Check out this gnarly XD Ford Falcon van owned by Queenslander Brett Ernst. Built in just nine weeks and it runs 10s!

Brett Ernst XD Ford Falcon van

“IT ALL started a couple of years ago,” says Queenslander Brett Ernst of his gnarly XD Ford Falcon van. “I had a garage at Powercruise 50 booked and paid for, but just nine weeks out I had no car.

"While having a beer with mates and surfing Gumtree online, I came across this nice, clean, windowless XD van. In nine weeks we pulled out the old 250 crossflow motor, blocked the car back and resprayed it at Jase Race & Restoration. Dave Flohr built the 460 big-block (which has pushed the car to a best of 10.9-seconds at Willowbank).

"I managed to find a Ford nine-inch locally. As we built it, the boys dubbed it ‘Frankenvan’, and the name stuck. It rolls on Weld Stars that I scored off Facebook, and was trimmed by Chris Anscombe of Evan’s Trim Shop. I’d like to thank each of these blokes for their help to get me to PC 50; I had a great incident-free time.”

The motor will be coming out for a once-over and freshen up with a bigger roller cam on the way, but Brett has no plans to fit a roll cage and go faster. Right now he's happy to cruise, clocking up more than 100kms a week on E85.


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