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MICKS XY FALCON
« on: March 05, 2015, 09:23:16 AM »
Hi All,

Just picked up a ex army XY Falcon ute. She`s rust free and a little tired but should be a easy resto. She is totally original and even has dymo labels above the wheel arches stating tyre pressure and another label above iginiton stating 60 MPH. I would appreciate any one out there that might have any inservice photo`s of any XY`s.  Here are a couple of pic`s. The owner even supplied a unopened tin of original paint. 
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Mick

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2015, 09:26:28 AM »
That's a Rippa Mick, look forward to checking it out.
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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2015, 09:40:09 AM »
Hi Scott,

Thanks mate, I see you have been busy shopping too  :)

I`ll send you a PM.

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2015, 11:17:16 AM »
Hi All ,

I also read that Ford were conducting trails of a 4x4 version for the XY ute to add to the Land Rover 1/4 ton GS fleet as the LR`s were a bit slow.  Dont know where the trials finished up.  Here is the paint included and a couple more pic`s. 

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Mick

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2015, 11:32:08 AM »
Great buy - a good find in that condition after 45 years -the previous owners really loved it.
I bet it turns heads. As for photos in service.... what about your ARN. I wonder if thats a tad difficult.

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2015, 11:42:59 AM »
Turned up only one photo of a Ford belonging to AFV in Saigon, Sth Vietnam:
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P08521.003

Its a Galaxy Staff Car for Australian Mjr-Gen Dunston.

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2015, 12:53:56 PM »
Hi All ,

I also read that Ford were conducting trails of a 4x4 version for the XY ute to add to the Land Rover 1/4 ton GS fleet as the LR`s were a bit slow.  Dont know where the trials finished up.  Here is the paint included and a couple more pic`s. 

Cheers,

Mick

Ford made 432 4x4 utes. AFAIK, these are all civy versions with 6 cyl 3 spds and Jeep running gear. Quite the collector item in civy street.
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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2015, 01:10:26 PM »
Mick

Maybe we start up a new website REMXY's or SEXY for short.

Still annoyed didn't get my HQ but now I'm on the look out for a XY. Maybe one very close to home but too dear!
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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2015, 01:29:21 PM »
Great looking original ute Mick. It even has the TAC plate holders :o

I will start a new thread dealing with Ford CLs in the army as I have quite a few pix of these vehicles.

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2015, 02:28:11 PM »
Thanks boys,

She really is original. Tommy I'll look forward to your photo's. Are those tac holders in the right spot ? And we're there supposed to be some on the front ? I'm thinking of making a cage for the back and turning it into a MP wagon. I remember them vaguely :-)

Tommy how does it compare to the one you mentioned in Perth?

Cheers,

Mick

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2015, 03:00:04 PM »
Hi All ,

I also read that Ford were conducting trails of a 4x4 version for the XY ute to add to the Land Rover 1/4 ton GS fleet as the LR`s were a bit slow.  Dont know where the trials finished up.  Here is the paint included and a couple more pic`s. 

Cheers,

Mick

Ford made 432 4x4 utes. AFAIK, these are all civy versions with 6 cyl 3 spds and Jeep running gear. Quite the collector item in civy street.

The Falcon 4X4 ute was a bit of a disaster, even if it is a collector item. 

It's basically an XY Ute bolted on top of JEEP running gear, (the Ford parent company in the US at the time were negotiating to purchase the Kaiser-JEEP but lost out to AMC).

The development took so long the XY 4x4 ute (2nd generation Falcon) was sold alongside the third generation Falcon XA.

The 2WD Falcon ute body isn't strong enough and without a full sub-frame were cracking behind the cab requiring the retrofitting of a reinforcement kit.  When Ford failed to acquire JEEP the project was discontinued.
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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2015, 03:21:36 PM »
Thanks boys,

She really is original. Tommy I'll look forward to your photo's. Are those tac holders in the right spot ? And we're there supposed to be some on the front ? I'm thinking of making a cage for the back and turning it into a MP wagon. I remember them vaguely :-)

Tommy how does it compare to the one you mentioned in Perth?

Cheers,

Mick

Mick

TAC plate holders are in the correct position. Front TAC plate holders (x2) were mounted approx 20cms inboard of each headlight. Check to see what holes are/or may have been in bumper or behind grill. Also check behind bumper as the bracket may have been attached under there somewhere. Maybe to the actual bumper brackets themselves.

I did not get to view the XY over here unfortunately. It did look original and complete from the photos on Gumtree. I will see if I can chase it down for you.
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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2015, 03:35:07 PM »
Hi everyone,

Thanks for that Tommy, I'll look for the front mount holes. I'll post a photo of the other data plate next time , the one I took turned out really blurry.  I reckon army XY's in original condition would be light on the ground. Like LRPV's :-)

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2015, 03:37:01 PM »
Diana,

Is there nothing you don't know about military vehicles? You are amazing. Look forward to catching up at Corowa. What vehicle are you heading down in?

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Mick

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Re: MICKS XY FALCON
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2015, 06:28:15 PM »
Do I remember correctly: When the XY utes were in the Army, the tonneau covers were canvas?



Hi Mick

Tommy has more knowledge than I and he has piccies to prove it !  8)

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If we were near Temora, I could take you to visit a collector with a shed full of military Fords and a civvy XY Falcon 4X4.  Back when I was a youth, one of the seniors in the Venturer troop I was a member of had a new XY Falcon 4X4, so we knew it well (I only had a 1960 88").

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