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1971 Ford Panel Van

Fun & Practical Aussie Classic

$95,990 Or Near Offer

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GENUINE V8 XY Ford Panel Van 

 

The Owner’s Story-

1971 FORD XY FALCON PANEL VAN RESTO

I don’t have to spend or do anything to it… I have bought it to drive and enjoy” said owner, to his wife.

They’re famous last words, as you can probably guess what’s happened since then…

I bought the car from my brother-in-law in 2003; it had been used, it wasn’t precious. But it wasn’t a rust bucket. It’d been bogged up before, but it was still a driving car and in pretty good nick.

I drove it around like that for probably around seven years, before I started replacing bits and pieces.

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It’s taken 15 years getting the van to where it is today

I started off with the interior doing the little stuff first here and there, then in 2005 I pulled the engine out in the shed. As the car stands now, it’s got fairly standard running gear – 302 Windsor, C4 auto and a BorgWarner diff. It had a 9-inch in it when I bought it, but I pulled that out. Now it’s got a standard XY diff, but I found a guy who puts VL centres in ’em. It’s also running an MSD electronic fuel injection system.

The first big teardown happened in 2007, I pulled the engine and resprayed the engine bay.

A few years later, in 2010 – the car was torn down again, right back to bare metal.

Doors, windows, lights, indicators, bumper all came off.

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Always been a Ford man, but was never a van man. This sweet ride might’ve changed that…

It was about seven months all up before I got it back.

The car was resprayed in its current Teal Glow Blue, the motor was still in it though and the engine bay was white.

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The restoration journey began innocuously enough by cleaning up the interior

Then I looked at it and thought ‘gee this is shocking’. So I pulled the engine back out in 2011, and built a roller block 302 for it, as the last 302 kept having problems with a rear main leak.

The roller block has the one-piece rear main seal which fixed up all the oil leaks.

As we did a mild cam, the MSD EFI, it’s a lot more drivable. I don’t know if it gets any better fuel consumption, but it just runs better and feels smoother!

It definitely gets driven though, that’s what they’re there for!

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My two girls have grown up in the back, and now one of them’s got an L-plate on the back now. It’s come full circle. She even asked me if she can take it to the drive-in movies with her friends next year, I’m thinking ‘geez I dunno if I’m ready for that’.

There’s one day I won’t be able to drive this thing, and once that day comes I can’t turn the clock back. I just keep it clean, wash it, and keep driving!

THE RESTO:

Early days

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XY was in pretty good nick. But not good enough

After hours

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It took around three months of weekend and evening work to strip back the car.

Minor surgery

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All of the rust was cut out and replaced with new metal prior to paint.

Sitting pretty

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He went through a few 302s before he found the setup he was happy with.

Choices, choices

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The owner tells of his wife joking that if the car came back white, she’d “have his balls in a sling”.

Teal Glow

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After much debate, Teal Glow – an original XY colour – was chosen.

 

Copied from “Unique Cars magazine” 

 

Originally Built as:

Year 1971
Month Built – May 71
Model – JG42 -Falcon VAN
Engine – Y – 302 V8
Trans – R – 3 Speed Column Auto
Paint – U – Ultra White
Trim – S -Light Saddle

 

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Key Specifications
Location:Melbourne
Year:1971
Make:Ford
Model:XY Falcon
Body Style:Panelvan
Transmission:3 Speed Automatic
Price:$95,990 Or Near Offer
Drivetrain:RWD
Engine:302 (4.9 litre)
Exterior Color:Teal Glow
Interior Color:Light Saddle
Odometer:56089 Miles
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