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1982 XD Falcon van

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You didnt get that XR from Halls Head area in Mandurah did you, the number plate/car looks familiar to one that my grandparents friends owned.

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I got it 15 years ago from a wreckers yard in Midland, still registered. A young girl had it and didn't look after it, hence ending up in the yard. I know the original owner was Shell Australia and the rep who drove it lived in Wichmann Rd Attadale. He passed it (presumably in the 70's or 80's) to his Grandaughter who lived in South Perth. After that, and before the young girl (early 2000's), I'm not sure as there's a 10-20 year window there.

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Nice. I pretty much got the same windows in back of canopy for the xg...... very good for camping.

That panelvan is awesome mate.
If ever you want to camp and heading down Stirling ranges/ Porongorups, Albany way... pop in.
I'm out near the Stirling ranges.

XR is lovely too.

Jack.

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No progress on the seats but I have fitted the new sliding cargo area windows and I'm pretty pleased with how they've turned out. Can't wait to "test them out" camping next time, hopefully a lot nicer in the back with the extra air flow and lack of bugs buzzing in.
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Those windows are awesome!! Any more info on them?

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I got it 15 years ago from a wreckers yard in Midland, still registered. A young girl had it and didn't look after it, hence ending up in the yard. I know the original owner was Shell Australia and the rep who drove it lived in Wichmann Rd Attadale. He passed it (presumably in the 70's or 80's) to his Grandaughter who lived in South Perth. After that, and before the young girl (early 2000's), I'm not sure as there's a 10-20 year window there.

The people (husbands name was Bob) who owned the one I am thinking of, moved to Mandurah in the late 80s, they owned it from new as far as I know.

The last time I saw it was in 1998, at Halls Head Golf Course, I was there doing some work and saw it parked in the parking lot.

So yours is probably not the same one, but it looks very similar with the trim on the bonnet and colour, the only difference I can see is the rims.

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On 08/04/2018 at 4:54 AM, Outback Jack said:

Nice. I pretty much got the same windows in back of canopy for the xg...... very good for camping.

That panelvan is awesome mate.
If ever you want to camp and heading down Stirling ranges/ Porongorups, Albany way... pop in.
I'm out near the Stirling ranges.

XR is lovely too.

Jack.

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I had hoped to find a second hand canopy with windows that would fit, but they were always too short or too tall, so custom was the only way. Similar to the windows on the old XA/XB "leisure range" Surfsider vans, that's what I based them on. Now if only I can get a pop-top...! Haha.

On 08/04/2018 at 8:56 AM, bear351c said:

Mmmmm...........XR Falcon.  More, more..! 

Thanks, it's a pretty special car. It's far from perfect so looks best in low-light or from a good distance but it's pretty honest.

On 08/04/2018 at 3:54 PM, Azza said:

Nice van I be happy to buy it from you if it ever goes on the market 

Sundowners are very cool 

Unfortunately it's not a Sundowner (JG47) it's only a GL with S-Pack (JG45) but it's nice to have the up/down tailgate same as Sundowner, full length headliner and it is a genuine Sundowner roof spoiler too. I still toy with the idea of getting the Sundowner stripe kit, but I'm undecided still.

On 09/04/2018 at 1:47 PM, GspecZL said:

Those windows are awesome!! Any more info on them?

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Not cheap ($800 per side) but it's something I ALWAYS wanted to have since I bought the van. I had the windows made by "Windows West" here in WA and I must say, the guys there are absolute perfectionists and do a top quality job. Incredibly impressed with how well built they are. They specialise in marine windows so they should outlast the van itself.

20 hours ago, xd4.1efisc said:

The people (husbands name was Bob) who owned the one I am thinking of, moved to Mandurah in the late 80s, they owned it from new as far as I know.

The last time I saw it was in 1998, at Halls Head Golf Course, I was there doing some work and saw it parked in the parking lot.

So yours is probably not the same one, but it looks very similar with the trim on the bonnet and colour, the only difference I can see is the rims.

Interesting, are you sure Bob had his from new? Between the 80's and late 90's I cannot account for who owned mine, so it's not impossible, provided Bob didn't have it from new? Just had standard 5.5" steel rims with XR hubcaps when I bought it.

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1 hour ago, GspecZL said:

$800 a side hmmm bit steep for me right now but I see the value.

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you may come across a ute canopy with similar windows that could be fitted. getting a perfect fit in the van might need more than luck though.

i always thought of making a front door window mesh that could fit in the open window recess. 

i remember sleeping in the back of the XF wagon i had and waking up with the car frosted over .. also frosted inside from breath fogging up the windows and freezing. 

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Interesting, are you sure Bob had his from new? Between the 80's and late 90's I cannot account for who owned mine, so it's not impossible, provided Bob didn't have it from new? Just had standard 5.5" steel rims with XR hubcaps when I bought it.

I am 99% sure he had it from new, he still had it in early 97, I remember this because I got a drive of it when he called round to our holiday house in Falcon, not long after this we

stopped going down because the house was rented out full time, I do recall it was a 200 (super pursuit), 3 speed column shift, he also used it to tow a caravan up to Coral Bay (I think) when he went up for holidays.

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