Street Machine - - Your Stuff -

“IT’S A work-in-progress,” John says of his XW. “I don’t think they’re ever fin­ished.” In­deed, when these pho­tos were taken the in­ter­cooler plumb­ing was miss­ing. The orig­i­nal con­fig­u­ra­tion re­lied on a front-mount air-to-air in­ter­cooler. “On Baker’s dyno, the boost peaked at 13.9psi,” John says. “Al­though that was good for 1150hp, the in­ter­cool­ing and plumb­ing was only rated at 1000hp – it’d reached its max­i­mum flow ca­pac­ity and was lim­it­ing boost. So I’m in the mid­dle of swap­ping to a wa­ter-to-air bar­rel ’cooler (pic­tured be­low) rated at 1400hp, which should see the ute drop into the eights once we turn the en­gine up.”


The re­pro Rare Spares dash has been filled with Auto Me­ter dig­i­tal gauges. “For rac­ing I find the dig­i­tal gauges bet­ter, as it’s just the num­ber,” John says. “I’ve laid them out so they’re easy to read, and my son-in-law Justin wired it all”

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