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Posted: Tue May 10, 2005 10:00 pm 
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hey yall, im in the process of lookin and buyin an old ford xb falcon or fairmont. now i am new to the world of the v8 and are curious to kno how good and reliable the 302 or 351 cleveland motor is. does it chew a heap of fuel? much performance? and how long do they last, ie how many kms is too much? any more info would b nice too. :D

thank u all for ur help.

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Posted: Tue May 10, 2005 10:08 pm 
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I had an 302 XC for a couple of months, the engine was great, it had been sitting stationary, had not moved for 9 months and still started and drove well when I went and picked it up.
I'd love for someone to crash into my EF and write it off so that I can afford to get it back.

 

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Posted: Tue May 10, 2005 10:20 pm 
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Im the 2nd owner of my XB (see my gallery) the car is a Decmber '73 model and still has the original cleveland motor and goes great. Not bad for a 30 year old car.

 

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Posted: Tue May 10, 2005 11:40 pm 
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Im the 2nd owner of my XB (see my gallery) the car is a Decmber '73 model and still has the original cleveland motor and goes great. Not bad for a 30 year old car.

damn..... i've got a 75 XB GS, same purple/silver colours sitting on a friends farm waiting for some TLC.....

 

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Posted: Tue May 10, 2005 11:45 pm 
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Interceptor wrote:
Samsy wrote:
Im the 2nd owner of my XB (see my gallery) the car is a Decmber '73 model and still has the original cleveland motor and goes great. Not bad for a 30 year old car.

damn..... i've got a 75 XB GS, same purple/silver colours sitting on a friends farm waiting for some TLC.....


Cool! You know not many Mulberry coloured XBs were produced! Ford only used the colour from '73 to'75 You got any pics?

 

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Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 12:57 am 
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Cool! You know not many Mulberry coloured XBs were produced! Ford only used the colour from '73 to'75


I had a 73 XB Fairmont Coupe that had originally been painted Mulberry, then some d***head painted it white.

Total of 110 GT sedans and 58 GT coupes were Mulberry, from http://xbgt.info stats.

I love Mulberry, has anyone seen the genuine Mulberry GT Coupe that has a 502CI Ford 385 BB and drag races?

 

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Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 1:58 am 
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Interceptor wrote:
Samsy wrote:
Im the 2nd owner of my XB (see my gallery) the car is a Decmber '73 model and still has the original cleveland motor and goes great. Not bad for a 30 year old car.

damn..... i've got a 75 XB GS, same purple/silver colours sitting on a friends farm waiting for some TLC.....


Cool! You know not many Mulberry coloured XBs were produced! Ford only used the colour from '73 to'75 You got any pics?

i got a couple of pix from the original owner 3-4 years back, scanned them at the time and i *might* still have them somewhere around..... i'll keep an eye out

originally IIRC it was mulberry with silver GS stripes, 12 slotters and S-pack style centre caps, white interior with front bench seat and 302/column shift auto, now it's still mulberry, but the 302 is long gone, and a set of 6cyl engine mounts are in there, so god alone knows how many owners it's had, and i dont even know if it's going to be a worthwhile proposition to restore her as she's suffering from a lil bit of cancer (most notably the torque boxes behind the front wheels)

hopes were for a sleeper 351 and a full GT interior with a floor shift C10, but i guess i'll have to wait and see

 

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Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 11:21 am 
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Pity you're on the other side of the country, as i've got an XB GS i'm looking to get rid of.
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Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 7:47 pm 
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XD Interceptor wrote:
Pity you're on the other side of the country, as i've got an XB GS i'm looking to get rid of.




how much and whats it need?
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Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 10:01 pm 
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yerr i luv that muscle car look. i havent seem to come across any decent xb coupe yet, but im sure der is one out there....just gotta keep lookin :shock:

 

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Posted: Thu May 12, 2005 12:05 am 
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yerr i luv that muscle car look. i havent seem to come across any decent xb coupe yet, but im sure der is one out there....just gotta keep lookin :shock:

good luck, f**k yanks are buying them up so they can pretend that they're mad max

 

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Posted: Thu May 12, 2005 12:11 am 
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[quote="Interceptor

hopes were for a sleeper 351 and a full GT interior with a floor shift C10, but i guess i'll have to wait and see[/quote]

Sorry mate, no XB can ever be a true sleeper. Everyone who knows a pinch of s**t about cars knows you line up against a XA/B/C with a 351 and you get owned!! :lol:

 

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Posted: Thu May 12, 2005 12:23 am 
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lol the end result i want isnt so much a traffic light racer, but a more or less authentic restoration, but with a little more go

 

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Posted: Thu May 12, 2005 11:33 am 
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My XB doesn't really need much besides the auto which slips a bit but still drives. Car is straight and has virtually no rust. chasing about $2500, as it's just sitting there at the moment.
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Posted: Fri May 13, 2005 3:04 pm 
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I have an XB Coupe that was originally Mullbery. It is currently Mazda Marine Blue (I think).

From factory it was a 302C with a 4 speed (more than likely a BW Single rail). Right now it has a 351C from a ZJ fairlane (july '79), C4, 9" diff. My old clevelands have always been very reliable.

The only real trouble the XBs had were electrics. The light switch failing is common. It's a good idea to put in some relays in to relieve some load on the switch. I will do that to mine soon. My old coupe already had it done.

My favourite car of all time is the XB GT Coupe. Mine may not be a GT but is as close as I can afford.

 

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