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Regular Maintenance On 5.0 V8 by P.J.'s_'79_5.0
 — Regular maintenance is a must for all cars, but the previous owner neglected this one. Slowly but surely I've replaced everything except the transmission.I've done all the work myself, & it was easy. ... Read More
Even Thou It Ran Quiet, You Knew It Had A V8 When It Started. by Fulcrum
 — It's an LX 5.0 package, came with the automatic, cruise, Tilt, A/C, and the premeium AM/FM 8-track with built in Amplifier. At 145hp it wasn't going to win any races but it has a solid nible feel to i... Read More
1979 Mustang, Modified by Chaz75
 — I am the seccond owner of the car, i love the body style and they have so much potential. Overall this car stock isn't very good at all because it is an american muscle car, but mine has all around in... Read More

1979 Ford Mustang Overview

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1979 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang received a breath of fresh air in 1979. After four years of a poor-performing Pinto-like Mustang wannabe, the future of the Mustang was in jeopardy. But then the 1979 Mustang arrived, and did it ever look sleek!

There were some great reasons it looked so good. It had a sloped-back front end, which was almost completely new for the American car market, and the hatchback had the totally amazing drag coefficient of 0.44. (That's less than a baseball's coefficient of drag.) This was the most aerodynamic car yet in Ford's history, and it held that honor until the Thunderbird took that honor some years later. It was 200 pounds lighter, while roomier and bigger overall than the Mustang II.
It had the first square headlights on a Mustang. The 302ci went metric that year with the new moniker 5.0, and the fan belt went to a serpentine style. The 5.0 was a powerhouse at 140hp in an emissions- and fuel-strangled economy, with 0-60 times of 8 to 9 seconds and 17 seconds at 85mph in the quarter mile. This was a sad sign of the times in a 55mph society. Other engine choices included the then pretty new V6, rated at 109hp with a 0-60 of 11 seconds, but due to shortages the old reliable but less powerful 85hp L6 came in most '79 Mustangs. Options included a four cylinder rated at 88hp and the radical Turbo-4 at 132hp. In my experience I recall that you could only get a V8 with the automatic and the Cobra package only came with the Turbo-4. This body style, known as the Fox body, would be the backbone of Mustangs for the next 14 years before tooling changes would extend it another 11 years.


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Parts For Fox Body

Where can I buy parts for fox body ( Cobra 1979 ) in Europe ? or , maybe is cheaper to order parts from US ? I need new front and rear brakes. Thanks B.S. Steve

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What Is The Value Of A 1979 Mustang In Fair Condition?

Fair condition with 75,703 original miles few rust spots on body but frame,motor and interior is in good condition. Therefore, how do I find the value of my recently purchased Ford Mustang?

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I Have 1979 Ford Mustang Its All Original And The 4cyl Still Runs Its In Fa...

i would like to put a 460 cu inch motor in my 1979 mustang and i would like to sell it right now its all orig from motor back in fair condition low miles can i put a 460 in my mustang or can u tell m...

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How Much Is My 79 Foxbody Mustang Worth?

It's a 79 Mustang with 85xxx miles on body and 1xxxx on the rebuilt 302. Starter just died and seeing what it's worth.

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