Fair­lane and Franklin

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

This im­pres­sive combo was seen parked next to the old Hume High­way at Mit­tagong where the owner was tak­ing a break to let the kids run around. He was tak­ing his young fam­ily around Aus­tralia and had al­ready been as far west as Bro­ken Hill and the Flin­ders Ranges.

The tow car is a 1978 Ford ZH Fair­lane, fit­ted with the 351 V8 and three-speed au­to­matic. He picked it up for $2000 a few years ago. It was be­ing used as a bush basher but he con­verted it back to road con­di­tion and says it pulls like a dream.

The van is a 1981 Franklin, weigh­ing two-and-a-half tonnes. It cost him $2500. It’s large enough to sleep six. He’s fit­ted a shower and all the electrics are topped up on sunny days with a cou­ple of so­lar pan­els.

He bought a Hay­man-Reese cou­pling unit for the tow bar for $65 from a wreck­ers. These stop the dreaded sway in windy con­di­tions.

That means the com­plete car and van pack­age cost him less than $5000 on the road. Nor­mally you’d need a small truck to pull a van this big but the Fair­lane was de­signed for this kind of work. You may not pass much on the high­way but you’ll get there in style and com­fort.


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