owning and modifying a number of early model
Falcons I decided that I was tired of fixing
other peoples imperfections and wanted to
do it right from scratch, so my hunt began.
In December 2002 I found a suitable donor
car by way of an Ultra White 302 Windsor,
column-shift auto 1971 XY Fairmont.
The car had been garaged and unregistered
for a number of years and was completely suitable
for what I had in mind. The previous owner
used this car for towing his collection of
vintage cars and bikes. At the ripe old age
of 71 he decided to liquidate his assets and
put his feet up. He could not be bargained
with on this purchase, but it was worth the
premium as the entire car was in immaculate
Upon collection from Northern NSW to my garage
where it would spend the next 12 months receiving
the ground up treatment, it was clear just
how good a donor car I had found.
99% of the car as you see it today is new
or fully refurbished, parts like the tail-light
lenses, chrome work and interior components
have been untouched since the car left the
factory, and are immaculate. No new panels
were added to this project and everything
that came off it went back on. The car was
completely stripped and sand-blasted; again
this revealed how good a car I had bought
showing no signs of accident damage and the
car requiring no major rust repairs.
While the car was in this state every single
component was carefully stripped, cleaned
or sand-blasted then either zinc-dychromium
plated or powder coated. There was no expense
spared in this department. Everything had
to go back onto the car new or completely
refurbished, no exceptions.
Many of the specialty parts I had collected
over the years while many others where painstaking
found through searching various specialists.
Not being trade person but with many years
of experience and continued hours of researching
and experimentation as well as attending shows
and seeking the advice from others who have
gone down the same path, the car started going
back together with attention to detail.
The finished product is what you see before
you. Special parts of interest that would
not be identifiable from these pictures include
the correct date matching pair low and high
horns as well as the stainless mesh covered
spotlight covers. These are the correct part
numbered Ford items, not the Motorcraft supplied
The car was assembled to my taste and quality,
hence the feature of stainless fasteners throughout
for a clean and modern look which retains
the classic features of this revered model.
a self-confessed lead foot, the engine package
had to feature highly and again this was built
in my garage with the help of my good friend
and legendary engine builder, Sash Ninovic.
This resulted in a unique and well-sorted
372 Windsor. The camshaft was purchased from
an American performance engine specialist,
and the brief for the engine assembly was
lots of go and show.
The final result is a car that has received
and still receives many compliments on any
of its frequent outings and gives me immense
satisfaction and spirited driving.