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PostSubject: New to Fairmonts   Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:25 am

My Grandpa gave me his 1980 fairmont shortley before he passed. The car had not been running for 16 years and he told me that it "sure would be fun to see something made of that car". I got the car running well enough for him to start it up and drive it around the yard before time ran out. This was about couple years ago and I have not been around to finish the project. I've been doing some searching and have found bits and pieces of information but nothing solid. My question is what do I need to drop in a 302? I have the I6 I know I need f-150 motor mounts and to trim the k member, but I want a 5-speed out of a mustang too, is the crossmember for that the same? What else is there that I need?

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: I have also heard that if you use the I6 K-member you need a double hump oil pan to clear is that correct?
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PostSubject: Re: New to Fairmonts   Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:37 am

look in the photo section, find "engine swap is done", theres a guy called revovution909 who did an engine swap to a 6 banger k-member and has done a great photo documentary.

yes you need a fox body oil pan, they are available at jegs or summit, you may need the oil pick up tube also. save yourself some time and ass-ache by fitting a 1 piece oil pan gasket.

you should be able to use your old crossmember.

good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: New to Fairmonts   Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:01 am

Thanks a lot for the info!
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PostSubject: Re: New to Fairmonts   Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:27 am

Welcome to the site! The 5L 5speed swap is easy, but to do it the way I did you will need a welder or someone to weld for you, becuase I cut the trans cross member in three pieces, and moved the center section back so the tranny could bolt up, and then I tacked it together. Then I welded it all up. I used the cross member off of the T-Bird that I pulled my engine from, I just cut down the ends where it fits into the mounts. The double hump cross member seems to be twice as wide.

I saw somewhere else someone bolted the cross member to the back of the mounts so it was only in on one side, and its possible to cut the tranny mounts out of a mustang and weld them on to your fairmont, which I did on my other car, and was a big pain in the ass.

If you dont have a welder it could be more of a pain, but maybe someone else has done it an easier way. I didnt have a welder with my first car, I just borrowed a friends, but now I use one I bought for $200 at a store here on sale, its made in china and can be a pain in the ass, but it works..
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