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#1 Marcas

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 10:36 AM

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.

 

 

 


Three things in life to remember

 

1.

 

If it is not an inline 6 it is not an Aussie 6

 

2.

 

Ford Australia created the Ute the rest just copied

 

3.

 

It dosn't matter how fast it goes
If it is under 3 litres
It's a chicks car


#2 Marcas

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 03:00 PM

A few pics of Flo when I bought it.

 

1995 Ford XG Falcon Longreach Outback
1995 Ford XG Falcon Longreach Outback with 17 inch wheels

Three things in life to remember

 

1.

 

If it is not an inline 6 it is not an Aussie 6

 

2.

 

Ford Australia created the Ute the rest just copied

 

3.

 

It dosn't matter how fast it goes
If it is under 3 litres
It's a chicks car


#3 Marcas

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 03:02 PM

A few pictures from when I purchased it.

 

1995 Ford XG Falcon Longreach Outback
Note even the bull bar and bumper have been given the purple treatemt
 
1995 Ford XG Falcon Longreach Outback with 17 inch wheels
The 17 inch CSA mags it came with. They didn't look bad but detracted from the driving dynamics.
 
1995 Ford XG Falcon Longreach Outback inside
Interior is stock standard including factory cassette player

Three things in life to remember

 

1.

 

If it is not an inline 6 it is not an Aussie 6

 

2.

 

Ford Australia created the Ute the rest just copied

 

3.

 

It dosn't matter how fast it goes
If it is under 3 litres
It's a chicks car


#4 Marcas

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 03:31 PM

Showing its true colours

Open the bonnet and its true colours come shinning through

 

The racks

It came with a hard cover and these nifty carry rack. As soon as I get the cash and find a good canopy they will be gone.


Three things in life to remember

 

1.

 

If it is not an inline 6 it is not an Aussie 6

 

2.

 

Ford Australia created the Ute the rest just copied

 

3.

 

It dosn't matter how fast it goes
If it is under 3 litres
It's a chicks car


#5 Marcas

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 03:33 PM

1995 Ford XG Falcon Longreach Outback
In the drive way after I replaced the 17s with a set of DA LTD mags and 205/70R15 tyres. Not the correct size but much closer than the 235/45R17 it came with.
With tent
With the roof tent mounted to the hard lid
Tent open
Roof tent open and ready for use
With the Rodeo it is replacing
Next to the RA Rodeo it is replacing. Bit of a full circle really as the Rodeo replaced my previous XG Longreach.
 
The design brief for Flo is a vehcile I can use around town and blast along the back roads in whilst camping here and there along the way.
 
I have been attempting to get quotes for same AT tyres but everyone I have approached don't have a clue what the original size and load rating is but are trying to tell me they must be light truck tyres because it is a ute. In other words a higher load rating and higher cost.
 
So far this is what I have:
 

Toyo OPAT II     $ 168.00 load index 97

Hankook H724 $159.00 load index 97

Firestone Destination A/T $188.00 This one is a light truck with a load index of 103

 

Not sure what is the correct way to go at the moment. The spare I pulled out of it is the same as the one Outback Jack pulled out of Big Red ie a 195R15 Goodyear Wrangler RT/S 94s which I'm thinking 94 is the load rating. Any know?

 


Three things in life to remember

 

1.

 

If it is not an inline 6 it is not an Aussie 6

 

2.

 

Ford Australia created the Ute the rest just copied

 

3.

 

It dosn't matter how fast it goes
If it is under 3 litres
It's a chicks car


#6 Outback Jack

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 08:42 AM

Mate, no shit... just go the hankook rt03 mud terrain.
$200 a tyre fitted... they are tough... 80,000km... ride nice... bit of tyre noise on highway... meh.... turn the cassette deck up or side pipe it.... lol.
Handle awesome on gravel.
Comfy sidewalls make the ute ride like a limo...

That ute... if it was Le Mans red paint code and a 1996 would be the sister ute to mine and the only other Le Mans Red 96 Manual XG in Australia besides mine... ever made.

Jack.

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You Can't park that Holden in MY Driveway.......................This is Ford Country.

 

 

I had my Ute raised when everybody was lowering theirs so I could drive over shit.

A Country Ute need to actually be able to get over a speed hump... or it's no good for the farm.

 

 


#7 Marcas

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:40 PM

Jack she is a July 1995 so one of the early ones. How many Red Manuals in 1995 I don't know but since there were not many Outbacks I would say not many.

 

I have had Flo looked at and the news is expected but still disappointing. Needs front and rear brake pads and rotors, front springs have sagged the right is 20mm lower than the left, the rear springs need re-setting, distritubor shaft bearings are shot, rear gearbox seal etc.

 

Had planed on starting but my rotten Rodeo has decided it needs a brake master cyclinder and some susupension work for rego. I have already spent $3,000 on it in the last twelve months but what can I expect it has a hold badge on it.


Three things in life to remember

 

1.

 

If it is not an inline 6 it is not an Aussie 6

 

2.

 

Ford Australia created the Ute the rest just copied

 

3.

 

It dosn't matter how fast it goes
If it is under 3 litres
It's a chicks car


#8 Marcas

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:42 PM

Anyone know what seats will bold straight in as the orginals are bloody uncomfortable and offer no support. From memory E series seats will but anyothers?

 

Ta


Three things in life to remember

 

1.

 

If it is not an inline 6 it is not an Aussie 6

 

2.

 

Ford Australia created the Ute the rest just copied

 

3.

 

It dosn't matter how fast it goes
If it is under 3 litres
It's a chicks car






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