1979 Redesigned instrument cluster had speedo that
measured in miles and kilometers. Fuel gauge and warning lights with
symbols. New body & interior colors available.
A CRUISING PKG
became available on both Runabouts and wagons, featuring multi-color bodyside
paint /tape treatment and black louvers on the wagons liftgate.
new ESS option for sedans and Runabouts, w/ black grill and exterior accents,
black-hinged glass 3rd door, wide black bodyside moldings, & sports type
Other NEW options included lacy-spoke cast aluminum wheels,
AM/FM stereo radio with CASSETTE, seperate light & convenience groups
(formerly combined), heavy-duty battery, and revised Exterior Decor Group.
STANDARD equipment list grew to includeAM radio, power brakes, electric rear
defroster, & tinted glass. Low-Budget Pony lacked some of these extras.
2.3L I4 standard / V6 optional. OIL CHANGE INTERVALS WERE CHANGED FROM
10,000 MILES, UP TO 30,000 MILES..... The V6 added a higher performance
camshaft, while the V6 auto were meant to offer higher RPM shift points to
BASE ENGINE: 140 cid 2.3L Cast iron
block & head Bore/Stroke: 3.78 x 3.13 9.0:1 comp. Brake HP: 88 @
4800 rpm TQ: 118 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm 5 main bearings Hydralic valve
lifters Carb: 2bbl MOTORCRAFT 5200 VIN Code: Y