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Contact: Brad Merrick
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Melton Vic
Phone: 03 9743 4351
Mobile: 0417 396 026

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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 brad@xu-1.com.au email address is no longer in use. Either contact me via phone or send an email via the online enquiries page.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks
 

 

How can I help you today?

Engine Bay Parts
Interior Parts
Exterior Parts
Restorations

 

19/10/18
NEW BATCH OF LC GTR MUFLERS ARE UNDERWAY
A batch of LC GTR mufflers have been ordered due to many requests. They will be in stock after the Christmas break. Approx Feb 2019. 
28/08/18
NEW ITEM
Check strap springs are now in stock. $70pr plus postage. See 'Exterior parts page'.  
1/9/18
LJ XU-1 AIR CLEANER SETS
LJ Air cleaner assemblies are now back in stock after running out in June.
10/10/18
NEW ITEM
I've had the 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 steel fuel lines. 
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 late Feb 2019.  After these exhausts and mufflers are gone, THERE WILL NOT BE ANY MORE!

11/05/18

HAND MADE XU-1 RADIATORS

The hand made radiators are a very labour intensive item to produce. Currently have 5 on order to make, so any further orders can't be finished this year.  Any further orders will be after the 5 currently on order. 

2/2/18
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
The LC XU-1 fuel lines are in stock again. 
15/12/17
The Z shaped throttle arms for the 150cd's and 175cd's are now in stock.  
NEW ITEM
Steering rack boot clamps. $45 set + post.
See 'exterior parts'.
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.
 
 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. 
 

 

CHECK THE PICS IN 'EXTERIOR PARTS' FOR PROOF THAT OUR FLANGES DO FIT OVER THE STUDS.
Hope this info is of help. Thanks 
 
IMPORTANT PRODUCTION/DELIVERY INFO:
All my parts are hand made and may not be in stock at all times. ALL CUSTOMERS ORDERS ARE MADE AND PROCESSED IN TURN, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER PARTS RIGHT WHEN YOU NEED THEM AND COMPLAIN IF I DON'T HAVE THEM IN STOCK.  Boot spoilers, Vent pipes, Fuel lines, Linkage sets, Boot mats, Radiators etc take time to make and I usually have a waiting list for these and some other items and I also have the restoration work to do. I understand people want the parts when they need them, but I will not rush production,  or have customers wanting to skip a waiting line or listen to aggressive complaints if you have not planned your build time.  If you need parts for an up-coming event, please order the parts that you need early. 
 
 BEWARE OF OTHER BOOT SPOILERS BEING SOLD AS MINE. I've had 3 complaints in 2013 about 'very poor fitting bot spoilers'. My boot spoilers are not and never have been black. They are coming from a NSW company, not me. Mine are manufactured by myself from a genuine spoiler used for a mould. Each one is test fitted to a genuine boot lid repeatedly during production. If you're unsure about the supply of a part, you can call me direct.
 
WANTED TO BUY BACK:
I'm trying to locate my 8/72 LJ XU-1 that I sold in 1997. JP 217048. If you know where this vehicle is now, or if you own it, please contact myself. It's the green one at the bottom of this page.
 
Vic. Brad Merrick. Head office Melbourne: (03) 9743 4351 or 0417396026
WA. Mike Bell, Bunbury:(08)9728 3123. Email: mikeirenest@activ8.net.au
**Mike also keeps a large stock of parts. No wait time for orders**
 
My interest with XU-1 Torana's began with a ride to basketball training when I was about 15-16 yrs of age. I got into this little thunderous sounding car, and after a few hard sideways take-offs, I was hooked. I soon found out it was an LC XU1 Torana.
 
By the time I was 18, I had a March 17th Green, LJ XU-1 Torana.
 
I began making my own XU-1 Torana parts out of need, as I just couldn't find them. I'd borrow an original XU-1 part, make a master copy and go from there.
 
By 1995 I had a range of approx 10 XU-1 Torana parts and sold them in the trading post and to friends. Now I have a list of approx 80 XU-1 Torana parts,  and stock some items made by other companies.
 
These include:
 
I also tune, service and do full restorations on XU-1's and perform pre-purchase authenticity checks. See restorations page.
 
Hope my website is helpful.
 
Thanks, Brad Merrick.
March 17th, LJ XU-1, 1972
Bathurst special
(ABOVE)
    
Harry Firth, V8, Dolly Yellow LC XU-1 Replica.
(ABOVE)
Zodiac Blue, LJ XU-1, 1972
Bathurst special
(ABOVE)