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    FJ

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    E-Series Ute

    Post by FJ on Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:16 am

    1996 XG Falcon Longreach XR6 Utility

    The 1979 XD replacement with its sharp European lines brought with it the longest running Coupe Utility in almost 70 years of the Ford ute. Although its drivetrain and front end styling were steadily upgraded, the XD's original architecture survived for no less than two decades.
    It was a reflection on the rightness of the original XD ute as much as the rocky market conditions encountered by the Aussie ute. After Holden abandoned the ute market in 1985, it was left to the XD ute and its descendants to stop the Aussie ute from becoming extinct.
    The XD ute was effectively a crisper, more angular looking version of the long wheelbase XA ute. Because there was no XD Hardtop, Ford Australia had to return to the sedan's shorter front doors but filled the gap with additional windows behind each door. This marked the return to the original five window coupe utility design for the first time since Geelong production of the Mainline and Zephyr utes ended.
    Because of its passenger car origins, the Australian coupe utility always faced a much tougher and costlier set of ADR safety requirements than imported light commercial alternatives. As these rules became tougher, the cost advantages enjoyed by the imports grew and were further boosted by the tariff concessions that imported commercials enjoyed over passenger cars.
    Ford Australia survived this onslaught by skipping costly model changes for the ute and toughed this period out with mild upgrades based on the 1984 XF facelift of the XD. A steady group of buyers who appreciated the Falcon ute's passenger car comfort, powerful six cylinder engines and tough leaf spring rear suspension kept it alive. A badge-engineered Nissan version added much needed volume.
    Then the tables turned. An overheated yen wiped out some of the cost advantages and the 1990 arrival of the first Commodore ute from Holden helped switch the focus back to the local product. A new recreational market grew so fast that both models have since enjoyed record sales.
    In a twist of irony, the Falcon ute survived because it took over from Ford Australia's other unique recreational entry, the Capri. When Capri production ended, ute production continued on the Capri line separate from the Falcon passenger car range. This allowed Ford to continue with the earlier tooling until the market lifted and warranted major changes. The XG ute facelift was the critical first step in bringing the passenger car and commercial ranges back in line, a process that was complete on the launch of the AU ute. The Capri facility is now occupied by Air International for the "just in time" (JIT) supply process of the new BA Falcon range's amazing new seats.
    The 1993 XG Longreach facelift added Ford's latest overhead cam sixes from the passenger cars while retaining the early XF suspension and steering. Ford Australia added the Longreach name for its tough "workhorse" image, as the birthplace of Qantas and the home of the famous Stockman's Hall of Fame on the boundaries of the outback. Other Longreach variations included a genuine one-tonne payload option, the first for a Falcon ute and still unrivalled for a passenger-car based utility. The amazing Outback ute was effectively a rally version developed by Tickford for high speed long distance work beyond the bitumen.
    The addition of the sedan's more advanced engine led to the first XR6 ute in October 1993. The XR6 ute featured the signature four headlight XR front adapted to the XF sheetmetal leaving it with a wider, more rugged appearance than the current XR6 sedan. The XG XR6 ute was the first appearance change for the Falcon ute in almost a decade and had the unintended benefit of providing proud owners of early XF Falcon sedans with an appearance upgrade.
    Power went up 13 kW to 161 kW with a free flow exhaust, high compression head with mild porting, larger valves and guides, heavy duty valve springs, unique cam profile and specially programmed engine management system. Tickford's red cam cover and 2.5 inch chrome exhaust distinguished this special engine from the outside.
    High performance brake pads were fitted to the four wheel disc brakes. Ride height was lowered 34 mm at the front, 16 mm at the rear with firmer springs at the front, softer at the rear. Large capacity dampers, urethane bushes for the front anti-roll bar and special round bushes replacing the oval ones in the rear leaf springs, all played a part in making the XR6 ute one of the sharpest handling to this point. Its red accents, bumper mounted front indicators, Tickford wings, alloy wheels and sports seats with see-through headrests left no doubt that Ford Australia had made a welcome return to the performance ute market. It was popular and 1,050 were sold before the XH upgrade.
    Specifications

    Engine
    4.0-litre, SOHC, in-line six, recalibrated multi-point fuel injection, modified cylinder head, free-flow exhaust, 9.0:1 compression ratio, 161kW@4600rpm, 365.5Nm@3650rpm.(DIN)
    Transmission
    T50D 5-speed manual, all synchro. Ratios: 1st 3.25:1 2nd 1.99:1 3rd 1.29:1 4th 1.00:1 5th 0.72:1 Reverse 3.39:1
    BTR 95LE dual mode 4-speed automatic, XR6 calibrations, T-Bar shift. Ratios 1st 2.39:1 - 2nd 1.45:1 - 3rd 1.00:1 - 4th 0.69:1 Reverse 2.09:1
    Rear axle: 3.45:1, limited slip differential
    Suspension
    Front: Independent, upper and lower wishbones, stiffer coil spring/gas strut-type dampers and 22mm anti-roll bar with urethane bushes. Standard ride height reduced by 34 mm.
    Rear: Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs with round bushes and gas dampers. Standard ride height reduced by 16 mm. Payload reduced to 550 kg.
    Brakes
    Front 286mm ventilated discs, rear 286mm discs, BMXO semi-metallic pads, ABS, servo assisted.
    Wheels
    7JJ X 15" 5 spoke alloy wheels, P205/65HR15 Michelin MXV steel-belted radials.
    Performance
    0-100 km/h - 8.12 seconds; Standing 400m - 15.95 seconds
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    Re: E-Series Ute

    Post by FJ on Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:20 am

    1996 XH Falcon Longreach XR6 Utility

    The April 1996 XH facelift grafted the latest EF sedan front onto the squarer XD cabin generating an even sleeker XR6 ute. More than just an appearance upgrade, the XH introduced 1200 new parts to the ute range and opened the door for a V8 version in another year.
    By adopting the latest EF sedan's complete chassis construction forward of the cabin, the XH ute was the first with the SLALS (Short and Long Arm Long Spindle) front suspension and rack and pinion steering. It also brought the specific progressive deformation for an airbag system making the upper level Falcon S ute the first commercial vehicle in Australia to offer a standard airbag. It was a significant change as it was the first time the ute gained the sedan's latest engineering in eight years and reflected the market's new enthusiasm for the home grown coupe utility. For Ford Australia, keeping the ute market alive was now paying dividends.
    The XH XR6 Ute engine was identical to that in the EF XR6 sedan except for the deletion of the distributor-less ignition. Over the previous XR6 ute, it gained reprofiled ports and combustion chambers, larger valves, valve spring pre-load increased, higher fuel pressure, dual resonance/runner intake manifold, the latest calibration EEC-V electronic engine control module, and a lower back pressure exhaust system.
    Refinement went up considerably with a 12 counterweight crankshaft (compared to eight), dual mode damper, smaller main bearings, hydraulic engine mounts, twin thermo electric fans, nine bolt engine to transmission joint (compared to four) and a single serpentine accessory drive belt.
    The XHII facelift in November 1997 introduced the more aggressive front fascia from the EL XR6 sedan. Neither the XH or XHII utes were given the XR6 sedan's bonnet vents as the ute bonnet had a central bulge that was quite different to the sedan's flat bonnet profile.
    The market quickly embraced both upgrades with 1569 XH XR6 and 667 XHII XR6 utes built.
    Specifications

    Engine
    4.0-litre, SOHC, in-line six, recalibrated multi-point fuel injection, free-flow exhaust, modified cylinder head, 9.35:1 compression ratio, 164kW@5000rpm, 366Nm@3250rpm.(DIN)
    Transmission
    T50D 5-speed manual, all synchro. Ratios: 1st 3.25:1- 2nd 1.99:1 - 3rd 1.29:1 - 4th 1.00:1 - 5th 0.72:1 Reverse 3.39:1
    BTR 93LE dual-mode 4-speed automatic, XR6 calibrations, T-Bar shift. Ratios 1st 2.39:1 - 2nd 1.45:1 - 3rd 1.00:1 - 4th 0.69:1 Reverse 2.09:1
    Rear axle: 3.23:1, limited slip differential
    Suspension
    Front: Independent, upper and lower wishbones, stiffer coil spring/gas strut-type dampers and anti-roll bar with urethane bushes.
    Rear: Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs and gas dampers.
    Brakes
    Front 286mm ventilated discs, rear 286mm discs, BMXO semi-metallic pads, ABS, dual diaphragm booster.
    Wheels
    7JJ X 15" 5 spoke alloy wheels, P205/65HR15 Michelin MXV steel-belted radials.
    Optional 7JJ X 16" 5 spoke alloy wheels, P225/50ZR16 Michelin Pilot steel-belted radials
    Performance
    0-100 km/h - 7.95 seconds; Standing 400m - 15.89 seconds
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    Re: E-Series Ute

    Post by FJ on Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:23 am

    1997 XHII Falcon XR8 Utility

    Late in 1997, the XHII revival of a V8-powered Falcon ute opened the door for the first XR8 ute powered by a unique 185 kW engine that matched the power out put of the second series EL XR8. It was also Ford Australia's first V8 ute since the 4.9 and 5.8-litre versions of the Aussie-built Cleveland were last offered in the XD ute in 1980.
    For this version of the Windsor V8, Tickford combined the new Explorer cylinder heads with Cobra inlet manifolds from the EL GT program. It was a welcome return to the original concept of a coupe ute based on Ford's V8 performance model.
    Tickford modified the engine adding the EL GT inlet manifold, extractors and twin pipes which ended in a large 3 inch diameter chrome tail pipe. It was quite different in detail to the EL XR8 185 kW engine and was closer in specification to the AU XR8 engine.
    The front styling reflected the latest and more aggressive look from the EL XR8 sedan without the bonnet vents because of the ute's raised centre bonnet profile. The colour keyed mirrors and the XH's latest exterior mirror style in body colour and integrated body colour rear bumper with its off-centre number plate recess and tow bar blank combined with the XR8 grille, Tickford and XR8 badges and larger 16 inch wheels to successfully hide the ute's 1979 origins.
    The dash was still based on the 1984 XF instrument panel design but had the latest steering column, sports instruments and the contoured sports seats shared with the sedans.
    While it was showing its age in some areas, the last XHII XR8 was more than a match for Holden's ageing ute range which also continued with an earlier and smaller Commodore platform. By the time it was finally replaced in November 1998, this long lasting Falcon ute series had won many friends with its big load area, rugged construction and crisp styling that can still hold its own.
    Only 624 of these special XHII XR8 utes were built which makes each one special. As the ultimate version of the last fully integrated coupe ute body from Ford it is also a significant model in 64 years of Ford's Australian coupe ute history.
    Specifications

    Engine
    Windsor 5-litre V8, OHV, electronic multi-point fuel injection, 9.1:1 compression, roller rockers, EEC V engine management system, Explorer heads, electronic ignition, extractors, 185kW @5000rpm, 412Nm @ 3500rpm (DIN)
    Transmission
    T50D 5-speed manual, all synchro. Ratios: 1st 2.95:1- 2nd 1.94:1 - 3rd 1.34:1 - 4th 1.00:1 - 5th 0.73:1 Reverse 2.76:1
    BTR 97LE 4-speed dual mode automatic, XR8 calibrations, T-Bar shift. Ratios 1st 2.39:1 - 2nd 1.45:1 - 3rd 1.00:1 - 4th 0.69:1 Reverse 2.09:1
    Rear axle: 3.45:1, limited slip differential
    Suspension
    Front: Independent, upper and lower wishbones, stiffer coil spring/upgraded gas strut-type dampers, anti-roll bar with urethane bushes.
    Rear: Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs and upgraded gas dampers.
    Brakes
    Front 286 mm ventilated discs, rear 286CHECK mm discs, ABS 5.3, dual diaphragm servo assisted.
    Wheels
    7JJ X 16" 5 spoke alloy wheels, 225/50ZR16 Yokohama A510 steel-belted radials
    Performance
    0-100 km/h - 8.1 seconds; Standing 400m - 15.9 seconds

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