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A comment on another thread got me thinking. Aussie cars are different we like 4drs with V8s our 2 big manufactures have US origins and some have US sourced drive lines they look normal to us but what do you guys state side see that maybe similar to GM or Ford USA products. General interest topic so no offence will be taken comment as you see fit

Lets start with a couple of Fords 351 clevelands for motivation in these

My personal favourite XAGTs but already stated else where it looks like a celica maverick hybrid

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I will do a couple of GM cars after there is sometime to comment on these few

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I like them all, thank you for sharing ::thumb::

 

The hardtops are looking a bit more muscular and more elegant so they are my favorites. The Falcon XB is looking very similar to our cars, especially from the front.

 

How is it with spare parts - all the body and the interior is different from our cars...

Tim

 

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Lots of little things are interchangeable. Good Parts are expensive these days and in a lot of case more expensive than mustang parts. The up side is the 351 clevo was a bread and butter engine here so lots of Aussies know how to screw together a pretty decent combo

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So does there are Repop-market exist as for the US-Mustangs?

 

Yes, concerning the Aussies and the Clevo I know - they live in a very great symbiosis for decades from which we can only learn from :)

Tim

 

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So does there are Repop-market exist as for the US-Mustangs?

 

Yes, concerning the Aussies and the Clevo I know - they live in a very great symbiosis for decades from which we can only learn from :)

Yes there is a huge repop industry,around GTs especially, and a lot of mustang specialists too.

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That sounds good ::thumb::

 

Australia is on my visit-list ;)

Please do.

Give us Aus members a shout out before you head out and we maybe able to give you a few inside tips on what to do and see.

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There's a lot of Mustang stuff over here but not heaps of the 71-73 stuff, but it is getting better. The thing is though is that it is still cheaper to buy Mustang stuff from the U.S. as it works out heaps cheaper than to buy it here. As for our own stuff, it can be very expensive to restore these cars. As Luke said quality parts are worth a fortune and the aftermarket stuff is very hit and miss, with more miss than hit. There is a lot of talk on various forums on the poor quality of aftermarket stuff for all Australian made cars, this is the reason I try to find as much quality parts or NOS I can for my XA GS project is because some of the aftermarket stuff is terrible and even modifying it is still not right. The worst thing about trying to get parts on eBay especially, is you're contending with guys with unlimited funds. As for Cleveland stuff, well is an abundance of it over here and a lot of very knowledgeable people making very big power. Just look at the aftermarket performance stuff for them, CHI, AFD, Scott Cook, IC&E and so on, all designed and mostly made (except AFD, China) here in Australia. The 351 Cleveland was in our premier motorsport division from the time they arrived here in 1970, until 1984 when Australia changed to international group A rules, plus Ford Australia stopped making the Cleveland in 1982 anyway.

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There's a lot of Mustang stuff over here but not heaps of the 71-73 stuff, but it is getting better. The thing is though is that it is still cheaper to buy Mustang stuff from the U.S. as it works out heaps cheaper than to buy it here. As for our own stuff, it can be very expensive to restore these cars. As Luke said quality parts are worth a fortune and the aftermarket stuff is very hit and miss, with more miss than hit.

 

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The same here in Europe - each word could be transfered to the situation for Germany - and other countries too...

 

The most parts I do import by myself because it is cheaper in the end than on the five (often bad sorted) mustang shops here, it is faster and you have more influence in getting the right and best quality part on your own research!

Tim

 

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Wow that is a good looking Car[emoji6] Regards Lars

 

 

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The hardtops are great looking. I can see some Torino Talladega or Mercury Cyclone Spoiler in the styling. Talladega & Cyclone had the aero package for ford and the Boss 429 got the engine for NASCAR.

Depending on the year had anything from 390, 428, to 429 SCJ.

You have some sharp cars there.

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OK so what do you Guys see in these they are suppose to be loosely based on Pontiac lemans. Many think this is the best looking car manufactured here

HQ Monaro

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in base trim with alternate front

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I like them all, thank you for sharing ::thumb::

 

The hardtops are looking a bit more muscular and more elegant so they are my favorites. The Falcon XB is looking very similar to our cars, especially from the front.

 

How is it with spare parts - all the body and the interior is different from our cars...

 

 

 

I'm with Tim on the hardtops. They just have that muscular "Don't even think about it look". The body lines really remind me of a 70 Torino GT I owned. I really like the Mach 1 look of the hoods. Mine had a hood scoop (not the Shaker) but now that I've seen those hoods, makes me wish Ford had offered something like that in the States. It's hard for me to get excited about 4 door cars, but the ones you have shown I could find room for in my driveway! The rims and red wall tires really caught my eye. (Guess you can tell I'm old school):)

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Well Luke while I'm a big fan of the HQ 2 doors, I personally think that the Holden HK 2 door shape was best Australian designed car, followed by the Ford Xa hardtop, then the Chrysler CH/VH 2 doors. We had some great looking cars here in Australia and the 4 door performance cars was an Australian thing, because as we've discussed in another post, that was usually the only car the family had. Two car households in Australia during the 60's & 70's was nearly unheard of and that's why Bill Bourke knew a 4 door GT would work (and did very successfully) as he could see that most people, especially with families, only had the one vehicle to do everything.

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Wow that's cool stuff [emoji12] Nice too see some Fine Muscle Cars from Down Under!! [emoji6] Regards Lars

 

 

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Size wise the GTS was the equivalent to the 4DR GT ford however they where not direct performance rivals that slot was filled by the torana notice how some of the GTS have snowflake wheels

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Torana was GMs battlewagon of the day taking it to the GT Falcons while giving away almost a litre of engine displacement

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Hey - I meant no disrespect when I made the Maverick/Celica comment. :D

 

But here's what I'm talking about - The XA GT you mentioned:

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And here's what it reminded me of:

 

Maverick 4-door:

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Early '70s Toyota Celica:

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Granted, the late '60s Torino nose might've been more inspiration to the designers than a Celica, but I'm not as familiar with Torinos:

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Am I that far off?

Eric

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Eric no offence taken,I found your comment interesting because I see it now you have pointed it out just like other members have said they see jag benz and Lincoln in my own Kingswood. Some times it takes fresh eyes to see things for what they are.

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Best memories I have of childhood in the mid 70's were all the holidays I went on with my family.

 

And Dad's old (or new then) XA Falcon sedan was the vehicle that facilitated those holidays. Good times thanks to Ford Falcon 500!

 

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