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Ford Falcon 1978

The 1978 Ford Falcon range of configurations is currently priced from $1,900.

The 1978 Ford Falcon carries a braked towing capacity of up to 907 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Ford Falcon Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Falcon here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Ford Falcon 2003: Leaking coolant and replacing remote locking

    If you can’t see coolant on the ground where the car has been parked, you need to start a more thorough investigation. Your car is now 17 years old, so every hose, clip, clamp and junction that carries coolant is a prime suspect to be the cause.

    The lack of any evidence could mean that the coolant is only disappearing when the engine is running and/or the engine is hot and the coolant is under pressure. So a close check of things with the car up to temperature and idling is a good start. Don’t forget, though, that a running engine has all sorts of belts and fans to get tangled in, and that the coolant – if it is spraying out anywhere – will be scalding hot.

    The other possibility is something to which Falcons of this era are a bit prone. And that’s a faulty transmission cooler which can fail internally and allow the coolant to escape into the automatic gearbox. At that point, the transmission is usually damaged to the point of needing replacement, so it’s a big deal, but it could explain the mystery disappearance of your coolant.

    As for the central locking, these functions are handled by the car’s body computer. Again, it’s common with this model Falcon for the computer to start playing up and require replacement. But before you do that, check that the battery in the remote unit hasn’t gone flat. If it’s not that, a trip to an auto electrician is the wise move. But if both the body computer and the transmission need replacing, you might just find that the repairs will cost more than the value of the car itself.

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  • Ford Falcon 2002: Why does the engine keep cutting out?

    Computer-controlled engines like the one in your Falcon, Tony, require a range of sensors to provide the information to the computer to allow the engine to run properly. If just one of those sensors sneezes, the engine can shut down without warning.

    As well as a throttle-position sensor, there are also camshaft-angle, crank-angle, air temperature, coolant temperature, oxygen sensors and more. So the best advice is not to start replacing the sensors one by one, but to have the computer interrogated electronically. The computer will be logging problems as they happen and should be able to tell you exactly which sensor is nodding off intermittently. A Ford dealership along with many independent workshops will have the computer-scan gear to do this. It will save you time and money in the long run.

    For what it’s worth, since the car cuts out completely, my hunch would be the crank-angle sensor is overheating. So, if you want to persist with a home diagnosis, try this: Carry a bottle of cold water in the car. Then, the next time the engine cuts out, pour the cold water over the crank-angle sensor. If the car suddenly restarts, you’ve found your problem.

    But to be honest, you could also be looking at a dud fuel pump, a blocked fuel filter and literally a hundred other possibilities.

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  • Ford Falcon: Can I use premium unleaded fuel?

    No, using premium unleaded won’t cause any engine running problems, if anything it would improve the running.

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  • Ford Falcon 2010: Is semi-synthetic oil appropriate for my car?

    If it’s a good quality the semi-synthetic oil will be fine for your car. Next time you have the oil changed ask the mechanic what oil he plans to use, and don’t be afraid to specify the one you want if it’s different.

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Ford Falcon 1978 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 1978 Ford Falcon will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Ford Falcon Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
base Commercial 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
500 Commercial 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
Sundowner Commercial ER70H ER70H
GS Convertible 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
GS Convertible FR70H14 14x6 inches FR70H14 14x6 inches
base Sedan 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
500 Sedan 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
500 Celebration Sedan 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
base Ute 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
500 Ute 14x6 inches 14x6 inches
base Wagon 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
500 Wagon 14x5.5 inches 14x5.5 inches
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Ford Falcon 1978 Towing capacity

The Ford Falcon’s towing capacity ranges from 750kg to 907kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Ford Falcon Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
base Commercial 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
base Commercial 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
500 Commercial 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
500 Commercial 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
GS Convertible 4.1L,Leaded,4 SP MAN 907kg
GS Convertible 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO 907kg
GS Convertible 4.9L,Leaded,4 SP MAN 907kg
GS Convertible 4.9L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO 907kg
base Sedan 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 907kg
base Sedan 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 907kg
base Sedan 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO 907kg
500 Sedan 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 907kg
base Ute 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
base Ute 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
500 Ute 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
500 Ute 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 750kg
base Wagon 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 907kg
base Wagon 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 907kg
500 Wagon 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN 907kg
base Wagon 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO 907kg
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Ford Falcon 1978 Price and Specs

The Ford Falcon 1978 is currently available from $1,900 for the Falcon (base) up to $8,250 for the Falcon GS.

Pricing guides

$5,075
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$1,900
Highest Price
$8,250
Ford Falcon Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
500 Commercial 3.3L Leaded 3 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
500 Commercial 4.1L Leaded 3 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
500 Commercial 4.9L Leaded 4 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
(base) Commercial 4.9L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
GS Convertible 4.1L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $4,400 $7,150
GS Convertible 5.8L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $5,300 $8,250
GS Convertible 4.9L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $5,000 $7,700
GS Convertible 4.1L Leaded 4 SP MAN $4,400 $7,150
500 Sedan 3.3L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,200 $3,850
500 Sedan 4.9L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
500 Sedan 4.1L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,200 $3,850
500 Sedan 5.8L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
500 Ute 4.9L Leaded 4 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
500 Ute 3.3L Leaded 3 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
500 Ute 4.1L Leaded 3 SP MAN $2,400 $4,070
(base) Ute 4.9L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
500 Wagon 3.3L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,200 $3,850
500 Wagon 5.8L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
500 Wagon 4.1L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
500 Wagon 4.9L Leaded 3 SP AUTO $2,400 $4,070
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Ford Falcon 1978 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 1978 Ford Falcon are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1925mm x 1618mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Ford Falcon 1978 Dimensions  include 1618mm height, 1919mm width, 4935mm length.
Ford Falcon Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
base Commercial 1618x1919x4935 mm 162 mm
500 Commercial 1618x1919x4935 mm 162 mm
Sundowner Commercial 1618x1919x4935 mm 162 mm
GS Convertible 1370x1900x4865 mm 137 mm
base Sedan 1370x1900x4810 mm 137 mm
500 Sedan 1370x1900x4810 mm 137 mm
500 Celebration Sedan 1370x1900x4810 mm 137 mm
base Ute 1394x1925x4935 mm 162 mm
500 Ute 1394x1925x4935 mm 162 mm
base Wagon 1410x1900x5050 mm 162 mm
500 Wagon 1410x1900x5050 mm 162 mm
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Ford Falcon 1978 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 1978 Ford Falcon is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Ford Falcon is available with the following fuel type: Leaded.

Ford Falcon Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
500 Commercial 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP MAN
GS Convertible 4.1L,Leaded,3 SP AUTO
500 Sedan 4.1L,Leaded,4 SP MAN
500 Ute 3.3L,Leaded,3 SP MAN
500 Wagon 4.1L,Leaded,4 SP MAN
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