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Old 03-15-2004, 20:41   #1 (permalink)
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Buying a '70s Falcon/Fairlane - advice please!

Hi Guys

New to the forums here but have been doing some browsing already... in case you hadn't figured it out already, I'm in the market for one of the above. Of course, I really want an immaculate and original XB GT but there aren't enough fun vouchers to hand for one of them, sadly. What sort of car could I reasonably expect to but for around $4,000? Oh, and it has to be a V8 too.

I'm fairly good with the spanners, and ran an $800 (bought for that with 6 months rego!!) ZK Fairlane for 12 months when I was last in Australia. Kept it going and it never let me down, so you could say I'm fond of the marque!

So knowing all that, what should I be looking out for with a purchase? What's more important - mechanicals or bodywork? I'm looking to have a daily driver that I can work on at the weekends when I'm bored and have a few dollars to spend, so you could say it'll be a rolling restoration, although that's too strong a word...

Thoughts and comments welcomed. Cheers!
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Re: Buying a '70s Falcon/Fairlane - advice please!

How about an XD? They were made in the 70s (just) :)

You should be able to pick up a nice daily driver V8 for that price. Another member Ford Grunt recently got a nice XD V8 for less than $4000.

You might be lucky to get an XB for that money, but the V8s are getting harder to find.
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Re: Buying a '70s Falcon/Fairlane - advice please!

Bought my xa fairmont gs 302 that was fully rebuilt from the ground up for $7000. For $4000 you could probably expect a reasonable car in the xa to xc range. Probably need body work and have a few leaks though. Seen a few xc gxl 351's in my local paper recently for $5000. XD's on the other hand you would get a really nice one for that sort of money(just put money away for door handles).
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If you find anything decent for $4000 you are lucky.

I've seen many decent non GT Falcons sell about $12,000 - $15,000, at that price those cars are either immaculate original condition or have a reasonable amount of work done to them, of course I would be asking for receipts and photos to show their worth.
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How about an XD? They were made in the 70s (just) :)

You should be able to pick up a nice daily driver V8 for that price. Another member Ford Grunt recently got a nice XD V8 for less than $4000.

You might be lucky to get an XB for that money, but the V8s are getting harder to find.
Hey Yellow Fire! Only half that $2,000. Mine actually turns out to be '80 model 302 v8 Fairmont Ghia XD but..close enough. My particular example has plenty of potential.

They they still have the leaf sprung rear like all the other cars of the 70's and the floor plan is even based fairly closly on the XC!

XD's can be purchased for great prices, and have stacks of street credibility.

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