BLOWN 1963 FORD XL FALCON UTE - READER'S CAR OF THE WEEK

Young gun Jarred Fiorenza turned a ratty-looking 1963 Ford XL Falcon ute into a rubber-killing fun machine

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19-year-old Jarred Fiorenza took a ratty-looking 1963 Ford XL Falcon ute, added a Holden UC Torana front end plus a blown 250 six and turned it into a rubber-killing fun machine

I’VE had my 1963 XL Falcon ute since I was 13 years old. I found it in a farmer’s paddock and ended up buying it off him.

Ford -xl -falcon -ute -rear -viewThe floorpan wasn’t in great shape, and the shock towers were that rusted that they eventually separated and snapped off from the inner guards.

Ford -xl -falcon -ute -side -viewWhen I was 15 I would finish work and head to Dad’s shed or Dennis Harley’s shed to work on it – we all worked together, and between the two of them they taught me everything that I know today.

Ford -xl -falcon -ute -engineDennis helped me build a full chassis, replace the floor and modify the trans tunnel. I pulled a UC Torana front end out of an upside-down car in the bush, and made that work in the ute too.

Ford -xl -falcon -ute -engine -detailI’ve had four different naturally aspirated engine combos in the ute, and this is its second blown combo. Currently it is a fully built 250 crossflow with forged internals, a 4/71 GM blower and an 850 Holley, and it runs on methanol.

It’s made 406rwhp at 10psi, through a C4 and a 28-spline Borg Warner diff.

Ford -xl -falcon -ute -burnout -2I’ve been using the ute for burnouts, so future plans include fitting mechanical injection, winding up the boost, and I reckon I will clear-coat the body, as I like the patina just the way it is!

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