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  1. So amongst the masses of spare parts I have kicking around for disposal I have these two rear axles / differentials. First one was from an XE Fairmont Ghia (i6/auto) and is 2.77 ratio, limited slip and disc brake. Second one from a ZK Fairlane (v8/auto) and is 2.92 ratio, limited slip and disc brake. Both have been in the weather for roughly 10 years. Are either of these desirable ratio's? Usable for anything other than what they came out of? Do I bother asking money for them or will they be scrap? I just don't know if there's any demand for them as I guess E-series parts are the usual go-to, right?
  2. Since this thread was created, there's a seller "Resto Country" who I've happily purchased items from in the past, wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience in regards to the steering and suspension parts they now offer for our X-series? Specifically https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ford-Ball-Joint-UPPER-XA-XB-XC-XD-XE-XF-XG-Falcon-Fairlane-ZF-ZG-ZH-ZK-ZJ-ZL-x2/351418552391 and whether anyone has previously asked what brand or specs they supply? The price seems good, better than some others, but as we know from this thread, going on price alone is dangerous here. If no one already knows, I may ask the question directly.
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    xf sedan door hinges

    Hopefully with everything going on at the moment, more time will be put into our neglected projects. Looking great there, love that green colour. I'm chiming in a bit late I know, but in regards to the hinges, in your photo with the hinges laid out on the ground, the pair second up from the bottom in the pic are the imposters.
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    Plenum repair

    I'd probably lean towards leaving it out too. And the smaller one on the passenger side. If I had needed to do an in-depth repair of the area, I'd have made some modifications to reduce the chance of water and muck getting trapped in there too. The drivers side one does look more like a strengthening brace, but it doesn't look to be relating to the wiper motor assembly or pedal box or anything IMO.
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    1999 au xr6 motor into a 2002 au Fairmont ghia

    If the starter just clunks with 12v directly onto its terminals, try as @wok said and give the solenoid a knock with something solid. Gentle tap with a hammer or tap with a big spanner. My XD starter used to jam all the time so I'd jump out, give it a tap to free it up, jump back in and it'd be OK again. If that's the case, it can get you out of trouble for now, but new starter required long-term obviously. The Fairmont Ghia has so many small extras over the XR6 (Falcon) so I'm not surprised you have found it a much nicer car. Plush carpet, extra interior lights, felt headliner, much nicer dashboard etc etc. I love my AU Fairmont Ghia... Being 2002 yours would be a series 3 though, correct? They have the nice leather seats with cloth inserts and other small refinements.
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    1999 au xr6 motor into a 2002 au Fairmont ghia

    Done a little googling. As I haven't done this before, I can't vouch for this info, but it may lead you in the right direction (hopefully)! https://www.tiperformance.com.au/knowledge-base/wiring-up-the-neutral-switch-in-a-ford-falcon-manual-conversion/
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    1999 au xr6 motor into a 2002 au Fairmont ghia

    Excellent suggestion. I second that Good chance it's the wiring to the inhibitor switch needs... something... You remember on the auto when you removed it, the inhibitor switch is the white plastic module on the side of the transmission. You may need to loop a section of it or put a resistor in there or something. P.S. I love a good AU, especially a Fairmont Ghia.
  8. I understand this to be correct also.
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    Boot harness very urgent

    Who knows... Don't think we'll even see a reply which will answer anyway.
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    Boot harness very urgent

    Can you please clarify? What part of the "boot harness" do you need exactly? It's not separate from the main wiring from dashboard across floor to the back end...? Do you just need globe holders?? I don't understand what "black bit" that goes between the boot and below the back window...? Do you mean the rear window rubber/seal?
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    Looking for 250 crossflow extractors

    That's how mine look on my iron head crossflow too, just some of those bolt holes don't get used. Looks crap IMO but I believe that's just how they are. Extractors and larger exhaust are the generic first upgrades and obviously will make it louder. But whether you like louder or not is a matter of personal preference. Previous owner put extractors and a single 2.5" exhaust (with a 3" tailpipe section) on my 250 and I actually almost hate it. He absolutely loved the sound, but it gives me a ringing headache. Just two opposite ends of the scale with what some people like and others don't like. 2% of the time I get a bit of enjoyment when coasting down hill in 3rd gear, it sounds alight. But otherwise it's just loud. Power-wise, I don't know what it was like before the extractors and exhaust, but it hasn't got much guts now, so I hope it wasn't worse before - my suspicion is it's the same, just louder. P.S. I love your XC, looks great!
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    XH Brakes.. FIXED ..!!!

    I've also had a friends EF Falcon's brake booster fail. Luckily at slow speed in a carpark. Plastic brake booster housing had split. AU series 2 onwards have the metal brake boosters FYI. Good upgrade as opposed to fitting another good plastic one. Interesting to hear it's a relatively straight forward modification to instal. Glad you've got to the bottom of it and can enjoy (safely) driving your XH again.
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    El xr8 2 issues......

    How did you go @xfish?
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    El xr8 2 issues......

    Do you think it could have gone into Limp Home Mode (ie locked in 3rd) when you put it in "1" and took off? If manual shift in 1st put it into LHM, but in "D" it shifts 1-4th as normal, could be a faulty inhibitor switch. Just a thought.