My Mus­cle Car

Car: XC Fair­mont Hard­top Home­town: Tum­barumba, NSW

Australian Muscle Car - - Contents -

AMC read­ers show us their mus­cle cars.

What is it?

“My hard­top is a 1976 XC Fair­mont model with a 351. The colour is Ford’s Sparkling Bur­gundy Pearl from the AU range in 2000. It was orig­i­nally Red Flame.”

When did you buy it?

“A mate I played cricket with in the 1990s de­cided to sell it and I made him an of­fer that he ac­cepted, al­beit some 12 months later, in 1994.”

Why did you buy it?

“I fell in love with the mus­cu­lar shape, es­pe­cially with big rub­ber un­der them, when I first saw the hard­top range. Then, af­ter the 1977 Bathurst one- two, even more so.”

What can you tell us about its life?

“I had to do the en­gine up, as that was in poor con­di­tion. So while it was out I had it re­sprayed, in 2000. Af­ter that, the en­gine sat on a stand and the car in the shed for many years un­til my youngest son got en­gaged in 2011 and sug­gested it would be good to have it go­ing for his wed­ding. So two years later, 2013, it was ready for the big day.”

How does it go?

“It goes great and sounds great and has lots of low­down old school grunt. It han­dles bet­ter af­ter re­plac­ing the front sus­pen­sion with coil-over shocks and up­graded brakes. I have a few jobs in the pipe­line: the first is to re­duce the road noise and fit air-con­di­tion­ing for my wife, Shar­lene. Next is to fit a fuel-in­jec­tion kit and a five-speed gear­box that are sit­ting at my work­shop. And last is to just en­joy driv­ing it as much as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially up here in the moun­tains with the newly formed Tum­barumba Mo­tor Club.”

Any­thing you’d like to add?

“Tum­barumba is at the foot of the Snowy Moun­tains and for your mag­a­zine’s read­ers there is plenty to see and some great drives if they came down to ex­plore with their cars.

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