Street Machine - - Your Stuff -

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!”


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