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#1 Damo96

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:26 PM

Hi all,
I'm 16 and this will be my first car hopefully. Doesn't really need much to get back on the road.
I just got a new job too, so will be a bit slow at the start while I get some money up :)

As some of you may know, I've been apart of the forum for just over a year now.
I had an XF sedan project, but sold that some time ago.

Anyway, the other day I stumbled across this 1989 XF Ute for $350 bargin!
A bit about the ute,
It's a Nov '89 ute in Monza (?) red. It's a 5 Spd manual too. :burnout:
It runs really good and has NO rust! Checked all the usual spots, (plenum, sills, doors, fuell tank area etc)
and it has NO rust, I was stoked! She runs good, starts first pop everytime. I think it may have a cam as well.
It has done aprox. 253,000 Km's but has had a replacement motor and maybe the gearbox.

Plans are to get an XE dash, XE front clip, re-spray, new wheels, lower it, exhaust all that usual stuff, maybe an engine rebuild down the road too. Already had the AU dash and getting the AU seats off my mate so that'll clean the interior up.

Anyway, some pics of when I got it. :) Sorry for the crappy phone photo's - sun glares an issue

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Thanks for looking
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#2 Polson_XF

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

Bargain mate! Did you check under the black trim under the 1/4 windows? Utes tend to rust there too.

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#3 Damo96

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

Haven't gotten there yet. Will do that tomorrow if it cools off. Couldn't do much in 40 degree heat today :(
The AU console made a HUGE difference. Even impressed the unimpressed mother ;)

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#4 Polson_XF

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

You poor mainlanders in the hot weather :P haha

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#5 Damo96

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Small update:
Nothing major has happened the last few days, ripped the seats out, gave it a good old vacuum and a clean.
Went to move the passenger seat forward and it was a bit difficult so I thought it was just a stuffed rail, took the seat out to find this:

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Bottles, paper you name it, it was there! Even a melted peach :barf:

Anyway, this was the end result:
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Today I went for a quick trip to Melbourne to buy a woodgrain steering wheel off eBay for $30. Turned out good IMO.
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Now just to get a black boot, maybe a woodgrain shift knob and figure out how to install the AU seats in. :)

Hoping to have a new dash within the next month.

- Thanks, Damo.

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#6 Damo96

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

Hey again, not sure if anyone's actually reading this, but I'll continue to post..

Nothing has really happened, just tidying up some things.

Pulled all the dress trims off the wheels, and gave them a quick polish.

Before left, after right.
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This stuff is AMAZING!
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I also painted the wiper arms black. Didn't get any photo's though :\

- Damo.

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#7 Damo96

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:11 AM

Well, nothing has happened lately. Been saving my ass up to buy an AU tickford engine. So can't wait for that!
Hopefully won't be long now.

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#8 Polson_XF

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

So AU motor going in this then?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:00 PM

Hopefully. If all goes to plan.
Gonna get all the parts together, fixed that dent then paint it during swap.

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#10 Polson_XF

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

Still planning XE front end and dash as well?

Dent looks like it'll be tricky to fix.
Painting it in the red again or going different colour?

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#11 Damo96

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:05 PM

Yeah still wanting the xe dash and front.
Yeah that dents a bugger. Went and had a play, may just take it to a panel shop..
Well the plan was red, but since I'm probably gonna do the conversion, I might paint it in a really nice fg blue.

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#12 Polson_XF

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

Sometimes its just quicker and easier to get someone else to fix it.

Not that I'm biased or anything, but blue looks good on x-series utes ;)

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

Yeah exactly. Saves me the worries!!
Helps when I can do the conversion at tafe - Full workshop :D
Couldn't agree more. Blue is a ford color, red is not.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:14 AM

you've got some cool ideas mate, best of luck with the project!
you where very lucky to find a rustless xf. i brought mine from Frankston on ebay, promissed it had no rust, but found rust in the rear left quarter, the left A pillar and above the windscreen in the corners.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

Wow dejavu here.. that's exactly where mine started iut and I've got the same plans lol. Except mine had lots of rust and I didn't find bottles under the seat but a massive rats nest lol. Someone had taken the rubber bungs out of the back wall and that had built a city under neath the false floor and kept dragging in everything that was dropped down between the seats. I ended up removing everything but the dash and got the gerny into the interior and the tray compartment, under the tank was starting to get bad too.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

you've got some cool ideas mate, best of luck with the project!
you where very lucky to find a rustless xf. i brought mine from Frankston on ebay, promissed it had no rust, but found rust in the rear left quarter, the left A pillar and above the windscreen in the corners.

Thanks mate. Hopefully it gets there in the end. makes it hard when okay only getting a shift or two at work!
Starting to think getting an xe would of been easier. ;)


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

Wow dejavu here.. that's exactly where mine started iut and I've got the same plans lol. Except mine had lots of rust and I didn't find bottles under the seat but a massive rats nest lol. Someone had taken the rubber bungs out of the back wall and that had built a city under neath the false floor and kept dragging in everything that was dropped down between the seats. I ended up removing everything but the dash and got the gerny into the interior and the tray compartment, under the tank was starting to get bad too.

Wow would of ratherd the bottles and melted peaches to rats!
Good luck with your build too. Have you got a thread? I'll have a look when I get home or something. :)

Hoping to have it finished for my 17th/cruise for charity in October.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

I know how you feel only getting a shift or two! Autobarn only gives me two shifts a week after school, so that's only for hours! Haha makes it hard

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:31 PM

I know how you feel only getting a shift or two! Autobarn only gives me two shifts a week after school, so that's only for hours! Haha makes it hard

Yeah exactly. Hard when half of it goes into other things. :\

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

i dont get to spend a cent on anything else! i need all my money so i can get her on the road by april




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