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Old 03-18-2004, 22:34   #1 (permalink)
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custom resto XA

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i'm in the process of doing up a XA that i bought recently. it's a rolling shell at the moment with factory 9" and 4 wheel discs. it still has v8 engine mounts in it but i do not wish to put a v8 in it. i wish to build this car as my daily driver as i already have a gt for sundays. i want a manual with air conditioning, fuel economy and reliability is important also. should i buy a xf spack (efi six cyl. ..air con and 5/4 speed manual) and swap over all running gear? what complications will arise? or am i better off buying an EA with manual transmission for the swap over? are the XF's with carbies any good? how do they compare to the efi model? Do u recommend any other engines/cars as a donor for my new project? any help in this will be greatly appreciated and i look forward to learning
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Old 03-18-2004, 23:00   #2 (permalink)
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I reckon an xr6 motor would be awsome, you would have power, realiablity, and good fuel econmy
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Old 03-19-2004, 02:08   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with cogo_81 : XR6 motor!
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Old 03-19-2004, 05:11   #4 (permalink)
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i know its the 'old car factor' but if your so worried about fuel economy why did you buy it?? if you got a car like that and your not gonna put an 8 into it you may as well by a 4 cylinder....later model ones would give you a surprise at the power they have and the fuel economy is unbeivable.
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Old 03-19-2004, 16:14   #5 (permalink)
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Best to buy another car and keep the XA as a Sunday car if you can't afford to drive it. It'd be a shame to destroy a muscle car with a lousy 6 cyl.

If you want your EFI? Put a late model V8 in. Fuel economy/power and everything in one foul swoop. The V8 cleveland mounts and V8 windsor mounts are identical. Get an engine that has at least 220kw @ the fly and your laughing. Stick a 3.00 diff in (although the 9" is prob already 3.00). Stock V8 diff's in late model cars are usuallly 3.08. Not all but most.

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i own (paying off) a xa gt coupe. worked 351 etc. .. that's my beast but it's not something i can drive everyday. i love the coupes and will drive nothing else. i want a car that'll get me around...a neat street car with creature comforts. performance is not what i'm after with this project. comfort and sensibility is more the go. and i'm on a tight budget hence suggesting xf's and ea's. the car is already factory fitted with power windows, sunroof. i want a air con. a smooth hassle-free/less ride that starts str8 away and doesn't overheat. any advice?
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Put a v8 in it a run it on lpg. If done properly it'll be very fuel efficient and haul arse as well. Plus it'll have that v8 note which you can't beat!
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i own (paying off) a xa gt coupe. worked 351 etc. .. that's my beast but it's not something i can drive everyday. i love the coupes and will drive nothing else. i want a car that'll get me around...a neat street car with creature comforts. performance is not what i'm after with this project. comfort and sensibility is more the go. and i'm on a tight budget hence suggesting xf's and ea's. the car is already factory fitted with power windows, sunroof. i want a air con. a smooth hassle-free/less ride that starts str8 away and doesn't overheat. any advice?
Any 220kw late model windsor engine will;

a) have a better power to weight ratio hence be more fuel efficient than the 6cyl by miles.
b) last longer due to not having to push it, to get it moving

Cost of the conversion is about the same unless you stuck with an XF EFI engine but then the computer etc put the $ way up there. Is it worth it for a 6cyl when the $ for install wiring wise is the same for a V8?

XF 6cyl = bolt straight in
220kw late model windsor or even a 185kw = straight bolt in using XG Falcon mounts. It's not hard

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Old 03-25-2004, 06:56   #9 (permalink)
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how does this sound guys?...
an AU SERIES2 4litre and five speed.. with all wiring, pedal assembly etc..

how would that fit in my xa? what engine mounts will i need. i have the standard v8 mounts in atm. what other mods will i have to do? keeping in mind i wish to utilise the air con from the au. what about the radiator. what's best in that department? i've always had over-heating problems with all my cars, i would like this one to be different.
any help in this matter will be much appreciated!
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Old 03-28-2004, 16:32   #10 (permalink)
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4.0litre sounds preety good, although it will look ridiculous when you pop the bonnet. :| whatever tickle ya fancey I guess.. lol
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