HIGHLIGHTS: – Full ground up, nut and bolt custom build – Highly detailed resto in Black on Black colour combo – Golde windback sunroof – Built 438ci V8 engine – The Blower Shop 8/71 Supercharger – Built C4 Automatic transmission – Full floating 9 inch with 4.11 gears and Truetrac centre – Four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes – Bathurst Globe style wheels 19” wheels

This 1971 Ford Falcon has been through a full ground up, nut and bolt rebuild into a one-off custom street machine! The build kicked off in around 2009, the car was actually already an ex-street machine feature car called ‘Gracie’ that appeared in the Oct/Nov 1995 issue. The progress initially was a slow burn with the majority of the work being completed by V Resto’s in 2018 and 2019.

Starting with the body, V Resto Garage got stuck into getting the body ready for paint. In-house spray painter, Joe Painter coated the car in PPG Jet Black, followed by Satin black-outs and then the iconic GT stripes. All the factory moulds were retained, which V Resto Garage fettled back into shape before being repolished or rechromed. The car sits slammed down low over a set of custom Bathurst Globe-style wheels. The wheels life as a set of one-piece 19x8s, but for the rears, AA Welding carefully cut the centres out and welded them into wider nine-inch hoops.

Inside it’s surprisingly factory looking and pure XY GT, including a genuine wind-back sunroof. The whole trim has been recovered in black with very few deviations from stock being made. V Resto Garage adapted a factory shifter to work with the trans instead of the typical ratchet and there are no aftermarket gauges, instead the reproduction GTHO 8000rpm tacho and 140mph (225km/h) speedo look after the task.

Making it’s presence known is a 438ci V8 World Products block with World Products heads, Edelbrock intake, a Blower Shop 8/71 pump and genuine JBR carbon fibre hat. The engine was originally built by noted US engine builder Rick Watter. The engine is all fed by an in-hat EFI set-up from Joe Blo Speed Shop and controlled through a Holley ECU. The EFI wiring and fuel lines go in through the rear of the JBR hat with the original injector hoses are just there for looks. Although capable of considerably more, the TBS 8/71 billet blower is only pushing 5-6psi of boost. On E85, that equates to 934hp of fun.

The engine is paired to a C4 by Al’s Race Glides to suit a 1000hp application, while out back, Smithfield Diff & Gearbox loaded a slightly narrowed nine-inch with Bosnjak Engineering two-piece 31-spline axles and a 4.11:1 Truetrac centre. Linking these is a Ricky’s Drive Shafts 3.5-inch chrome-moly tailshaft. V Resto Garage sectioned the 36-gallon fuel tank to install baffles to fight fuel slosh, while adding provision to accommodate the Aeromotive in-tank EFI pump. The brakes have been upgraded to big Wilwood discs all round with 330mm rotors on all corners clamped by six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear. Exhaust gasses are expelled through a custom twin 3” system. The suspension is all rebuilt but relatively factory with Peders springs and shocks front and rear and a set of tramp rods to stop the wheel hop.

The result of the above is a one-off custom street machine and possibly one of the country’s toughest all round XY Falcon’s. The car was featured in Street Machine magazine in September of 2019.


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