the age of 16 I bought my first car.
Strangely enough it was a Mazda RX3
coupe. The fact that no one knew the
potential of Mazda Rotaries and that
many of my mates thought they were 4
cylinder shopping trolleys really attracted
me to them. I
remember having plenty of school yard
arguments with the die hard Ford and
Holden fans. After seeing the potential
of these Mazda’s many of my mates
ended up buying one themselves.
took me 1 year to rebuild that car and
it was featured in Fast 4’s and
Rotaries magazine. The car was shortly
sold after that with other priorities
years later I was toying with the idea
of buying a muscle car. This time it
had to be a Ford. So after consulting
with my brother in law Nick Sutic the
hunt for a Ford Falcon GT started. Shortly
after that I recall Nick coming over
to my house and saying “hey I
found the perfect XW GT for you”.
off like a speeding bullet Nick, Sash
and I rushed over to view the Falcon.
After checking the car and validating
that all the numbers match including
the engine block, some cash traded hands
and the GT was taken home.
With the help of Nick and Sash we began
to partially strip the car. Just before
we stated work Sash said take it for
one last spin. I remember dropping the
clutch at 5000RPM and the original
river tyres struggled to break traction.
Sash started spinning the spanners and
within 1 hour the engine was removed
from the vehicle. Every nut and bolt
was also removed from the engine bay
brother in law Nick Sutic who is well
known in the Auto Restoration trade
and is a gun painter was not totally
happy with the paint so we decided to
flow coat the whole car in the original
Track Red paint using 2 pak PPG. The
engine bay was also resprayed. The result
is totally awesome.
the paint was done and with the help
of Sash from AN Racing the next phase
was to rebuild the original 351 4V Cleveland
engine. The 351 donk was fully re-built
by Sash. The block was privy to a deck,
bore and hone. The CP forged pistons,
Eagle steel rods, Crank and spinning
parts were balanced and blueprinted.
The 4V heads were sent to Phantom cylinder
heads for some porting and polishing.
The standard manifold was retained and
as was the Autolite dizzy. A phase 2
HO carby was also sourced.
We also sourced orginal type bits such
as hoses, clamps, clips and nuts.
original interior was in excellent condition
so no work needed to be done.
The final piece of the puzzle was to
go over all mechanical bits such as
brakes, suspension and steering. The
9 inch diff was rebuilt with genuine
Ford 3.7 gears, 31 spline billet axles
were also installed for piece of mind.
A rebuilt radiator and Michellin tyres
with red walls completes the rebuild.