JOHN’S FAT XY
The extractors are a good example of how serviceable Michael and Chris have made everything. Despite having massive 2.5-inch primaries and monstrous four-inch collectors, they can get the headers in, or out, in about 20 minutes. To keep everything sanitary, yet usable, mountains of drivetrain and suspension parts were given the powdercoat treatment by Oxytech.
John also ticked a lot of boxes on the Aeroflow order form. “I love their stuff and they really looked after me,” he says. “Every fitting, every line, every hose is Aeroflow. We plumbed the entire car, and not one leak!”
Unlike most projects that start out as basket cases, FAT XY was born from a very tidy Phase III tribute, which had been built with a number of genuine parts.
“In 2012, I saw it, loved it, bought it,” says John, who was looking for a cruiser while finishing his Summernats Grand Championwinning Mazda RX-3 (SM, Jan ’17). “It was black with gold, 19-inch Simmons wheels and a 393 Clevo. Within a month, I changed the 19s for 20s. Then, after going to Powercruise I realised the 393 wasn’t going to cut it and had a 434 built. During the new engine’s first powerskid, it torched a piston. I had the new piston, the block was machined, it was all ready to go back together. But I said: ‘No, I want my 1000hp.’ That engine’s now in my brother’s XC Falcon.”
The fact that the interior looks like standardissue GT belies the amount of effort that went into it. Daniel from Unique Marine & Auto Upholstery has done a remarkable job, rebuilding both front buckets, sorting out the rear seat (which JT had heavily modified to clear the tubs), then covering them in the correct, Gt-patterned vinyl. Factory carpets were never going to fit, so Daniel fashioned individual floor panels that were covered in Mercedes carpet and press-fitted into place.
The console, dash, door trims and many other mouldings are all repros from GT Ford Performance. However, the genuine Fomoco rim-blow steering wheel had to be sent over to New Zealand for refurbishment – it looks absolutely mint!
The key to this very classy yet understated interior is how well it all fits together. A lot of time and effort went into getting everything to sit just right. XY GT Falcon interiors never looked this sweet when they rolled out of Broadmeadows in 1971.
“Thanks to Mark from Ontrak Auto Electrical, everything in this car works,” says John. “He’s a genius. He completely rewired the whole car and looked after all the electrics. That’s why all the lights, wipers, gauges, even the speedo works.”
And the answer to the question on everybody’s lips: What’s it like to drive?
“I’m shocked at how well it drives,” John says. “Considering how heavy the car is, how much power it has and the fact it’s on 22s, I can’t believe how good it rides and how easy it is to drive.”
And for the doubters, FAT XY has already been snared in hardcore traffic, on a 32-degree day. It didn’t buck or carry on and the temp barely moved. With 500lb-ft of torque at 2000rpm, it pretty much cruises along at 100km/h on idle.
Mind you, stab the throttle and it’s next-level stuff. “I was cruising home after Justin from Horsepower Solutions tuned it up for me,” John recalls. “I gave it a fraction too much throttle and it fried the tyres so hard I had to pull over and open the front and rear doors to let all the s smoke out. It’s everything I wanted!”
I GAVE IT A FRACTION TOO MUCH THROTTLE AND IT FRIED THE TYRES SO HARD I HAD TO PULL OVER AND LET ALL THE SMOKE OUT