Last Call: Pleased to Meat You Edition

In the U.S. the Ford Falcon had an ignominious end with the Torino-based ’70 1/2 budget beater. In Australia however, the Falcon became the mainstay of the company’s product line and its performance bonafides. Here we have one of the latter, a fat-tired Aussie XA Falcon GT, and it’s showing us its goodbye face.
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  1. 1slowvw Avatar

    Can we play round two of “let’s tell 1slowvw if this transmission will work behind a turbo ls.” It’s a working title.
    Picture is below, It’s a 4 speed of some kind, and I’m not thrilled about the four low. It will be going behind a 4.8 in an S10.
    Link for the ad is here below.
    Help me Hooniverse, I am a VW guy lost in the world of Chevy parts where I was drug in with the promise of cheap hp and rear wheel drive. I’m thinking this may be a 465 but I’m not really sure.

    1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

      SM465. You could make it work, and it’s a stout trans, but it seems to me that there are better options.

      1. 1slowvw Avatar

        I’m looking for strength more then drive-ability. I think I can find a bell housing and I work for a major auto part supplier so a yoke shouldn’t be a problem.
        I’m curious as to what folks would suggest as an alternative. It appears an NV3500 wouldn’t take the power. NV4500’s and T56’s are 500-1000$ transmissions in my area. This is going to be a street toy, however being a turbo motor I’m prepared to run a relatively mild rear gear and let the turbo fight against it. I may even go lower then a 3.73.
        So I guess the question is; if not this or the other two mentioned above, what are my options?

        1. 1slowvw Avatar

          Here is a picture of the swap candidate for reference. I towed it home this week. I absolutely love the colour. This stickers are almost gone. Most importantly though it’s already a 3 pedal truck, and the frame is solid.

        2. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

          I suppose with a turbo and a lighter truck, you could get away with running that trans and some taller rear gears, especially if budget is an issue. It would definitely be unique!

  2. Alff Avatar

    There’s been one of these languishing in a driveway a mile way from me for several years. I want it bad, but not bad enough to put an 8th car in the drive. I can tell that the time is ripe. Decisions, decisions.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    So is this a 1988 model, too? In Europe, the double-8 refers to the eigth letter in the alphabet, thus HH, meaning “Heil Hitler”. So that’s something I intuitively react to, and not in a positive way. Despite all the other positivity going on there.

    1. What_Tha Avatar

      No. It’s a ~1972. I guess the plate is an attempt at saying B B Bad, as in, bad to the bone.

    2. Manic_King Avatar

      Helly Hansen and the free Hansa city of Hamburg (reg. plates) among others must have been mightily pissed off when learning about this, in my mind not that widely known (is it a German thing?), meaning of HH. The 88 reference is even more obscure.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Ok, this is probably more official and thus obviously unintended than a personal vanity plate. I’ve actually never thought about that, growing up just across the border, 120km or so from Hamburg.

      2. jeepjeff Avatar

        It’s reasonably common amongst neo-nazis in the US. 88, particularly when paired with 14, is generally a reason to suspect someone is a white nationalist. It’s still pretty obscure: I’m an SPLC member and have a long standing fascination with the authoritarian right. I kind of expect it to be less common in Germany due to the long standing censorship of nazism and nazi related materials/symbols/etc.

        1. Manic_King Avatar

          Just today I tried to understand what ‘alt-right’ is and what’s their plan and so learned about the ‘1488rs’ as described in Breitbart’s guide:
          “Why “1488”? It’s a reference to two well-known Neo Nazi slogans, the first being the so-called 14 Words: “We Must Secure The Existence Of Our People And A Future For White Children.” The second part of the number, 88, is a reference to the 8th letter of the alphabet – H. Thus, “88” becomes “HH” which becomes “Heil Hitler.”
          That 14 part was completely new to me.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      So the 88BAD Falcon is IRL salad green? Could have been painted or ‘shopped.

        1. Moparmann Avatar

          Looks like someone liked Mopar’s color palette! 🙂

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        I think the green version is shopped, all the other colours are muted eg tail lights.
        The car has either been tubbed, back-halfed or similar – the leaf springs line up with where the exhausts normally live. You can get big rubber under them normally, but not this big!

  4. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Speaking of post-Falcon Torinos, I have suddenly and unexpectedly fallen in love with the one-year-only ’72 front end lately. Although, I think I want it on a Ranchero Squire.

    1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

      Like talking dog jokes, there are no bad Rancheros.

    2. Alff Avatar

      Tanshanomi, your Peter is showing.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

        Going solely by your Internet forum handle is soooo aughts.

        1. Alff Avatar

          Good thing Alff is my real name. BTW, I love that snout. I feel the same way about the similar vintage split-bumper Camaro.

          1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

            Peter Tanshanomi is now my real name. Or at least one of them, according to state records.

          2. Alff Avatar

            I look forward to the day when I can say, “I knew Peter Tanshanomi when he was P….. ……..” and they look at me in wonder.

        2. theskitter Avatar

          Everyone knows the mid ‘teens are part of the aughts.

  5. Borkwagen Avatar

    1. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

      Yep, that’s where my mind went, immediately.

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