Okay so last update for the year despite a few in the bank to post later on but this one is very due and it’s been one hell of a ride so please excuse the lengthy post that will be
Rightooo Had long time forum member Phil @xr6666turbo contact me at the start of the year (yes 12 months ago lol) to start on a conversation with what he had for grand plans on his BF Mk2 XR6T Ripcurl ute. Phil is a more senior member who despite being in his 60’s supports a very youthful outlook on his pride & joy ute which brought us around to having built up a very long and detailed list of what he wanted to achieve on his vehicle. Now this was something to be not about outright power or performance but to tick off a big bucket list for Phil which was to have in his possession a “Show” style vehicle that he could literally walk out to the shed to enjoy from a visual aspect first and foremost and everything else was kind of secondary. That also said Phil knew exactly what he wanted, didn’t want, had visions of and then wanted to tie it all in with a second round which will be Paint/Panel/Wheels in due course… So that said all Phil supplied me with was one very fancy Candy apple red rocker cover of which he had custom mixed colour and powder coated up in Brisbane. Oh yeh might I mention Phil’s from QLD and despite all the “Premium” workshops in QLD and along the East coast he had chosen me in little old Adelaide to complete this task for him - Humbled indeed on my end !!
Long story short it was time for the following
build a visually impactful engine bay, no requirement for engine to be rebuilt as power was the last thing on the check box, same with transmission. Despite having 310,000kms on the car both the engine and transmission had extensive service history and checked out as near on perfect before we went into the build so not to many dramas with completing the task at hand. Obviously with an engine full of sweet aftermarket part’s it’s going to make power but it was my job to cap it and make it “fun” but safe at the same time - what could go wrong / no pressure on my end hey 😂 .
Vehicle delivered from QLD with Phil driving her down for drop off.
Full strip down of everything mechanical
sent off for paint in engine bay
Full engine strip/clean/assemble of bolt on parts only
Full re installation of engine & transmission
Full custom fab work
Full polish of all accessories and hardware
Run in periods
Full custom Dyno tuning
Addition kms to be sure everything was rock solid
Full cut & polish of the exterior, leather treatment, engine bay detailing by “Pro Shine” Adelaide
Await collection from Phil flying in to Adelaide to collect and drive home ~2500kms back to QLD
A parts list as long as my Arm has gone into this build and a very detailed communication trail to keep Phil in the loop, choices, decisions, colours and then options around everything that happened. It was a massive project and has taken the best part of 7-8 months to complete from start to finish as a bit of 3rd party navigation had to happen with paint and fab works but all in all the pictures tell most of the story !
Phil’s objective was really to have something to go “Wow” at and I believe I’ve nailed it for him as he wanted very specific items in this mix so please respect that everyone has different opinions and expectations on what they perceive as the ultimate goal but undeniably it’s an amazing finish
All said and done here’s the build list and it finished up at a best of 417rwkw on 17psi of boost for a glory shot and Dyno sheet but backed it down to a very safe consistent 395-400rwkw all the time. Final Dyno sheet supplied was the No frills one that every customer gets ( No BS Dyno sheets here ) with it Rolling up a final 392.2rwkw on 15.2psi flat. I had the ute back on the Dyno a few times for checks along the after process and each time saw 395-400rwkw so comfortably makes it a 400 Vehicle which is pretty impressive off low boost !
Garrett G40-900 - 1.06 housing Vband in/outs
6 Boost new style manifold
Turbosmart 50mm Pro Gate plumbed back
Plazmaman 800HP intercooler kit
Plazmaman Top half polished plenum with FG T/B polished and adaptor plate
Plazmaman Single Pierberg UCST
Plazmaman HD wiring kit
Venom twin 2.5* SS Dump back exhaust
“Jerra Industries” custom Titanium Pie cut dump and plumb back and Hot / cold side intake pipes
Atomic new steel HD oil pump
Atomic HD Timing chain assembly
Atomic HD M12 Head studs with OS washers
Atomic HD lower sprocket
Atomic HD valve springs
Atomic Stage 2 Cam shafts
Atomic HD flex plate kit
Ross Racing Gold HD balancer
GFB 800 Reg on polished factory rail
New Genuine engine mounts
New Genuine Alternator
New genuine Starter motor
New Genuine water pump and metal pulley
New tensioner and metal pulley
New idler metal pulley
ANTZ Performance catch can with Aeroflow SS braid & fittings
Red accent washers and new “Allen” hardware
Striped bare block/head/sump/pick up/timing cover/ hot tanked /painted/ polished
Polished ECU cover/Fuse box cover/Brake reservoir/power steering reservoir cover/hot and cold side pipes on display/turbo comp cover/ Intake/ Thermostat cover/housing/coolant overflow tank
Aeroflow HD transmission cooler kit with Thermostatic switch fan custom mounted
Full ZF flush / service with GW SYN - TS
Aeroflow SS braided Coolant lines with red adaptors
Aeroflow fittings to A/N for turbo lines/Drain
KPM 1000cc Injectors with electrical adapters
GJ DRIVELINES CroMo 1000HP tailshaft with 1350 Uni/Yoke set up
Optima Red top tray mounted full custom battery relocation kit with billet battery clamp
“Stingray” Push button start kit
Genuine Ford new front Hubs
Full custom Dyno tuning on 98 fuel with PCMtech software protocol
The one item that started the Journey….
BEFORE: dead stock !
Massive thanks to Phil for giving me the chance to deliver him exactly what he wanted and I’m sure Phil will chime in on how his time was with me and if he’s happy with the outcome.
Massive thanks to the Wife for monumental support physically and mentally throughout this build as it took a fair bit of Blood sweat & tears to get to the end despite it looking like a simple job.
Thanks to Adam from Jerra Industries for fab work , Stan from “Stans” polishing, Anthony from Tunezbycece, Alex @boakesautomarine from Boakes Auto marine and plenty more who delivered on this project for me