TThanks A lot of interesting things were shared online during its construction., one of the most anticipated Street Machine Summernats 35 is this XC Falcon sedan. The car was created by long-time car craftsman Howard Austell working under his own Steel Design banner for client – and fellow Broken Hill born colleague – Peter Lewis.
Beneath the custom-built and unmistakably Ford-ish blue PPG paint, this iconic Falcon from the 1970s hides a fantastic innovation: the entire cabin floor and firewall are transplanted from the last-generation FG-series Falcon. .
Like all Estelle Bullet cars of the past 15 years, it’s built to drive so the transplant base allows teenage cabin comfort and tech to seamlessly integrate into the 1970s shell.
Sitting in his car, owner Peter looks at an FG Falcon dash structure, gauges and steering wheel and just below his left hand side is a complete FG heater/air-con/climate control system. FG’s pull-up handbrake replaces the antiquated underdash unit.
The FG’s front seat frames are tweaked and trimmed with rich tan leather, as is the meld XB/FG rear seat. All this has been built and engineered with the aim of being a 100 percent road-going masterpiece.
FG floor and electronics is something you can’t see right away. What is clearly evident is the superbly crafted body. But even the many long lists and tweaks take some time to notice: tighter panel gaps set at 5mm than stock, tucked bumpers, de-semined nose cones and smoother door jambs all add up. are but so expertly crafted and smoothly integrated that they don’t scream. Will you notice that the front wheel arches are pushed forward by 30mm? It matches the RodTech independent front end.
There’s so much FG going on in and out of this XC Falcon, you’d almost expect something with a barra in it. Nope what. Instead, Peter and Howard sourced an 8.6-liter (yes, really) naturally aspirated, pump-fueled, alloy-headed big-block ‘Boss 527’ mill from Case Race Engines in the U.S. with a cool – and cube-counting Aimed at elevation. .
Producing a mighty 770hp at 6400rpm, the Boss Architecture case is mated to a beefed-up ZF six-speed auto … yes, from an FG Falcon. The rear is a Kugel independent, with a nine-inch off-center. Doing all the work is a tuned FG engine management system and modified wiring to fire up eight individual throttle bodies.
Named the BOSSXC, the car is a stunning amalgamation of tradition and tech.