Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

“I LOVE XES, as my brother had an XE ESP when he got his Ps back in 1998. 1980s cars are the shiz! I bought my XE in 2014 off a lad who had to sell it be­cause of im­pend­ing fa­ther­hood. It was orig­i­nally a six-cylin­der but he’d put a 351 in it. Two weeks af­ter I got it, it felt groggy so I was tak­ing it to get a tune-up when the en­gine went boom! The mo­tor had to get com­pletely re­built, and one thing led to an­other: ‘Let’s paint the bay, maybe fix some dents, and how about we do this?’ Next minute, the car’s fully stripped back and I’m go­ing cus­tom white paint with a cleaned-up en­gine bay. The en­gine is a 351 with al­loy heads, air­gap man­i­fold, hy­draulic Comp cams, Hol­ley 750 Ul­tra HP carby with Pacey ex­trac­tors. It made 440hp at the fly. The gear­box is a man­u­alised C10 with a TCI ratchet shifter, while the diff is a 3.9:1 True­trac LSD. Brakes are stan­dard XE with slot­ted and dim­pled discs, and the car rolls on 20-inch US Mags Ram­bler rims – I was sick of see­ing FRS on all X-se­ries Fal­cons). Paint is cus­tom straight­cut white with gloss-black bars and in­serts. The en­gine is cur­rently get­ting an up­grade due to a faulty cam lobe, with solid cams and stronger lifters and rock­ers. I’m hop­ing to push the 500hp mark, but we will find out in a few weeks. The bloke who built the en­gine, Johnny, was a good fam­ily friend and over the jour­ney of this build we have be­come re­ally good mates; I treat him like a brother and he treats my car bet­ter than his own!”

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