Re: Genuine Ford Spare Parts
I worked at a Ford dealer until 2000, so this information was current then....
Different parts stay current for different times.
Some geniune parts for XY Falcons are still available through Ford Dealers, such as certain front suspension parts. At the other end of the spectrum, parts like seat trim is made obsolete within a year or so.
XD's arn't too bad because of the XH etc, can still buy door skins, doors and certain panels and a lot of engine/cooling parts. XE hoods were even still available in 2000!
As for your Ford dealer not being able to track parts down, all the dealers are linked to the Ford computer system - any dealer can check stock of any part at any dealer in Australia, and the Ford warehouse, at any time. But of course dealers sell parts to each other at dealer price (just above cost) so if a dealer has an enquiry from another dealer on an old part they know someone will pay top dollar for, they might just say "sorry its not on the shelf - stock must be out"
Then you get stuff just appearing, like when the dealer I worked at were cleaning out their old storage shed to make way for a new workshop, (this was around 1999) they found a whole pallet load of genuine XA Falcon grille assemblys. I found about 10 XD grilles one day. With management like we had then parts like these quickly and mysteriously dissapear. Another thing I found once during stocktake was a genuine EB GT bonnet scoop - the big centre one. It wasn't even showing on the system - could have just taken it, no one would have known!