SIL­VER SER­VICE

A QUICK XD FAL­CON RESTO TO RE­PLACE AN­THONY CARU­ANA’S BELOVED FIRST CAR SOME­HOW TURNED INTO THIS SHOW-QUAL­ITY CRUISER

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An­thony Caru­ana’s quick rust re­pair turned into this show-stop­ping XD

IT WILL come as a sur­prise to no one that the build on An­thony Caru­ana’s sweet XD Fal­con kicked off with a far tamer re­sult in mind.

“It was sup­posed to be a quick rust re­pair and jam job, but it got out of hand after we went to Mo­torex Mel­bourne a few years ago,” says An­thony. Soon, the ini­tial bud­get was thrown in the bin and the XD went from stock S-pack to the ar­row-straight, dark sil­ver cruiser it is now. An­thony’s had a bit of a thing for the boxy lines of the XD since he was a young fella. “When I was 18, Dad gave me an XD for my first car,” he says. “In 2000 I stupidly got rid of it for a VT Ex­ec­u­tive be­cause I wanted elec­tric win­dows and air con that worked, and I’ve been kick­ing my­self ever since! About five years ago my wife got sick of me whing­ing about it and said: ‘I’ll buy you a car if you shut up!’ The next day I picked up this XD.”

It must have been fate, be­cause An­thony dis­cov­ered the car just around the cor­ner from his home. “It was a one-owner, 250 S-pack. I ended up pay­ing ex­actly the same amount for it that I sold my first one for!” he says.

The car was trucked to the guys at High­trax Restora­tions, who soon had it blasted bare and mounted to a ro­tis­serie. Thank­fully it hadn’t suf­fered much of the rust that tends to plague 80s Fords, but Tommy from EZ Cus­toms was called in to per­form surgery on the few ar­eas af­flicted by the dreaded tin­worm. Over its three-year stay at High­trax, the boys trans­formed An­thony’s dream of a su­per-schmick XD into a re­al­ity. I’m pretty sure you could check rulers for straight­ness against those Mag­netic Grey pan­els! “It looks ex­actly how I wanted it to,” An­thony says. It may sur­prise you to learn that this XD’S on the gas. No, not ni­trous ox­ide – LPG! An Im­pco 425 mixer bolted to a Hol­ley four-bar­rel base plate feeds the Clevo with the cor­rect amount of flammable vapour. Sup­ply­ing the mixer is an Im­pco B2 con­verter that’s stealth­ily con­cealed un­der the back of the air cleaner, and all the plumb­ing runs through the chas­sis.

“My mate Aaron built this set-up for his XC,” says An­thony. “I told him I wanted the same thing and he said: ‘Here are the parts, go for it!’ Peo­ple can’t even tell it’s on gas – when it went for the road­wor­thy the bloke had to redo all the pa­per­work be­cause he thought it was on petrol.”

Sun­bury Cylin­der Heads bolted to­gether a bot­tom end that’s all stock 302 Clevo, along with stock 2V heads that have been re­built with LPG in mind,

IT WAS SUP­POSED TO BE A QUICK RUST RE­PAIR AND JAM JOB, BUT IT GOT OUT OF HAND AFTER WE WENT TO MO­TOREX A FEW YEARS AGO

PEO­PLE CAN’T EVEN TELL IT’S ON GAS – WHEN IT WENT FOR THE ROAD­WOR­THY THE BLOKE HAD TO REDO THE PA­PER­WORK BE­CAUSE HE THOUGHT IT WAS ON PETROL

and a gas-friendly bump­stick. The burnt stuff is car­ried away from the en­gine by Pace­maker ex­trac­tors and a twin 2.25-inch stain­less sys­tem that dumps be­hind the pas­sen­ger side of the rear bar. Be­hind the baby Clevo is a C10 with a 2700rpm con­verter, and the 3.45:1 LSD diff was pinched out of an XH XR6.

It’s hard to ig­nore that mega-shiny CVF Rac­ing bil­let ser­pen­tine sys­tem tak­ing pride of place on the front of the mo­tor. “I looked at the March kit when I bought the car and de­cided it was too pricey, but I ended up pay­ing even more for the CVF set-up,” An­thony says. Still, it does mean that after 18 years An­thony fi­nally has air con in his XD!

How­ever, there’s more to keep­ing the oc­cu­pants comfy than just ice-cold a/c. Though they look like ESP Scheels at first glance, the front seats are ac­tu­ally ED XR8 items that have been re­trimmed in ESP fab­ric by Global Trim in Wodonga, as was the XD Fair­mont rear pew. Tommy from EZ Cus­toms was given free rein when it came time to add some tunes, so he built an in­con­spic­u­ous all-alpine sound sys­tem. The boot re­mains sur­pris­ingly roomy, con­sid­er­ing there’s a gas tank and au­dio gear in there. While seats and stereo were be­ing sorted, the rest of the in­te­rior trim was taken care of by DWP Mo­tor Trim­ming.

With six months to go to Mo­torex 2018, ev­ery­one pulled out all the stops to get the XD ready for dis­play.

“All the boys put a lot of work into it to make Mo­torex,” says An­thony. “We didn’t win any awards, but it’s just a cruiser, not a full-blown SMOTY build.”

The XD isn’t go­ing to see much street time un­til after An­thony takes it to Summernats, but after that it’ll be out for reg­u­lar cruis­ing.

“I just want to jump in it with my wife and kids to go get ice creams – we won’t be eat­ing them in the car, though!”

WHEELS: An­thony bought the wheels be­fore the XD was even de­liv­ered to High­trax. “They said they’d fit straight un­der an XD, but when we test-fit­ted them a week be­fore Mo­torex the rears hit the guards,” he says. “We couldn’t lip the guards so we had 5mm ma­chined off the in­side of the wheels”

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