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The new XR8 engine offers much more than a simple 10 per cent power increase.


Each V8 engine is hand-modified by a Tickford engine builder before it is installed in a customer’s vehicle.

Tickford Managing Director, David Flint, explains.

“This exercise is not just about horsepower. It’s about craftsmanship and attention to detail. Each engine will be signed by the person who modified it,” he said.

“To pay for an upgrade like this in the aftermarket would cost thousands of dollars,” he said.


Once the V8 is delivered from the Ford plant, it is stripped down to a short block (block, pistons, rods and crankshaft).

The engine is then fitted with a Tickford-designed camshaft that features more aggressive timing.

Once the new camshaft is in place, the engine builder refits the sump, timing chain and cover and water pump.

The next step is to fit new cylinder heads with improved breathing and performance.

The heads incorporate new, larger stainless steel valves and springs, while the ports are opened up to accommodate the new larger valves.


The combustion chamber is also modified to improve the airflow around the valves, while the heads are shaved to get the compression ratio down to 9.4:1.

Once the new heads are fitted, the engine builder re-assembles the lifters and pushrods and fits new, low-friction roller rockers.

The roller rockers allow the engine to rev higher and deliver more consistent valve operation.

The lower intake manifold is modified to match the resized cylinder head ports. The injectors and wiring are then re-attached to the lower intake manifold.

The upper intake manifold is also opened up to enable the installation of a unique Tickford designed 70mm throttle-body.

A recalibrated fuel regulator, which increases fuel pressure, is fitted before the rocker covers are re-assembled and the modifications are complete.


The engine builder signs off on the job by engraving his signature on a special plaque on the engine.

Finally, each engine is hot tested before being shipped back to Broadmeadows for installation.

The vehicle returns to Tickford for the finishing touch: a unique low back pressure, high flow exhaust manifold and system that optimises the performance of the XR8 powerplant.
 

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mmm....sounds awefully familiar to the artilcles written when the T-SERIES was released. Where is this from Ian?
 

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But if they start to sell alot of XR8's then they won't be able to build enough engines for demand.
Are they gonna use little children as slave labour and pay them 10c an hour to keep up;)
 

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But if they start to sell alot of XR8's then they won't be able to build enough engines for demand.
Of course they can keep up. The guys at Tickford have the skills to do anything well. Never know.. there may be a few job vacancies at Tickford for engine builders shortly!!.. If only I knew how to build an engine!!.. :(
 

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A longer version of that article appeared in todays Daily Telegraph. There was also a mention that June was a good month for ford. I'll try to scan it over the weekend.

I also noticed there was a full page ad, on the Falcon Futura Classic. They have given it the Fairmont rims, leather steering wheel, velour seats.
 

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mmm....sounds awefully familiar to the artilcles written when the T-SERIES was released. Where is this from Ian?
As XC said it is a short version available over the net on autoweb
 

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As the motors are individualy signed, if someting goes wrong, I wonder if you can contact that person and 'consult' with them about the problems, give them some feedback.........also perhaps if you are real happy........I just remember a mate of mine who bought an ex company AU2 XR8, and had nothing but hell with the rockers etc, needed the lot replaced.........

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Loving the idea, good stuff FMC:thumbup:
 

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I had another look at the DT article and its vitually word for word, so I won't bother posting it. Here is the other article as promised:

Daily telegraph (p35, 06-07-2001)

FORD LIFTS SHARE

Ford Australia boss Geoff Polites can finally see a light at the end of thetunnel -- and this time he's confident it's not just a train coming towardshim. "June was a really good month for us," Polites says.

"We have done about 10,800 cars, which should give us something very close to a 15 per cent share of the market.

"That is our best market share month for the year."

Underlining Polites' confidence is the continued sales success of the Falcon Ute, which recorded its best-ever month in June and the revitalised interest in the Laser, which also enjoyed its best sales figures of the year.

"If we could make more utes the figures would be even better," Polites says. "After having been told we wouldn't sell a car after Holden launched theirsVX Ute, we have had two record months since then."

Equally pleasing for the Ford boss was the 5300 Falcons moved in June. Thisfollows on sales of 4055 in May, 3334 in April and 4377 in March.

"While it is nowhere near where we want to be, it is a significant improvement on where we have been," Polites says.

"It's just one small step on a long road and we certainly can't afford to becomplacent about it."

Polites says while a 15 per cent share was promising it was not where the company wanted to be.

During Ford's dominant days of the early '90s market shares above 20 per cent were common.

Another highlight of the month for Ford was the Australian Society of Automotive Engineers' Gold Award for the Falcon AUII safety-systems upgrade.

"We are really proud of what we do and to have the SAE come along and recognise the work is pretty special to everyone at Ford," Polites says.
 

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Over 10,000 cars sold last month, not bad, I know June is traditionally you end of financial year run out but still its a hell of alot better than May.
 

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But if they start to sell alot of XR8's then they won't be able to build enough engines for demand.
Are they gonna use little children as slave labour and pay them 10c an hour to keep up;)
Tickford had already dramatically extended the engine building rooms in time for XR220 release. They are meeting the extra demand over expectations by overtime. My engine was built by one of the original guys (can't remember the name now though....)
 

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Aussie Pete said:

Tickford had already dramatically extended the engine building rooms in time for XR220 release. They are meeting the extra demand over expectations by overtime. My engine was built by one of the original guys (can't remember the name now though....)
Guess you don't have to remember his name. All you have to do is lift the bonnet!

Great news about the sales increase. Thanks for the article XC
 
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