A mate of mine wants to purchase an EX Taxi EL falcon.
he wants to put a new motor in (4.0) and fix the whole thing up
Can one of u guys give me a quote on a 2nd hand 4.0 motor, and ur oppion if its worth buying the EX taxi(cheap as Sh*T) or just buying a good 2nd hand one?
Only problem with doing up a Taxi is that they're farkin loose:crazy1: :dead: , plus he'll need to replace more than just the motor... it will more than likely need a new interior, complete suspension rebuild, new trans and probably a new paintjob aswell.!!
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I bought an ef ex taxi about 3 years ago. Paid $4000 for it. Then got the holes filled in the roof, then got it resprayed in white 2 pac (was yellow) $3000 paintjob, then ripped the column shift out and put in floorshift........NOT RECOMMENDED as it required fitting a whole new front floorpan....the bucket seats have different mounting points than the bench!! . Then spend $1000 on standard ef trim, seats, carpet, roof . new doorglass etc.etc. Then put in XR suspension and roh wheels. Just when i got it looking and riding nice, (no-one could tell that it was an ex taxi), a valve siezed in the head and broke a rocker.....So i pulled the head off, replace the valve and rocker, gave the motor a new head gasket and tidy up (bottom end still ok after 750,000 orig klm!!!) and it went like a rocket......until I was on the top of Mount Hotham in a freezing blizzard and the power steering idler pulley broke, the belt fell off and got wrapped around the crank sensor. CAR NO GO!!! Cost me $300 to get it towed off the mountain .
I ended up selling it for $10,000. which, after all i spent on it, probably just broke even, not including my labour!
So if your mate wants it to do up and flog off....go for it, but dont go overboard like I did.
If he wants it to drive around in, be prepared for the unexpected problems and expenses of a high klm car.
On the plus side I could get around 400 klm on $30 of GAS
Maybe he should consider putting an AU front on it!!! Haha just kidding, cause it is possible, have seen it done!! Ex cab EF in Auburn (where all ex taxis seem to end up!!!) with a full AU front on it, guards bonnets lights the whole lot!! Did not look good at all!
thanks ef, i even put the hella FF driving lights on it!
The original plan was to keep the car once it was done up, but with the g/f driving it all the time, it wasnt all that reliable , so it went. The guy who bought it hit a wombat or something big and hairy a couple of weeks after he bought it, then he had to have a new bumper, bonnet, undertray, and a respray of the front half. He even smashed my shiny new driving lights
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