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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by panhead, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. panhead

    panhead Well-Known Member

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    This is my 1971 XY Falcon 500 cruiser.

    I built it up many moons ago and I’m getting ready to change its appearance or at least thinking about it by reducing the GT look a bit and adding a few period correct aftermarket cosmetics.

    I’d like it to look like some of the cars I knew of back in the ‘70’s

    It a 351 Cleveland, top loader and 9 inch, not much more to say really as the pics do that.


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    panhead Well-Known Member

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    Well, I dunno what you want to do to make it more like a car of the 70's because it sure looks to me like the 70's cars I remember.

    Nice unit.
     
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    not bad, for a Ford ;) :D
     
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    Dayvo Because i can

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    Can i have it ?
     
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    Nice, nice, nice....what a beaut.

    When I saw the title, I was expecting to see an XB. Weird how our minds work.
     
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    Lernt to drive in a XW 500 wagon three on the tree.

    Love the xw shape not the drum brakes
     
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    Dayvo Because i can

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    Ha ha i had a XY van drum brakes were scary as was the 3 on the tree getting stuck between first and second.
     
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    Nice Falcon
     
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    markalan1two Smile and wave boys !!!!

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    Why change it it look real nice
     
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    A mates old HQ used to do that back in the day.
     
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    I'd leave it as is.....It doesn't matter this is a Commodore forum, nor does it matter I'm not a big fan of Fords, but I'd have it up my driveway in a heart beat.

    About the only things you could look at is the rocker covers and gilmer drive, BUT chrome was a big hit back in the 70's, 80's and 90's and the gilmer drive is better than the old V-belt, so leaving it as is would be the best thing
     
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    Here ya go:

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    appearance fixed.
     
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    i liked it better the other way
     
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    I'd like to give it a '70 aftermarket look.

    It currently has GT springs on the rear which gives it the traditional OEM lower in the rear stance, so I'll start by having them reset to raise the ride height to be equal to or just a bit higher than the front.

    I'll swap out the current rims for a set of American Racing deep dish jellybean polished alloys with 10 inch wide on the rear fitted with 275 or 285 rubber.

    I have a brand new set of yellow Lakewood traction bars still in the box that have been sitting in my shed for 15 years or so which I think would look good on it. I need to think that through a bit as I currently have a set of factory tramp rods fitted and may have to remove them first.

    It's the little things that were done to personalise cars back in the day that I'm looking to do.


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    Luckily is has discs on the front and it stops and handles OK plus you quickly learn to adjust your driving style to suit and give yourself that extra little bit of time you need to make up for the slower reaction time.


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    Seventies Holdens also had a habit of halving the selectors in their 4 speeds as well, to much aggression when changing would quickly lead to sloppy shifters.


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    I'll keep the engine bay much the same as it is, I have a million spare parts for the car and will swap out the chrome radiator fan guard for a black one I have and the chrome shock mounts for black as well.

    I've never been a big fan of gilmer drives as they are very noisy and you can here it coming from a mile away and it was one of those look at me things I did at the time but I have a few spare belts so until they run out I'll be keeping it.

    I like the rocker covers, they're alloy not chrome that I keep highly polished and they look good in the flesh. I can always let them dull out to give a tougher look as it only takes 6 months or so for the shine to start to disappear.


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    I'm not adding plastic.



    I totally agree.


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    Even though your car isnt the real deal, it looks the part and only real GT fans would know it isn't.

    From my recollection, GT's were usually left alone visually. All the work went on under the bonnet. Your idea of fitting tramp rods and adjusting the rear end ride height sounds ok but that would be where I would stop. Some 70's mods made no sense, mechanically or stylistically. Others bordered on downright dumb. (I know because I was guilty of trying them). Even the Mags are period correct.

    And under bonnet glitter was de rigeur, the more the merrier.
     

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