I have been doing some thinking, and am tempted to get my hands on a wrecked EF from the auctions later in the year or early in the new year, and I'm wondering if any other Melbourne members are interested in being involved? The reason behind this is that I only want a small handful of parts, but I don't particularly wish to go through wreckers, and I suspect the cost of buying through Ford would be even higher.
Currently, the plan is to buy a low km EF GLi with rear or side crash damage. Even after I've taken what I want, there should be an EF immaculate dash, interior, engine, 4 speed transmission, 3.08 28 spline diff, etc, which will be available for whoever wants it.
My goal with this exercise is to upgrade a number of minor components in my EA. These include front fans, a possible serpantine belt conversion, alternator, air box (but not the dual-length manifold), radiator, wipers, camshaft (whoever buys the engine will need to track down an alternative unless they are happy with an EA cam ), things like oil/water/fuel pumps, starter motor, seat belts, etc. I'll even take the roof if I can. The bottom line is that When it's all added up, a whole car would be desirable, even though I don't need the major items.
I am aware that EFFalcon is looking into a similar idea so we could work something out between us. Either way, the idea of a 'club wreck' has been on the cards for some time, and soon I'll be ready to go through with it. I suppose we would each pay a percentage of the EF's total cost, which would depend on what parts we are wanting.
As for the price, I haven't begun to look yet - but I do know that some forum members bought an AU XR6 VCT with a good engine for $2000 from the auctions - and that was early last year when the AU was a current shape car.
So, who would possibly be interested? :s5
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S
EFFalcon and I went to the Pickles auction in Tullamarine to try and get our hands on an EF Ghia. The problem was, almost every newer model car was being competitively bid for, unlike some Telstars and Magnas that sold for $50.
The EF we were interested in had relatively few salvageable parts as it had been sitting submerged in muddy water for a fair while (we were interested in the interior and rear brakes).
They tried to start the bidding at $500, but dropped the starting bid to $100 and someone jumped. Within about 20 seconds the winning bid was announced at $600!
We then went down to Fowles to have a poke around and found that they had some good stuff ie EF XR6, EF Fairmonts... but the auction was next day so we didn't stick around for it.
A good option for buying damaged cars, if you want to try a group effort, would be Broadford Car Sales. The owner travels to Sydney and does the auctions up there so most of the cars are actually in better condition because of their roadworthy laws up there. He charges pretty reasonable prices, and will hunt down a particular vehicle if you require it.
Some of these cars are on the website:
I'm still interested if other people are willing!
Nothing but Tickford NL Fairlane
cars are a lethal weapon,your not invinsible when you get into one,and no matter how much skill you think you have,you are never in control you are always on the edge of death it may not happen today but if you keep driving like you do,you too will end up dead!
I'd definitly be interested. I wouldnt mind getting the interior, and all the looms out of one. If it were a GLi Id take it but if it was a Fairmont or something Id let John have dibs on it. Depending on the price and condition of the engine and trans Id lookat that also. If I got the engine I'd want the ancillaries to be attatched though so it may not suit you.
ok guys, i'm planning on buying an EF/EL Fairmont Ghia within the next 2 months (if all goes well)
most pieces i'm after are interior related.
i'm after leather seats, power window regs, maybe door trims, centre console, maybe some lights and stuff.
I've been to the Pickles auctions for the past few weeks getting some prices, today i wish i had $4000, i NICE EF II Fairmont Ghia went for $4000, had a high hit to the left front, engine was fine, as was everything bar the 1/4 panel and bonnet. it had full tickford body kit. tickford alloys, the lot.
the GLi's seem to go for approx $1000-2000 depending on damage, aint seen one for for over that yer.
An EL Fairmont With nice 17" mags went for $2300 (stat write off) last week, which i took note of.
I'm going to be looking for an EF/EL Fairmont Ghia, and i beleive a stat write off should be able to be had for AROUND $2000, which i'm fine with.
Bass Crazy has shown interest in an Engine and trans if i were to get one, but how interested he is, i'm unsure.
Maybe we'll need to get 2 cars :D
keep me informed, coz i'm deffinately getting a car from auctions.
1995 EF II Falcon GLi: Heritage Green, 4spd Auto, AUII 17" Rims, Custom BA Front Bar, Lowered, Gas Research LPG, Clear Indicators, JVC MP3 Headunit, Phoenix Gold 6.5" Splits, Coustic 481QE Amp, Clarion 12" sub, Leather Seats, Power Window Conversion, 3.45 LSD, Pacemaker Comp Extractors, 2.5" Exhaust, Mandrel Bent Intake, High Flow Filter, Wade 1004 110 cam.
In Progress: BA XR Side Skirts, BA XR Rear bar, BA Shifter Handle.
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