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 Post subject: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:08 pm 
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I have just recently purchased a EL Fairmont Ghia 5.0l build date 10/97.

Firstly I would like to know if this model V8 came out with the 185kw engine or the 175kw or was it only in the XR8's?

is the build date a series 1 or 2 EL?

and am I able to bolt a explorer manifold the the standard heads or do they need to be upgraded?

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sorry if this has been answered before, I did do a search and couldn't seem to find the answers I was after.

 

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:15 pm 
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Considering the Au's come along in 98, wouldn't this car be a series 2 car?

Take a look at the back of the cylinder heads, does it have GTP stamped/cast on them? Take a look at the intake manifold, it should be easy to identify which one it has - post up a couple of pics.

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:19 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:21 pm 
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From this angle it looks like a stock HO (asthmatic 165kw) intake manifold. Got a pic from the other side?

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:22 pm 
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From this angle it looks like a stock HO (asthmatic 165kw) intake manifold. Got a pic from the other side?

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yeah it's a HO, only have the one pic at the moment.

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:23 pm 
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I believe it's just the EL2 XR8's which got the upgrades (FBT and GT excepted, of course).

It's definitely the HO manifold and no doubt you'll have the E7 heads.

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:25 pm 
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ok cheers guys, but and am I able to bolt a explorer manifold on the E7 heads or do they need to be upgraded?

 

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:30 pm 
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185kw XR8's had E7 heads and Explorer manifolds.

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:32 pm 
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185kw XR8's had E7 heads and Explorer manifolds.


ok cool thanks mate, what else did the 185's have in them to make them a 185 over the 165?

 

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:41 pm 
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Different Cam (IIRC) and EL GT headers.

 

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:07 pm 
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Different Cam (IIRC) and EL GT headers.


Pretty sure it was only the explorer intake and headers they had? Everything else was the same, same maf, same T/B, same injectors etc.

And I'm also 99.9% sure it was only the last of the EL XR8's that got the upgrades, so 98'ish?

 

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:01 pm 
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According to the NGK spark plug catalog the 185 was released in the EL from 10/97.

 

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 Post subject: Re: A few V8 Q's
Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:25 pm 
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will you need a explorer bottom intake if you want to convert from the HO?
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Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:46 pm 
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Yeah, you need the top and bottom, as the ports are different to the HO's

 

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Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:30 pm 
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what about the heads, is there anything you are better off doing while the manifold is off? wheres the best place to sort explorer manifolds? as i dont have any wreckers close by.. living in the rural area see not much out here!
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