nitrane introduces to OT Australia's greatest ever Muscle car - 1971 Falcon XY GTHO

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    One of the most sought-after GT models is the XY "shaker" and one of the most collectible of all Australian performance cars is the Phase III GT-HO version. The XY GT extended the tradition of the true Aussie muscle car by being the first and only model to feature an exposed centre bonnet air-scoop that was attached to the air cleaner of its Cleveland 351 engine, hence the "shaker" name. The Phase III was to be the ultimate expression of the art with a fully functional "shaker" air intake and front and rear spoilers.

    The 1971 Bathurst 1000 saw a field that seemed to be dominated by Falcon GT-HOs. The first several rows were entirely Falcons and, at the finish, so were the first three places. Even though the XY GT had long been replaced by the XA, the GT-HO Phase III had to soldier on for another season in 1972 after the supercar controversy killed off its XA replacement.

    Specifications


    Engine
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    Falcon GT: Cleveland 351 cubic inch (5.76litre) V8, OHV, Autolite '4300' 600cfm 4-barrel carburettor, 10.7:1 compression ratio, special camshaft with hydraulic lifters, special exhaust system, 300 bhp (224kW) @5400rpm, 380lb-ft (515Nm) @ 3400rpm (Gross)
    Falcon GT-HO Phase III: 780cfm Holley carburettor, 11.5:1 compression ratio, special exhaust system with steel extractors, twin-point distributor with ignition cut-out, 370-390bhp est (276-291kW) @ 5400rpm, 380lb-ft (515Nm) @ 3400rpm (Gross)


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    4-speed manual, floor shift, all synchro. Ratios - 1st 2.78:1- 2nd 1.93:1 - 3rd 1.36:1 - 4th 1.00:1 - Reverse 2.78:1 - Rear axle 2.93:1
    3-speed FMX automatic, T-Bar shift. Ratios 1st 2.40:1 - 2nd 1.47:1 - 3rd 1.00:1 - Reverse 2.20:1.
    Rear axle: GT-3.25:1, optional 3.00:1 or 2.75:1, 9" limited slip diff with TractionLock and 28-spline axles.
    GT-HO Phase III - 3.25:1, 3.50:1 or 3.90:1, 9" Detroit Locker diff with Daytona 31 spline axles and nodular iron carrier.


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    Front: Independent, upper and lower wishbones, coil spring over strut-type dampers and anti-roll bar.
    Rear: Live axle, semi-elliptic springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar (GT-HO only).


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    Front: 11.25" (286mm) ventilated discs
    Rear: 10" (254mm) drums, servo assistance - Phase III had wider, finned rear drums, delete front dust shields, proportioning valve and reserve vacuum tank.
    Wheels
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    GT and GT-HO Phase III - 5-slot steel 6.00 x 14" with chrome dress ring and hubcap. Optional 5-spoke alloy/steel sports wheels 6.00 x 14 inch. Optional (May 1972 retrofit) Globe Bathurst 7.00 x 15, 5-spoke alloys.
    Tyres - ER70H14 radials, ER60H15 (May 1972 retrofit)
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    GT-HO Phase III: 0-100 km/h: 6.5 secs; Standing 400m: 14.4 secs






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  2. dbman96

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    the lack of pics in this thread is astonishing.
     
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    300 were made

    Price new - $5,250 - value now - $100,000+

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    This is the infamous shot of Mel Nichols from 'Wheels' magazine barrelling down the Hume Highway with the speedo off the dial at 145 mph and the rev counter sitting on 6700rpm
     
  4. australia's greatest muscle car does the 1/4th mile in 14.4 seconds???
     
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    hang on i'm getting there :o
     
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    it was 400hp... it was quicker but the times were taken back in 1971 with shitarse 14" ply tyres
     
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    Peter Geohegans GTHO in race trim - 620hp - injected 351C

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    VERY nice.

    There's a fellow in Minneapolis with a restored 429 Cobra Jet XB Falcon, he retained the right hand drive too. :cool:
     
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    i love carbied ford v8s :wiggle:
     
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    By Henry De Los Santos
    Photography: Henry De Los Santos

    Thanks to the gas crisis of the mid-'70s, while we were struggling with a shortage of new horsepower-packing street machines from the Big Three, our counterparts in the Land Down Under were treated to some awesome new rides from FoMoCo of Australia, including the Cleveland-powered Falcon.

    The Aussies have always been big on road racing, which is the origin of the Falcon XB-GT. These were factory-designed race cars built for the sole purpose of kicking some Holden butt. Reed Herman of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an American who took early notice of these cars, but he also understood the unfortunate red tape he would have to endure in order to obtain one. So he waited.

    Many years later, the Australian Ford Falcon reached an age that enabled Reed to import one onto American soil with little, if any, resistance from the Feds. Shortly thereafter, he found just the '75 he wanted. His original intention was to simply restore it, but that idea quickly took a back seat. The car is now the only Australian Falcon in the United States with a big-block conversion. Granted, it's not a real XB-GT (only 123 '75 XB-GTs were built), however, Reed has gone to great lengths to create an ultra-cool street machine that's very similar to the Aussie original.

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    Rolling stock consists of American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs with P245/45R16s up front and a set of monstrous Dunlop SP P335/35R17s out back.

    The sheer rarity of the Falcon makes it attractive to most collectors, but for Reed, it's all about aesthetics, heritage, and building a bird of a different feather.

    Car Craft: An Australian Falcon is a far cry from the typical street machines. Any particular reason you wanted to build one?

    Reed Herman: I think the Australian Falcon combines the best styling cues from all the American Fords of that era. Plus, it's just my personality. I always like to have something different and cool, but in this instance, I had to go to Australia to get it.

    CC: How difficult was it to register a righthand-drive car in the U.S.?

    RH: Quite easy. Anything over 25 years old is both EPA and DOT exempt, meaning you can pretty much do whatever you want with it.

    CC: Did it take long to acclimate to righthand drive?

    RH: That's the number one question people ask. It's not that different--you're only two feet over in the car. Put it this way, you either get used to it, or else you'll constantly run into things. But really, it's not as weird as some people think.

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    No, the photo is not backwards. This is a true righthand-drive Falcon just as it came off the streets of Melbourne. Reed placed Park Auto Upholstery in Hopkins, Minnesota, in charge of the mostly stock facelift. Reed added a set of Procar Rally buckets for added comfort, along with a Kenwood deck and Boston Acoustic speakers to handle the tunes.

    CC: How tricky was it to fit the massive 335s out back?

    RH: Pretty easy. The wheelwell is huge from the factory, and I didn't even have to roll the fender lips.

    The Details

    Car: 1975 Ford Falcon XB-GT
    Owner: Reed Herman, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Engine: 429ci big-block
    Heads:Aluminum Edelbrock Performer RPM, 2.19/1.76-inch intake/exhaust valves, 1.7:1 Crane Cams roller rockers
    Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM with Holley Pro series 950-cfm carb
    Camshaft: Comp Cams solid-roller, 256/266 degrees duration at 0.050-inch lift, 0.580/0.615-inch lift
    Transmission: Ford C6, B&M 10-inch 2,500-stall converter
    Rearend: Ford 9-inch, Currie 3.70:1 gears, 31-spline axles


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    Based on an iron '69 block, the original 429ci big-block has been punched out to displace 435 ci, with 10.6:1 forged TRW slugs, Eagle H-beam rods, and an Edelbrock Performer RPM intake topped with a Holley Pro-series 950-cfm carb. The big-block employs a brutal Comp Cams solid-roller bumpstick to get things in motion. This naturally aspirated mill easily pumps out 516 lb-ft of torque at 5,100 rpm and 551 hp at 6,200 rpm.

    Front suspension: Stock with boxed/braced Shelby control arm modifications, Pro-Motorsports Negative Wedge kit, Global West urethane bushings, KYB shocks
    Rear suspension: Branda leaf spring with Global West road-race shackle kit and Del-A-Lum bushings, KYB shocks
    Brakes: '71 Mustang calipers with 11-inch cross-drilled discs, front; Cadillac calipers with Lincoln Mark VII 11-inch discs, rear
    Wheels and tires: 16x8 American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs with P245/45R16 Dunlap SPs, front; 17x11 American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs with P335/35R17 Dunlap SPs, rear
    Body mods: Factory Ford Racing chin spoiler, rear wing, '73 XA Falcon taillights
    Paint: Ford Cobalt Blue by The Paint Genie in Hopkins, Minnesota, with Silver stripes by Pinnacle Signs and Graphics in St. Paul
    Cost to Build: $58,000

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    Reed emphasized that the XB-GT paint scheme is just as it would have been from FoMoCo, and he even managed to procure real factory components, including the front chin spoiler, air dam, and rear wing.

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    very very nice...

    I'm having a look at a XB Coupe rolling shell soon as my next project... in primer for $2000 AUD :)

    i love the fact you can fit 300+ size tyres on the back without even having to roll the guards

    there's one out here with a 400+ cube V8 that does 8 second passes NA with full interior and is street driven :eek:
     
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    Just to add to this article.................
     
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    matrix243 My body, is ready.

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    I NEED THE ONE ON THE RIGHT. :drool:
     
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    It's really too bad Ford doesn't build the new Mustang GT for Australia.

    I browse the down under Ford forums and there seems to be a lot of people who would buy one if the pricing was similar to here (no right-hand conversion involved either). A dark blue Falcon and dark blue Mustang would look good in the same picture together.
     

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