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risk de­stroy­ing it com­pletely, James or­dered a plethora of Per­for­mance Au­to­matic parts from Sum­mit Rac­ing — namely a C4 Su­per Comp trans­mis­sion, flex­plate, and 3500rpm con­verter. Surely that would be enough to get James out of the garage and into the driver’s seat? Wrong! “I thought I’d give EFI a try,” he ex­plains. This started with the in­stal­la­tion of a twin-throt­tle Hol­ley Ter­mi­na­tor kit, and went on to in­clude a Comp Cams Ni­trous HP camshaft and req­ui­site Comp Cams val­ve­train gear. With the en­gine out of the hole, what bet­ter time to tidy up the go­daw­ful wiring that had re­sulted from years of mod­i­fi­ca­tion? James rewired the en­gine bay him­self, us­ing a Pain­less Per­for­mance kit com­pris­ing har­ness, re­lays, and fuse box. Lucky he’d got wiring prac­tice in, as the mo­tor was plagued with ig­ni­tion prob­lems as soon as it went back in. James at­trib­uted these to the old dis­trib­u­tor set-up. Rather than stuff around with it, he de­cided to bring things up to a more mod­ern stan­dard by uti­liz­ing the Hol­ley EFI tim­ing con­trol. With an MSD crank trig­ger to mon­i­tor en­gine speed and a Ford Ex­plorer cam-an­gle sen­sor as a di­rect re­place­ment for the dis­trib­u­tor, the Hol­ley ECU gets all it needs to fire all eight MSD LS3 coil packs without fail. It’s a sys­tem that works, and the smooth-run­ning en­gine has al­lowed James to fine-tune it with the slick Hol­ley touch­screen in­te­grated into the Fal­con’s dash. Af­ter read­ing the story be­hind this tough street ma­chine, you may think it un­char­ac­ter­is­tic of James to be happy with where his ute is now, but he con­firmed that he’s got no de­sire to change any­thing else. Of course, he hasn’t ruled any­thing out, ei­ther! What­ever hap­pens, you can be sure of one thing — that orig­i­nal bon­net is never go­ing back on.

AGE: 35 OC­CU­PA­TION: Busi­ness owner PRE­VI­OUSLY OWNED CARS: 1966 Ford Anglia, XH XR6 ute, FG XR6 ute DREAM CAR: Too many — you can’t just have one dream WHY THE XW? I grew up with it — it was Dad’s, and I sold my Anglia to buy it from him BUILD TIME:...

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