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thorne last won the day on January 13 2018

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    Quarter windows.

    I've had to do this twice, once for my XF (which were openable and had hinges), and once for my XH (which were fixed and did not open). Both times I got them out was using a Stanley knife and scored the window along the outside edges from the inside to cut through the silicon. Then (very gently!) push in from the outside: I actually taped a tea-towel to the inside after I finished cutting, so when I pushed the window back in, it would fall against something soft, rather then fall in and shatter (and @2redrovers is correct, those glass panes are fucking expensive). The XF was a bitch, because it was made to move and has holes punched through it, so the pane is a lot more fragile and needs the hinges unscrewed first. I can't remember if the XG has fixed or hinged quarter windows.....?
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    New headunit

    Done, found this unit on special, does a lot more than I expected (including remote control and phone functions!), all for $170. Installation soon. https://imgbox.com/5ijA3Aou Thanks to everyone for your help!
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    New headunit

    I've been checking JB Hifi Home (virtually nothing, standard stores don't even sell them anymore), Autobarn (a better selection), and SCA (also not bad)....but I never thought to check Repco, as I just assumed they sold spare parts. Will note that down for the next visit, cheers.
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    New headunit

    Yeah, will attempt to glue in the old one for now, but I appear to have talked myself into an upgrade over the last few days. Besides, a unit with Bluetooth would be nice.....! As most cars come with integrated music systems these days, I've found the hard way looking in brick-and-mortar stores there's not nearly as much demand for headunits these days, as the older cars slowly die out. Bit of a shame, really: how do modern car-owners customise their systems?
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    New headunit

    I dropped by an Autobarn on the way home to eyeball some of the units on offer. Alpine are still around - but are priced higher than other units that do pretty much the same thing, so it looks like with Alpine you're paying extra just for the badge. Also, Clarion are still around! But I can see why they aren't so popular these days: their units look dog-ugly. So that's them off my list. I'll drop by a JB Hifi and see what they're offering over the weekend. How easy is it to remove my old unit from the dash without the right tools? I would like to see how it's all connected and how easy it would be for me to install it myself.
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    New headunit

    Just snapped off the retaining hook on the inside of my Pioneer headunit in the XH after detaching the face from it....fantastic, it will only work if I physically hold the face-plate into the unit, if I left go, it falls out. Looks like......time for a new radio! Anyone have any suggestions for a 20-year old vehicle? Must-have points: - 1 DIN size (not carving up a genuine XH console just for a bigger screen, fuck that); - detachable face (I think they all are these days anyway?); - prefer mechless (no CD player), who plays optical media these days?; - at least one USB port; - Bluetooth: I have a new mobile phone without a headphone jack, so the only way I can play music from it (without a cable) is this way; - Needs to support extra speakers (I have two mounted on the top of the safety cage between the cargo bay and the passenger area); - A remote control would be nice too. Everything else is either optionable or negotiable. My last headunit was a Pioneer, so I'm leaning that way again, I like the design to be honest. Unsure about JVC or Kenwood, and I'm not particularly keen on Sony (higher prices and uglier models). Budget is $150 (although I'd consider more if I think it warranted it). Photo of the current unit: Any suggestions and recommendations would be welcome. Thanks everyone!
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    Sat Nav Update

    There are a couple of people that have done custom upgrades from Sync1 to Sync2, but it was too expensive to be worth it, as - from what I can gather - it required the entire FGX dash and all body/boot/engine looms plus ECU etc to be used, the looms were rerun plus a hole needed to be cut in the roof for the antenna, and there was still no guarantee on the GPS. There's some imperial DIY kits for American vehicles but I'm not sure how well they'd run in metric....plus some are as dodgy as hell. There's already a mod group looking at doing a Sync2 to Sync3 update (or even commercially like this Yank mob, for US$2300), but again, as we're out of the technology loop for a car that's no longer made, I'm not too sure how successful it would be. As for updating from Sync1 to Sync3.....I don't like your chances. At least Sync3 comes with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.....
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    XH Panelvan Mattress

    I use a futon in mine, which is light enough to wedge itself around the wheel arches, and plenty of space for storage (Esky, toolboxes, etc) furter along. I have plenty of insulating rubber between the tray and the futon (I had that custom-cut by Clark's Rubber for my old XF panelvan years ago), so when I lie on it I don't feel the tray underneath me. It's comfy enough for me for a decent kip.
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    This thread might help you out.....
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    I bought a car cover from Supercheap Auto for the panelvan - strangely enough, no one makes them for the panelvan shape any more, had to buy a Large/X-Large for SUVs and even then it barely fit it! - for $150, made for outdoors (rain and dust). It was a cheapie option, but it does the trick: even this "cheap" version has elastics to draw the cover under the chassis - it's low enough to sit halfway down the rims - and has a couple of access flaps (so if you roll your windows down before you put the cover on you can still access the inside of the car without opening the door and still be protected from the weather). It also came with its own bag to fold into when it's not on the car. I guess I'd probably prefer to weigh it down in the case of a hurricane, but because the panelvan is a fairly bulky shape the cover won't really blow off of its own accord unless it's really nasty outside. As the panelvan usually sat under a car cover behind a fence, it was semi-protected from the wind and heavy rain: now that I stable it inside a roller-door garage, it's more or less become just a dust cover now, although it does allows me to stack boxes on the bonnet without fucking up the paint.
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    fairmont electrics conversion

    I'd agree, my XH (Dec 97) has ABS, cruise control as an installed dealer option, and (even though the steering wheel is big enough to accommodate it) no airbags.
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    Panko's Mk1 Escort (Round 2)

    Yarra Ranges are a great place to drive, my favourite road the Acheron Way (the C507, Warburton-Narbethong road) is out that way. It's where I took the first decent photos of my panelvan (of which one survives in my post picture signature, see below). If you need more or a challenge, turn right at the Marysville Road junction and tear through the gravel to Woods Point, or onwards down Walhalla Road to the Thomson Dam, it's a great half-day trip.
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    Lights off

    You mean "Follow Me Home" headlights, the BA onwards had that function. Leave your headlights on when you left the car, and the headlights would stay on for a set amount of time (between 2-5min) before turning off automatically, or the owner could trigger it themselves by hitting the lock button on their fob. My FGX has it: despite my not actually having a driveway it's still handy. Unsure of they are any conversion kits for older vehicles, as many older cars tend to complain (ie: play an audible alarm) if you intentionally turn off the engine with the headlights still on (or could be upgraded to do so, providing on of those Jaycar kits); a conversion kit would have to bypass all that and then still power the headlights off the battery on a timer before killing them. An autosparky might know more, but there's the danger of letting the headlights drain your battery if something doesn't work right....
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    Removal of lpg gear

    It's one of the reasons I actually keep the LPG system on my XH panelvan: it's great for long-distance travels (650km total on full tank of petrol, plus 500km on full tank of LPG), and as someone already mentioned, should the fuel pump seize you can still at least continue onwards. Okay, so you shouldn't tow on LPG and you don't have as much power on LPG than on petrol, but if you're doing highway/freeway driving without the city stop-start habits, having another fuel source is handy. Really it comes down to the price of the fuel and operating costs. Even with the price of LPG going up recently, it's still cost-effective to run on LPG compared to petrol. Most of the time, money saved in daily operation will easily outweigh the price needed for re-inspection/tank re-stamping. Then again, I specifically looked for a Ford panelvan that was already converted because the advantages of another cheaper fuel source still trump the alternatives of it without. Ultimately it depends on what you want out of your vehicle. If you want more performance from your engine and eliminate wiring, converters and the tank to save on weight, then trash it. Otherwise it's too handy. Yes there are performance panelvans, but most of them (like mine) are still being used for dailies or work purposes where having LPG is still advantageous even today.
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    Wagon Wiper Issue

    XGs came in wagons?