The first order of business was rebuilding the motor. Craig enlisted Kotzur Racing to transform the Cleveland into one mean lump. Kotzur bored the block .030-inch over, and fitted it with a 4.000-inch Eagle forged crank, steel rods, and a set of 9.5:1 JE pistons. To take advantage of the newfound 408 ci of displacement, a set of Trick Flow 225cc aluminum cylinder heads and a single-plane intake manifold got bolted down to the short-block. A COMP 224/224-at-.050 hydraulic roller cam actuates the valves, and the ignition system is all MSD. To improve driveability and fuel mileage, Craig yanked the carb and replaced it with an Edelbrock Pro-Flo EFI system. The result is a stout 540 hp.

With that kind of power, the chassis was in serious need of some modern suspension hardware, but that proved to be quite a challenge. "You can't go to the local parts store and find parts for a car like this, so I became good friends with the guys at GT Ford Performance in Australia (www.falcongt.com.au), who shipped me every part that I needed. Due to the time difference, I was always calling them around 10 p.m., and there is a much bigger language barrier than you'd think," Craig recalls. The Falcon's factory leaf-spring setup wouldn't cut it anymore, so Craig replaced the entire rear suspension with an RRS three-link system. The springs, steering rack, strut tower brace, sway bars, and disc brakes are RRS units as well. Sticking it all to the pavement are 18-inch American Racing Torq-Thrust II wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber. The full Pro Touring rubdown is quite befitting of an XC Falcon, a machine replete with hard-core racing pedigree. Back in 1977, XC Falcons finished 1-2 at the legendary Bathurst 1000 race, further enhancing the car's appeal.

Speaking of appeal, from their outrageous yet tasteful proportions to their potent Cleveland powerplants, there's a lot to like about these Aussie Falcons. The problem is that they're almost impossible to find, and that exclusivity is what Craig appreciates the most. "I love pulling up to a stoplight knowing that I will never see another Australian Falcon next to me," he says. "Since the car is right-hand drive, when I go cruising with my daughter, Sydney, people freak out when they see a 13-year-old in the passenger seat with her hands sticking out the window. I love seeing that look on her face, and it makes all the time and money that went into building this car worthwhile." Now that the cat's out of the bag, if you ever run across some oddball Grabber Blue muscle car, at least now you know what you're about to get smoked by.

BY THE NUMBERS
1976 Ford XC Falcon
Craig Goldberg
San Antonio, TX

Engine
Type: Ford Cleveland 408ci small-block
Block: stock, bored to 4.030 inches
Oiling: Melling pump, factory pan
Rotating assembly: Eagle 4.000-inch forged steel crank and rods; JE 9.5:1 forged pistons
Cylinder heads: Trick Flow 225cc aluminum castings with 2.08/1.60-inch valves
Camshaft: COMP Cams 224/224-at-.050 hydraulic roller; .566/.566-inch lift; 110-degree LSA
Valvetrain: COMP lifters, Scorpion 1.7:1 roller rockers
Induction: Trick Flow single-plane intake manifold; Edelbrock Pro-Flo EFI, injectors, and throttle body
Fuel system: Rick's Hot Rod Shop stainless steel tank, Weldon fuel pump
Ignition: MSD billet distributor, 6AL ignition box, and coil
Exhaust: Pacemaker 2-inch headers, dual 3-inch MagnaFlow mufflers
Cooling system: Be Cool radiator and electric fan
Output: 540 hp
Built By: Kotzur Racing

Drivetrain
Transmission: Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual; Centerforce clutch
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch rearend with 31-spline axles, 4.11:1 gears, and limited-slip differential

Chassis
Front suspension: RRS springs, sway bar, and tower brace; QA1 shocks
Rear suspension: RRS three-link, springs and sway bar; QA1 shocks
Brakes: RRS 12-inch rotors and two-piston calipers, front and rear

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: American Racing Torq-Thrust 18x8, front; 18x9.5, rear
Tires: BFGoodrich 225/45R18, front; 285/40R18, rear

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