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My New Ride

Post by Vannin on 23/1/2010, 11:00 am

Got my latest van purchase home tonight......

1985 XF Van, with Tailgates. Engineered with v8.
351 Stroker, Auto, Lsd, 4 wheel disc with slotted & cross drilled rotors.
Straight gas, twin tanks.....

Won't be on-line tonight, going cruising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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Post by highwaymenace on 23/1/2010, 11:28 am

so ya doing a geelong run to visit hey... lol

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Post by Vannin on 23/1/2010, 3:36 pm

did all the local haunts tonight Daz!!!!

Geelong????? we'll see!

And YES! I have washed Mr Bumpy since taking the pictures, & I washed the new one too!!!!
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Post by Crackers on 24/1/2010, 2:55 am

Hay John looks good for a ford. lol! lol!
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Post by Vannin on 24/1/2010, 3:51 am

Crackers wrote:Hay John looks good for a ford. lol! lol!

How did I know you'd go there!!!!!!!

Very happy, but was looking at Holdens as well, just couldn't find decent van at a decent price....

Had almost a 3 hour drive to go get this one........ and 3 hours back........

Murray & I looked at a van for $4500.00 that my mechanic wouldn't put on the hoist cause of rust.... same van is now $5900.00...
I must have looked at 80+ vans over the last 6 months, all the time money burning a hole in my pocket, but I held out and very glad I did!
Looked at WB's & HZ's, nothing had the appeal or features I was looking for. This one has all but A/C and nothing to do but drive it & figure out what to mod & customize first!!!!
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Post by Crackers on 24/1/2010, 8:12 am

I'll just say well done and congrats on a nother van, becouse any van is a good van. cheers
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Post by Vannin on 27/1/2010, 6:19 am

Took her yesterday (Australia Day) on a make or break test run....... Almost Mildura....

Hooked the trailer on the back, thru in the engine crane & took off to James's Place.

Then we set off for a run to collect his new engine........ and back.

After all was done, travelled over to Sunbury & had pizza with the DVV...
Met up with some I already know & some new faces.
Popped round to Mika's to perve on his van (& Landau Coupe, but they ain't important enough to mention)..... (& I ask myself, mmmm do I need another XF, will Mika part with it) TO BE CONTINUED!!!

Van ran great with good economy (to my suprise!) for a Stroker. Never skipped a beat.

I paid good $$$$ for the van, but I really think for what it is, and how well it's been built and quality of parts & workmanship used in the build..... It has been money very well spent.

She really needs a bath now after the run, so on the way home from work I plan to stop at car lovers to give her a wash and some loving (a Detail & vacuum) when I get home!.......
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Post by Guest on 27/1/2010, 6:40 am

Nice score and glad to see its looking after you; must be nice just to be able to jump in and drive something without having to do a full rebuild...

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Post by Vannin on 27/1/2010, 7:13 am

Haven't had it a week yet & changed lots, with lots of changes to come.
but Yeah! It's been good to just jump in a cruise in it & enjoy it.

Only went van shopping cause the Blue Van I doing is going to take 12 to 18 months for Body & Paint.
Needed a Van worthy of the Nats at Easter - And Found It!! but They wanted more $$$ than I had for "JADE" so I got this instead! LOL
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Post by mazdragon on 27/1/2010, 11:34 am

well done, even though it is a ford, but just as craig said, at least it's a van..... Razz looks good and glad it's running well..... guess i may see her on saturday morning? Very Happy
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Post by Vannin on 27/1/2010, 2:19 pm

You will Maz...... been out again tonight cruising and showing her off!

Kara loves her, & wants one now!

Went around to my wog mate Steve with all the Val's tonight, ended up with heaps of stuff he had left over from the many XF's he had.
"and ya need this, and this, oh and here's a gas strut that will keep ya bonnet up properly, & more & more"

Gotta love freebies!!!

Got my eye on a set of 15x295 12 slotters he has, but he's not sure yet if he will need them one day!
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Post by Odd_One_Out on 2/2/2010, 10:27 am

Nice snaps of your place there mate... You really are ............. driven!

Sweet new ride! What`s she sound like out the back?
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Post by Vannin on 2/2/2010, 12:33 pm

Sound out the back is a little choked at the moment (for rwc reasons, was a tad loud) But a nice deep note.
I can only describe as early 70's Clevo Growl (like a Phase 3 HO I s'pose)

Give it a couple of weeks & will open the exhaust back up n let her breathe!
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Post by vanner065 on 3/2/2010, 1:02 pm

It's an awsome van, i heard it comin down the road from about 300 meters away and he was basically rollong down the road, what a sweet motor, i am jealous. But John, that van was worth every cent, i like it alot.
Thanks again for all your help and advise.
James Very Happy
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Post by Vannin on 3/2/2010, 2:06 pm

Great to hear the Fordosaurus is up n mobile again James............

She is not the quietest car, Taken it to work twice this week, Auto serviced monday and timmers to look at today......
Both Kids and the dog are firmly Face Pressed to the front door when I roll in the driveway now.....

Going to bring her to VCV tomorrow night....... Crackers (hopefully) will be there and get to have a look & check out what I got planned...
Maybe even offer to help!!!!!!!!
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Post by highwaymenace on 3/2/2010, 2:25 pm

so we see it tomorrow nite at the VCV meeting hey

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Post by Crackers on 4/2/2010, 8:56 am

Yep I'm going tonight around 8.00. Maddie is starting saxaphone lesons tonight.So I won't be there for the BBQ.
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Post by Vannin on 10/3/2010, 11:55 am

Got two LCD screens in now, only 2 to go..................

Then the trimming, then the wiring,........................

Shit the Nats is nearly here!!!! Hurry!!! Hurry......
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Post by highwaymenace on 10/3/2010, 2:03 pm

best tidy up the magna,, and find a trailer to cart the gear down.

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Post by Vannin on 14/3/2010, 2:57 pm

AU Thermofans all in:

TEFBA coolant filter all fitted:

Driving & Fog Lamps fitted:

Big Arse front mounted towbar is back in:

The Bells & Whistles Stereo:

UHF CB Radio, where the stereo should be:

Using the rear window demister switch as a manual over-ride for the thermofans, demister light on dash comes on when the thermo's come on, if the fan motor fails, the light doesn't come on:

Got the S-Pack dash repaired, zero'd and back in:

Extra set of reversing lights:

Finally, today miracle effort, getting the 2nd of the two LCD TV's in the factory headrest fitted & wiring everything up:
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Post by mazdragon on 15/3/2010, 4:34 am

well done John, lookin good cheers
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Post by Crackers on 15/3/2010, 9:40 am

Love the head rest John, how many more tvs to go now?
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Post by Vannin on 15/3/2010, 9:42 am

1 more 19inch Craig...... then the fun begins with the other toys!!!!!!!

Then I may put a hornet scoop backwards on the roof & hide a projector in it!!!!!!
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Post by Crackers on 15/3/2010, 9:44 am

Way to go maaaaate. cheers
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Post by Guest on 15/3/2010, 11:46 am

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Headrests have turned out well.

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