If you have seen my re-introduction you will be aware I have returned to the forum from an absence of some years and have recently purchased a 1995 Ford XG Falcon Longreach Outback which I call Flo. I have wanted one of these machines since they were new and vividly remember looking over a brand new XH Outback from top to bottom at my local Ford dealing in Townsville.
Well twenty years later my children have well and truly grown up and left home and I have moved to the Southern Highlands in NSW. A month or so ago I was lucky enough to find an Outback for sale in the almost local area (Wollongong) and decided with the encouragement of my wife to finally get one.
After parting with $2,700 I found myself the proud owner of the above mentioned Outback. It is basically an original stock standard example except for the colour and wheels. I purchased it from a sign writing business who had some years before painted it their business colour which was purple (in this case Falcon Phantom I think) and fined 17 inch CSA alloy wheels and 235/45 tyres. The respray though ok in quality and finish was obviously a quick one as not the entire car has been coated purple. It is almost all purple except under the bonnet which is still the original red. None of the original Outback decals etc were replaced and in fact neither had the Falcon badging.
As a side I must point out I'm not a big Ford (as a manufacturer) fan but I am absolutely nuts about the Falcon (and all its stable mates) and am fond on the Escort, Cortina and some other no Asian Ford models. Reason for my love of the Falcon is because like the Holden it started out as an American car but unlike the Holden it was developed into the only car designed, engineered, developed and manufactured car in Australia and again unlike the Holden that included the engine, that terrific inline six that was built on the same production line since 1960. As anyone who know Aussie cars will know the even the first car to be badged Holden originally had a Canadian built version of the grey Chevrolet six before produce commenced in Australia. They then went on to use Australian manufactured versions of the Chevrolet grey and red inline sixes, Nissan inline six, and Buick and Chevrolet V6s. During the same time Ford started out (same as GM) manufacturing local versions of the American engine but unlike GM went on to develop it into something uniquely and purely Australian.
Sorry for the digression but I am rather emotive about a certain make that claims to have manufactured the first Australian car when in fact they gave us a reskinned unwanted 1938 Chevrolet prototype and have since been no more (and since the introduction of the Commodore less) Australian than the others such as Ford, Chrysler, and Leyland.
Back to Flo which is a manual but I must admit I would have preferred an auto with the benefit of bench seat and ease of driving. I know a lot of you young blokes love the manual but I can tell you after almost forty years of driving both manuals and autos (and even semi autos) I can say the auto is the better all round transmission. Yes I have heard it said real men drive manuals but that is not true real men drive automatics because they are secure enough to let the gears change themselves (from an old book called Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche). I would have preferred an original colour but when buying second had (especially something as rare as an Outback) you can’t pick gearbox or colour you just get what is available.
Ok how do I add pictures.