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I bought a ZL fairlane "factory turbo" with a build date of 10/1984. I was told it was a factory job, a proto-type only released to Ford executives and that there was only about 17 of them.

Now i don't know if that is BS or not and i'm not certain if its a ford thing or a VERY NEAT after maket job. But the early build date of the car would support the argument that it was a prototype and the general quality of the components is top notch (nothing looks bodgy).

As they say a picture is worth a thousand words but i haven't been able to borrow the digital camera as yet. To try and describe it I can tell you that its a normal looking EFI motor, not intercooled and the throttle body with 2 extra injectors are mounted to the inlet of the turbo with the air-flow meter sitting on the passengers side of the engine bay with a large cross-over pipe to the turbo inlet.

Basics of the "kit": upgraded BOSCH 086 injectors, 2x extra injectors and micro-fueller, decompressed by a sandwich plate, Garret TO4 with 1.06 AR housing, suspected to be 0.5 comp cover (can't quite see). Fully cast exhuast manifold (long runners) with integral wastegate (ie: the wastegate is in the manifold not the turbo). Cast dump-pipe (kinda flat/oval shaped) with V-band fittings. Special sump. Custom oil cooler sitting in front of the passengers side front wheel. A few other goodies like heat shielding and it has two aluminium bonnet vents.

I'd be glad to hear from anyone who knows anything about this car/set up. Any history or info would be greatly appreciated. ESPECIALLY THE POWER FIGURES!!!
 

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I know of a really neat ZL turbo up here matching that description. It looked factory, but I just assumed it was a very, very tidy aftermarket job. Never drove it, but the car absolutely hammered. It was driven by a guy who used to work in my building.
 

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From your system description it sounds 99% like the AIT setup (Advanced Induction Technologies). Do a search for these kits and see if it looks the same. I'd almost put money on it.

The AIT kits were available in a few different power levels as well.
 

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Ok here are the pics!

Decide for yourself but it doesn't look at all like the one Kieron posted.
There's no separate compliance plate just for the turbo but maybe somebody who knows their codes can decipher this build plate.
 

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Looks exactly the same as the ZL turbo I've seen, apart from those bonnet vents... nice neat setup
 

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wow thats cool...it must be rare as Ive cerrtainly never heard of any such concpet...nice pick up. Now all you need to do is pretty it up :)

How does it go?
 

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The only other semi factory turbo job I have heard of is Dick Johnsons. From memory DJ submitted the setup to Ford but it didn't go anywhere but he did sell a few aftermarket, he had a yellow XE as a test mule and the cars he sold where true blue XE's with DJ's signature in gold on the side.

From the pics, it doesn't look like factory, to me the wiring gives it away, spade/bullet connectors and tapped into the factory wiring looms + use of one colour for the wiring.

I'd say decent aftermarket using EFI motor (standard in the 'Lane) for inlet plenum/runners, custom adaptor from plenum - turbo and possibly the factory EFI TB relocated in front of the blower.

I'd send the pics to DJR to see if they recognise it Aaron.
 

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Kieron said:
The only other semi factory turbo job I have heard of is Dick Johnsons. From memory DJ submitted the setup to Ford but it didn't go anywhere but he did sell a few aftermarket, he had a yellow XE as a test mule and the cars he sold where true blue XE's with DJ's signature in gold on the side.

From the pics, it doesn't look like factory, to me the wiring gives it away, spade/bullet connectors and tapped into the factory wiring looms + use of one colour for the wiring.

I'd say decent aftermarket using EFI motor (standard in the 'Lane) for inlet plenum/runners, custom adaptor from plenum - turbo and possibly the factory EFI TB relocated in front of the blower.

I'd send the pics to DJR to see if they recognise it Aaron.
I have seen prototype ford cars and I agree it looks aftermarket the connectors into the injectors wouldnt have been done like that by ford even on a prototype they would have cut up an injector loom and used the connectors/wires from that.
 

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i agree with ap here, ait, got cars delivered to them direct, then ait would fit the turbo system, fully adr and emmisions complied, they were like a a tickford but back in the 80's when the world was ga ga crazy, over turbo's

they also carried over into the ea falcons..

dick johnson also came up with turbo xd/xe/xf's but their fate was sealed by the fact that ford aust. didnt want to support it due to hot weather testing failures.... this was also the case for the ea turbo developed by ait and svo along with help from avo turbo world.

the ea turbo was to come out with the ea's as a sports model, but again failed in hot weather testing. this explains why the falcon ohc engine just loves boost (even in a standard engine).

kieron- that xf pictured was a protoype done by a group in melbourne, it was 4wd, and twin turbo'd.

they made 2 demo's.. dont cant remember where one was taken to, but the other one was written off by a jurno, in england on a wet, gravel road.

cheers.joe.
 

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4wd XF - what running gear did they use at the time, custom made, or slightly modified off the shelf stuff, sounds very very interesting any one get better details at all.

Jason
 

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The AWD system was developed by ferguson formula developments using a ZF 5 speed with a massive transfer case to run the front wheels. It is a very complicated piece of machinery and still by todays standards is up there with technology.
 

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i got an article at home of it, i'll scan it for all to see.

cheers.joe.
 

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Yeah, the XF setup shown is the AIT twin turbo setup. The fairlane setup on here looks pretty similar to the normal AIT single turbo conversion I remember although I can't be sure.
 

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google search reveals Sweet Fuchia All about the Dick Johnson XE turbo. Somebody out there must have some info on them surely. ...or even know of one in a club or something???

It's been suggested that i refer this to Aussie Muscle Car Magazine. Seems to have generated a bit of interest!
 

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Its An Ait Kit!!!

Ok everyone, on my last day of ownership, before it was delivered as nothing more than a shell with the driveline, the extra light shining into the engine bay allowed me to see three little letters which revealed the identity of this beast:

AIT

When i looked VERY closely at the turbine housing, which i thought said "A/R 1.06" actually said "AIT 1.06"

So there you all have it. It was an AIT kit. You can sleep better now ;)

The engine is being rebuilt (hoefully with EF crank, better rods and ARP bolts). My mate plans to boost her a little more with intercooling. (necessitates relocating the 2 injectors).
 

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AP bows to the stunned crowd.... Right again! he he
 
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