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#1 ken1939

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:42 AM

Well after much hunting I finally found a decent 88 XF Falcon.  It was in Warwick Queensland on carsales.com.au and after some negotiations with the owner and the help of my shipper, I picked it up yesterday in Charlotte NC after a trip from Oz.  4.1 with a 5 Speed manual.  Very clean and tidy, almost an Uncle Bobs type, Monza Red (respray) and the tan and or beige interior.  Needs a carby rebuild but the owner supplied a kit, along with extra hoses, belts and oil and filter. Tyres are new as is exhaust from cat back.  Very solid and clean.  Had no qualms about driving 748km in a car I have never seen before.  Was kind of a hoot to think, I was the first person to really drive this Ute in North America.  Was very good on petrol, I calculated 24 mpg, although I do not call it 100% dead on.

 

One owner, or at least one family owned from new.

 

Would like to find a site to decode the Vin. I mean I found the paint, engine and interior code, and I believe it came out of Broadmeadows.

 

No real plans to change anything, eventually I will get the paint looked at in spots, new taunnea cover and mabey remove the Hoppy Blocker off the front end. May get underneath to wire brush and either POR 15 the underneath or some rust protector.

 

Lots of looks on the Highway, especially from Ford Truck Owners.  My last fuel stop in West Virginia some bloke yelled out "What year Brat is that?"  I yelled back, "Its a Ford Falcon!"  He was mystified until he came closer and said "Oh yea its larger, like a Ute then?"  He got credit for knowing the word Ute!

 

 

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:27 PM

nice ute mate  you will certainly enjoy driving it as they were a great model    o an I love your term  hoppy blocker  too ha ha :hy: 

cheers an beers Demmo 



#3 Outback Jack

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:01 PM

Nice ute mate.... keep the bar... lets car jackers know your serious... hahaha.
Maybe it be ok for deer...

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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.

 

 


#4 ken1939

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:56 AM

Well took the Falcon out to its first Gala.  The local World of Wheels Show here in Pittsburgh.  Remember, its January here, and well it gets cold.  I did take the Hoppy Blocker off as it was bent from shipping, and I did get a new Tonneau Cover in late fall--which meant I had to pull the Roll Bar off until I get the chance to cut and stitch a proper openings for it this spring. The roll bar will go back on.

The temps the day I took it down were a little colder than the Falcon had seen, -7 C to be exact, and it was none to happy about it.  A rebuilt Carby arrived on Saturday of the show, so I will be able to replace it as soon as we get a nice day, the choke was not exactly doing its job. But it was a 6 mile trip, so it worked out well.

I spent a bulk of the time explaining it was not a Subaru Brat (or Brumby), Dodge Rampage/Plymouth Scamp of the 80s. The occasional, well it has a Mustang Front End, did you build it from a Mustang?  Lots of smiles, Lots of puzzled looks until it was explained what it was. I was also surprised to see how many younger adults (12 years old) knew exactly what it was. A few "Wow! its a Ute!" so thats pretty cool. I won my class, but then again, it was the only one in the class, so I recon that is like being the prettiest boy in an all girls school. I was visited by a local man who is from Oz and has lived in my town for 40 years and married a local.  We chatted for about an hour. The old, my dad had an XF Sedan etc.  I asked him if he wanted to sit in it for old times sake.  He did bring his grandchildren by to see it on Sunday of the event.  I did talk to a bloke from Carlisle, who is the event manager for the shows they have at their fairgrounds.  He invited me to bring the XF to the Ford Nationals this June.   http://www.carlislee...arlisle-events/

Posted the link so you had an idea.  I will be part of the indoor show and accepted on the spot.  I feel its an honor to represent Ford Australia in the US with my XF. It really makes me motivated to get the XB redone for next year, but she will need alot of work!

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#5 Outback Jack

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 11:33 AM

Awesome mate... doing the Aussie ute proud.
Mines a bit newer than yours but almost identical.....
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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.

 

 


#6 ken1939

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:05 AM

Thats a bute as well!  I did have someone tell me I need to get a tray cap like you have :) I like the knobbys on it and the smoother bully bar as well.  Good color!  Seems everyone I saw for sale was white or tan!

 

Sure, they were basic and kept the same body style for many years, but I can say I have had a blast with mine.  Sure, I could have found one with Fuel Injection, but I am still pinching myself knowing I did get probably the best one I could have gotten for the money and at the right time.  The bloke who lives here from Oz said being inland was good for the body condition and the kms on the clock are accurate due to the long distances traveled. 

 

It was also odd for me to purchase something that needed no real work.  I did a respray on the rockers as the black was a brush job, and I reshot the rims as they were bushed as well.  Had an impact with a little bit of effort.



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 08:03 AM

I think its awesome you have a ute over there.... hahaha.
That'll keep em guessing!
That bar is standard on Outback utes.
Knobbys cause pea gravel roads rule out here.... Mad Max country.....
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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.

 

 


#8 ken1939

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 09:54 AM

I am sure its beautiful country as well. Thanks for the taste.  Well I was going to come to Oz this past November, but said should I buy the XF and not go this year or go?  Well if I didn't buy it I would have wanted to buy something when I came down :hy:  So this way I can at least check one thing off my list, accept for a XR8 Falcon Ute.

 

I will try and get busy in the shed this spring and possibly start my XB Falcon Ute project.  Yes, rust repair!






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