Ford Fairlane ZK

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Ford Fairlane

Ford Fairlane ZK

1982 - 1984
6L and V8
4.1 Six or 4.9 V8
105/111/140 kW
Borg Warner & C4 3 spd. auto
Top Speed:
180 km/h (approx)
Number Built:
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Ford Fairlane ZK
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Released in March 1982, visually there was little to diferentiate the new model Fairlane from its predecessor, the ZJ. It was naturally under the skin where most changes occured, the most important being the improvement to the 4.1 litre six cylinder engine.

Thanks mainly to the new Weber carburettor, power rose to 105kW @ 3800rpm. The suspension also came in for revision, the ancient leaf pring set-up finally being replaced with all-round coil springs and a Watts link rear suspension - at the time it being considered one of the best "non-independent" suspension systems available.

These changes made the ZK the best handling Fairlane to date, it boasting a smoother sure-footed ride. But there was another "large" benefit from changing the suspension set-up - the change over allowing the engineers to increase the depth of the boot floor - the shallow boot floor on the XD Falcon and ZJ Fairlane being often criticised.

Along with the suspension changes, the Ford engineers spent a lot of time addressing NVH, which in theory would have allowed you to better enjoy the wonderful exhaust note of the V8's. But that enjoyment would be short lived, with Ford finding the rather thirsty V8's quickly losing favour. In March 1983 the decision was made to axe them from the line-up.

But it wasn't all bad news - the Ford engineers fitting electronic fuel injection to the 4.1 to give it near 4.9 V8 performance. Inside the cabin a new twin-spoke steering was the stand-out change, the asymmetrical design providing a better driving position by allowing it to be positioned closer to the dash. The front seat featured adjustable lumbar support and cushion tilt. Also added was an electric boot release, electric mirrors, a woodgrain finish in the dashboard and rear headrests.

To differentiate a ZK from the ZG externally, look for a re-designed grille featuring new vertical chrome trims, along with a new tail light cluster. It is easier to pick a ZK from the inside, look for the new asymetrical steering wheel.

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Posted Recently
Hi there..Just wondering if anyone can help me. I have a zk Fairlane 351 matching numbers. I cant seem to find any info on these cars. Passionate ford man i have two others. Can anyone help.
Thanks Cameron
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I received my first 5exua1 favor in the back of 1 of these!!!so much room!!!very nice rare 5.8 too.
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Gayr, with the XE/ZK/FD, all 1982 production,whether 6 or V8 had the chrome T-bar shifter. The plastic unit was introduced at the start of least on the six's. The V8's produced after Jan'83 (if there were any) may have got the chrome units, but I've never seen a Clevo Ford V8 produced after Dec'82.
gayr french
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All XD, ZJ FC had chrome tbar shifters carried over from the XC,ZH.P6
range, with the half plastic insert on the top. All XE ZK and FD had the black shifter with the rod operation, but fitted the same square aperture in the trans hump, unlike XF ZL and FE. UNLESS you ordered a 4.9 or 5.8 litre, then you still received the chrome unit. Keep in mind there was a period of only 10 or 11 months for XE/ZK/FD when the 4.1 efi was launched and from then the chrome was GONE
XE/ZK V8 fan
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Thats not an answer.Go back to school ya retard!!
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yer there was
XE/ZK V8 fan
Posted Recently
Does anyone know if Fairlane And LTD V8s built between Jan&Mar 83 had the chrome or black plastic T-bar auto selector fitted? Just a minor thing but would be interested to know.
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