I specialise in the restoration of XU-1's and manufacture of XU-1 Torana parts.
Whether you have an unrestored XU-1 Torana that you want restored, a survivor XU-1 that just needs a service and carby tune or parts for a restoration, we can help out. Please let me know via phone or email and I can do my best to pass on years worth of knowledge.
10/12/18. Due to constant issues, my firstname.lastname@example.org email address is no longer in use. I'm contactable on the land line or mobile Monday to Friday. If I do not answer the phone, I'm probably fabricating, grinding or painting. Alternatively send a text and I'll reply to you.
Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks
NEW BATCH OF LC GTR MUFLERS ARE DELAYED
A batch of LC GTR mufflers have been ordered due to many requests. 11/6/19: There has been a manufacturing delay with supplier and won't be finished till December 2019.
NEW BATCH OF LC GTR LINKAGES
The LC GTR linkage sets have arrived. $235 per kit.
The plain chrome Sprintmaster caps are now back in stock. A new batch of Globe caps is underway, and expected completion is July 2020. Have 3 sets available for the batch of 10 sets
I've had the correct carby return springs made for the early 1972 LJ XU-1, that were fitted with the LC style fuel line and rubber inlet hoses. These return springs do not fit with the later screw in steel fuel lines. I've been told the same spring fits the LC XU-1, so I'm trialing on a couple on cars to make sure they're suitable for the LC XU-1.
HAND MADE XU-1 RADIATORS
The hand made radiators are a very labor intensive item to produce. Currently have a batch in production. Any further orders will be for a 2020 production run.
BLACK AIR DAMS BACK IN STOCK.
The black air dams have been out of stock for quite a while. They're now back in stock, painted in the original black or available in etch primer ready for paint.
LC XU-1 FUEL LINES BACK IN STOCK
New batch of LC XU-1 fuel lines are underway. Arriving end July 2019. $220.
The Z shaped throttle arms for the 150cd's and 175cd's are now in stock.
XU-1 EXHAUST SYSTEM PRODUCTION HAS ENDED. 1/12/18. FINAL ORDER OF MUFFLERS PLACED.
I first had XU-1 exhaust systems and mufflers made about 10 years ago, by an OEM company. However, due to the closure of Holden, Ford and Toyota the car dept is now closed.
My last order of 90 XU-1 exhaust systems and XU-1 mufflers arrived back in June 2017. Over 20 systems were presold, and there's only 22 systems left. If you need an LJ XU-1 exhaust system, call for one soon to avoid missing out. As of 1/12/18 I was informed I will not be able to order any more mufflers either. I have placed a final order of LC GTR Mufflers and LJ XU-1 mufflers which will be arriving July 2019. After these exhausts and mufflers are gone, THERE WILL NOT BE ANY MORE
RESTORED SEATBELTS AVAILABLE
If you don't have your own seatbelts to have restored, I occasionally have enough hardware to make up sets of Brisbane build seatbelts to sell outright. They can be made up to suit all LC-LJ's.
29/6/17 XU-1 exhaust systems
Last batch of LJ exhaust systems are now in stock. Same price as in 2012. $800 + transport.
EXHAUST SYSTEM INFORMATION.
I've heard some incorrect information circulating about the flanges on my LC GTR and LJ XU-1 exhaust systems. Firstly, to fit these exhaust systems, loosen the cast iron headers a bit, so they can move around a little. Put all the exhaust sections in place, but don't fully tighten yet. This will allow you to align the system properly and maintain clearances. Gradually tighten the headers, exhaust flanges and exhaust clamps (again, not fully yet), check clearances, adjust alignment again. Finally, tighten fully. Usually takes 30 minutes. If still unsure how to fit, take to your local exhaust shop for fitting or call me.
A number of people who do not have the in depth knowledge of manufacturing on exhaust systems are circulating a view that the pressed exhaust flanges that I use are incorrect and don't fit right. This is incorrect, so I'm addressing the issue with the correct information to set it straight. The company who has made these systems have been in business for almost 50years and have a massive amount of experience and expertise. When I first decided to make these exhaust systems, the company showed me a number of flaws in the design/production of the original GM product and flanges in particular, which had only become evident, resulting in common damage over 40+ years.
The flanges were made of a material too thin (2mm), and many flanges (including most of our original samples) had bent or distorted with heat and age. We chose to use 3mm to overcome this. Another flaw in the original flanges was that the centre hole size, (48mm) allowed the flanges to sit 1/2 way between the base and the centre of the slope, under the gasket collar. The original samples all showed crushing and damage here, as this is a weak spot. One original GM GTR engine pipe that we had for a sample even had the whole top of the collar sheared off in this spot. The strongest area of the gasket collar is right under the tip, where the pipe material is folded back on itself, just under where the gasket sits. I'll add pics below soon.
To avoid the same damage and crushing in another 20 odd + years etc, the manufacturer expanded the flange centre hole so that the flanges sit just under the tip of the collar. Some people have critisised these flanges because they don't sit in the original spot. Their view is misguided and incorrect as they don't understand why this was done. My exhaust pipes/flanges will not crush and distort like the originals in this area.
It was only possible to make these changes and produce a better product for my customers, as we've had the last 40 years to see the resulting damage and to alter the flawed areas. The last item to address is that a few people have also incorrectly said that our flanges have the stud holes too far apart and you can't fit them over the studs. The studs in the cast iron headers are 72.5 mm apart, centre to centre. I have seen a 0.5mm variance on several sets.
Due to heat and age, many studs have bent, and are no longer straight. Our flanges are 73mm centre to centre (give or take 1mm manufacturing tolerance) and fit perfect. THERE IS SOME LEEWAY WITH THE HOLE DIAMETER IN THE FLANGES. IF THE ORIGINAL STUDS IN YOUR CAST IRON HEADERS ARE FITTED IN CROOKED, (OR IF YOU HAVE FITTED NEW STUDS INTO YOUR HEADERS) AND THE CENTRE-TO-CENTRE MEASUREMENT IS WIDER THAN 74MM OR NARROWER THAN 71MM BETWEEN CENTRES, THE STUDS WILL FOUL ON THE FLANGE STUD HOLES. IF THIS IS THE PROBLEM, DON'T BLAME MY COMPONENT. NEW STUDS ARE ALSO LONGER THAN ORIGINALS, SO IF YOUR STUDS ARE FITTED INTO YOUR CAST HEADERS CROOKED, THIS COMPOUNDS THE PROBLEM EVEN FURTHER. TAKE MEASUREMENTS AND RECTIFY THE HEADERS.
March 17th, LJ XU-1, 1972
Harry Firth, V8, Dolly Yellow LC XU-1 Replica.
Zodiac Blue, LJ XU-1, 1972