I bought this car in 1981 when I was a freshly minted high school graduate. I had to tow it home but two days later I was cruising it around the Sonic Drive-In. I drove it to college for over two years until I bought my convertible.
It came from the Dearborn plant with an inline 6-cylinder and a three-speed manual transmission. When I bought it there was a 302 and a C-6 automatic in it. I replaced the engine with a rebuilt junkyard 289. There was a vibration that I couldn't solve and it finally turned out to be a problem in the transmission. I removed it and traded the old 302 for a newly rebuilt C-6 which solved the problem. Before long my old junkyard engine was burning oil and getting a little bit unreliable on those drives home from college on the weekends. I bought a professionally rebuilt 289 short block and that's what's in there today.
It's been in pieces in my barn for about five years now. It's a project, a work in progress.
Magnum 500 chrome 15 inch wheels with 215/60/R15 Cooper Cobra raised white letter tires.
Pertonix Ignitor electronic ingition module.
7.25 integral carrier rear replaced with 8 inch rear.
Disc brake upgrade with Granada-style kit from Discbrakeswap.com which included spindles, calipers, pads, master cylinder, proportioning valve, bearings and rotors.
Upgraded suspension and steering from I-6 components to stock V-8 parts.
KYB gas-a-just shocks on all four corners. 600 lb Grab-a-Track front springs with 1 inch lowering perches.
Chrome GT style air filter cover. Black crinkle-painted aluminum "289 Powered by Ford" valve covers. Chrome monte carlo bar and shock tower brace. Chrome shock mounts.