THERE WAS NO WAY RAJ WAS SIM­PLY GO­ING TO RE­PLACE THE CAM WHEN THE XW’S EN­GINE BAY WAS GAG­GING FOR SOME­THING LARGER

NZV8 - - FEATURE CAR/1970 FORD FALCON XW -

Un­for­tu­nately for the Fal­con, it was around this time that Raj lost in­ter­est in the project and de­cided to em­bark on his big OE to see the world. Nine years later, with a spring in his step and some new-found en­thu­si­asm, he re­turned to com­plete the build so that he could once again have a bit of fun. Al­most as soon as Raj cleared cus­toms, the work be­gan, and Raj’s days of swap­ping cogs were over. The To­ploader was re­tired and an or­der for a Chuck Mann spe­cial was placed. Now, old Chuck knows his way around all things trans­mis­sion, and uses only the best in­ter­nals; Raj wanted some­thing bul­let­proof, and that’s ex­actly what he got. The C6 was loaded with af­ter­mar­ket bits, and had a JW 3500rpm stall con­verter thrown in for good mea­sure. For­tu­nately, Raj didn’t have to go any fur­ther rear­wards than that, as the Fal­con al­ready had a Chas­sis­works nine-inch un­der the bum, filled with a Strange head, 3.31:1 gears, and 31-spline axles. With the run­ning gear and panel and paint com­pleted in record time, it was onto the long list of te­dious stuff: wiring; in­stal­la­tion of the bucket seats, B&M Pro Ratchet shifter, Auto Me­ter gauges, new car­pets … the list went on and on but rapidly grew shorter. It had been a long time be­tween drinks for Raj, and he was itch­ing to get back be­hind the wheel. For good mea­sure, and with safety in mind, Dean Scott whipped up a re­mov­able four-point roll cage. This is a street car first and fore­most, and Raj needs it to per­form street-car du­ties — in his mind, a fixed roll cage leans too much to­wards the ‘race car that is driven on the street’ cat­e­gory, and that’s not for him.

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