I know it's probably a repeated topic, however I can't get the Search Engine to help me search the forums; no matter what I type in, it returns "Sorry, I can't find what you're looking for."
I've currently got an XG panel van on gas, but it's real tired and run down. My wife wants a new Lancer, so by default I've got the financial go-ahead to invest some more money into a daily driver.
After careful consideration, I've decided the XG was not the right way to go because what I really want is a v8 panel van. Don't get me wrong; the XG is OK, but I also own a 351 XB coupe, and compared to that, it's the overtaking power the XG lacks, especially pulling a load.
XF panel vans are easy to find so I'm considering the option of setting one of them up with a v8 - perhaps using an old XD v8 as a donor car for the wiring loom, etc.
The questions I have are quite simple, but worth finding out before spending coin.
I understand there's only about 1/2 an inch clearance on the firewall of an XF with a v8 in it, but that's fixable by cutting out that section of firewall and replacing it with a flat sheet (I'd prefer not to simply bash the firewall with a hammer). I know I also need to put in a different heater core and I'd like to run Air Conditioning as well.
I welcome any comments and sugestions you guys have, or an experiecnes you may have had doing this in the past. Also can you suggest any good Engineers in the Moorabbin (VIC) area who I could talk to? (I assume as this is not a standard engine option I'll need to get a cert for brakes and suspension upgrades, which I intend to do anyhow to lower the stance and RRS brakes for stopping with a load).
Any info would be greatly appreciated.