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General Discussion => N and Z Scales => Topic started by: Ed Kapuscinski on December 29, 2006, 04:47:29 PM

Title: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Ed Kapuscinski on December 29, 2006, 04:47:29 PM
Sweet dude! These are the EXACT answer to my pleas for more 80s cars!

http://www.atlasrr.com/Trackmisc/fordfairmont.htm
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Mark5 on December 29, 2006, 04:53:21 PM
Sweet dude! These are the EXACT answer to my pleas for more 80s cars!

http://www.atlasrr.com/Trackmisc/fordfairmont.htm

Nice choice. Hope they can start working backwards and forwards in 5 year increments.
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Chris333 on December 29, 2006, 05:11:47 PM
LOL  sorry I'm sure it a nice car...

A buddy of mine, his Mother had one in high school. Her name was Virginia, so we called the car "The Virge-mobile"  :D
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Wlal13again on December 29, 2006, 05:16:33 PM
My buddy had one in the Army in 1982. We called it the "Deathmobile"..
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: 3rdrail on December 29, 2006, 05:23:40 PM
Looks like a nice load for the Micro-Trains open auto racks to me. Seem to recall seeing many, many, Fairmonts riding on or in them.
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: sillystringtheory on December 29, 2006, 05:48:44 PM
I had an 81 Futura 2 door that I swapped an entire 1985 Mustang GT drivetrain into and later shoehorned a 460ci (bored and stroked to 472ci) into it.
The car never realized it's full potential as I never got a decent posi rear axle into it, but man would it smoke that one tire!
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: John on December 29, 2006, 06:17:04 PM
I had completely forgotten how ugly those things were .. they will look good crushed in the junkyard :)
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: ljudice on December 29, 2006, 07:07:09 PM
That was my thought, great for the junkyard or on jacks on a front lawn...
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Iain on December 29, 2006, 08:20:21 PM
That was my thought, great for the junkyard or on jacks on a front lawn...
Trying to model Newport, NC?
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: RockGp40 on December 29, 2006, 10:19:53 PM
I am sorry to admit I had one of these as my very first automobile. It was a blue, 2 door that was purchased from the little ol' lady across the street. I swear the car had literally never accelerated past 25mph, so the first three months I owned it I would hammer the accelerator to remind the car it had more then two forward gears!
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: TiVoPrince on December 29, 2006, 10:47:39 PM
Mr. Wallet
is going to need counseling...
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Mark5 on December 30, 2006, 10:10:09 AM
these are just outside my era ... shall I bend it again?
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: amato1969 on December 30, 2006, 08:51:52 PM
Very nice for the 80s crowd.  What's next, the Chrysler K-car?  Or an N scale AMC Pacer or Gremlin?

  Frank
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Mark5 on December 30, 2006, 09:01:44 PM
Very nice for the 80s crowd.  What's next, the Chrysler K-car?  Or an N scale AMC Pacer or Gremlin?

  Frank

With Atlas it'll probably be a Ford.
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: bsoplinger on December 30, 2006, 09:09:48 PM
Very nice for the 80s crowd.  What's next, the Chrysler K-car?  Or an N scale AMC Pacer or Gremlin?

Wow, just the thought, an open autorack full of Gremlins or even better, Pacers. What would scream disco 70's better?   ;D
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: amato1969 on December 30, 2006, 09:11:28 PM
With Atlas it'll probably be a Ford.

Yup, sure seems like they have a nice licensing agreement with Ford.  Nice looking models, I must say!

  Frank
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: cfritschle on December 30, 2006, 09:34:14 PM
Very nice for the 80s crowd.  What's next, the Chrysler K-car?  Or an N scale AMC Pacer or Gremlin?

  Frank

With Atlas it'll probably be a Ford.


It is.  ;)

Carter
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: wm3798 on December 31, 2006, 01:52:15 PM
Ack.  It brings back horrible memories of the Chevy Citation that my wife and I received as a wedding present.

I'll never forget dropping it off for an alignment, and coming back to the garage only to find the whole front end in a million pieces on the floor, and the mechanic shaking his head ruefully...

I just hope Toyota sent a "thank you" note to GM for all the sales it garnered as a result of the Chevy Citation...

I'm holding out for car-load of 1968 Plymouth Satellites and Dodge Coronets.
Lee
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: GonzoCRFan on December 31, 2006, 07:49:30 PM
Ack.  It brings back horrible memories of the Chevy Citation that my wife and I received as a wedding present.


BLASPHEMER! My Citation kicked a$$! Just ask Ed...

Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: wm3798 on December 31, 2006, 10:44:19 PM
It was a bloated Chevette with the soul of a Vega and the suspension of a boat trailer...  Oh yeah, I had that great GM feeling, alright...  FEH.

Lee
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: mmyers on January 01, 2007, 07:45:55 AM
Imagine our surprise when we found that the Citation front suspension/engine cradle turned up with a new part number and higher price as the rear cradle in the Fiero.

Martin Myers
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: wm3798 on January 01, 2007, 11:04:12 AM
I rest my case.

Clarence Darrow
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Ed Kapuscinski on January 01, 2007, 12:36:40 PM
Ack.  It brings back horrible memories of the Chevy Citation that my wife and I received as a wedding present.


BLASPHEMER! My Citation kicked a$$! Just ask Ed...



It wasn't the car itself, but what you did with it that made it amazing...

Besides, by the time it died, it was only HALF GM and half duct tape.  ;D
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: GonzoCRFan on January 01, 2007, 03:31:18 PM
Anyone who says a Citation is lacking in the heart and soul departments never used one to a stretch of the PA Turnpike at 120 late one night, or pushed it to 70+ on a narrow, winding 2-lane road when the power steering was out.

And every single November 25th I pour a quart of 10W-30 into the gutter in honor of my fallen Blue Bomber. I consistently pushed it well beyond its design envelope and gave it 5 years of Penn Central-style maintenance before I cracked the transmission one night trying to flee Pittsburgh.
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: amato1969 on January 01, 2007, 05:33:49 PM
Anyone who says a Citation is lacking in the heart and soul departments never used one to a stretch of the PA Turnpike at 120 late one night...

A buck-twenty in a Citation?  You must have been way out around exit 3 going downhill!

  Frank
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: 3rdrail on January 01, 2007, 05:36:41 PM
Anyone who says a Citation is lacking in the heart and soul departments never used one to a stretch of the PA Turnpike at 120 late one night...

A buck-twenty in a Citation?  You must have been way out around exit 3 going downhill!

  Frank

Perhaps there was a colon in that 120, like this 1:20 (AM). ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: GonzoCRFan on January 01, 2007, 08:28:31 PM
Nope, I was somewhere between Altoona and Harrisburg. The speedometer in that car only went up to 85, so doing a mile in 32 seconds meant I was actually only doing about 113...my Citation had the V6 that I could really get going when I needed or wanted it to...
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: wm3798 on January 01, 2007, 10:16:21 PM
My Citation reminded me a lot of a colon... :P

I was used to driving a 72 Super Beetle, which was just about a jeep.  I could take that baby anywhere.  I tried chasing a train up the Dutch Line one night in the Chevy, and it was all I could do to keep all the parts moving in the same direction.

Shortly after that, both CV's gave out (at about 35K mi).  That was after I had put $1700 into the electrical system just to keep the motor running and the lights on.

After the guy put Humpty Dumpty back together again, I drove it directly to Bob Davidson Ford, and was delighted with the $1000 "Push pull drag or drive" trade I got on a new Tempo.  (5 on the floor with a 4-banger...  It was like having a VW again!)  I got over 140K out of that in 6 years, replacing the clutch around 120, and it was the first of four Fords I've enjoyed over the years.  The wife currently makes the rounds in a Freestar.

Now that I'm an old guy, I drive a steel grey Chrysler that's like driving a cloud...  But I digress...  Hopefully the Fairmont model will also come in the coupe and wagon styles for those of you populating your Microtrains auto racks...

Lee
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: sirenwerks on January 02, 2007, 09:28:33 PM
Quote
Wow, just the thought, an open autorack full of Gremlins or even better, Pacers. What would scream disco 70's better?

A 'rack full of Pontiac Firechickens, that's what.
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: TiVoPrince on January 02, 2007, 11:09:32 PM
Candidates:
AMC Javelin
AMC Ambassador
AMC Gremlin
AMC Pacer

Cadillac Coupe de Ville

Chevrolet Chevelle
Chevrolet Corvair
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet C-10

Dodge Aspen
Dodge Dart
Dodge Challenger
Dodge Charger
Dodge Monaco

Ford Bronco
Ford Maverick
Ford Mustang
Ford Pinto
Ford Torino

International Forrester
International Scout

Jeep CJ

Linclon Continental
Linclon Mark *

Mercury Capri
Mercury Cougar
Mercury Montego

Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile Eighty Eight
Oldsmobile Nintey Eight

Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac GTO
Pontiac Le Mans
Pontiac Trans Am

Studebaker Avanti

Probably lots more, but this is my 1970-1980 list of the moment...
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: cfritschle on January 03, 2007, 01:02:38 AM
The Capri that was imported from Germany and sold by Mercury dealers in the U.S. from 1970-1978 is available in Wiking set 913 04 20.  Or, are you asking for the 1979-1986 Mercury Capri that was built on the Ford Fox platform.

Carter
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Mark5 on January 03, 2007, 11:28:42 AM
The Capri that was imported from Germany and sold by Mercury dealers in the U.S. from 1970-1978 is available in Wiking set 913 04 20.  Or, are you asking for the 1979-1986 Mercury Capri that was built on the Ford Fox platform.

Carter

Carter,

Do you know if this set is available anywhere in the USA?

PM is fine - thanks!

Mark
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: cfritschle on January 03, 2007, 11:53:54 PM
The Capri that was imported from Germany and sold by Mercury dealers in the U.S. from 1970-1978 is available in Wiking set 913 04 20.  Or, are you asking for the 1979-1986 Mercury Capri that was built on the Ford Fox platform.

Carter

Carter,

Do you know if this set is available anywhere in the USA?

PM is fine - thanks!

Mark

Mark,

I will reply to your question in this thread, because it gives me an opportunity for some public venting of some of my frustrations.  >:(

The difficulty encountered in finding Wiking vehicles in the U.S. is becoming one of my pet peeves.  I had actually thought this set had been discontinued until I downloaded Wiking’s 2006 catalog. 

One of the problems we have is that Walthers works on a “quota system” of sorts that if sales do not meet some expected number, then the item will no longer carried by them, even if the item is still available from the manufacturer.  Since the majority of the hobby shops rely heavily on Walthers, if Walthers will not stock it, we as modelers are unlikely too ever see it.

As far as actually finding this set, I have been told that the preferred distributor of Wiking products in the U.S. is Jim Brocklebank of Flint Imports, P.O. Box 530744, Lake Park, FL  33403-8912.  However, they do not have a website and I am not sure if they have retail sales.  You might want to send Jim a note and see if he can get the set for you.

I truly believe that Wiking could sell more model vehicles in North America if they had a better distribution network.  It is my understanding that 90% of the vehicle models made by Busch, Herpa and Wiking are sold in Europe, so the U.S. sales are not all that significant to their bottom lines.

Carter
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: Robbman on January 04, 2007, 12:27:54 AM
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Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: choochooguy on January 04, 2007, 05:42:45 PM
How about a Ford Pinto! non exploding one ,of course! ;D
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: ljudice on January 04, 2007, 05:47:32 PM
What I don't understand about Wiking is that their product line is 97% HO and like 3% N. The breakdown of the scales cannot possibly be that bad in Europe.

They make very nice models - wish they did a backhoe (the tracked type) and other construction gear...

We had our oil tank pulled yesterday (voluntarilly) - done by a JD backhoe/escavator - wow was that fun to watch up close!!!

Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: cfritschle on January 04, 2007, 07:47:44 PM
What I don't understand about Wiking is that their product line is 97% HO and like 3% N. The breakdown of the scales cannot possibly be that bad in Europe.

They make very nice models - wish they did a backhoe (the tracked type) and other construction gear...

We had our oil tank pulled yesterday (voluntarilly) - done by a JD backhoe/escavator - wow was that fun to watch up close!!!

Lou,

Wiking does make a tracked mini excavator in N scale.  Available in two colors, and a very nice model.

http://www.wiking.de/a_artikel_einzeln.php?artikelid=0002_08&seid=4a9d5d2aba8ad41a14d5c0038fef5877 (http://www.wiking.de/a_artikel_einzeln.php?artikelid=0002_08&seid=4a9d5d2aba8ad41a14d5c0038fef5877)

http://www.wiking.de/a_artikel_einzeln.php?artikelid=0002_09&seid=4a9d5d2aba8ad41a14d5c0038fef5877 (http://www.wiking.de/a_artikel_einzeln.php?artikelid=0002_09&seid=4a9d5d2aba8ad41a14d5c0038fef5877)

Carter
Title: Re: Atlas Ford Fairmonts
Post by: ljudice on January 04, 2007, 10:36:31 PM
Carter - yes - and a really nice one!!! I should have said a larger one too....

Lou