OhAnthony Caruana has bagged yet another prestigious award by taking home the Street Champion trophy. Street Machine Smyrnatus 34.
Over the past three years the XD has won Top Ford at Showcars Melbourne, Top XD-XF at All Ford Day, Top Engine Bay (Street) at Summer Nets 32 and now Top Sedan (Street) and Street Champion at this year’s ‘Nets. . Just to name a few!
Apart from the addition of a tailshaft loop, the car hasn’t changed much since our feature, says Anthony. “We mostly entered this year to do driving events,” says Anthony. “So I’m very happy to get this result!”
Anthony thanked Hightrax Restorations for preparing the car for his Summernats 34 campaign, partner Azza, and his wife and children for their ongoing support.
This article on Anthony’s XD Falcon was first published in the January 2019 issue. Street Machine
It will come as no surprise to anyone that Anthony Carvana’s build of the Sweet XD Falcon began with far-reaching consequences in mind.
“It was supposed to be a quick rust repair and jamming job, but it got out of hand after we went to MotorEx Melbourne a few years ago,” says Anthony. Soon, the initial budget was binned and the XD went from a stock S-Pack to the arrow-straight, black silver cruiser it is now.
Anthony has had a thing for XD’s boxy lines since he was a young man. “Dad got me an XD for my first car when I was 18,” he says. “In 2000 I stupidly got rid of it for a VT Executive because I wanted electric windows and air con that worked, and I’ve been kicking myself ever since! About five years ago my wife got mad at me. And he said: ‘If you shut up, I’ll buy you a car!’ The next day I picked it up XD.
It must have been fate, because Anthony discovered the car very close to his home. “It was a one owner, 250 SPEC. I paid exactly the same amount for it as I sold my first one for!” he says.
The car was brought to the guys at High Tracks Restorations, who soon stripped it down and put it on a rotisserie. Thankfully it didn’t suffer much of the rust that plagued 80s Fords, but Tommy from EZ Customs was called in to perform surgery on a few areas affected by the dreaded tanworm. During their three-year stay at High Tracks, the boys turned Anthony’s dream of the Super Skimmick XD into reality. I’m pretty sure you can check the rulers for straightness against those magnetic gray panels!
“It looks exactly like I wanted it to,” says Anthony.
You might be surprised to know that it’s on XD gas. No, not nitrous oxide – LPG! An Impco 425 mixer mounted on a hollow four-barrel baseplate delivers just the right amount of flammable vapor to the Clevo. Supplying the mixer is an Impco B2 converter that is discreetly hidden behind the air cleaner, and all plumbing runs through the chassis.
Anthony bought the wheels before the XD was delivered to Hi Tracks. “They said they’d fit right under an XD, but when we tested them the week before MotorEx, the rear end hit the guards,” he says. “We couldn’t wrap the guards so we machined 5mm from the inside of the wheels”
“My partner Aaron built this setup for his XC,” says Anthony. “I told him I wanted the same and he said: ‘These are the parts, go for it!’ People can’t even tell it’s on gas – when it went to be roadworthy the guy had to redo all the paperwork because he thought it was on petrol.
Under the bonnet is an exercise in careful detailing. “We went through six combinations of air cleaner bases, tops, nuts and filters to clear the bonnet, because the guys said it was too good to cut,” says Anthony. The Corvette original battery was chosen because the posts are hidden on the back
Sunbury cylinder heads combined a bottom end that is all stock 302 Clive, along with stock 2V heads that have been rebuilt with LPG in mind, and a gas-optimized bomb stick. Combustion is carried out of the engine via Pacemaker extractors and a twin 2.25-inch stainless system that throws to the passenger side of the rear bar. At the rear of the baby Clio is a C10 with a 2700rpm converter, and the 3.45:1 LSD diff is lifted from the XH XR6.
A MOMO tiller, B&M shifter and a mostly hidden Alpine sound system complement the gray ESP trim nicely.
It’s hard to ignore the mega shiny CVF Racing Bullet Serpentine system boasting on the front of the motor. “I looked at the March kit when I bought the car and decided it was too expensive, but I paid even more for the CVF setup,” says Anthony. Still, it means that after 18 years Anthony finally has air con in his XD!
However, there is more to it than just keeping occupants comfortable. Although they look like ESP Sheels at first glance, the front seats are actually ED XR8 items reupholstered in ESP fabric by Global Trim in Wodonga, as was the XD Fairmont’s rear pew. Tommy from EZ Customs was given free rein when it came time to add some tunes, creating an unmistakable all-alpine sound system. The boot is surprisingly roomy, considering there’s a gas tank and audio gear. While the seats and stereo were being fitted, the rest of the interior trim was taken care of by DWP Motor Trimming.
With six months to go at MotorEx 2018, everyone pulled out all the stops to get the XD ready for display.
The cluster is factory, but the gauges were replaced with custom Speedhat items. Anthony says: “They are more accurate than the original, but the speed is based on GPS, so I have to be careful in the tunnels!”
“All the guys put a lot of work into making MotorEx,” says Anthony. “We didn’t win any awards, but it’s just a cruiser, not a full-blown SMOTY build.”
The XD won’t see much time until Anthony takes it to Smyrnatus, but after that it’ll be out for regular outings.
“I just want to jump in to get ice cream with my wife and kids – even though we won’t be eating them in the car!”
1980 Ford XDS Pack
paint: Axalta Cromax Pro Magnetic Gray
Brand: Ford Cleveland
include: Impco B2 converter, Impco 425 mixer, Weiand X-CELerator manifold
Oil pump: Stock
Cooling: Re-covered XD radiator, FG fan
Emissions: Pacemaker Tri Ys, Twin 2.25in Stainless System
Ignition: Bosch coil, MSD baffle, ICE leads
Difference: XH XR6 LSD, 3.45:1 gears
Suspension and brakes
in front: King springs, Gabriel shocks
Back: Rearrange the leaves, Gabriel shocks
brake: Ultra Performance Component Discs (f), Stock XH Discs (r)
Master Cylinder: Stock
Wheels and tires
codes: Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog; 18×7 (f), 18×8 (r)
Rubber: Salon Atrezzo; 215/40/18 (f), 245/40/18 (r)