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 Post subject: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 6:13 pm 
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Hey there, after recently realising that my NF is never going to set the world on fire as it's a daily driver 5lt running LPG I've decided that I should extract the digit and get going on getting the ZD up and going.
The story so far, I bought the car in the early eighties to replace my ZB (302W / top-loader) that had been my pride and joy, but, had just been rejected from the panel shop for terminal termites after i put it in for a full respray, I got the ZD from a biker working at a wrecking yard, who bought it from another wrecking yard guy who used to race it at Castlereagh Raceway, needless to say they had both flogged it, but hey I'm a sucker for these big Henries.

The ZB that had to go :cry: my first Fairlane died two owners after me when she went a** first into a telegraph pole at 70mph, apparently the p/side tai-light was right behind drivers seat - luckily I never saw that!

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The ZD as bought!

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Details:- 351 Clevo, Borg Warner 4 speed, changed to top-loader from ZB, 9" diff
Enkei 3-piece aluminium wheels 14x7's and 14x8's on the rear, man she was rough though, the guy had sold off the big 351 tailshaft and put a station wagon shaft in by tacking it (almost) in the centre of the rear yolk - slight vibration over 80km's. He told me it never got hot either - the temp sensor didn't work!

Then off to panel shop instead of the hapless ZB.

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back to bare metal
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Next the first touch of colour - Midnight not midnight blue, non metallic XD colour

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 6:57 pm 
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Was waiting to see if you would throw up a build thread on the ZD after seeing your signature :P

Should look great once the body is sorted out and a fresh lick of paint is on it. Will be watching this thread to see how the work on the Lane progresses 8-)

 

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 7:20 pm 
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Did the car originally come through Claus? He had the wreckers at Riverstone and run a few things at Castlereagh. He used to run a rough as guts XA GT coupe on the bottle.
Looking forward to watching the story unfold.

 

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 7:25 pm 
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KWIKXR wrote:
Was waiting to see if you would throw up a build thread on the ZD after seeing your signature :P

Should look great once the body is sorted out and a fresh lick of paint is on it. Will be watching this thread to see how the work on the Lane progresses 8-)


Thanks yeah its been on the road then off for a long time, marriage, travel,house, kids, home improvements, differing job status etc has made it a slow process indeed. :D

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Did the car originally come through Claus? He had the wreckers at Riverstone and run a few things at Castlereagh. He used to run a rough as guts XA GT coupe on the bottle.
Looking forward to watching the story unfold.


Not from Claus , Santa or other, Padstow is where both the wreckers were. :D

 

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 8:42 pm 
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First touch of colour
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XA Scoops and partial de-chrome
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Then off to the Nats at Canberra (Easter time) note my ol' ZB now owned by mate Long John
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Does my a** look too big - sure does!
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As you may've noticed some lowlife stole my XY mirrors from where it was parked in previous photo

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Next new mirrors and no. plates

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 9:09 pm 
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Well back from the nats - new plates and new mirrors XB plastics ( no one wants them ) at least you can see out of them!
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Engine bay was a bit rough! :shock:

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Of course the engine bay job was not without the usual share of bad luck - Hail! the house lost 7 windows down the side and front! the mighty fairlane lost two chrome strips! Check out the reflection on the sills!

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But she tidied up enough for the 1986 State Nationals at Miranda

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At the show I was asked by Street Machine Editor to do a photo shoot, but I said I wanted to get the interior done done first!

Guess what happened next, it was off the road with stripped interior, using my sisters VW to get to work, we had a bit of a sibling rivalry attack so I chucked in a spare bucket seat, no dash, no carpet etc and this happened........

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 1:38 am 
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2 words....big block..

sorry 4 words,....big block, ...mini tubs

looking good so far..

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 9:36 am 
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When I built the Clevo up my mechanic said that with a big block in it I'd have to undo engine mounts one at a time and jack up engine to change plugs! so I stayed with the Clevo!

 

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 9:39 pm 
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So there I was getting the trim done for a Street Machine photo shoot, then due to previously mentioned reasons I had to take her to work without interior or dash etc and was hit by uninsured single mothers pensioner with no insurance, I had none either as I was waiting for re-trim to be done and get a new quote for increased cover and well there goes the photo shoot as I was out of cash!
OUCH! :cry: :cry:
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Meanwhile the paint on the top of the car was going a bit strange so when I finally got enough neddies together it was back to the panel shop!
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Must've come up alright as it won Best non-club car at XW-XY Owners Concourse Day despite being over an hour late!
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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:16 am 
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Well a few things have happened since then, another respray - I'll spare you more shots of that! then I decided to give the ol' girl a engine rebuild, so I got hold of these goodies for the build- up to come
- 4V close chamber heads (with dot)
- Milidon 4V Stainless valves and forged retainers
- Isky Triple valve springs
- Ford Motorsport cam 256/262 duration @50thou, 589/608 lift (woo hoo)
- Forged Flat tops with moly rings
- Milidon rod bolts (more about those later)
- XD black block
- Roller rockers
- Supa pan sump
- Milidon hi-vol oil pump
-New Pacemaker Extractors with HPC hot coating
- Predator Carb - yes this was a long time ago
- Ross Harmonic balancer
Had the whole thing built professionally, balanced, rods were fully prepped heads had valve guides and seats fitted for ULP, engine was then run in on Dyno, were carby was replaced by 750 vac sec Holley and got just on 400HP (25HP less with predator), brought the thing home slapped on a 830 annular discharge Holley (no choke facility) and blew the a*** out of it tuning in the carb! - more soon!

 

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:24 pm 
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sweet build thread mate. i would have loved growing up in those days, there was heaps of cool old cars back then. i love hearing my old mans stories of the same vintage, i got the impression you could get away with just about anything back then.

the car obviously holds centemental value being in the family so long,will watching with interest
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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:11 pm 
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Thanks dahayes - settle down on the old man stuff though!! Yeah at the time I bought the ZD, one mate had just sold his ZB and bought an ex-highway patrol XC coupe (hardtop for the fussy ones) and my then bro-in-law had a 351 XB Fairmont coupe and another had a 302 XB coupe so we certainly had some fun hooning about, but you could do almost anything as there were hardly any ADR's (Aust. design rules) let alone pollution laws - the only ADR's on the ZD relate to seatbelts! I'm just trying to get the ol' girl moving along again with a new Clevo getting sorted, will be a budget build but still 4V heads solid lifter cam giant carby nice ol' school build with aerodynamics like this who worries about fuel consumption!

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:31 pm 
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Man, those are the toughest looking 'Lanes out there. I love em!

Just oozes awesome 8-)

 

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 Post subject: Re: The Mighty ZD Fairlane build
Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:36 pm 
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Cheers XFwagon, I love the way they never thought about aerodynamics just made nice cars and chucked big engines in them! V8 block of flats! :lol: :lol:

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:38 pm 
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Cheers XFwagon, I love the way they never thought about aerodynamics just made nice cars and chucked big engines in them! V8 block of flats! :lol: :lol:



Exactly, it's not like people drive 240kmh all the time every day!! It's different if it's a track car or something, but ya can't go past big f**k' cars with big f**k' engines 8-)

 

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