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Perko
26th August 2013, 08:44 PM
As you all would probably know, I am looking at getting a FH XR8 if they turn out to my expectations. I also have a love of the original EB2 XR8 and XR6. So this got me thinking why not have the very first XR8 and the very last XR8?

A quick through Gumtree found this example.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/KGrHqZHJEEFHb7guP3BR-e2JUhRQ48_20_zps5d6ee02f.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/KGrHqZHJEEFHb7guP3BR-e2JUhRQ48_20_zps5d6ee02f.jpg.html)
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An auto XR8 in not too bad condition. Motor is a runner with some minor damage on 2 panels. Mechanicals look solid and no oil leaks. More importantly a good point to start from. Then on the same day I looked and found this gem.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/T2eC16RzUE9s38HeRBSEye-32Q48_20_zps0af01f8d.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/T2eC16RzUE9s38HeRBSEye-32Q48_20_zps0af01f8d.jpg.html)

A great EB2 XR6. The only issue is no diff. This car is in great condition with great panels and interior. Motor is a runner and the mechanicals are also in great condition.

So the plan will be transfer the required panels, trims and interior to the XR8. There are some mechanicals that need to also be added. So including new tyres I will have a great factory looking XR8 for under $2500! The older gear will then be put on the XR6 and I will slowly build that back to factory. Haven't decided what I will do with it after that. Not much will have to be done to get it there though.

Will keep updates as I progress. Pick the cars up over the next few weeks.

defective
26th August 2013, 09:58 PM
Future classic right there IMO. Especially the xr8

WASP
26th August 2013, 10:04 PM
Love the EB2's. Sounds like a fun protect.

Perko
26th August 2013, 10:26 PM
Thanks guys. Have been thinking about something like this for a while. Just great that these 2 examples came up so close to each other. Won't have to buy too many parts to make up the XR8 so I am very happy. Will be a fun build.

FTe217
26th August 2013, 10:33 PM
Damn bargain by the looks of it - even better close by.

Perko
26th August 2013, 10:39 PM
Damn bargain by the looks of it - even better close by.

Definitely. Both cars cost me a total of $1600. Apart from oils etc the only extra parts I will need is a front drivers 1/4 panel, new rotors and pads, new tyres and a couple of other incidentals. All I need is some spare time to get through the jobs. Keen to get back on the tools again.

Lynton
27th August 2013, 09:40 AM
I love the idea of the first and last xr8's.

T-WINGS
27th August 2013, 12:37 PM
I have the first XR8 in Le mans Red 1991 Auto and it has just clocked 453000 k's ......just a great shopping trolley....

Perko
27th August 2013, 02:38 PM
I love the idea of the first and last xr8's.

Yep Lynton I have done my side of the bargain. Just up to Ford now to deliver with the FH Falcon. Taking my time with the EB so all things going to plan I will have it all done and dusted later next year. Then the following year grab the FH. Keen as mustard to see them both together in the shed. Missus is OK about the FH but doesn't know about this one. Ah well, have 12 months to come up with a good story for that one! :highly_amused:

defective
27th August 2013, 03:48 PM
Forgiveness is always easier to get than permission...

Perko
29th August 2013, 03:03 PM
Picked up the XR8 today from Brissy. Time to give it the final once over and on the trailer to Goondiwindi. Still pretty happy with it knowing that the XR6 has all the panels and gear that I will need for a seamless change over. Picked up my hoist as well so I can start some jobs next week. Pick the XR6 up in two weeks and then the work really starts. Very excited about getting this project done. Already have plans for the XR6 but will reveal that after I have finished with the XR8

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09621_zpse5c0708e.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09621_zpse5c0708e.jpg.html)
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flappist
29th August 2013, 03:42 PM
Well this will keep you amused for a while :)

What colour FH XR8 will you buy.....Red?

Perko
29th August 2013, 09:31 PM
Well this will keep you amused for a while :)

What colour FH XR8 will you buy.....Red?

Hahaha. Yeh been thinking about it for a bit. If the colour suits the FH then yeh red would be nice. Still love the Ego colour and want to see what the rims look like. If they do not change from the FG2 19 inch rims (which may happen due to cost cutting) then I would probably like to see how my rims look on it. Then there is always the dark blue........OK I have no idea. :rolleyes:

defective
30th August 2013, 05:02 PM
The teaser shots of fh show new rims.

Perko
30th August 2013, 11:07 PM
The teaser shots of fh show new rims.

Thanks mate just had a quick look at them. Hopefully they are just a prototype because they didn't look that good. Hopefully will look better when the official pictures come out.

Perko
2nd September 2013, 07:04 PM
Back in Gundi today so had time to look over the Falcon at depth. Few more jobs here and there than anticipated but they are easy fixes. One surprise is that it looks like there has been a camber kit fitted to the front. Engine bay is OK and once I give it a good clean should be able to do the oil changes and part checks.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09721_zps91a61c15.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09721_zps91a61c15.jpg.html)

The interior is a bit tired but the good thing is that the XR6 has plenty of parts and the rest can be grabbed at local wreckers. Just missed out on grabbing an EA Falcon that had all the parts I wanted.....for $300. But have plenty of time for this project so not worried.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09731_zps5abdce77.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09731_zps5abdce77.jpg.html)

defective
2nd September 2013, 07:15 PM
That's an unusual 5.0 plaque on the manifold, I've never seen one like that.

Perko
2nd September 2013, 07:27 PM
That's an unusual 5.0 plaque on the manifold, I've never seen one like that.

I reckon that it is the badge off the Mustang or another American vehicle.

Perko
9th September 2013, 09:33 PM
Picked up the second part of the project today. Auto EB2 XR6 with ABS. The engine and transmission are in good condition as are the panels. This is the beasty getting ready to leave the shed where she has been sitting for the past few years. I am only the second owner of this car. So this will be a keeper for sure.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09831_zps2474bce2.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09831_zps2474bce2.jpg.html)

The plan for this is to donate the panels and some other parts to the XR8. This is because the XR8 is the primary project. I will then fix the XR8 panels and put them back on the XR6. The auto transmission will eventually go and a manual placed in. The car will then become my track car for my mates for when I take out the FH XR8. The XR6 is an excellent package to build from for this sort of job. I was going to part this car but after seeing it in the flesh I just couldn't do it.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09841_zps02221b54.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_09841_zps02221b54.jpg.html)
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As you can see the panels are very dusty. First job is to give it and the XR8 a quick clean in the morning. Then I will have to take off the rear caliper because it has seized. Both cars will then go into the shed and I can start the project next week. I have also found a Ford haven for wrecks at a farm outside Toowoomba. Absolute goldmine if you are chasing EA-ED and Fairlane parts. I will take a picture during the week. Just stumbled onto it by chance. They also have a EB XR6 sitting there. Already got it for some interior parts, panels, and the rear diff. Will keep you all posted during the week.

Perko
10th September 2013, 07:28 AM
Both cars are now back safely in Gundi. Gave each a quick wash this morning so that I could have a chance to sit back and assess the jobs that have to be done.

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The XR6 is in pretty good condition with just some surface rust in a few places. Certainly no panel cutting here though. Need to source new diff (sorted) some interior parts and some panels. Apart from the usual consumables this one should be a not too bad.

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On closer inspection the XR8 has some cancer that has to be sorted. Decent jobs but to be expected for the price of the car. Interior will need a clean up and all panels will need some sort of touch up. I will be transplanting the doors from the XR6. I was also going to transfer the front bumper but it is still stamped with the original VIN number from that car. So it will stay. So this is definitely a bigger mission. But it was what I bought it for so not overly worried. The plan is to sit down tomorrow and get a list of parts needed and get an order of attack sorted. The first job will be getting it on the hoist and started!

Also picked up my first trinket from the wreckers last week. Couldn't help it. Engine cover for the Windsor.

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Paxton
10th September 2013, 08:32 AM
Really jealous. The EB is my favourite modern Falcon, especially in XR guise.

They both look like they will be stunning cars once you've finished fixing them.

Perko
10th September 2013, 10:00 AM
Both the cars are now in the shed ready to start work. The XR8 is on the hoist and hopefully will start work on it next week. Will keep you all posted.

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Perko
10th September 2013, 10:03 AM
Really jealous. The EB is my favourite modern Falcon, especially in XR guise.

They both look like they will be stunning cars once you've finished fixing them.


Thanks mate. Looking at getting them back to a very well looked after condition. I am not going all out for a show car look. Just as though someone bought them and really looked after them from new. Otherwise the bill will blow out because I will want everything perfect. Also want to have that money saved away for the FH.

Paxton
10th September 2013, 11:27 AM
Thanks mate. Looking at getting them back to a very well looked after condition. I am not going all out for a show car look. Just as though someone bought them and really looked after them from new. Otherwise the bill will blow out because I will want everything perfect. Also want to have that money saved away for the FH.

I hear that - I'm still trying to work out what to do with my plastic fantastic EF. I'm lucky it's Gunmetal, because most of the LeMans Red ones kicking around have very little paint left on them through neglect. Yours look pretty good, but Red is hard work, and I'm not willing to do that again with a car, but the results speak for themselves - LeMans Red (and later Hot Chilli Red) suits the E Series perfectly.

How close are their VINS - in other words, could your sisters have been at Tickford at the same time?

Perko
17th September 2013, 07:11 PM
Had a look today. VIN's are way off. Getting a parts car next week. Now that one may be another matter...

HSE2
19th September 2013, 11:57 AM
Love this project, thought and sentiment behind this. Well done Glenn.

Perko
25th September 2013, 09:42 AM
Love this project, thought and sentiment behind this. Well done Glenn.

Thanks mate. Hopefully it will all pay off and you all like the outcome.

Perko
25th September 2013, 09:50 AM
Been busy with work so not much happened during the week. Just missed out on an EB1 S-pack last week by 20 minutes! Would have been the perfect parts car for panels and interior. Having said that my local farmer/parts guru looks to have everything under control so maybe it was for the best.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_10231_zps4ce104dd.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_10231_zps4ce104dd.jpg.html)

Started the hoist up this morning. First time I have actually used it since I bought it over 12 months ago! Had a good look under the Falcon. Was a good chance to look at the multitude of jobs that I have to do and start a parts list for my wrecker.

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With both cars in the shed it has been funny to see the interest it has caused from truckies that have come into our yard. All of them have been positive and I had an offer from one! Bought a cover for the XR6 so it will go under until I have to start work on it. The plan now is to start on the mechanicals next week. Get it started, then complete oils, filters change on everything. Would be nice to get them done and start on cleaning the engine bay as well. Will keep the updates coming.

Perko
2nd October 2013, 09:20 PM
Busy week with work again meant only a small amount of time on the XR8. First job is getting the car to fire up. Hook the battery up, power there, fuel pump OK and no start. Starter motor relay is clicking so I thought I'd start to look at the wiring. This is what I found.

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Relays were rusted on and generally the areas were looking like shit. Not all the warning lights were coming up on the dash so I looked underneath. Not happy! Looks like there has been some sort of water damage there. Power is making it to the starter so I am assuming that there is a faulty wiring coming from the ECU or from the dash.

This morning put the car up on the hoist to give it a thorough once over to look for further signs of water damage. Apart from the rust on the lower sills the chassis rails etc are fine. It does also explain some of the water marks around the engine bay and front suspension. Pretty pissed at myself for making a rookie mistake! Plan for next week is to take the whole dash apart to assess the damage and check the wiring. Had to do this anyway as the dash is heavily cracked. Everything around the ECU looks OK but I will have to spend more time to see where the other faults are. Have got the Ford wiring diagram so hopeful I can make some progress over the next few week. If the wiring is too far gone will make an assessment on the project.

Falc'man
2nd October 2013, 09:27 PM
Hectic.

Perko
2nd October 2013, 09:31 PM
Hectic.

Yep and feeling a bit like a fuckstick this week. Hopefully it is a simple wiring issue. If not have some serious thinking to do.

Falc'man
2nd October 2013, 09:36 PM
Yep and feeling a bit like a fuckstick this week. Hopefully it is a simple wiring issue. If not have some serious thinking to do.
It makes for a far more rewarding experience.

defective
2nd October 2013, 09:49 PM
Are you thinking its been for a swim?

Perko
2nd October 2013, 10:06 PM
Are you thinking its been for a swim?

Yeh it does look that way at the moment. Need to have a good look at the wiring behind that dash. Hopefully with some cleaning up all will be good. Just a pain having to pull the dash apart and checking everything over.

Perko
2nd October 2013, 10:07 PM
It makes for a far more rewarding experience.


Hope so mate. A bit worried that the project might be grounded before it really gets started. But keeping an open mind.

Burnout
3rd October 2013, 07:26 AM
Looks like the MacIntyre River played a part in the life of that car mate - Boy, project heaven.

GavL
3rd October 2013, 09:09 AM
Recommendation - before pulling it all apart get yourself a good wiring diagram of the starter system! I'm not sure if the E-series are the same but I recently had a problem starting my XR8 and it was due to the starter system not getting signal from the ECU that was allowing it to start. Could be something similar here with smartlock maybe?

Perko
3rd October 2013, 09:45 AM
Recommendation - before pulling it all apart get yourself a good wiring diagram of the starter system! I'm not sure if the E-series are the same but I recently had a problem starting my XR8 and it was due to the starter system not getting signal from the ECU that was allowing it to start. Could be something similar here with smartlock maybe?

Yeh I am thinking it is the ECU. There is power going to the starter and relays. You can here the starter relay clicking but the starter motor is not engaging. Will be checking the system next week. Hopefully I will find the problem.

Perko
14th November 2013, 01:53 PM
Got bored online the other day and just getting some parts ready to work on the XR8. Then found a little gem just outside of Toowoomba. BAZINGA! Had a look today and it turns out to be a EB1 XR8 that is pretty much well in original condition. Runs great, interior is in very good condition, and just needed to front bar to be re-attached. For the price I had to grab it on the spot.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_10841_zps1a1a2932.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_10841_zps1a1a2932.jpg.html)
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The XR8 on the hoist is going to a wrecker next week. He has already agreed to give me credit and he has an EB2 XR6 there that I can get all the parts that I need to finish off my XR6. So it will be a win/win situation all round.

All that needs to be done to the XR8 is oil and filter changes, brake service, fix driver's seat, small bit of rust, and then return the stereo back to standard. So what was a 12 month job on the other XR8 now turns out to be a 12 week job on this one! Then it's on to the XR6. Still will end up with an overall budget under $4000 for both cars. Very happy with that.

Perko
20th November 2013, 09:19 PM
Busy day today and a lot of km's covered. The original XR8 was dropped off at a local wrecker near Toowoomba this morning. The money I get from this will be placed on credit and I can get the parts for the XR6 from them so it shouldn't cost me any more money for secondhand parts. Then it was off to pick up the next XR8. New battery in it started first time, drop up on the trailer under its own steam. Bit if wheel lock with the brakes and maybe a bit of slip from the trans. Will look and service both of them over the next few weeks. This has to be expected for a car that has sat for 2 years!

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_11041_zps8867c1ec.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_11041_zps8867c1ec.jpg.html)
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Still absolutely stoked at the condition of the car. All the fuses and covers are still original, wiring looms still have Ford tags on them, and all panels are still stamped with original VIN numbers. The interior is in great condition. Drivers seat needs a bit of work. Will be returning the stereo back to stock and the wrecker has me covered for this.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_11061_zps5fe38ccd.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_11061_zps5fe38ccd.jpg.html)

Can't wait to get her on the hoist next week for its first service. Will post the pics.

Perko
26th November 2013, 08:04 PM
Started looking over the Falcon today and listing the jobs that have to be done. Very happy with this buy. The interior is in great condition. The only jobs here is some carpet cleaning, repair the driver's seat and return the stereo back to standard.

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Started the basic service today. Dropped the engine oil, and will do the coolant, trans oil and diff oil next week. The engine bay is immaculate and still has paper tags on wiring. I found the dizzy cover in the centre console and refitted it.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/IMG_11221_zps45262d48.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/IMG_11221_zps45262d48.jpg.html)
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The transmission was slipping a bit and by the oil that was around the gearbox I assume that that is the problem. Front suspension parts are in very good condition. As i get to each of the jobs I will post more pictures. This is truly a great find!

Perko
1st December 2013, 12:00 PM
Also started on some easy changes. Picked up a set of brand new genuine front indicators. Nice quick easy change over and I think looks much better.

http://i760.photobucket.com/albums/xx247/perko73/XR8%20Ute/IMG_11251_zpsd09f08ed.jpg (http://s760.photobucket.com/user/perko73/media/XR8%20Ute/IMG_11251_zpsd09f08ed.jpg.html)

With the possibility of losing the BF now more of a reality I am looking forward to keeping this beast long term.

Perko
4th December 2013, 11:36 AM
With the motor oil change done I thought that a quick coolant change would be in order. Overflow tank taken off and will be replaced with shiny new one. The low coolant sensor was going off so I checked the problem. Wires from the sensor have rusted off. Oh well, order a new one of those no dramas.

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The thought it would be an easy job as most of the hose looked to be in OK condition. Upon further inspection the previous owner had used water and now most of the hoses had a coating of dirt on them. So off they came. Was hoping to clean and reuse them. Wrong! All pipes had to be cut out because most of them had stuck to various parts. In hindsight was probably a good thing to replace all those parts.

So next week get full replacement hoses. Can then give the system a good flush and reinstall hoses, sensor and overflow bottle. Hoping to redo the cushions on the driver's side seat and change the auto trans oil and filter. One job at a time but we are getting there.

HSE2
4th December 2013, 11:38 AM
Keep these updates coming mate.

Perko
11th March 2014, 08:30 AM
It's been a while but now that the cotton season is winding down the work on "the twins" has started back up again. The plan is to get the XR8 finish over the next 3-4 months then get the XR6 done. After this the XR6 will be sold. The wife will spew when the EB XR8 comes home and I need to stay in the semi-good books for when the FH comes along. Two Falcons in the shed I should be able to get away with but three I am pushing the marriage!

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Replaced the coolant hoses on the XR8 this week bar one. So will have to get that next week in town and then I will be able to flush the system. Trying to keep the look of the engine bay as stock as possible so genuine parts are being used where I can.

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The front drivers seat is being dropped off to upholsterers to get a few running repairs done this week as well. Chasing some front clips for the front bar so that should also go on next week as well. Feels good to get back on the tools and hopefully next week I should have a whole heap of jobs done.

ToCo
16th March 2014, 08:45 PM
Good to see another update mate, enjoying the restoration!

Perko
18th March 2014, 08:33 AM
A few more little jobs finished this morning. After what felt like searching for the wreck of the Titanic, finally got the driver's side lower coolant hose on Friday. Just seemed nobody could get the right part! That meant that I could finish hooking all the coolant hoses up this morning. Was glad to get that job finished. Will be giving the system a flush tomorrow morning then adding new coolant to the system. Searching around whilst looking at the heating hoses they look like the original ones. They will have to be replaced next week. Also crawled underneath and noticed a few more jobs that need attention. Nothing major but jobs none the less.

A few wiring gremlins crept in and they were due to some split connections. Fixed them this morning and quickly fired the beast up just to make sure everything worked. Fired first time so pretty happy. Thinking about just putting some headers and a mild system. Nothing loud but just a nice burble would be good. Grabbed some clips from the wreckers so on went the front bumper. Have also found the lower lip at another wrecker so will grab that next month. The front bracing was rusted and you can't buy them new so eBay came to the rescue. Picked up a set for $20 delivered in near new condition. They will be fitted next week.

Starting to come along and hoping to get a few more jobs done tomorrow morning.

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Perko
19th March 2014, 08:25 AM
Flushed the system this morning and there was a fair bit of crap that came out. With that done new overflow tank and low level sensor were installed. Just have one more clamp to put in and I will top up with new coolant. With everything back in the engine cover is back on. Nice to see the engine bay looking back to stock with the bumper on as well. Off to the wreckers for some parts this Friday so I can fit them next week.

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Perko
25th March 2014, 09:16 AM
Last clamp on and leaks fixed the Falcon fired straight up this morning. Picked up a genuine battery clamp and the engine bay to looking like standard. The heater hoses will have to be replaced and this will be one of the next jobs.

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The front driver's seat showed signs of wear and luckily I had taken a spare fro the first car I grabbed. A local upholsterer changed the worn material and foams. They are not brand new but it does match the interior very well. For the price that it cost me I am very happy. I also picked up a few parts from the wreckers such as buttons, covers and replacement bonnet latch.

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Burnout
1st April 2014, 07:27 PM
Starting to look good mate, I'm not going to do another one so watching you skin yer knuckles stirs me old thoughts.

HSE2
2nd April 2014, 11:56 AM
Jealous. This is the way you do things

Perko
9th April 2014, 10:19 AM
Changed the auto transmission fluid this morning. There was some slippage with the trans when I first got the car. I has suspected it was due to lack of fluid due to excessive weeping around the box. When all the bolts were undone there wouldn't have been more than 2 litres of fluid in the trans. Luckily it was still a good colour and there were no metal shavings around the magnets. New filter and oil in the XR8 was reverse of the ramp and out of the shed for the first time. Glad to report that no slippage and went nicely through the gears. Brakes also felt good considering they haven't been used for months.

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Until....... Went around the shed a couple of times and we started to losing coolant big time. Shut down the motor before it got too hot. Inspection saw that it was coming out of the overflow pipe. I was not able to get the full amount of coolant into the car so I am assuming that there is either an air pocket in there or even a thermostat issue. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Oh well, that will be next week's job.

Perko
15th April 2014, 01:53 PM
Another week and another job that has to be done. With the loss of coolant after last weeks warm up I thought that the thermostat should be inspected.

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So off with the piping and I got out the thermostat. Looked a little dirty and not so good overall. Easiest way to check operation was to place it in cup of just boiled water.

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No luck with the thermostat so I have gotten a genuine new one for replacement. Should have that done this afternoon and then on to a few more jobs before I leave Goondiwindi again. Just love this car. Has cost me very little since I have gotten it and enjoying the experience so far.

Perko
12th August 2014, 05:10 PM
Work has been pretty busy so the twins have been neglected for a while. With the new XR8 coming up have decided to make the time and get off my arse to get the project back on track. With the front hoses done thought that it would be a good idea to do the heater hoses. Seemed like a good idea at the time! Getting to the hoses was proving to be a nightmare. Meanwhile I had noticed that two of the pipes on the EGR spacer had started to rust. OK I thought that if I get the spacer off I could kill two birds with the same stone. Replace the spacer and get better access to the pipes. Nope! The throttle body just wouldn't budge on the lower passenger side. Only one thing for it.

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Took the plenum off the top and finally got the throttle body off.

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Instead of mucking around going to check out my old motor at the wreckers and get that unit. Will still have to get some new hoses for the EGR spacer and plenum. At least I will know it is done right and it gives me a chance to clean the engine better. As usual nothing quite goes to plan. Also found a large pool of oil under the transmission this afternoon. My fault for not using torque wrench to do the bolts up. Disappointed because it has been fine for the last six months.

So the plan tomorrow morning is to change the heater hoses over then head across the the wreckers and grab a new spacer. If the plenum/throttle body is in good condition I will just grab the whole unit. Selling my FG2 rims on Ebay this week. That will be the budget to get the XR8 finished. It will pay for the painting of the little bit of rust and a few other jobs that I need done. After next week time to get the interior items sorted to bring it back to original. Hopefully 4-6 weeks and this baby will be finished!

FTe217
13th August 2014, 11:13 AM
Good on you Perko, lots to do but worth it in the end - your baby.

Perko
13th August 2014, 12:17 PM
Good on you Perko, lots to do but worth it in the end - your baby.

Cheers mate. Have been snowed under with work and it was starting to get to me. Getting back into this has been a breath of fresh air. Went to a local Ford wrecker today to get a replacement EGR spacer. Unfortunately all of them have the same problem with the fluid connections. Most were completely rusted off or no better than my current one. Will see if I can get one on eBay. If not I will refit this next week. Very keen to get it finished and back home in Toowoomba. Timeline, including some paint work, I am hoping for about 5-6 weeks. Then I can get started on the XR6. I have decided that it will now be sold once I have gotten it back up to scratch. Would be nice to see that go to a good home. Looks to be a cracker of a car as well. Just can't justify keeping it. My oldest bloke is due for a car next year. Having six cars in the driveway would not go down well with the boss.

Perko
14th October 2014, 09:55 AM
Well finally got my stuff together. Bought the heater hoses and replaced them. Couldn't find a cheap serviceable EGR spacer anywhere so put the old one back on. No leaks on start up so no dramas there. Was a bit worried about starting the old girl considering it been months since its been running and we took a fair bit of gear of it. Two cranks and she starts straight to life. Pretty stoked! Got the temp up to operating with the heater on full, so I am pretty sure that all the coolant should have circulated. Will get it checked though properly when it eventually gets to Toowoomba.

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Next job is to redo the gasket on gearbox sump. Mustn't have tightened it right as it was fine during summer but winter it leaked. Can see the weep. Quick job and hopefully have it done this afternoon. Next job then is changing a few interior pieces back to stock. Nice to be back on tools again.

Burnout
14th October 2014, 08:19 PM
A friend of mine has a 'Sprint', same colour, had it about ten years now.

Perko
14th October 2014, 09:17 PM
A friend of mine has a 'Sprint', same colour, had it about ten years now.

Sprint is a great car Simon. They are getting pretty expensive now. Not much to do the XR8 now. Did the gearbox seal this arvo. So all I have left is finish a few things on the interior, replace steering rack, some steering bushes, replace tyres, polish rims, and some paint correction. So really not that much. Then it's straight onto the XR6. Yippee!

How you feeling by the way mate?

Perko
4th November 2014, 05:32 PM
Had a couple of hours to kill this afternoon so thought I would venture out and get some work done on the interior. Walking up to the XR8 and notice pool of oil under the gear box again! Aaarrrgggghhh! Thinking now that there must be a seal at the rear that is leaking. Will hop underneath tomorrow morning to have a look.

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Decided to change the rear parcel shelf and get rid of the 6X9's. I am keen to make the car look standard so I am grabbing the parcel shelf and speakers from the XR6. One of the speakers is fried so I will look for some on Ebay or just grab a cheap set from Supercheap. Unfortunately the last owner cut some of the parcel metal so I will have to reinforce underneath with some spacers. No big drama but a pain in the arse none the less.

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While I was there decided to take the hood lining off and get it done. It was sagging pretty bad. Hopefully get it back in a few weeks to finish off that part of the interior. Pulled the Pioneer deck out and replaced it with a genuine player. Works OK but I would still prefer to get one that works a bit better. So will have a look at the wreckers when I get the parts for the XR6.

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Coming along well overall and most of the jobs are being ticked off now. Will have a look at the gearbox tomorrow and see where this bloody leak is coming from.

Perko
5th November 2014, 09:56 AM
Source of the oil leak looks like the sump AGAIN. Not sure whether the gasket got pinched, it was overtightened, or whether the sump is warped somehow. Not a lot has escaped but enough that it is pissing me off. Such a simple job and obviously I have screwed it up. Budget for the month has been allocated to hoodlining and interior. So next month the gearbox will have to be done.

Perko
11th November 2014, 04:48 PM
Took the hoodlining out and had the material redone. Pretty happy with the job. Reinstall was straight forward. Very happy with how a simple job like that transforms the interior. Just waiting for some speakers for the wrecker for the rear parcel shelf and all is good. So that is really the interior finished.

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So the last picture shows the drivers seat is higher than the passenger seat. Yep I know the camera angle makes it worse than it should but getting into the driver's side is definitely different. Is there a cure for this?

The other one is that I thought that the original XR8's had a machined alloy finish to their rims. Is listed in articles. However my rims look like they have clear that is starting to come off. Would they have been sprayed after the process. Just asking as next week starting on the wheels and paint work.

Perko
25th April 2016, 07:44 PM
Had to clean out the shed today in preparation for the start of our renovation work. Special thanks goes to our own Minister of Finances, Tony, for making this process a reality. Slab for part of the shed going down this week so had to move the EB. wasn't sure how it was going to go as it has been almost 12 months since I have even touched the car. Just been sitting under the covers.

Battery was dead as expected. 3 litres of fresh fuel, jumper leads and BANG straight into life. Cannot believe how bullet proof this car is and how reliable it has been. Moved it around the side of the shed where it will stay for the next 10 days. Park brake is a little seized and trans oil a little low. Not a real drama because once the slab is down the Falcon is on that baby and we are back in action!

Decided to bring Vader around to meet Big Red. Just makes me wish that Ford had not dropped red as an option for the FGX. Would have been a dream to have them side by side with the same colour. Regardless still very proud to own these two icons. Thanks Ford for the memories. Both past, present, and those yet to come.

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Perko
27th December 2016, 12:56 PM
Well the reality is that "Mr Pool" has had no love for nearly 2 years now. This has been due to a couple of very trying years on the home front. Very happy to report that a bit a stability has returned so I can start getting back to some therapy time for me and the EB.

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First thing is to get Mr Pool on the hoist. Needed a new battery to start. A few seconds to turn over and he fired back into life! I still can't get over how easy this car is. No love, nothing. Starts first time, air con blasting, and we move him onto his new home for a while. Once up on the hoist I had a chance to have another good look around and start the list of jobs. There are a few, but nothing really major. The plan is to start from the front and work my way to the back. Budget on spending a bit each month. That way I can keep the costs under control, but also budget small amounts of time to each job to do it properly.

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First job was to clear the old coolant, and replace the overflow bottle with a new genuine item. Since this car is so original I will be replacing parts with as many genuine items as I can. Gave Mr Pool a good flush then cleaned the engine bay. A few spider webs and wasps nests removed and all was looking good.

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This car still had the original bonnet lining. It was looking a little worn so I took it off for a respray. Good to see Ford spared no expenses when spraying the cars! Must have had a shortage of red paint when they did my bonnet. The lining was a little brittle so I had to take extreme care when taking off and refitting. However I was pretty happy with the end result.

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The engine bay is now back to where it needs to be. Next week's job has already been planned and one I have been wanting to do for a while.

FTe217
27th December 2016, 04:20 PM
Good on you Perko, another nice Ford pair !
I can imagine the times come along that the projects have to be placed on the shelf - thats normal unless your loaded !
My 2nd son is actually on me about doing a project car - I would do it for his future use but 3 things for now have this subject on the back burner.
1. $$$$$$
2. Time
3. The space.

Perko
27th December 2016, 07:09 PM
Good on you Perko, another nice Ford pair !
I can imagine the times come along that the projects have to be placed on the shelf - thats normal unless your loaded !
My 2nd son is actually on me about doing a project car - I would do it for his future use but 3 things for now have this subject on the back burner.
1. $$$$$$
2. Time
3. The space.

Yeh the first two are killers. It surprised me actually how quickly the time went between doing something on the car to now. For me dollars and time have been the two biggest constraints. Work stability has been an issue over the past two years so mentally probably not in the best place to be working on the car. But now there is light at the end of the tunnel and I am now keen to get back on tools. Each job has been listed and budgeted so I know that it will take a while to get it back to where I want it. Luckily Mr Pool in is great knick for his age so the jobs are many but pretty minor. I am keen to do nearly all the work myself so it will take a while. Some of the paint repairs I am also keen to have a run at. They are small so if I bugger it up I can always get a pro to fix it.

FTe217
27th December 2016, 10:56 PM
Good to hear the work front has settled for the better for you.

Perko
2nd January 2017, 08:02 PM
Starting from the front and working to the back is the plan for Mr Pool. Can't get any more front then the bumper.

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Whilst in OK condition, two of the front brackets have rusted off. So off with the front fibreglass member.

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This also gave me a chance to clean the front end up a bit more and make sure the radiator etc were in good condition.

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I managed to find 2 brackets off a wreck that were in pretty condition as you can't get the parts new. Tried sandblasting today for the first time. The parts came up a treat so gave them a quick lick of Ed China satin black to finish them off.

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Unfortunately the medium I got today was good enough for the metal but not enough for the bumper bar and lower lip. I have decided have a go and repaint the bar. So that job will have to wait a couple of weeks as I am away with sporting commitments. So the bar went back on and reconnected everything. Small job but one I have been wanting to do for ages.

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