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 Post subject: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:08 pm 
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found a cheap eb s pak maunal for sale, what sort of things should I be looking for to check?? Never been around a manual falc before :oops: so not 100% sure what I should be looking in the way of gearbox/drivetrain problems/noises/vibrations etc... ill be taking it for a test drive hopefully wednesday so I greatly appreciate your replies..

Sorry if this has been covered in another topic, internets up s**t creek and had to use my phone so I can't use the search function

 

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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:17 pm 
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check out the firewall where the clutch cable runs though, they normally crack and need bracing.
the pedal box can crack too and the clutch pedal goes sloppy and needs repairing,
and also the pin on the clutch pedal where the cable goes on up the top can also break off and need rewelding
all are repairable weaknesses but can catch u out when u least expect it.
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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:27 pm 
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Oh I will have to check mine then.
Look for rust under the front of the front doors at th bottom of the a pillar.
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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:40 pm 
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Manual specific, don't expect it to be smooth. They were pretty Hoary :P Relatively rough take offs, gearshifts and lots of gearbox whine are reasonably normal. You will still know when something is f**k, but they are generally rough. Not as refined as the jap cars of the day.

General EB bits?

-Normal Head gasket problems
-Rusty rear wheelarches, bottoms of front quarters, sills
-Odometer may not be working, so indicated kms may be anybodies guess.

And just do the normal checks that everything is healthy, and the interior and body are good enough for your standards and the price.

Remember, if you are procrastinating about it, walk away, probably not the car you are looking for.

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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:04 pm 
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Take it for a drive that will give you a better idea
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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:03 pm 
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Interior doesn't matter too much I've got a totaled ed which has a mint interior..
It doesn't appear to have rust, but there's a sus spot on drivers side sill so ill probs open it up and have a look, needs a touch up there anyway cuz its got a small dint..

The clear is peeling off the bonnet though, what's the best way to fix that up? Just rub it back till the clear/paint is smooth and put another coat of clear over the top or cut it back into the color then respray color and clear?

Hopefully, I can take it for a bit of a run tonight or tomorrow

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:22 pm 
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Took it for a drive and it surged really bad below 2000 rpm if I gave it a bit, but if I crept the revs up it drove fine.., any idea what could be causing this? The leads and dizzy cap looked pretty old, im hoping its only them causing it to run rough and surge

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:40 pm 
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ball joints and steering rack

 

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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:53 pm 
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Steering rack is fine, needs upper ball joints but ill probs replace upper and lower as a set anyway if I buy it.

 

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Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:55 pm 
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Higher mileage falcons tend to start to crack the spot welds around the rear door strikers. You can tell if it's happening, as the paint will look good, but there will be either an arc or a little circle of rust showing up. My EB has just started to do it after 420,000kms. Nothing pulling the rear seat out, rubbing it back & mig welding it up won't fix tho...

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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:06 pm 
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Cheers thanks for that, ended up buying a xg panno instead, more versatile and useful for me.. Wish I had the money for both though, the eb would've made a nice project car

 

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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:19 pm 
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thatrandykid wrote:
found a cheap eb s pak maunal for sale, what sort of things should I be looking for to check?? Never been around a manual falc before :oops: so not 100% sure what I should be looking in the way of gearbox/drivetrain problems/noises/vibrations etc... ill be taking it for a test drive hopefully wednesday so I greatly appreciate your replies..

Sorry if this has been covered in another topic, internets up s**t creek and had to use my phone so I can't use the search function


While it is hot, idling in nuetral, listen to the gear box, then push the clutch in, listen for noise changes, then pump it in & out a couple of times whilst listening to the box.

 

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Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:53 pm 
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Your talking about checking the bearings in the gearbox & the throwout bearing arn't you cjh?

thatrandykid -> Did it have much if any rust?

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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:06 pm 
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ToranaGuy wrote:
Your talking about checking the bearings in the gearbox & the throwout bearing arn't you cjh?

ToranaGUy


Yes, I am......needs to be hot though.....stereo off.....LOL.

 

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 Post subject: Re: things to look for when buying a used falc?
Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:01 pm 
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ToranaGuy wrote:

thatrandykid -> Did it have much if any rust?




It had a small spot just coming through in each rear wheel arch, sills and doors looked fine. The spot on the drivers sill I meantioned in a earlier post was only dirt or gravel stuck on the side of it

 

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