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Posted: Thu May 29, 2008 8:52 pm 
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I brought this car as I have a 4WD and wanted something faster. (I will be upgrading the 4WD to a Turbo Diesel V8 next year :wink: )
It is an 1997 Ford Fairmont Ghia. EL Ghia's six cylinders come standard with all XR6 performance options, including: I6HO engine with more powerful cam and larger exhaust ports, ECU with chip for cam and more aggresive shift patterns for the automatic, fuel regulator is 300kpa instead of the 270kpa standard, high performance diff (takes different oil to a normal diff) with a LSD and 3.45:1 gears and lowered suspension. So being a factory performance car, with all the Ghia options, including: climate control, power windows and six stacker cd player with DSP, I thought it would be an excelent base for a moddified daily with the intention of some track days. Below is my mods, I hope you like my car as much as I do :D.

General
    1997 EL Fairmont Ghia
    Colour: Exterior is (A6) Mocha Foam with matching interior colour of Cappachino Leather.
    Factory Standard Features: Climate Control, Dual Airbags, ABS, Tickford (Head, Fuel Reg, ECU, 3.45LSD), Power Everything.
    Stereo: Factory Premium 250W with AM/FM/6 Disc Changer and Rear Amp. Kicker 12" Sub and Amp
    Aftermarket Accesories: Towbar, Tinted Windows. ALARM System

Whats Left to Do :)
    Rebuild AU Block
    Further Work My EL Tickford Head (More Than What is Listed Below)
    BA XR8 18" Rims with 235 Front Tyres and 265 Rear Tyres
    ECU Re-Tune (See Below For Link)
    Replace Auto and Get a 3000RPM Stally


What has been done :twisted:

Engine
    Head - Std Tickford - JMM DEV5 - Ported, Shaved, Larger valves, Heavy Duty Valve Springs, 9.8:1 Compression Ratio
    Cam - Billet, Custom Grind (NO Shims) :twisted: (No more DEV5 Cam :!: )
    Cam - Surecam: 0.554 Valve lift intake/exhaust; 220@ 50 Duration; 111.5 Lobe separation
    Exhaust - Pacemakers with High Flow Cat, Mandel Bent Pipes (2.5") and Custom Muffler
    Block - EL - Buying an AU engine and getting block rebuilt and sump modified
    ECU - Standard EL Ghia with XR6 Tune and Shift Patterns - Piggyback ECU to be fitted (http://www.fordmods.com/forums/viewtopi ... 77&start=0)
    Sound File: >>>>>>> http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=6CArQJL3rp8

Driveline
    Automatic - Standard Fitment: BTR 93LE
    --- Electronic Shift Kit
    --- Large Auto Cooler Fitted
    --- 3000 Stally (to be fitted Dec 08)
    --- New Auto (to be fitted Dec 08)
    --- Hi Stall/Anti Limp Home Module (to be fitted Dec 08)
    --- Dipstick/Thermo switch/Shift Kit/Temp Gauge (to be fitted Dec 08)
    Differental - Standard Fitment: 28 Spline XR6 LSD
    --- 4.11 LSD
    --- Speedo Corrector - Jaycar - Fitted so that Dash/Trip Computer has correct speed and Auto has correct shifts

Brakes
    Standard Discs allround with Bendix pads and factory ABS
    To do: Traction Control (To be retro fitted from AU) :D, Slotted Discs, Twin Piston Calipers

Suspension
    Standard Ghia (1" lower than stock) with new Boge shocks and Nolothane Bushes
    To do: Lower it more, better swaybars

Wheels
    Standard Ghia 7 spokes (x5) and Steel wheels (x4)
    To do: Set of nice 18" wheels with 235/265 tyres

Trackside
    RWKW: ???@????rpm (Wouldn't mind 180+ :D)
    RWTorque:???@????rpm
    60 Foot Time: 2.344 @ Willowbank on 17/09/08 (See below for time slip)
    Quarter Mile Time: 15.494 @ Willowbank on 17/09/08 (Problems - Auto/ECU)

Driveablity
    For those that are interested on how these mods affect an EL, read on...
    Highway Speeds torque convertor locked in 4th, light throttle :: 80km/hr 1950rpm; 90km/hr 2125rpm; 100km/hr 2300rpm
    Gear Changes (4.11s & Speed Corrector) Up 1st to 2nd 65km/hr; 2nd to 3rd 112km/hr
    Gear Changes (4.11s & Speed Corrector) Down 2nd to 1st 50km/hr, whether foot or manual shift
    Gear Changes (Stock) Up 1st to 2nd 80km/hr; 2nd to 3rd 135km/hr
    Gear Changes (Stock) Down 2nd to 1st 60km/hr via foot; 2nd to 1st 70km/hr via manual selection
    Top speed @ ECU cut off (4.11s & Speed Corrector) 158km/hr (Willowbank)
    Top speed @ ECU cut off (Stock) 210km/hr (Burnout Comp)

    Speedo Corrector - Jaycar - Fitted so that Dash/Trip Computer has correct speed and Auto has correct shifts

Fuel Economy

Anything/Everything Else
    Oil Changes every 5,000km (a must!)
    I love the factory premium stereo!
    205/65R15 are not grippy enough!
    The exhaust note! OMG IMHO

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Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 7:57 pm 
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piccies no workie sounds nice though

 

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Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 8:00 pm 
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lol what cam is in that thing?
exactly same mods as me, but sounds like an old grumpy prick! :D

 

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Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 8:17 pm 
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doofus wrote:
lol what cam is in that thing?
exactly same mods as me, but sounds like an old grumpy prick! :D


Sounds like straight through pipes. Doesnt sound lumpy, just loud.

But yeah, interested in specs of the cam
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Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 9:35 pm 
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howd u get the ford thing on the dash?

 

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Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 10:12 am 
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FordFairmont
    As it says in the 1st post, the exhaust is a 2.5" with a cat and muffler.
Doofus/FordFairmont
    Yea the cam is a wild one, as for the specs, I'll have to dig them up
SgtBourne
    Thanks mate
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    Its Fords service dash, has lots of different screens - Just turn the key to ACC and hold the odo button in for 10secs, release, press, release, press, release, press and hold till the seat belt light goes out and presto Ford's service dash

 

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Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 11:55 am 
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FairmontXR6 wrote:
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As it says in the 1st post, the exhaust is a 2.5" with a cat and muffler


you can hear every crackle in the exhaust, ive only ever heard that in straight through pipes.

i mean, my car only has one muffler, and that is straight through.....and its loud but sound is filtered nothing like yours. When you say its got a "custom muffler" do you mean a hotdog, or a hollow tin or somethin?
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Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:15 pm 
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As it says in the 1st post, the exhaust is a 2.5" with a cat and muffler


you can hear every crackle in the exhaust, ive only ever heard that in straight through pipes.

i mean, my car only has one muffler, and that is straight through.....and its loud but sound is filtered nothing like yours. When you say its got a "custom muffler" do you mean a hotdog, or a hollow tin or somethin?


Your car will not sound like mine unless you have the exact same head with the same mods as mine and you'll also need the same cam and the same exhaust system. This will be hard to achieve as the cam was built to my instruction (i.e. a once off) and the muffler was modified for better flow.

Note: This car is my pride and joy and I have spent a lot of time/money/research to get it this way, so I don't appreciate the fact that you keep trying to tell me that it has straight through pipes, it doesn't.

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Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:42 pm 
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FairmontXR6 wrote:
Note: This car is my pride and joy and I have spent a lot of time/money/research to get it this way, so I don't appreciate the fact that you keep trying to tell me that it has straight through pipes, it doesn't.

FairmontXR6


HAHAHA Touchy touchy!!

Mate, seriously, he was only offering an opinion.... I think you might need to take a chill pill.

If you like the way your car sounds, that's great. I'm not entirely sure that means everyone else has to tho!

 

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Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:56 pm 
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hows that go on a cold start?

 

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Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 2:03 pm 
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FairmontXR6 wrote:
Note: This car is my pride and joy and I have spent a lot of time/money/research to get it this way, so I don't appreciate the fact that you keep trying to tell me that it has straight through pipes, it doesn't.


um yeah, well i didnt mean to offend you....... your car is very nice, and sounds good too...

i was just trying to get my head around how your car sounds like a Dragster even with a full exhaust thats all.
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Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 3:26 pm 
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thanks mate i got the service dash up now pretty cool

and she sounds great would love mine to sound like that

 

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    Yea, "she's" a bit fussy on a cold start
FordFairmont
    Wasn't worry that you didn't like it, just I thought that u thought that I was lying about the exhaust, thats all
dave0
    Yea I like the service dash as well, makes me keep an eye on the gauges :)

 

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Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:34 am 
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More specs updated, I think thats everything lol

 

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Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:00 pm 
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Update:
Installed a Jaycar Speedo Corrector.
Replaced front drivers interior door handle.
Added pics (even thou from my phone), finally!!!

 

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