There's no doubting that the XY Falcon is one of the most popular pre '80s vehicles with modified car enthusiasts in this country, especially those that are die-hard blue oval fans and when you take a look at the example before you, it's easy to understand why.
While it may not be a sought after GT model, Orce Nicoski's Fairmont is as clean as they come. The right combination of tough street modified and factory restoration, blending original with aftermarket to create something far more unique than the swarm of GT replicas you see cruising around these days.
Picked up from country Victoria as a rolling shell in November of last year, it was actually a 40th birthday present from Orce's wife. The car, which was completely rust free and in surprisingly good condition for its age had been sitting in a shed, on blocks for the past two decades.
As score on it's own but when Orce and his good mate Steve went to pick the car up they got even more than first expected with the previous owner opening the shed and stating, "Take it all, take every part, I want it all gone..."
Once the car was back home it was full steam ahead for the project, with Orce setting himself the goal of having the car finished, ready to cruise for his 41st birthday, just 12 short months away.
A tall order some may say but having previously built a '69 XT and a XY GT replica, Orce was confident in completing the build in time.
Starting off with the bodywork, Orce entrusted the team at Wollongong Collision repairs for the job. To speed things up Orce himself would spend three weeks in the shop, on his days off helping out, stripping the paint and various other fiddly jobs.
Once the body work was up to standard the guys got to work on the exterior colour. Several different shades of silver later and Orce found one that he felt matched the car perfectly.
With the shell now sorted and looking glam it was time to organise the running gear. Not looking to go anything too wild, Orce got in touch with Mick and Damien from BG Engines who sudgested he go with a 550hp 393-cube Clevo combo.
The stout stroker, fueled by a Quick Fuel technology 750 carby atop a Edlebrock Air Gap manifold provides the XY with more than enough motivation to get itself quickly in and out of trouble and looks quite at home in the super-clean engine bay.
Installed and tuned by Kon at Wollongong Automotive Services, the big Clevo sounds a treat through the dual three inch system thanks to Muffler Center at Fairy Meadow.
On the inside Orce has kept things simple, going for the original look utilising many factory trim pieces sourced from an XY GT.
Apart from the inclusion of a B&M shifter for the manualised C10 gearbox and a pair of Autometer gauges the cars interior is relatively stock. When they come from the factory looking as nice as this, well why would you want to change it anyways??
With help from a long list of people, Orce achieved his goal with time to spare, completing the ground-up build in just 10 months, a week before his 41st birthday.
Orce now plans on getting the car out as much as possible and enjoying his birthday present with family and friends who helped make it all possible... Sounds like a good plan to us mate, enjoy!
Be sure to check out the full photo gallery of this wicked XY in the feature Car section HERE.