Re the S-10, this is not a customized truck, or even one that has had any improvements. The guy bought a truck for $500, stuck a $100 module in it and now claims it is worth $5K.
Unless the person who sold it to him was a complete moron, he did not get a mint condition S-10: it had other problems besides the module to warranty a $500 sale price.
I had a Zephyr from '94-'98. Dark gray with limo tint. Battleship-looking thing. I painted the rims black with chrome beauty rims, and it looked okay. Most of the time it was very reliable, though never fast or beautiful. Interior was a gross looking orange plaid thing, so I painted it all black. This is boring to read so I will end it here! Later...
I have two Zephyrs with v8 engines in them. One is factory the other was an in-line six. To put a v8 where the six was you need a k-member from a 4 cyl.,v6,or v8 fox bodied car. Just thought you would like a little advice from someone who has been there.
You stated you had to rebuild the carb at least once a year. And this is a 1981 model. HMMM? Dude, like get a newer, more modern car!! (fuel injection instead of a carb!Carbs are sooo 1970's)
I had a 1978 Mercury Zephyr Z7...and I loved it. The only problem that I found was the starter solenoid would over heat. you couldn't start the car until it cooled down. It was a great car for 3 years- I just had to get something a little less big & yellow. (yes, it was banana yellow)
I have owned a 1979 Zephyr Z-7 for about 2 years now. I bought it for 100 bucks as a daily driver as I fixed up my 1968 Cougar, but fell in love with the car. It's black on black, V8 floor shift stock. I rebuilt the transmission with a shift kit and replaced most everything in the engine compartment except the engine itself. It's a reliable car and does what I need it to.
Carburettors were more fuel efficient, and more powerful than FI.
I have a Fairmont Futura that'll smoke the crap out of any car I see on the street. All 427 Cobra Jets of it.
No carbs are not in the past; I get better mileage in my Zephyr than my dad does in his 2006 Toyota Camry, and it's more reliable.
We have a '78 Mercury Zephyr Z-7, and I love that car!
The one thing that we have had problems with is the voltage regulator... we have replaced it more than once.
We were having a problem with the headlights... when I would click the brights, all of the lights would go out. We replaced wiring and so far so good.
She is a great car... we added a hitch when we moved to Mississippi and you can tell it made our car heavier. But hey... always a good thing knowing your car will set there with the extra weight there... especially if people like to back into you or side swipe you on the street (both have happened and our klunker was barely damaged... few scratches for the most part!).
I am a proud owner of a 78 Z-7, that's for sure.
Well, how are you Z7 fans doing? Just wanted to tell you guys about a 1980 Mercury Zephyr Z7 that fell into my lap. I came across this classic from my next door neighbor; she always told me I would make a good owner of this car, and would treat it nice.
This two toned brown, 4.2 ltr/255 cubic inch V8 has been garage stored for thirty years, and has 50,000 klm on it. This car has never been winter driven, although it came with winter studded tires, just in case, she told me. She's 86 years young, and was the first owner. This car is 100% original, inside and out, runs like new, in show room condition.
I love this car.
I had a 78 Mercury Zephyr a few years back, and loved it. I bought it for a hundred bucks, and it ran great. I couldn't kill that little inline six if I tried. The wife thought it was ugly, so I bought a 01 Mustang. Three weeks later I was rear ended and the Mustang was totaled. So I put the front and rear suspension from the Mustang under the Zephyr, and freaked people out with those 13 inch disc brakes and 16 inch wheels. And it was a bolt in swap. The only thing I had to change were the brake line fittings. It's been long gone, but I have my eye on another one. Hopefully I'll talk them out of it soon.
Actually, the Zephyr had 4 headlights opposed to the Fairmont's 2. Fairmont put 4 on their cars 2 years later.
I hate to say it, as I own a few old carb-ed Dino's... but gasoline direct injection beats the pants off both carburetors, throttle body fuel injection, and multiport fuel injection. Look it up.