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Old 08-21-2002, 03:22   #1 (permalink)
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Now that I have some time on my hands, I have started on my next project car... an EF Predator.

The EL Predator, for those not familiar with the car, was a showcar based on the base EL Falcon, modified with parts readily avaiable through the aftermarket.



The car "was constructed to showcase the potential available within Ford's 4.0 litre SOHC six cylinder range" and to "lift sales of second hand Falcons", basically aimed at blokes like myself who wanted ideas on how to make a GLi look mint.



There are a few features that were incorporated into the Predator that I will not be using on my car, the two main ones are pure LPG and the huge Supercharger. The first I just dont like, I'd rather pay for petrol, the second comes down to insurance, or rather, the lack thereof if I strapped one on.

Other smaller changes will be the wheels (I personally did not like the Predators wheels) and the position of the fog lights...

This is the start of the project, the car that will, over the next year, evolve into a green EF Predator.



The dual exhausts are the next modification to be added, modified chrome filler cap, and I am talking to window tint companies about a tint with a green tinge to it, as the Predator has a gold tinge to its window tint. The interior begins after the outside is done, starting with Recaro's and who knows where it'll end *grins*



I am currently chasing up a clear photo of the Predator logo, I had an article in an old Motor magazine of it, which was lost over the years, much to my disgust. If anyone has one, or knows of a web address that does have one, it would be much appreciated if you could post it here, or message me! The photos I have are too vague to get an accurate view of the logo, mainly of the detail on the face of the Predator. So if anyone has one, it'd be much appreciated.

Also, if anyone has any comments or suggestions, please add them, I'd love some feedback on the idea.

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Old 08-21-2002, 03:55   #2 (permalink)
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Are you in Melbourne? There is an excellent secondhand mag shop (I just blew $30 there today :'(...) which would be bound to have the Motor mag you speak of.

The project sounds great BTW! I never really learned of the Predator so this is all news to me.
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Cheers Fusion, thats one of the only sites I have found on the Predator. Even the site for the place that has the car in Melbourne doesnt even have a picture of it! Thanks for your help with the car too, appreciated.
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I've loved that car ever since i saw it at the Melbourne Motor Show a few years ago and again at the ford discovery centre. It was made near me at a panel shop near broady ford company.

That interior would be hard to match though with carbon insert everything and the white instrument cluster, even the rear parcel shelf is customised with one contineous grill covering the speakers and sub. The customised front EL grill also makes it a Predator!!!

Good luck with it!
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This link has a few good pics!
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In theory lpg has a significantly higher octane level than pulp currently has. However the motors were not designed from factory to handle it at optimum level, maybe one day they will.

The Falcon OHC six handles it much better than nearly every other car on the market. The predator was made with a significant aftermarket conponents usage mostly aftermarket efi and intake mods for the supercharger/lpg setup. If you can find Jan 1998 Motor it has a very good explination on the car and its setup.
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http://www.fortunecity.com/silversto...datorpics.html


This link has a few good pics!

my camera is pretty $hitty but at least it gets colour hehehe

good luck with the project, Zantetsuken. should look pretty cool when it's finished.

p.s. where did you get the handle Zantetsuken?
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Cheers Fusion, thats one of the only sites I have found on the Predator. Even the site for the place that has the car in Melbourne doesnt even have a picture of it! Thanks for your help with the car too, appreciated.
The place that has the car in Melbourne is actually the Ford Discovery Centre in Geelong. Our website is hosted by Ford Australia and we are unable to update it with new pictures. As we change our car displays regularly it is impossible for us to place pics of our current diplays on the website. I doubt any pic we had of the car would show you a clear image of the Predator logo anyway as it is low on the side of the car and tends not to photograph well as it blends in with the paintwork on the car.

If you would like to know more about the car you could try giving me a call at the Ford Discovery Centre my name is Felicity and I can be reached on 03 5227 8709.

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Going to raid the second hand bookshop at Newie to see if I can find that mag. As far as I can remember in the Jan 98 atricle about the Predator the dual zorsts were not possible on a std petrol car due to the placement of the fuel tank. With the LPG setup and the tank removed there was much more room for the fancy zorst setup seen in the lpg based predator. You could still have a dual setup easy but rather the twin close spaced zorst unit close up like on the EL XR8's have. As for supercharging a serious consideration for myself once I bolt in the mpefi setup later this year, your insurance company may hack it, though with computer mods accomplaning it may vary. Avoid the NRMA , my mates heavily modified Yamaha R1 is with Swan and they allow just about every car/bike mod (as long as its engineer certified and road legal in your state and non-nitrous) at affordable rates. Im changing over to them next year. As for comprehensive insurance, forget it.
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