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    Talking The XW

    So as some of you are probably aware, I have this week come into possession of this bad boy:



    It's kind of like getting reacquainted with an old friend, my first car was a white XW, and even though it was a bucket of shit, the desire to own a good one one day never left me. An XY Fairmont I bought for $1100 as a project car some 15 years ago had to be sold due to being kicked out of the workshop space I was in. Since then, I've always had that itch that needed scratching.

    It's in overall great nick, but as you can imagine with a 45 year old car that had it's resto done about 10 years ago, there are a few little things needing attention. Mainly mechanical.

    First cab off the rank is a cooling system flush. The radiator was half empty when the car arrived and what "coolant" was in there appears to have been diluted with tap water. So that shit is out; a good flush with the hose and in goes some Tectaloy 90. I'm going to replace the thermostat while I am at it as I don't know how old it is and the engine seems to get very hot. The heat radiated by the...err, radiator is just bullshit, it shouldn't get that hot. The old thermostat is a 71 degree unit and the replacement Stant unit I have bought is rated at 82. I will replace the sender unit once I get hold of one as the temp guage seems to hardly budge but I know full well that donk is getting HOT. The wire going into the temp sender plug is dodge as well so I will have to replace that.

    A new battery won't go astray either. It has this pissy little 360CCA battery in it that doesn't seem to last long. Needs new battery clamps too.

    Then to get it licensed.

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    and so the bottomless pit of classic car ownership turns once more ...lol

    my 71 hasn't cost me a thing, mostly because i haven't even looked at it in two years let allown driven it.....lol

    all the best mate ..

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    Tis a beautiful thing....

    With the heat, every clevo I've owned has run hot, especially the 351. Is this running a clevo or a Windsor? I can't remember from the other thread.
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    In the words of a wise man: if you don't read the papers you're uninformed, if you do read the papers you're misinformed.

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    Clevo mate.

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    Good luck to you RW, well done, you got what you wanted thats the main thing.
    I hope she's reliable and yu enjoy the cruising,sound and just having it there for enjoyment.
    I'm jealous, not that I'm a massive XY fan - don't get me wrong I'd love the thing, I'm having to make the call sooner or later buy a late FG - a FGX or I'd love a coupe or something similar as the next toy.
    Look forward seeing some other pics in the meantime once you have them to post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FTe217 View Post
    Good luck to you RW, well done, you got what you wanted thats the main thing.
    I hope she's reliable and yu enjoy the cruising,sound and just having it there for enjoyment.
    I'm jealous, not that I'm a massive XY fan - don't get me wrong I'd love the thing, I'm having to make the call sooner or later buy a late FG - a FGX or I'd love a coupe or something similar as the next toy.
    Look forward seeing some other pics in the meantime once you have them to post.
    Thanks mate. I've just finished the cooling system flush with a new thermostat, sender unit, coolant and thermostat housing (original iron one was rooted). It would seem the only thing that has changed is the temperature guage is now being honest - temp goes up to the half way mark now but when the engine stops, it creeps up to the red.

    One thing I have noticed is that the fan sits shy of the radiator by about 40mm and is actually half sticking out of the fan shroud. That can't be good for airflow either.

    Carby is a Carter Thermoquad. It would also seem there has been some bbq action in the air cleaner quite a bit given how black everything is in there and how charred the air filter is!!

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    Make sure you use the correct Clevo thermostat with the bypass plug at the bottom, and drill a 4mm hole in the face to allow a small flow of water to continue when its shut..

    People get caught out using the wrong one that's incorrectly specified for the Clevo...

    I always use the Dayco DT66A high flow thermostat(with the following numbers on the housing 333-180/82)

    Please be careful the windsor high flow thermostate is also a Dayco DT66A but has 330-180/82 on the housing.

    Correct thermostat is on the right. incorrect thermostat in my hand


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Vman View Post
    Make sure you use the correct Clevo thermostat with the bypass plug at the bottom, and drill a 4mm hole in the face to allow a small flow of water to continue when its shut..

    People get caught out using the wrong one that's incorrectly specified for the Clevo...
    Drilled the hole, but that's S.O.P. for me. Old trick my Dad taught me.

    Didn't see a bypass plug on the bottom? The engine block has the brass restrictor ring in the thermostat hole.

    EDIT: Well I definitely don't have the correct thermostat going from that pic!

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    Ditch the thermoquad, plastic junk carb.
    My Falcon family heritage: XY V8 Falcon 500, XYGT, XBGT, XC 351 GS, XD 4.1 Spack, EF wagon, AU Wagon, AU2 Wagon, AU2 XR8, BA XR8, BF XR8, FG XR6, Lucky last: Sprint 8. Oh wait, AU3 XLS Marlin Ute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road_Warrior View Post
    Drilled the hole, but that's S.O.P. for me. Old trick my Dad taught me.

    Didn't see a bypass plug on the bottom? The engine block has the brass restrictor ring in the thermostat hole.
    Same thing, Dad taught me too.

    My Falcon family heritage: XY V8 Falcon 500, XYGT, XBGT, XC 351 GS, XD 4.1 Spack, EF wagon, AU Wagon, AU2 Wagon, AU2 XR8, BA XR8, BF XR8, FG XR6, Lucky last: Sprint 8. Oh wait, AU3 XLS Marlin Ute!

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