'79 Fairmont Monstang
The term hot rod invokes a different vision to different people. It's influenced by the cars you were raised with, what you see on the streets and on TV. As older models are gobbled up by automotive hoarders and customizers, sometimes we must dip into the later-model varieties to fulfill our hot rod needs. This '79 Ford Fairmont wagon in its factory skin doesn't move the soul the way a hot rod should, but Ryan Mullins had a vision to change all that. With a family of four and a love for Ford cars, Ryan knew this wagon would be something great. As a certified bodyman and a more-than-decent mechanic, he was confident this build would go smoothly; getting the car however, was quite a challenge. Discovered on eBay for a buy-it-now price of $400, Ryan committed to buy it. What he didn't account for was that the car was located out off an unpaved mountain road in the Sierras. The auto transport companies wouldn't travel the road to the car, but after a couple hundred dollars of tow truck fees, the car landed in a spot the transport would pick it up.

Sister car to the popular Fox-body Mustang, the Fairmont has a lot of choices when it comes to performance and styling. The donor Mustang already has been treated to a long list of performance parts that will all be transferred into the Fairmont wagon. One of the biggest visual changes Ryan has made so far is swapping the front clip from the Mustang to the Fairmont, giving it the look of a Mustang wagon.

Ryan has vast plans for the car, including upgrading the motor with aluminum heads, and the '95 Mustang suspension with RideTech goodies. Living in west Michigan, Ryan has felt the brunt of economic hardships, and this will influence the way he builds his car, using resources like Craigslist, eBay, and friends to make the build happen.

By The Numbers

1979 FORD FAIRMONT
Ryan Mullins, 37 • Jenison, MI
400 hp
ENGINE
Type: 302-inch small-block Ford
Oiling: Melling pump
Rotating assembly: Sealed Power rings, bearings, and 10:1 forged pistons
Cylinder heads: Explorer GT 40 heads
Induction: GT 40 intake
Ignition: MSD
Cooling: Ford Motorsport radiator and water pump
Fuel system: in-tank pump, adjustable regulator, 30-pound injectors
Exhaust: BBK shorty headers, off-road H pipe, Flowmaster two-chamber mufflers
Fasteners: ARP
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/shifter: Tremec T5 five-speed
Driveshaft: aluminum
Rear axle: 8.8-inch housing with 3.27 gears and limited slip
CHASSIS
Front suspension: '95 Mustang GT control arms, spindles, and coilovers
Rear suspension: BBK control arms with coilovers
Brakes: '95 Mustang GT five-lug hubs front and rear
BODY/PAINT
Body: '93 Mustang Cobra front clip and rear bumper, shaved handles, antenna,
ground effects, shaved roof rack, and entire body smoothed out
Paint: Lessnol pure black with lots of coats of clear