My friend has finally bought a ford.
You can image my surprise when he showed up with a 1987(yes 12/87) 6 seater EA sedan. NEVER seen one.
It has a three spd column auto, cloth bench seat, is not on gas and 187000 klm on the clock.
What is it?
I thought ex taxis would have vinyl seats and floor, holes in the dash and roof, and run on LPG.
Anyone have any ideas?
Was the Ea offered as a 6 seater from the factory?
My friend and I are stumped?
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Most 6 seaters were the yellow type but I do believe I've seen a station wagon at a wrecker that resembles the description of your friends car, 6 seater with cloth seats, and wasn't a taxi (unless they resprayed it after). Not sure whether it was LPG or not though.
From memory of previous discussions, there were some EA's built in 87 but obviously weren't sold till 88 when it was officially released.
Your friend has got a Pre Production run car. Basically its one of the first made when they were ironing out potential problems on the production line and that sort of thing. His will also be classed as an early production. In EA series 1 they have what they call early and late production in series 1. They made running changes to the cars as things cropped up.
Some things I've noticed are early production have thinner diameter steering rack shafts, some slightly different wiring. The most obvious one is they have half the number of fan blades as late production. Thats if it still has the original fan clutch. There doesnt seem to be a clear date between early and late production.
The Yellow taxi law came in Victoria in around 1994. The newest ex-taxi ive seen that wasnt yellow was an EBII. I know it definately ran its days as a taxi in white as it was my mates dads taxi! It has well over 1,500,000KM on it now.
The 6 seater column shift was an option in both sedans and wagons up until AUII - you cant get BA 6 seaters, which is a downer for taxi companies who want to run a 5 seater cab.
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