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Bring Back Jeff Kennet
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I found the post about the EA's very interesting. Just about every EA (or XF for that matter) I have heard sounds like an over worked farm tractor. I'm looking for my first car and I want something newish but I have been lead to believe is that the EA's are riddled with problems (what they are exactly im not sure). Right now I'm probably gonna get a 1979-80 RS2000, but if the EA's are as good as you guys say then I'll reconsider. Also, were the EA SVO's factory kitted? And is it easy to get all the extra's to make a fake SVO? I know the mags cost about $1500!
 

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I dont think EAs were much chop early on, but nowadays they arnt any worse than any other car of similar age IMO, and an RS2000 will give you more problems plus it would be harder/more expensive to fix. As there are plenty of EAs around parts are easily to source new and used.

But the only one id get would be a 5 speed MPI S-pac with low kms(150,000kms or so) and in great condition. If your lucky you may be able to find a 5 Speed Fairmont Ghia.
The 3 speeds are slow, but reliable, the 4 speeds are faster but much less reliable.

A 5 speed EB II 4.0L would be better though...

And personally I think the Brock bodykits look best on EA-ED Falcons :p
 

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You can get rid of that typical whirring noise on the EA's and back by taking off the fan and fitting a Thermo fan.
 

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FoMoCo4eva,

Don't forget that every trick in the book about the EA's have been discovered. So i doubt there will be teething problems with them. Usually parts are upgraded to the next model if they have been upgraded. If your strapped for budget get an EA Series II S in a five speed they go pretty hard. Where talkin it can keep up with a VL Turbo Commo no worries.

Oh yeah if your after more power these engines can be worked to 200kw with a few bolt on stuff.

But if you got the spare dosh go the EB2's very nice cars and sorted on the refinment part.
 

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Escort good...

Mate, if you get a tidy escort, you won't have any probs.
And parts are easy sourced from Ford, or Repco. Or a club if all else fails :)

Plus, they're a hella lot more fun than an EA ;)
 

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Our EA 30th Anniversary 4 speed auro MPFI has almost ticked over 300000km. Only one gearbox and a set of shocks (other than standard maintenance). Good car!
 

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i'd leave the escort alone... ive had a few and theyre more trouble than there worth.. they rust bad (especially in the heater bowl) and the frontends are very weak... if it hasnt got a 4.11 diff forget about dragging ... and if it has forget about highway driving because they rev to hard. as for the rs2000, unless its a german rs2000 forget it.. the aus ones were just a ghia with the rs2000 front and a pair of scheal seats.. basically. as for parts mk2 ones are common... rs2000 ones arent plus their expensive.
I now have an ebII wagon and its a damn site better than a mk2 escort.
 

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hey dont knock the escort buddy. nah seriously though, I know where your coming from. Alot of people have said similar things but, I guess since im still on my learners I can't thrash the b!tc|-|.
Stupid Victoria and thier 18 year old liscence rule:(
 

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Bring Back Jeff Kennet
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yeah thatnks, ill think i will get an EA now. I'd love to shove it up all my mates that have VL's
 
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Yeah EA's are a good choice for a V8 conversion if you have the money and the will to do it. :cool:


Aussie Pete said:
Our EA 30th Anniversary 4 speed auro MPFI has almost ticked over 300000km. Only one gearbox and a set of shocks (other than standard maintenance). Good car!
You are just one very lucky bastard!! :D
 
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