My Ozzie Fairlane is up for sale.
My missus and I have now run out of money doing up our house and I am struggling to justify having the Fairlane sat in the garage. This is together with the fact that the only meet I wanted to go to this year I can't cause of work.
Basically, I've had her for over a year. She's a 1973 Ford Fairlane ZF, fitted with the Ozzie spec Cleveland 351 5.8 V8. (An excellent engine and arguably better than the American spec.) She's an auto and runs like a train. On paper she's supposed to be chucking out 260BHP, but I know with work done on the engine in the 90's its alot more.
She is featured on aus ford uk but please ignore some of the blurb on her as it is very inaccurate. http://www.aus-ford-uk.co.uk/html/zf_fairlane.html
More info on the Fairlane http://www.geocities.com/falconfacts...airlane.htmlat
I have recently spent £1500 on her and now there is nothing more that needs doing.
She has brand new brake pads front.
New shoes back.
New discs front.
New steering linkage.
New front lights, running and headlamps.
New drivers seat bolts.
I will throw in with the price a set of new rear brake drums and rear brake cylinders. The drums fitted are a bit rough but perfectly usable and one of the rear brake cylinders is missing its bleed nipple. The new drums and cylinders are on their way over from Oz in a boat so these'll have to be forwarded on to the buyer.
She has 10 months MOT.
She'll have at least 6 months tax. (Tax for next year is £185 so no need to worry re new tax brackets as she is obviously pre 2001 so only falls into the bracket of having an engine over 1600cc. Not bad I think considering the size of the engine.
She was manufactured in 10/73 but was shipped over here in 1974 for the London motor show. Hence the number plate. She came over with the only other ZF in the country which is currently in a fairly poor state and off the road in Herefordshire. Sold recently on ebay for £1100 + and needs alot of money and time invested in it. So it is the only one of its kind in Europe!!
It has obviously been changed a bit since 1974 having had a full rebuild and engine tweek from around 1995 to 2000. I have photos of the rebuild which will obviously go with the car.
The paint on the car is still very strong, it is Ford Daytona Yellow which I think is a great colour for such a big and meaty beast. There are a couple of micro blisters in a couple of places but nothing that I am concerned about and certainly nothing that merits any work being done to the paint. Overall the exterior of the car looks amazing. The interior is superb with an expensive dash from a Ford Falcon. Its all been retrimmed to an extremely high standard.
The underneath is solid as a rock. I have ramps here for proof and the last mechanic re the MOT will confirm this.
During my ownership she has had pride of place in my garage hooked up to a trickle charger and I think she's enjoyed the experience.
I cannot describe the noise this car makes when you want it to. Its ideal in that I can pootle out of town and it'll just be burbling away but when you want to it can and will sound like a bloody Boeing 747!!! The complete stainless steel exhaust system really helps this process!
She has no leaks and prior to the recent oil change I had no cause to even top up the oil in the year previous. Likewise with coolant. I think the hand made steel fan has alot to do with this.
I have never had any problems whatsoever with the vehicle and know it will give somebody alot of fun for years to come.
She will sit at 80mph all day long on the motor way if you want to and will still have more than enough guts to pull away from any interested tailgater.
You cannot underestimate the sheer power that the V8 produces.
I am 28 years old and have it insured fully comp on a classic policy using none of my no claims discount and pay £99 with Footman James. This includes break down cover!
On a motorway run she'll turn over around 16mpg and around town you're looking at around 12mpg. Comparable with a MK1 Landrover but with 100 times the power. She is manufactured to and does run on unleaded.
She is roughly 75" wide and 199" long. She does sit quite low to the ground so the overall effect is quite impressive.
A vast array of spares will come with the vehicle as well as the drums and rear brake cylinders which are on their way over. Spares include spare windshield, lots of electrics, bulbs, service parts etc etc.
I am in regular contact with the guy who rebuilt her who now lives in OZ, I have found that he is a great source for parts and advice. I have also found ebay australia very useful. Basically spares are not a problem, some of the service items for the engine are universal with the amercian spec Cleveland so parts can be bought from the UK cause so many of the Mustangs are fitted with the same engine. Any spares bought from OZ are generally alot cheaper than the equivalent spares in the UK and postage etc is not a problem. I have proof of a number of transactions I have made from OZ that went really well. I will assist sourcing spares for new buyer as and when they are needed no problem.
She wil also come with the Ozzie equivalent of a haynes manual and a CD with all the vehicle components detailed with spares numbers etc.
I am looking at starting her on ebay with a start price of £3899. However, I will consider any offers from a Ford nut!!
This is a hell of alot of car for that sort of money and I can assure you, you won't come across anything similar so a real steal and above all its a Ford!
I will be losing money on this what ever way I look at this so any positive feedback would be greatly appreciated.
The vehicle is sat in my garage having not been out since I last polished it around four weeks ago. I am located in WORCESTERSHIRE.
Tyre kickers and test pilots are welcome, but please don't take the Michael.
I will need to see some form of insurance if you do wish to take her out for a test.
Please feel free to contact me at any time on 07968613010. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As most of you will know I am not a dealer and this is only my second classic, the first being a MK1 Cortina that I had for over 7 years. I spent over 18 months searching for the Fairlane and viewed in excess of 20 vehicles before I chose her. I am a little bit fussy and I think this is reflected in the overall condition and quality of this beast.
Cheers guys. Take care,