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Old 09-10-2004, 09:49   #1 (permalink)
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Hi wise and wonderful forum dwellers. I cast myself before you to seek your wisdom. I have seen the light and want to buy a real car. I am getting out of my quickly depreciating late model career woman car (not good for a mid 20's guy) and want to launch myself behind the wheel of "REAL" car. I have been doing the many hours required on the internet to become wiser.

My research has led me to a 1969 FORD FALCON XT GT replica. From the one pic I've seen it looks a nice car. The ad says the following:

GT Replica 302 Windsor 4 speed single rail 2.92 diff Daisy mags Big tyres
Polar White paint with red stripe .New 11 inch clutch,reco gear box,good tyres. Safety cert was very thorough.Lowered suspension,sports steering wheel, All GT badges. Cruises economically due to high ratio diff . A very desirable 35 year old. Advertised for $6500 but could get it cheaper I hope.



I would love to know your thoughts for a complete beginner. Suggestions for other cars around similar price range. What kind of traps are out there for cars of this vintage?


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Old 09-10-2004, 10:22   #2 (permalink)
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sounds OK, as long as no rust and trim is good, engine is cheaper to rebuild than rust and trim. the diff will be fine with a 4 speed. go for it. and u r 100% right about driving a depreciating car, it makes u depressed . all of my cars have depreciated and on their way back up , some even past new car prices, my cooper s 69 model is valued at 20k.
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I wish my cousin had read your post, and had been half as smart as you.. he just bought a brand new Holden Cruze!

Anyway, go for it, the XT is an awesome car, and being a a GT replica it will still have most (if not all) of the GT gear from that era. And you dont have to worry about upsetting purists by modifying it if you want to (air con, pwr steering, cd player etc).

Id buy it for sure, if i had the money. Mind you, you can buy a real XT GT for around the 15 - 25K mark nowdays.

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Sounds sweet. As said before rust is your biggest enemy, go have a good look at the car. If you know anyone who knows a bit about cars take them along.
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Well join the club as I just Bought one and it is a great machine indeed, the 302 windsor is a very grunty donk and with a very sweet sound indeed.
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It look's very neat from that pic but like all vehicle's it pay's to go right over it, just because you may be sick of the late model vehicle's doesn't mean the early one's are any better when it come's to relabilty etc,yes the are classic and beuatifull machine's but some have had a hard life, so if all look's good with this one, that price seem's pretty good for a neat XT V8.
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..........so did you buy it? If you dont I will! Have one sitting at home which I will get too one day. Only a six but they drive well and are reliable and easy fixed. Heaps of parts around. I like em more than the XY, mainly becasue they arent as common. Always some part for em on EBAY but sometimes bit pricey. (always know what bits are worth b4 bidding.)

Nothing worse than 12 months down the track saying....'I should have bought that white XT......damn!'
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buy it
yeah ummm what he said *points*
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..........so did you buy it? If you dont I will! Have one sitting at home which I will get too one day. Only a six but they drive well and are reliable and easy fixed. Heaps of parts around. I like em more than the XY, mainly becasue they arent as common. Always some part for em on EBAY but sometimes bit pricey. (always know what bits are worth b4 bidding.)

Nothing worse than 12 months down the track saying....'I should have bought that white XT......damn!'
Heap's of part's around, your joking arn't you, part's for these vehicle's in good nick are becoming scarce every day.
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