Street Machine - - Readers’ Rockets -

AROUND 14 years ago, Wolf­gang Backer had a mag­a­zine photo on his fridge – a black XY Fal­con, the type of car that dreams are made of. Yet sit­ting me­tres away in his garage was an XY Fair­mont that was more of a night­mare than a dream. “The car was a dog’s break­fast,” Wolf­gang says. “Stuff was held in with Tek screws and ca­ble ties and it didn’t run well at all. The sav­ing grace was the rea­son­ably sound body and the fact it was a fac­tory Fair­mont, which was im­por­tant to me.” Around 10 years ago, Wolfie’s cousin, Si­mon Wood­ley, did him a mas­sive favour and helped panel and paint the car for free. Of course, the car was go­ing to be black – just like the car on the fridge – and Wolfie liked the idea of us­ing Starlight Sil­ver for the stripes. The Man O’ War block wears CHI 3V 225cc heads and a match­ing CHI man­i­fold, and is filled with forged Scat com­po­nents for a ca­pac­ity of 434ci. A Hol­ley 1000cfm carby is fed pump fuel via a Barry Grant pump. Muf­flers R Us took care of the two-inch ex­haust that flows from Pace­maker head­ers. Shane at Kirky’s Kus­toms up­graded the wiring sys­tem, hid­ing what he could. “The car has made 680hp with 620lb-ft of torque and has run a best of 10.6 over the quar­ter,” Wolfie says. “I drove it home from the track that night.” Since run­ning that num­ber, the XY has un­der­gone some al­ter­ations. It now wears Calvert shocks all ’round and a set of Cal­tracs out back. The fully man­u­alised C10 ’box has been up­graded with a trans­brake, and the nine-inch diff is pieced to­gether with bil­let axles, a full spool and street-friendly 3.9 gears. “If I could run a nine nat­u­rally as­pi­rated, that would be awe­some,” Wolfie says. “If that isn’t achiev­able then I might have to give it a shot of gas to make things in­ter­est­ing.” Words & pho­tos: Jor­dan Leist

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