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  2. XF EDDIE

    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    Hey mate thanks for the response. I know the electronic shutoff is working but it has a vacuum plunger that I haven't tested yet. I am running from a bottle as I have the fuel tank for rust repair s under the tank. I haven't checked those line joiners yet as I have been getting fuel to the carby but I'll give them a look just incase it's starving out.
  3. deankxf

    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    I haven't got time tonight but should be able to give you some more things to check tomorrow. but off the top of My head, you should check your fuel cut solenoid on the carby is getting power/(or vacuum if that's it's style) cars this old with low kms often have stuffed hoses and there's a chance it's sucking air from the fuel line joins(one under the floor of passengers left foot area is a common issue) try running fuel from a jerry can/bottle instead of the fuel tank first up to rule out that side of things i may think of more overnight or @SPArKy_Dave may have a clue to look into the ignition lock caused @CHESTNUTXE some grief in the same way, i hadn't had many issues removing them in the past but they can be annoying (low kms = less worn to jiggle pick, but a locksmith could get it out easily if you removed it (sometimes easier to remove the steering column if you can't access the bolts easy.. *tamper proof you'll need to cut a slot in them or chisel them undone)
  4. XF EDDIE

    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    Hey fellas. Recently I got myself an 86 XF Falcon Ute with the plan to get her on the road and daily it. However I've got several snags with the biggest being the engine not running. It's an unleaded 250 xflow with est. The closest I can get it to running is when I hold it at wide open throttle and even then it barely gets to idle rpm and spits out of the carby. The motor is in good condition with 130000 KMs on it and running dead on 150 psi on all cylinders. I have rebuilt and then replaced the carby (original one was an 86 DA TD and the replacement is an 86 DA TD not sure if that matters) checked the timing with it being on °6 while cranking and has strong spark on all cylinders. I have run out of ideas and hope someone here can help me with getting it running. To make things worse the ignition locked up after I took the key out and will not move so I have had to pull the switch and use a screwdriver. I have tried wiggling it and moving the steering wheel off the lock with no luck so I'm gonna unbolt the lock for now and see if I can free it up. Any advice appreciated and thanks in advance
  5. fotz

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    Worked like a charm. This mount is way better because it goes into the circular space underneath the gearbox, which the rectangular mount doesn’t really do, so understand now why it would be stronger. Thanks @deankxf Motor and Gearbox is pretty much in. I just need a nut for that mount which I am going to get now. Just need to finish off some wiring / mount the dash back up, plumb the power steering, extractors and then I’m getting very close to first start.
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  8. deankxf

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    i can't remember, i have a feeling it fits into the mounting bolt as is (maybe the mount has a square at the end of the threads even to locate it) the EB cross member mounts have a square hole also, so i'd say ford must have been considering this mount option at some point
  9. fotz

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    Thanks mate. Rod Shop. also have their own version of this as well. Do you have to drill out that square whole on the cross members, or does that single bolt fit straight thrugh?
  10. AAAC

    Weber Throttle return spring.

    Thanks deankxf. On the third photo posted by zkfairlane, there is a link running vertically down into the depths of the engine bay attached to the throttle lever. Mine had the spring running from there to the EGR valve and no lever. I cannot find a reference to the lever in my XF workshop manual.
  11. deankxf

    Weber Throttle return spring.

    i haven't got any photos handy at the moment, but this thread has a lot of info in it if you have time to check it out
  12. My XF 4.1 unleaded ute was running very poorly. I refreshed the carburettor and it is vastly improved, running sweet except when quickly opening the throttle in second and third in the three-on-the tree manual. I suspect that there is a vacuum leak at the site of the hastily removed and blanked off EGR valve, which I will get back to. The carburettor looked like a mix of XD and XE parts. There was a wound spring on the throttle shaft, which is still there, and another about 5cm long attached to the throttle lever at one end with the other end looped around the nearby EGR bolt, which can't have been right. I am running the car without it and it has been fine. Is there meant to be another spring and what are the attachment points?
  13. deankxf

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    i've never seen one pulled apart like the 2 bolt one's do, they get a bit sloppy eventually (original ford ones are not solid rubber, they have some dampening in them) due to the one center bolt, they allow a lot of twist and therefore don't break i think. for $200 odd, the tuff mounts one is the 2 bolt type that would be strong
  14. fotz

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    Thanks @deankxf - what’s the thinking on why this would be stronger. It’s only 1 bolt into the Trans mount instead of 2?
  15. deankxf

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    Yep that's the one Just google eb Falcon gearbox mount for a photo
  16. fotz

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    Interesting, does anyone have a photo of the e-series mount or where to get them from? Is that the one with 1 bolt - and looks like an exchaust flange shape?
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  18. deankxf

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    See that hole in between the xf cross member holes, you can use the e series gearbox mount with this hole fine in XF. I think they are stronger than the 2 bolt one. Exhaust bracket was a very strong pain in the arms trying to work around , most went in the bin. Probably very good at stopping the Exhaust manifold from cracking but not used with extractors
  19. fotz

    XF AU Windsor conversion

    Hi All, just an update, I will share some picks soon, but things are coming together. I have mounted the motor in the engine bay. AU extractors, definately dont fit, need some serious modification. I have ordered Pacemaker PH 4032 extractors, ill let you know how these go. On another note, I am just about to put the T5 from an e-series into my XF. I have just noticed a couple different things between the XF T5 and also the E series T5. 1) The mounting holes underneath the gearbox are not in the same alignment. E-series is more narrower. 2) the bolt threads on the e-series is much thinner than what was in the XF I have found a rod shop mount, that has adjustable holes, so going to go after that one https://www.rodshop.com.au/gearbox-mounts-gbmount06-choice-of-rubber-or-heavy I also noticed that in the XF I have an extra bracket that was used to mount the exchaust. See pictures below. I assume that I can just throw this away as this will only work with a 6cyl and dont think it would have even worked with extractors either. Is there an equivalent one for the v8, or would you just mount the exchaust differently. Thanks Foti
  20. deankxf

    Spinning bolt of DEATH!

    this works often, especially if you can get access to clean the threads up with a wire brush then lube it but sometimes with these bolts is you can jam something in to stop is spinning and then TIGHTEN the bolt until it breaks the bolt.. then you have access with the guard removed to cut the rusted stuff out with a grinder. i have centerpunched and drilled the bolt head off also, it's tough going, but can be done if needed. (one accessed by opening the door and above the top hinge caused me this pain once)
  21. bear351c

    Spinning bolt of DEATH!

    Not sure about the position / location of the bolts. Vice grips on the bolt head Weld an old bolt/nut onto the existing one Hacksaw/grinding disc Leave overnight with some penetrating fluid on it (best found is 50/50 Acetone and ATF) HEAT is always your friend Do it up a little, undo, do it up, undo slightly more this time, do it up, undo it more again.......
  22. Panko

    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Going back a bit, these are a couple of photos rolling into Small Ford Sunday. taken no more than 30 seconds apart, on two different cameras, but makes the colour look completely different. this colour still amazes, but also annoys me with how both good and bad it can look depending on the light its in the joys of metallic paint i guess. *the second pic is more true to the actual colour** I finally got the front bumpers back, and they came up fantastic. worth the wait. Now onto some mechanical gremlins. I had been having an issue with the cooling system. not over heating, but in fact running too cold. not getting warm enough to actually open the thermostat, which was a standard 89 degree thermostat. I figured it was because the alloy radiator was so efficient at cooling that yeah meant that I couldn't get her up to temp, and had no heater. This whole time I had been running just water in the cooling system, not coolant, to try flush the system out as best I can. I figured with this lack of heating issue, id pull the thermostat out and then put some coolant in. This is what came out. its a piece of gasket goo stuck in the thermostat. notice also the colour. that thermostat was brand new with this engine. so it has gone a very rusty brown colour thanks to the water. Pushing on the diaphragm by hand, the thermostat felt a little sticky. didnt want to move smoothly to open or close. So I ended replacing it with an 82 degree thermostat. not to make it run cooler, but so the thermostat would open earlier and start circulating coolant earlier. with that, and coolant in the system, it has made a difference. it gets up to the correct 88 degrees running temp now, rather than running too cold. Good Friday, the RSOCV had their annual Good Friday cruise. Over 30 cars got involved, and we went out to Warburton, up Mt Donna Buang (some of us more spiritedly than others) then back down and to Yarra Glen Hotel for lunch. Having driven the Escort up there previously with the 1300, flat out, and now with the 1660, also flat out, it was a much faster drive up there. I had a mate of mine in his Mini come along, who was behind me on the way up. Although I am not too concerned, he did tell me that it was blowing a bit of blue smoke between gear changes. granted I was pushing it, its the hardest it had been driven, and it was mighty cold up there. but it did it well. I adjusted the suspension up a bit to be stiffer, and boy does it turn well. On the way home, my buddy in the mini, and me couldnt resist but to see how they compared. its the first time the mini and escort had been out together. the Mini is a 1999 Rover, with a single point injected 1275cc, from Japan. Its since had a Cooper performance kit fitted, which includes a ported head with roller rockers, headers, exhaust, bigger injector, and a few other go fast parts. The Mini weighs 100kg less than the Escort, at 740kg, and with the Cooper engine package produces about 65kw. The Escort, a stock 1600 produces 60-65kw. Mine is a 1660, with a cam, weber, etc etc. It was a good comparison, the Mini nudged in front basically because i was slow getting into 2nd gear, otherwise equally matched. So for such a small engine in the Mini, it goes really well. its pretty quick little thing. I had to do a weekend run over to work HQ in Footscray, so jumped in the Escort to save the diesel in my daily. it really is such a great improvement over what it used to be in pretty much every aspect. able to sit on the highway comfortably, plenty of grunt to pull away, it just gets very warm in the cabin very easily, which was always the case.
  23. ron_h

    Phase 5 Body kit.

    Back In The Day, early '80s would have given my left or right testicle/ball to have the Phase 5 kit on my XD, maybe not the over the top wheel arches. 40 years later, still reckon it looks HOT!...Anybody know where I can get a Moonraker?
  24. wok

    Spinning bolt of DEATH!

    [emoji109][emoji41] Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
  25. ron_h

    Spinning bolt of DEATH!

    Cheers Bud, Now that's a hack!
  26. wok

    Spinning bolt of DEATH!

    G'day. Just did this myself yesterday I ground the head down with a finger file sander. Sent from my Pixel 4a using Tapatalk
  27. Trying to remove the last 2 fastening bolts from the bottom of the front fender X Series. But as usual once it is cracked it just spins. A. Do I drill around the bolt/washer using a hole saw and use a larger washer when re-assembling. B. Use needle nose vicegrips on the bolt and strike down with hammer. C. Ask the members of this forum for their hacks.
  28. Nato of Falcons

    Thermostat 250 Crossflow.

    Guys, thanks heaps, this had me sweating at 11pm haha. I looked at the wording and was like ???? What??? Have I been wrong this entire time? (It happens a lot haha) I went to look in the manual and it says "Place the thermostat back in reverse of removal" and without pictures I was nervous I was going to put it in wrong hahaha. God I love this site.
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