351 - What a magic number
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Central Queensland Coast
Re: 70's Utes
I've got my hands on an original 1980 XD 351 Cleveland V8 ute. It's taken me 14 years to find the right one.
I thought seriously about spending $60-odd grand on a Pursuit, but as tonyk said, they just don't do it for me.
Ok, that might seem a bit harsh. But having spent some time in a BA ute, there's a number of things I don't like about the new utes, particularly the big blind spot created by the 'A' pillar. Plus also the fact that I'd lose a heap of money after a few years like I did with 2 ED XR series Falcons made me decide to hunt after something a bit rare to find, and shouldn't lose too much money on.
That something was the XD. I've always loved the tough purposeful stance of the XD ute, particularly when they are lowered slightly, with a good set of mags under them.
The fact that she's an original factory 351 just seals the deal!! The best part is that nobody realises what it is until I tell them, and now they are 23 odd years old , they are only going to get rarer. I also have an XF ute (which is for sale now) and she has been a tough reliable beast. I'd much rather chuck in a couple of grand to keep them going, than lose thousands of dollars in reduced new car value. Even by the time 10 years or so pass, the new cars are ready for the tip anyway. They don't build them to last anymore! But my old XD will keep soldiering on.........
Original XD 351 Ute - I got one!!
HSV - I just don't want one....EVER!
My XF 3 on the tree ute is ALWAYS stuck in third......