|Jan 6, 2001|
|Rear blower cover finished.|
|Jan 9, 2001|
|Idler pulley and custom belt fitted. Blower is basically done !!|
|Jan 16, 2001|
|Fabricating another rear blower cover from softer aluminum. Also doing some top secret work for the supercharger.|
|Jan 28, 2001|
|Picked up some spare engine parts from a local private sale….nice and |
|Feb 6, 2001|
|Rick H just located and bought some more trim parts for me.|
|Feb 9, 2001|
|Falcon arrived earlier this week but I was only able to get the customs|
paperwork completed today. Will be picking up the car in a few days.
|Feb 14, 2001|
|Car has cleared all customs inspections with flying colors. Finished the|
remainder of paper work…and of course, pay the duties.
|Feb 15, 2001|
|WOOHOO!! The XB is finally home. I’ve never seen the car in person before and this was a real treat. It’s pretty much what I expected as it needs to be stripped down and cleaned up but I can’t complain for a $1100 US investment. My friend Ian Hill lining up the XB for it’s trailer ride home. |
Once the roads have dried up a bit I’ll be going for a small criuse around
|Feb 16, 2001|
|Going over complete car to see what other parts I need and pointing out |
any rust spots that need repair.
|Feb 17, 2001|
|Need to replace 4 core plugs (frost plugs).|
|Feb 20, 2001|
|Cores plugs all done. Took car for a drive around the block…What a|
RUSH!!! I needed a ‘fix’ so I set the blower up to show some friends. Also stripped out the ‘birds nest’ of wiring around the ignition that was part
of the alarm.
|Feb 27, 2001|
|Removed fuel tank to get cleaned out and coated. Remove rear bumper. Test fit my 15×10 rims….perfect offset. Rear disc calipers found to be all new as are the rotors,lines, e-brake cables. Underside in perfect|
condition. Removed grille,front bumper, stone tray and headlamp
|Mar 5, 2001|
|Falcon is now certified and legally on the road. Working on getting black|
interior and rear flares.
|Mar 6, 2001|
|Received GT honeycomb panel. GT quarter glass and door trim, new top |
loader shift knob. Thanks to Rick H for the trade.
|Mar 7, 2001|
|Sold the 12 slots. Removed back seat and all trim panels. Position |
headlamps in proper spot and had to straighten out the brackets. Located front rims…… I just need to convince the guy that he doesn’t want them
|Mar 8, 2001|
|Gas tank is all fixed up and looking good, just need to give it a thorough |
cleaning and then paint it.
|Mar 15, 2001|
|Wire wheeled entire gas tank and then painted. Located and bought 4 |
front rims (different guy from above) These rims are also a perfect offset.
|Mar 19, 2001|
|All 4 rims sent in for shot blasting and powder coating. Received NOS tail light lenses and used headers (extractors).|
|Mar 20, 2001|
|Picked up four matching rims/tires to use for moving the car around and also found another 8 spoke rim (6″ wide though) to use as spare. Having some more parts shipped over via Sam.|
|Mar 24. 2001|
|Restoring tail lamp housings and side marker lamps.|
|Mar 26, 2001|
|Working out the measurments for cutting the hole in the hood.|
|Mar 28, 2001|
|All 4 rims back from being blasted/coated.|
|April 3, 2001|
|Rear wiring harness cleaned up (had provisions for trailer) as it was a |
mess. Clean/fix fuel tank sending unit and recalibrate. Trunk needed a
serious cleaning with varsol to get rid of 27 years worth of dirt/grease.
|April 8, 2001|
|Removed 2V carb and intake manifold to make way for Holley 750cfm.|
|April 10, 2001|
|Glassbead 4V Edelbrock intake and paint it black.|
|April 12. 2001|
|Rebuild Holley 750 (Thanks Frank) and gather parts needed for swap.|
|April 19, 2001|
|Picked up 5hp compressor and hooked it all up…not much done on car today.|
|April 20, 2001|
|Received MFP radio from Slippery Sam today…what an excellent piece!!|
|April 25, 2001|
|Picked up another pair of rear rims.|
|May 3, 2001|
|Received roof spoiler from Gordon Hayes.|
|May 5, 2001|
|Finally fired up the car with the new carb/intake. Working on getting new electronic ignition set up.|
|May 7, 2001|
|Removing items from inner fenders/firewall and prep for sandblasting. |
Also picked up metal tubing for nose piece braces and blower braces.
|May 16, 2001|
|Ordered more parts from Sam.|
|May 21, 2001|
|Frank came by and fine tuned the new carb…..what a MONSTER now!!!|
|May 22, 2001|
|Stripped paint from GT side flutes, start fabricating blower frame, measure and mark hood for hole to be cut.|
|May 26, 2001|
|Got more pulleys/brackets from wreckers, cut hole in hood..perfect fit !!|
|June 12, 2001|
|Not much to report really.. ordered some more parts from Sam, sprayed|
black guide coat on front end and annoying the nieghbours with the
|July 4, 2001|
|Waiting for more parts to complete the front end. Took the car for a |
longer than normal drive the other day…woohoo !! Put finishing touches on blower bracket, fabricated an air cleaner set up (fresh air), installed
larger rear tires on spare 8 spokes wheels.
|July 6, 2001|
|Made up one of the headlamp covers to see how it turn out. It looks good enough for me so I’m now making a set to use on the car.|
|July 10, 2001|
|Received the parts from Sam: complete XC headlamp brackets, inner fender panels, new battery tray, XB GT decal set, new interior lamps.|
|July 11, 2001|
|Glass bead and paint headlamp brackets and prep for fitment.|
|July 14, 2001|
|A friend of mine named Rusty came over to start helping with the front end installation. We managed to get the front bracing about 80% done|
|July 16, 2001|
|Working on getting a rad custom made as the one in the car is only a 2 |
|July 24, 2001|
|Finished polishing the insides of the tail lamp housings and replaced all |
the mounting studs. This will make for a bit brighter light
|July 27, 2001|
|Lots done today… removed front and rear windshields, prepped the roof |
spoiler and started to chemical srtip the body (roof and trunk lid).
|July 30, 2001|
|Relocating the A/C unit to prevent ‘crowding’ and also trying out different pulleys.|
|August 5-6, 2001|
|Customized origianl A/C brackets (extensively) for new location of compressor, just need to glassbead and paint. Tore down compressor and |
removed pistons, modified housing to hold oil, reassembled and painted. Now need to slightly modify the idler pulley for correct spacing.
|August 10, 2001|
|All pulleys and brackets painted, everything bolted up and just waiting|
for the custom spacer to be finished so I’ll work on the wiring for the
blower switch in the mean time.
|August 12, 2001|
|Spacer all done but I goofed up on the size of pulley needed on the A/C |
compressor. I was using a small pulley from an alternator but it wasn’t
getting the right RPMs to make the belt “whine”.
|August 16, 2001|
|Well…. blower is all done, the switch is all hooked up and works great !!|
|Sept 8, 2001|
|Installed XC headlamps, hunting down a pair of BF Goodrich L-60-15. |
Scott Smith in Australia claims this to be the correct size for the rear.
Glassbeading/sandblasting more small parts.
|Sept 24, 2001|
|The 2 XB GT bonnets have arrived in the USA and we’re making arrangements for shipping them.|
|October 5, 2001|
|Not much done on car lately. Located 1 NOS BF tire but still need another. Have been spending most of my spare time on locating and pricing parts. Looking for another way to ship the 2 bonnets to me as UPS won’t do it.|
|October 14, 2001|
|Located 2 spare XC headlamps via Sam (go figure). Not happy with the |
color used to restore the Weiand drive and Scott injections and after 6
months of trial and error I found the correct color to simulate that cast
aluminium look. The cast blast paint I originally used is just too bright for these parts.
|October 20, 2001|
|The NOS BF tire was not correct as the word ‘RADIAL’ was absent. What a wasted drive !!|
|October 27, 2001|
|Bought pair NOS BF Goodrich tires for the rear. The word “T/A” is|
missing but their much closer than any new BF tires available. Special
thanks to Vic Andrusiw for a great deal !! However, they just don’t look
right to me
|November 16, 2001|
|Found an all aluminum A/C compressor identical to what I have so I’ll be converting it to use on the car instead of the very heavy one I’m using |
|December 27, 2001|
|Once again, not much done except waiting on a few parts, pricing more |
parts, finished a set of “trial” headlamps covers, bought another Weiand drive for a spare.