll come up with something for those little Fiesta STs
and Ford Focus and stuff like that, or is it Ford Foci? Focus, Foci, I don’t know. We took the Fairmont to NCM on one of their
open autocross days and learned that it is not very good at that. This thing has been neglected in a few ways
and needs a little help. The original carburetor has some issues, it
sat around with that pump gas that’s got ethanol in it and it just gets gummed up and gross,
so we are going to throw a new carburetor on there and a few other things. We may have broken a motor mount, you can
see that the engine is sitting a little crooked in there but you can also see that this air
cleaner stud got layed over. The motor mount is right here and the part
of the subframe that it is supposed to bolt to is right here, so it has completely separated
from the mounting pad on the subframe. When the whole engine kicked over, it kind
of tore the throttle cable up a little bit so we had to improvise and get the throttle
return happening. It’s like a slingshot, wow. So we are going to do away with that, oh wow
much better. These mechanical secondary carburetors have
a legendary reputation for performance, but if you have one that is not properly adjusted
or maintained, sometimes you can have problems just like this one did. The accelerator pump nozzles are here under
the screw and here. You have a primary and a secondary and as
the throttle opens, fuel should be shooting out of those, oh there’s a little bit. We’ve either got a problem in our linkage
adjustment right here, that’s a little loose, that one is a little loose too, or it could
be a problem with the diaphragm, which is down here, or it could be the passage that
goes from the diaphragm up through the carburetor to the nozzle. We should be getting a whole lot more fuel
than that and that is why this thing falls on its face when you floor it. Sure we could rebuild this carburetor, we
could spruce up this distributor, but why do that when you have access to all of the
parts that Holley has to offer. We got some new MSD parts, a new distributor,
plug wires, alternator, I think we were having some alternator problems, probably going to
open up that 8.8 dif, make sure that we’ve got positive traction and also stiffen it
up a little bit with this BMN dif cover. We’ve got a top-secret carburetor you’ll have
to tune in to see what that’s all about next episode, a big ole’ bottle of that blue stuff. The first thing that we’re going to have to
do before we put this thing back together is to put new motor mounts in it and then
we can install the carb, the new radiator, the new alternator, all that good stuff. That’s it for now, look out on our Facebook,
YouTube, Instagram for Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival.