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  1. deankxf

    XH XR6 Project

    i would say generally yes, the diffs are strong (when not worn out) and the T5 in good condition are also strong. i'd consider getting it checked and new bearings fitted if in the budget, or finding a spare in advance, they are getting old now, the newest being 25yrs old. naturally if you are abusing them anything is breakable.
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    intermittent wiper

    EDIT** see if you can check if theres' wires in the intermittent wiper relay slot in the area behind the fuse cover but to the left of the steering column, beside the hand brake lever. if there's wires there, you might be able to just plug in a relay from ghia or fairlane etc and the XE wiper switch. when i tried to do do this with My Dads XE it didn't have the wires in the loom for the relay. so it wasn't just a matter of plugging in the relay and adding the switch (from an XE S pack etc) you can get a WIPER DELAY KIT (here's like a bunch of google results) universal kit, we bought one but never got around to fitting it, possibly from JAYCAR ELECTRONICS. XF has a completely different wiper/blinker switch setup and plugs for starters, and with out the wiring in the dash you'd still be probing to tap into what's needed. if i was doing it now, i'd get a wiper delay kit, as some have a dial and you can adjust it for time, the XE/XF ones were wipe every 8 seconds from memory. you'd need to tap into a few wires, but it may not be that hard. (auto elec would likely still charge $200 minimum i bet)
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    what gearbox?

    here's what was done in My gemini tune (2018) similar to My clevo dyno tune 25yrs ago 9 May 2018 DYNO DAY i learned a LOT today again, i'll try go through it all with you.. gemini fuel, 98. (oil changed the day before due to running way too rich and fuel in the oil would affect the sensor in his tuning system) when i arrived, it was put on the rollers and a GOOD GOING OVER(to make sure nothing would catch fire, fall off, etc.. blow up even, asked how old the tyres were etc) first run on the dyno, idling was rich and too fast, even when warm(i set it, it had been the best i'd heard it idle) it soon leaned out on the secondary .. carb off to fix an issue i spotted (secondary throttle stop screw) had the valve lash adjusted by him(simple 15min job on the gemini) 12thou on inlet and exhaust is his preference.(hot setting) some were tighter and 2 were very loose. (crow suggests 8thou on the inlet, so does the gregorys manual,12thou for exhaust) checking spark was sufficient, he didn't like the weak spark, and went looking for ways to improve it. ended up hammering the rotor button brass tip to make it closer to the poles inside the dizzy cap. he wanted better spark to widen the plug gap-(which he didn't do.. suggested getting a GT40R coil) with the carby off, the secondary throttle stop was checked, maybe set a smidge less, it was close enough, but the primary butterfly was not centered PERFECTLY in the throat, holding it from going perfectly back to stop, idle jets were swapped left to right because it was idling rich, and the primary was bigger than the secondary(sedondary idle jet is used so you don't get a flat spot as the secondary opens up before it goes to main jet... needle and seat was sus, and was swapped for a second hand one, float level reset because he believed it to be too low. the jets were already soldered and drilled.. they were measured with a set of jet measuring tools, 140 each ish he ran a 144 drill through the primary to be sure with the knowledge that the idle jet being smaller will even it out. the secondary was opened up from 140 to 149(thats 1.49mm) remember there was a home made jet thing, he didn't think it needed to be there "restricting this port" so that went in the bin. the secondary venturi was a loose fit, so that was hammered a bit to make it a tight seal to function correctly.. carby refitted, idle re adjusted, base timing was bumped up from 14(he bumped it up from 12 i had bumped it up from 10ish earlier) to now about 19deg, off we go idle, perfect, mixtures good on primary, transition to secondary now fine he revved it to 5500 for 70rwkw which isn't bad considering i've seen a carby 4.1 XF make 75kw before so.. jobs done. the carby has an issue with the accelerator pump valve, it's one way action isn't working as it should and sends some fuel back into the bowl.. works good enough for now. no choke.. knew that, should be able to live with it ? maybe.. rest of the carby is worn, but working fine. My air cleaner mod he thinks is fine. (stock housing to fit the weber) says even the tiny inlet on it isn't a restriction as V8 holden ones weren't much bigger if at all.(tuning was done with air cleaner housing removed, for access to things) in this tuning, he did go through all the hoses for pollution, check even the fuel cap one way valve was working. how the charcoal canister equiv works on a gemini and countless other things. (he talks way way too much) basically i paid for tuition on extra time.. but i think it's worth it. there's no way i'd have been able to fumble my way through all that in $500 of fuel testing even
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    what gearbox?

    Do you remember the cam rev range (advertised) of the stage 1? (no idea what that is, but mine was a gas cam, probably similar) stage one is likely higher than stock, eg, it probably WANTS/NEEDS to be in the higher range to be most efficient, 2500rpm would likely still be perfect for a stage 1. (at 100kmh) mine was dyno tuned, on petrol and gas, well worth it to be sorted. i will copy an example of My gemini dyno tune a few years ago on my gemini. but basically they look at carb jetting, power valve stuff but also dizzy and spark plug gaps and may even suggest cam timing if it feels way off(was an multi keyway timing gear fitted in yours?) what exhaust is on it? too big for economy. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FUEL ECONOMY?
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    what gearbox?

    @Thom has got good fuel economy from a 351 doing more revs at 100kmh. will need tuning for economy including just fixing things that are possibly worn (timing chain) that combo you have 2.92 diff, would do 140kmh in second gear easy i think (revving to 5500rpm ish) sitting on 2500rpm at 100 is fine, fitting 2.77 or even the super rare 2.53 gears wouldn't make it any noticeably better on fuel. I was chasing better fuel economy on My 351 XE 20yrs ago, it used to use 20L of LPG per 100km on the highway. so i went to the expense of fitting an AOD transmission (american import) this was a nightmare, because it didn't like the 2.92 ratio (was lugging along out of it's cam range at 1700rpm ish at 100kmh) so i had to fit 3.23 ratio, i tried 3.45 but it was then terrible in 1st gear*(lucky for Me they whined, so the diff guy agreed to fit 3.23 under warranty) then it drove semi normal again, it wasn't spritely and quick changing like the C4 i replaced. (the AOD is best suited to a F100 truck that has no need to drive nice) fuel economy .. no different. was sitting on 2000rpm at 100kmh with overdrive. cost .. heaps. ruined the car. what fuel economy are you getting? i'd assume you could get 14L per 100km on a highway run if it's tuned well.
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    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    are these on the road? or were you thinking of doing an engine conversion (it's not something i'd consider anyway, too much work.)
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    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    @Thom might have a better idea for the sump gunk, (Thom, this is the engine that has a worn out cam and lifters, so all that metal is somewhere also, probably gone through the oil pump at minimum or stuck in the screen?) but i would avoid trying to suck it up the oil pump, if you put kero in the sump and you've got the timing case off now, you can probably get a bendy brush like thing in there (especially with timing chain/gear removed) i'd be pulling the sump off, and checking further (oil pump, pick up screen, bearings etc) but it's a real pain to do in the car. (can be done apparently, but i'd never ever consider it again, we got one ALMOST out and gave up, but had enough access to what we wanted (change a big end bearing i think or rod and piston i can't remember) for Me, i'd pull the engine out. and likely decide on a different engine fit. $1300 for a tidy ANYTHING isn't bad these days, i consider $3000 on the road a pretty much minimum value for a reliable car, and going forward, if that car was going to be kept 3yrs, putting $10,000 into it's reliability if the rest of it is good will pay off in just being reliable and trouble free (generally) for 100,000kms 100,000kms you'd be fitting idler arm or 2, and probably 6 tyres and front brake pads and oil and filter type stuff.. (and double the fuel of a modern small car)
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    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    that's likely going to need $4000 into it if it's just as worn, then you'd have the hassle of converting it (adds up to a pain in the ass for not enough gain.. well they sound good) $600 "good running" crossflow is kind of cheap, when you factor in all the muck around. i used to buy a whole XF back 20yrs ago for $500 (rust free, 200,000kms) pull the motor and trans for my spares (doing 50,000kms a year) and sell off the parts and scrap the shell and diff (used to get $200 or so for the parts and call the scrappers for the rest. these days it would be hard to justify buying a whole parts car (i'd consider that if doing a V8 conversion, to get the full everything.. might need to buy an accelerator cable only depending what it was from, then sell off unwanted bits and you'd get some of it back) cost of parts are dear also now, so it's quite expensive to overhaul an engine. low kms on a lot of these era cars, 1980 to 1995 ish can be due to the odometer gear failing, you need to look at wear and tear on the carpet, steering wheel, console, door trim, door hinges and seats etc.. even wiper arms if sloppy indicate high kms. i have seen E series and AUs advertised lately with 180,000kms but when you read into the ad, it says motor has 180,000 car done 360,000 for eg.. the cars would be too worn for My liking with that many kms generally, lots of little things are a ticking time bomb around 400,000 ish in fords unless religiously maintained and cared for.
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    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    honestly, if it was mine.. i'd look for another engine and swap it. unless you want to keep it matching numbers, or want to learn, i'd pull it out and put it aside for later. now if it's full of CAM METAL and sludge, the sump/pick up ideally would be looked at/cleaned. got the sump off you should definitely check the bearings .(likely worn) it becomes a question of how much punishment do you want to deal with? (i'd pull the engine, because i am not a fan of heaps of hunched over wrenching these days, up to you though)
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    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    this is all to SAVE A HEAD GASKET basically.. (which probably has its days numbered anyway(they don't last forever) i'd say pull the head off.. you'll get HEAPS of access to everything, and it will have a new headgasket when refitted, and in the process if it all looks acceptable (bores, valves, corrosion in head etc) then you can do new valve stem seals if you feel like it and valve grind too. My brother couldn't get the dizzy out of his EB, i managed to just spray it and wiggle it 1mm at a time to eventually get it off, but he could have pulled the inlet manifold off (you could also) for more access for the price of a gasket (no idea what they cost these days)
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    Structural integrity

    it's definitely tall, could be part of the issue. see if anyone else chimes in with some advice, if it was an aftermarket bonnet it would have fallen in half already. but the genuine bonnet seemed fairly solid on BGDAVs one above, but it's using the scoop as part of it's structure also.
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    Structural integrity

    are you sure it needs much off it? BGDAV's one fits (see link below for more pics) i'd probably be trying to panel bond or rivet something to it for reinforcing unless the scoop will act as some reinforcement if it's getting one?
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    Paint Codes

    yeah, it's not a familiar tag to what the Aussie cars have, so i wonder if it's even a NZ spec colour possibly? in Oz there were "fleet colours" which say a brand like the post office or gas company etc had their own particular red or blue, or a particular green for the Army(bland solid colour, not metallic like yours) try uploading your photos with tapatalk app, or copy the image address from facebook or another forum if you have any elsewhere(right click on mouse, copy image address and paste in the text here if on pc/laptop) the bonnet pic is good enough to show it's not Heritage green (Dark green from an EL falcon etc) and it doesn't look anything like the polynesian green/blue of the EB ED etc falcon, so i'd say it's been painted in some other colour (might be Jaguar possibly? or just some random mix) i'd consider stopping by a paint joint and just asking if they can match it, most i've been to would want to do a "spray out" anyway because an eye match will usually be not close enough for a perfect match of a full panel only (aka not blended down the guards etc ) you could see if oldschool.co.nz has a specific paint code for fords listed also i guess? as that tag is far different to the aussie ones, and if they were painted different colours there, they may have a list.
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    86 XF Falcon Ute not starting

    is it rubbing on the timing case, if so it's definitely worth changing (i've had this before, engine still ran ok) it's worn, you are in there. if you are fixing it, change the timing chain.. that said, any with 200,000kms odd will be that worn and still work fine. they were pretty cheap when i bought one yonks ago under $50 rings a bell.. the cheapest i saw on ebay is this one, but it was a quick search and i don't know the brand (i'd always see what @SPArKy_Dave shows, as it will be the best quality he links) $56 on ebay for NASAN brand?
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    Paint Codes

    C12 (i haven't heard of) that colour it's painted doesn't resemble a ford colour i'm familiar with, but it could be C12? for all i know (see if you can find somewhere that might not have been painted, like under the C pillar trims or behind door trims or places like that for the original colour.