Born in Australia, bred in South Africa
THE HOME OF THE RHINO

The difference between Australian Falcon GT and South African Fairmont GT

Thank you to Cameron Manewell of RestoPrep for permitting the publication of the below information

South African Fairmont XY GT

South African Fairmont XW GT

South African Fairmont XY GT

Factory cast sports headers

Engine bay

Same GT Autolite distributor

Australian Falcon XY GT

With the shaker top removed

GT 55Amp Alternator

Shaker Vacuum flap

Engine

54H body shell (GT body shell) 351 4V (big port) USA Crate motors, as the Aussie assembled XY GT engines Falcon & Fairmont GT had the same o cam o heads o intake manifold o factory cast sports exhaust manifolds o different to the standard cast units Engine numbers DO NOT match there body numbers Engines were stamped separate to the cars. Engine numbers were FV###X (e.g FV130X) or FVA for cars that were factory fitted with an auto transmission There are examples of the V replaced by other letters, examples seen FJ prefixes Unable to determine if the letter progressed up once the numbers rolled over, e.g FJ999X, then FK001X, etc. Unable to determine if a car has "matching numbers" and only the GT’s had the 351 4V. Engines the same D block Cleveland used in Australia Later 72 XY GT’s have H blocks, however not sure if these were the original block, all these engines were fitted with the Big Port 4V heads. Data plate code for 351 4V was "Y" , as per 302C in Australia  ------engines were DEFINITELY 351 4V engines----- only used different codes in South Africa.

Transmission:

Manuals were fitted with the GT top loader 4 speed Autos were FMX, Some if not all XW’s were fitted with C4s Data plate code for manual was "N" Data plate code for auto was "B"
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