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Old 01-14-2008, 07:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There were a lot of little differences between Australian and US Falcons. In 1960 we had the XK Falcon, which was basically a US 1960 Falcon. Our next model was the XL in 1962, which had a different and a few other mechanical changes. "Ford boasted the XL had 734 new parts, the idea being that all-new parts would mean the end of the problems that plagued the XK."
Then in 1964 the brought out the XM, which is what I've got. It had a different front bumper, grill, headlight surrounds and all new chrome moldings around the the hood and front fenders, but still running the 1960 front sheet metal "XM prototypes were punished and resulted in 1500 modifications at a cost of £1 million." The utes, still had the US style quarter panels, although they aren't interchangeable. The rest of the Falcon range had all new rear quarters with the taillights mounted towards the top of the panel.
The model after mine, the XP for late '65 - 66 used US '62 Comet fenders, with a different grill and headlight surrounds, I'm not sure of the rest of the changes for this, I've always had a soft spot for the XM's so I don't know all the trivia on the later stuff. But we're still making Falcons over here, for the moment they still have an inline six in them, nothing is the same on it now, but in the next few years its getting replaced with a V6.
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Thanks for the picture; it does resemble our 62-63 Falcon. You do have a nice one! It looks like you already have a full tonneau on it which I would guess helps the aerodynamics quite a bit. If you don't carry loads in it you may be able to lower it a little depending on what kind of roads you drive on. This may do a little better job of shrouding your tires and keeping some of the air out from under the car. Of course if you put a full pan under it that will help a lot I would think.
How does one go about putting a full pan under a car? Do you turn the car upside down to work on it? I guess I'm just too old and lazy to think about laying on my back for anything but a nice little siesta...
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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no tonneau on it yet, thats just the different shaped quarters to the Rancheros. It will get lowered eventually, but nothing too extreme. It would be a lot easier if the car was upside down, good thing I have a spare roof. But the pan is getting there slowly, I'm doing it in sections so I can still remove things for easy access, there are a few pictures in the aerodynamics section of the progress so far.

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