The catalyst for the short-lived Ford XY Falcon 4×4 ute was the Australian Army, according to the late Howard Marsden, who was head of Ford Special Vehicles at the time.

In an interview conducted in 2001, Marsden said that the four cylinder-powered Land Rovers being used by the Army at the time were proving to be too underpowered, given that they often had to lug heavy payloads of troops and equipment and cover huge distances.

So in the late 1960s, the Army put out a tender to local manufacturers for expressions of interest in building a new 4×4 light truck with a more powerful six cylinder engine that could out-perform their Land Rovers.

Given the potential for large volume government fleet sales for the successful tenderer, Ford decided it was a challenge worthy of tackling.

They certainly had the facilities and specialised knowledge to have a decent shot at it. Ford’s assembly plant in Brisbane already handled the finicky local assembly of imported 2WD F series trucks that required a fair degree of improvisation on the production line.

And for several years the Brisbane plant had been collaborating with Willys Motors (the local importer of Jeeps) in supplying complete engines and numerous other Falcon parts like clutches and pedal assemblies required for local assembly of CJ5/CJ6 Jeeps.

These resources, combined with the product planning expertise of Ford Special Vehicles, made Ford  well placed to tackle such a program. In fact Al Turner, Marsden’s predecessor, had already played a key role in development of Ford’s Fiera light truck for the burgeoning Asian market.

Given Ford’s existing ties with Willys Motors, it was decided that the easiest and most cost-effective answer to the Army light truck tender was to convert the existing six cylinder XY Falcon ute into a 4×4 version, using proven Jeep drivetrain hardware and transmission adapters etc that already existed for the CJ5/CJ6.

The greatest engineering challenge Ford faced was to install a complete leaf-sprung live axle assembly under the front of a Falcon ute that was never designed for such things.

Marsden recalled with some dismay how difficult this task proved to be, as the Falcon ute featured the same unibody construction (body and chassis combined as one unit) as its sedan sibling rather than the traditional and much stronger body-on-ladder-frame design employed by Land Rover and other 4×4 manufacturers.

As a result, new mounting points for the front leaf springs fabricated from steel plate had to be welded directly to the bodyshell’s underfloor. High-lift leaf springs and shocks raised the rear end of the utility to match the newly raised front end.

Another challenge was providing enough clearance between the front axle and the engine’s sump and exhaust system to allow for adequate suspension travel. The simple solution was to make new engine mounts that slanted the engine over to the right by several degrees.

This tilt was large enough to provide adequate sump-to-axle clearance, but it also required a wedge-shaped spacer to be fitted between the carburettor base and inlet manifold to compensate for this angle change and maintain the correct static float bowl levels.

Don’t worry how it looks, just make it work. The in-line six had to be slanted to the right to allow clearance between the sump and front diff. Note the extra bracing that tied the firewall to the shock absorber towers for extra chassis strength.

The Falcon’s 250 cid (4.1 litre) inline six had plenty of performance on tap, with 155 bhp (116kW) @ 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 240 ft/lbs (325Nm) available from a very low 1600 rpm.

A heavy duty 10-inch dry plate clutch, Borg Warner AS5 T15A three-speed full-synchro gearbox with floor-mounted Jeep gearshift and a Spicer Model 20 two-speed transfer case also with floor lever control got power to the front and rear wheels through one-piece propeller shafts.

Brakes were 11 x 2-inch drum brakes all round (typical fare for 4x4s of this era) with 16 x 4.5 inch steel rims on skinny 6.00 x 16 all-terrain tyres.

Ford also developed some useful accessories including a powerful 8000 lb PTO winch (shaft-driven from the transfer case), a heavy duty tow bar and military-style high canvas canopy to cover the load area.

With a kerb weight of only 3620 lbs (1642 kgs), a useful payload of 1380 lbs (625 kgs), excellent approach and departure angles and a lateral tilt angle up to 45 degrees, the Falcon 4×4 ute had impressive cross-country performance and a high torque-to-weight ratio with or without load due to its relatively light unibody construction.

Not that any of this mattered to the Army, because the military never got to the stage of even field-testing Ford’s prototype, Marsden revealed.

He recalled that during the vehicle’s development, the Army made it clear to Ford that even though the basic concept was right, it was never going to meet their extreme battlefield requirements without the proven strength and durability of a traditional body-on-frame construction.

Clearly this was a path Ford did not have the resources to follow, which was probably just as well because after seeing what else was (or wasn’t) available, the Army opted for Land Rover’s more powerful six cylinder version.

When one door closes…

Fortunately Ford’s work on the local Army truck tender didn’t go to waste, as public interest in the 4×4 ute was enormous after ‘spy’ photos of it being tested at the company’s vast vehicle proving ground at You Yangs in Victoria appeared in local motoring magazines.

Marsden said that it was purely public demand that swayed the company bean-counters to approve the XY Falcon 4×4 ute for series production, which he said also created an instant new market segment for Ford.

To understand the public clamouring for this ‘cross-over’ type of vehicle, one has to realise that Australia’s national road network in the early 1970s featured a lot more dirt roads than today and the noisy, rough-riding 4×4 vehicles of the era were nothing like the luxurious leather-lined SUVs we now take for granted.

So with the need to haul loads across vast poor quality roads in comfort, the appeal of this new hybrid vehicle that combined a half-tonne plus carrying capacity and four wheel drive with many of the creature comforts of a modern sedan, was understandable.

But there were serious structural problems which had to be solved first, because the standard Falcon ute body was not designed to cope with the high suspension load paths it was being subjected to as a 4×4 vehicle.

According to Marsden, body stress fractures resulting from rigorous off-road testing prior to production showed that the front end would need to be beefed up to cope with the pounding dished out by the heavy live axle crashing around beneath it.

Note metal frames stretching forward from the firewall on each side to boost front chassis rail strength. These frames also restricted steering lock, resulting in this vehicle’s notoriously large turning circle! Note also the spring hangers made from steel plate and axle clearance for the sump and exhaust created by slanting the engine to the right. Narrow shaft with uni-joint is the driveshaft from the transfer case for the Power Take Off (PTO) winch.

Ford came up with some effective – if fairly crude – engineering solutions. Light steel frames (hidden beneath the front mudguards) spanned from the firewall forward to the radiator support panel on each side to add much needed strength and rigidity to the chassis rails.

Another brace, fabricated from several peices of u-section steel plate welded together, tied each front spring tower rigidly to the firewall.

The pre-production testing also showed that the bodyshell wasn’t the only thing that needed beefing up, as the original Dana front axle chosen for the project also proved it was not up to the task.

A heavier Dana unit with stronger 3300 lb axle capacity was specified for the production model. The standard Falcon ute’s Borg Warner rear axle was retained, as its 2000 lb axle load rating was adequate for the task.

By this stage of the 4×4 ute’s development in mid-1971, the XY Falcon range (launched in October 1970) was approaching the end of its production run, with the all-new XA model due for release in March 1972.

Ford set aside a batch of 432 XY Falcon ute bodies (the reason for this unusual build number is not known) that were earmarked for the 4×4 production run in the second half of 1971.

According to Ford workers, those XY ute shells actually remained stockpiled in the backyard of the Brisbane plant for almost a year, as ordering and delivery of the new Dana front axles from the US caused crippling delays.

By the time the imported front axle units finally arrived, the new XA Falcon range had been on sale for months, which would present a real challenge to dealers trying to sell a superseded XY Falcon ute as a ‘new’ offering alongside the latest swoopy XA model (below).

However, given the amount of time and money the project had already consumed, it was decided to push ahead as Ford figured typical Falcon 4×4 ute buyers would be pragmatic mostly rural types that wanted them more for practical reasons than appearances.

Marsden recalled that each of the 432 XY 4×4 utes produced at the Brisbane plant were essentially hand-built. They also had to be assembled on weekends by a dedicated team of workers, as each vehicle required the fitting of unique parts that would have disrupted the flow of normal plant production lines during the working week.

And given the unplanned model overlap, they also scored some XA parts during their construction including the high back bench seat with integral head rests, column-mounted ignition key/steering column lock and screen-bonded rear view mirror.

When the 432 XY Falcon 4×4 utes finally went on sale in early 1973 (some say late 1972) for a base price of $3680 with full 12,000 mile/12 month factory warranty, there was considerable pent-up buyer demand and Ford sold every one of them. It was the best get-out-of-jail card FoMoCo could have played.

Why 432 buyers liked it

The XY Falcon 4×4 ute was head and shoulders ahead in performance, comfort and features when compared with the agricultural Land Rover, Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol offerings at the time.

For here was a rugged all-terrain light truck that not only offered a load area that was superior to its 4WD cab-chassis competitors, but its standard equipment list included a tonneau cover, sump guard, dual exterior rear view mirrors and a tinted laminated windscreen for starters.

Occupants enjoyed lots of sedan car features inside, too, which were unheard of in rival 4×4 trucks.

These included door-pull arm rests, padded dual swivelling sun visors, swivelling quarter-vent windows, padded dash panel, full ‘airflow’ cabin ventilation, collapsible steering column, ignition and steering column lock, two-speed heater/demister, two-speed electric windscreen wipers and washers and tasteful saddle trim upholstery.

Factory options included a winch, tow bar and high military-style canopy.

You could even request a dealer-installed Falcon GT front spoiler and several vehicles (including the one featured in the sales brochure) had one fitted.

Not that it did anything remotely aerodynamic at that height –it just looked good.

The front axle was also fitted with a pair of Warn ‘Power Lock’ free-wheeling hubs which were just starting to appear in the aftermarket.

With the turn of two small keyways on the face of each hub (you had to have a screwdriver or small coin handy) these hubs disengaged the wheels from the front drive axles.

This handy feature saved fuel and lots of unnecessary wear and tear on the drivetrain when four wheel drive was not required. And in this vehicle’s case, that would have been most of the time.

 

Why Ford killed it

Despite widespread demand from the public and motoring press to continue the 4×4 ute program with the XA model and beyond, Ford called it quits.

Numerous theories have abounded over the past four decades as to why, including claims that the 4×4 design could not meet tough new ADR crash safety standards, or that the new XA body design with its long door openings was not rigid enough.

According to Marsden, though, the decision not to continue was determined by the same accountants that had approved the XY production run. It was simply that Ford lost so much money on the Falcon 4×4 ute program that to start all over again with the XA just did not stack up as a sensible business case.

However, what the XY program did do was alert Ford to growing local demand for the more luxurious breed of 4×4 light truck that was doing big business in the US, as part a boom in what the Yanks were calling ‘recreational vehicles’ or ‘RVs’ for short.

The answer was to start imports of the 4×4 version of Ford’s popular F-series truck from the US, at a much higher price premium, to satisfy that market need. Which it did brilliantly of course. And, through private import companies, continues to this day. And we can thank the XY Falcon 4×4 ute for playing a part in that. TJ

78 Responses to Aussie Classic: Ford XY Falcon 4×4 Ute

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  • Dhru says:

    What a GREAT story! Gotta love good ol’ Aussie ingenuity, especially when it involves “all road” Falcons!

  • maurrie says:

    Very interested in buying a 4×4 XY Falcon ute.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      These vehicles are rarer than most Falcon GTs and are very worthy collectables, particularly if you can find one that is in reasonable condition with its original factory drivetrain still intact. If you want more information about buying one, contact the XY Falcon 4WD Owners Group at [email protected]

      • Dave says:

        Hi. I’ve got one with the winch but they have put a 302 Windsor V8 in it. Just need a good place in MELBOURNE to get parts work done etc. Do ya know of any places?

        • Mark Oastler says:

          Thanks Dave. Interesting you have one fitted with a winch. If it’s the original factory-installed PTO version even better. The conversion from six cylinder to small block V8 power was popular at the time and seemed to work well. We don’t know of a workshop in Melbourne that specialises in servicing these rare vehicles, but we do know XY 4×4 ute club members drop by here regularly so hopefully they may be able to advise on your best course of action. Any advice for Dave guys?

  • Mark says:

    Hi. Are there any XY Falcon 4×4 utes for sale? And what sort of money are they getting?

    • Mark Oastler says:

      We had a long discussion about this as there’s currently no hard data on what these ultra rare utes are worth in the classic vehicle market. Our best guesstimate is this. Any base model six cylinder XY Falcon ute in good original condition is worth $10-15,000 these days. That price steps up to $20-30,000 for a GS model with 302 V8 and it’s name-your-price for a K code ute or van with 351 V8. So based on those figures, we would say an XY Falcon 4×4 ute restored to factory trim with all the correct original parts would have to be worth at least $35-50,000. And given the potential cost of restoration, that would probably be a bargain.
      Keep in mind that most of these vehicles had a hard life and were hand-built using numerous unique parts, so a full resto could be a very expensive exercise. You have to work out how much a resto would cost compared to how much the finished vehicle would realistically be worth. It’s a tough one!

      • Scott Bowden says:

        I have a 1972 XY 4×4 ute for sale. Registered. In excellent condition.
        If interested, give me a call on 0400422146.

  • Daniel says:

    What about the XY 4×4 wagons? And what would a wagon be worth?

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Ford never produced any 4×4 versions of the XY station wagon, although we’ve seen numerous examples converted in a similar fashion by enthusiasts. Some of them are done so well they look like genuine factory models using the original 4×4 ute running gear. Others have consisted of XY Falcon wagon bodies mounted on donor 4×4 chassis from Land Cruiser wagons etc. Either way, they were not produced by Ford.

  • RICK says:

    WOW, what a great read. I have an original XY 4×4 very rusty but mostly complete, a re-bodied runner and a wagon project started some time ago using an original front section (as the holes in the coil towers for the upper control arms have not been drilled out). Hope to have at least one of these on the road in the next 12-24 months.

  • cath Roberts says:

    And my Dad was one of those buyers. The old girl was sold in 2011 after he died for $25,000 if I remember correctly. These utes were the most comfortable thing I’ve driven especially at that time and I was sad it was sold, wanting to keep her for myself. This ute drove through 8 inches of rain to get supplies because a flood was coming down the Darling. She passed everyone on the side of the road bogged and unable to move. She sailed past albeit in 2nd gear through river country dirt road. She was our rain vehicle, practically go anywhere. Thank you for this story. I’m glad we had our day with the XY 4×4.

  • Don Ross says:

    I have just been left an XY Falcon wagon converted to 4X4 which my father meticulously had modified to Ford specs for the Utes. The car is immaculate and a joy to drive. I did hear somewhere that a dealer in Victoria produced a few 4X4 wagons. It is a shame Ford didn’t actually do this. I am looking forward to driving it again but it may be up for sale soon, as it will be an extra financial burden for my wife and I.

  • Mick from Sydney says:

    Hi. I have an XY 4×4 ute 1972 in very good condition for sale, $55,000 or near offer. For more info please ring 040 723 0410 because I don’t know how to use the computer.

  • Harry says:

    Hi. A great read. I have a Fire Yellow one in above average condition, one owner. It is a great driver and a pleasure to drive in. I live in NSW now and wondering if there is a club for XY Falcon 4×4 utes?

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Nice one Harry. Always good to hear about another XY 4×4 survivor with an appreciative owner. You’ll find the XY 4×4 group’s contact details in Glenn’s comment below. That’s one rare Ford you’ve got there.

  • Daniel says:

    Hi. I have a 4WD XY wagon and 2WD XW wagon. Both cars are for sale in Sydney. Call Daniel on 0452 560 107.

  • Glenn says:

    Hi, In regard to Harry’s enquiry about the XY 4×4 Club it is advised that it is now known as the XY FALCON 4WD OWNERS group, formly the XY Falcon 4×4 Registry. We have a get together once a year at Easter generally in NSW or Southern Qld and it has been operating since 1997.
    Harry can contact me on the following email address for details, [email protected]

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Thanks Glenn. I have updated your contact details in response to other enquiries about the XY Falcon 4WD Owners Group on this page. Great to know there is still plenty of interest in these rare Ford utes today. Please stay in touch.

  • Mike Casey says:

    Hi Mark, I own one of the XY 4x4s. I’m on my 4th resto. I still have all the original parts but I’ve made a few modifications to make it more driveable. I’ve installed a 289 Windsor V8 with a shortened 4 speed top loader with a Jeep floor shift.This has made it immensely more driveable. I’ve installed front disc brakes from a J10 to make it stop better. Mods in the near future will include factory AC and maybe a power steering box from a XA. I love this ute! It’s great to see this site and the interesting posts. Cheers.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Thanks Mike. Despite the XY 4×4′s rarity, it’s understandable that enthusiasts like yourself want to improve them in different areas. I think your use of Ford and Jeep parts for these upgrades is smart thinking, because they are consistent with the vehicle’s original component suppliers and would most likely have become factory options anyway if the Falcon 4×4 ute concept had continued into XA and beyond. That sounds like a mighty fine old Ford you’ve got there!

  • connor roulston says:

    Hi. I own a 4×4 XY ute and have spent the last 4 years restoring it and man, it was a bottomless pit. But it is finally done and the only non-original part is the disc brakes in the front.

  • GEORGE P C says:

    HI ALL. I HAD 2 XY FALCON 4X4 IN EIGHTIES AND NINETIES. BEST 4X4S I HAD EVER DRIVEN FOR OFF ROAD (ABILITY) AND COMFORT.

  • Carolyn Chapman says:

    I have a XY Falcon 4X4 Ute for sale. Call this number for more information: 0439 299 970.

    • Glenn says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      I noticed your message about selling an XY 4×4 and advise that as I am part of the XY FALCON 4WD OWNERS group we get requests regarding any vehicles that may come up for sale. So if you would like to send me an email to [email protected] with some photos and details of the xy and your price this can be passed onto to members who are looking for vehicles.

  • Roger says:

    I’m selling my 9/72 4×4 falcon ute. $15000

  • John Sullivan says:

    Dear XY 4×4 enthusiasts, I am interested in purchasing an original XY 4×4 ute. Either as a restoration project or running condition. If anyone has a car that they are interested in selling I would appreciate it if they could contact me on my e-mail address. ([email protected])

    Thankyou and take care – John Sullivan…

  • Hans Becker says:

    Slightly off topic, back in ’73 when I was in the Army in Bandiana, I worked in the Vehicle Platoon. On one occasion we received a batch of about 30 standard Army Ford utes, with canopy on the back with side seating for six. On checking the details as being what had been ordered, engine number, chassis number etc, one of the 30 turned out to have a V8 motor in it – the engine number etc were for a 6 however. That particular Ford was not ever issued while I was there and was kept on hand for us to drive. Not many V8 utes in the Army!

  • Don Maguire says:

    Hi all. I know of an XY 4×4 that is in pretty good shape. Very little rust, all pretty straight and all the numbers match etc. It needs restoring as it has been in a shed for 15 years. Is $5K a fair price for this car?
    Cheers Don.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Don, we get asked this question quite often. Fact is, there’s currently no hard data on what these ultra rare utes are worth in the classic vehicle market. Our best guesstimate is that an XY Falcon 4×4 ute, restored to factory trim with all the correct original parts etc, would have to be worth at least $35-50,000. And given the potential cost of restoration, that would probably be a bargain. Keep in mind that most of these vehicles had a hard life and were hand-built using numerous unique parts, so a full resto could be a very expensive exercise. You have to work out how much a resto would cost compared to how much the finished vehicle would realistically be worth. After working that out, you’ll be able to decide what the right purchase price will be. Hope this helps.

  • Don Maguire says:

    Mark, thanks for your comments. They will be taken in. From the history checks I have done with the ute, which has only done 55k, there are no signs of any chassis or body stresses. I feel I am onto something that with the correct approach can be put back into the history of one of Ford’s classics. Thanks again and look forward to keeping you up to date with the resto progress. Cheers Don

    • Mark Oastler says:

      That would be great Don. Look forward to seeing a few images of this vehicle. Sounds like one of those great ‘shed finds’ that pop up every now and then.

  • Graham Gray says:

    I have one. A beauty. Very original with 84,000 miles. I want $32,000 ono. The only reason I am parting with it is I have Motor Neurone Disease. Please email if you need more details. Thanks. [email protected]

    • Mark Oastler says:

      So sorry to hear about your illness Graham, particularly as it has forced you to part with your XY 4×4. Hopefully we can find a good home for her.

  • Graham Gray says:

    Further to my comment on December 3rd, 2014 my utility is no longer available. It has been sold. A bit like losing my right arm, but that’s life. At least I have owned two of these fantastic utilities, the first one from 1972 to 1988 and this one since 2000.

  • Ray Andersen says:

    Hi Mark. Great to hear about these rare XY utes. I have one (2WD) that I believe may be the rarest of all. It’s a factory K code, matching numbers, built 5/1972, painted in XA Copper Bronze (paint code R). It also has XA seats, column and came with many Fairmont options including wheel arch moulds. Ford tells me they have no records of any XY (other than the 4x4s) ever built after mine and it was probably a special dealer order by JACK BRABHAM FORD Bankstown. I would be interested if anyone can shed any more light on why this ute was made so late.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Thanks Ray. Interesting vehicle for sure. I’m surprised that Ford says it has no record of any XY being built after yours. Although the new XA sedan range was launched in March 1972, our records show that XY ute and panel van production continued until October 1972 when the XA utes/vans were introduced. I will run this past some Ford historians I know and get back to you. Cheers.

  • Glenn says:

    The XY Falcon 4WD Owners’ annual get-together will be held in Gilgandra this Easter 2015. We will be displaying our utes at the Information Centre on Easter Saturday and we will be in and around Gilgandra from April 3 to April 6. All welcome to come and see the very rare XY 4X4 utes from all over Australia on display.

  • Ray Andersen says:

    Thanks Mark, I would be very grateful. Cheers, Ray

  • Chris says:

    I am looking to get hold of a XY 4×4 ute and would like to become a member of the club and was wondering how to do this? Kind regards Chris.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Thanks Chris. You may have noticed that this comment section is full of XY 4×4 owners and enthusiasts! I’m sure one of them will make contact with you soon or you can contact the XY 4WD Owners Group at [email protected]

  • Ron Kelly says:

    I am new to this but I recently found a red XY 4×4 ute which had been sitting in a shed for 15 years. I went to ‘Rocky’ and drove it back to the Gold Coast. Just needs a new steering wheel. I would like to see more XY 4×4 utes in Qld for a show and tell day.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Great to hear of more XY 4×4 utes appearing from sheds and returning to active duties. Keep digging them up fellas!

  • Trevor Wickham says:

    Hey guys, just a little note to advise of a recent XY 4×4 barn find. It’s been hiding from the elements for over 20 years, after it was pulled apart for a re-spray then quite obviously the enthusiasm or the money dried up. The crash pad and glovebox are black and XA bucket seats are fitted. Apart from a vacuum gauge fitted next to the glovebox, it appears unmolested. The standard wheels are missing in action, but the body is exceptionally good. The compliance plate is hiding in an unknown place. Just a bit of trivia – hope you enjoyed it. This little beauty is going to live again. All the very best – and stay shiny side up. Trevor.

  • Trevor Wickham says:

    Does anyone have some close-up photos of the ridiculously large canvas canopy that was an option on the XY 4×4 ute? I want to build one as part of the restoration process. Yes, I know they are ugly, but how different and unique are they? A bit like the camping pack (Hatch Hutch) for a late 1970′s two-door Torana Hatchback. Any positive input is welcomed.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Great idea Trevor! There’s a small image of that factory canopy in the brochure shown in this story but I have never seen any close-up detailed shots of one. Those canopies looked very ‘Army’ which would make sense given the original military plans Ford had for the XY 4×4 ute. If anyone can assist Trevor it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Trevor Wickham says:

    My ute has a number of holes in the top lip of the ute tray. I can only assume that these were the locating points for the extremely aerodynamic canopy. If anyone has a standard set of wheels I would be very interested if you would like to part with them. During the week I spoke to a fitter and turner ( now over 70) who once worked at a shop in Brisbane in the early 1970s. He stated that all the car parks at the shop were taken up with 4WD Falcon utes! Thanks folks – I can’t afford a phase 3 GT-HO but I have the next rarest XY Falcon.

  • joel says:

    Were there any XY 4X4 utes made as dual cabs?

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Hi Joel. None of the original Falcon 4×4 utes were built as dual cabs, as they were all based on the standard XY ute bodyshell. However, what you’re suggesting would make a unique modern day variant for a skilled car builder to create, based on an XY Falcon station wagon body…so long as an original XY 4×4 ute wasn’t sacrificed in the process!

  • Neil Harvey says:

    Very good article. The XY Utes are rare. Jeep Australia had a fair bit of input into their creation. Rarer still are the Dual Cab Jeep J20 Trucks produced in Brisbane by Jeep Australia in the mid Eighties. As they did for the XY, local firms in Archerfield / Rocklea / Salisbury were used to modify an existing model, and produce a very rare version. I have one of a total of only 12 produced. That’d make a good story

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Glad you liked the XY article Neil. You’re right, those J20 dual cabs are very rare beasts indeed. I was not aware that they were produced locally (in RHD I assume) and they would certainly make a great collectable today. Do you know where the other 11 ended up?

  • Ron kelly says:

    Hi all. Is there a get-together this Easter? If so, where and when? I will be there with my red XY 4×4.

    • Glenn Walker says:

      The XY Falcon 4WD Owners’ annual get-together will be held at Blowering Holiday Park Caravan Park (near Tumut) this Easter 2016. We are hoping to display our utes on Easter Saturday afternoon in Tumut, not far from the static display of the Camaro Firebird US Muscle Car Nationals (if they can fit us in). All welcome to come and see the very rare XY 4X4 utes from all over Australia on display.

  • Mark Oastler says:

    Sounds great Glenn. I’m sure you’ll get a great response from both 4×4 ute owners and spectators alike!

  • Tony says:

    Hi guys, just found this article. Great read, very informative. I have one XY 4×4 ute, fairly original. Owned it for 15 years, has gas conversion, not original wheels, looking to sell. Approx $45,000 if anyone’s interested. [email protected] Cheers, Tony.

  • Trevor Wickham says:

    I am in the middle of an engine rebuild on my XY 4WD and just wanted to run a couple of things past some of the fellow ute owners. I have never driven a 4WD Falcon ute but I have worked on several (OK hundreds) of the engines. In my experience the 3.6 litre from the previous model was a far greater ‘all rounder’. It did not stretch timing chains, was far better on fuel, it revved better (over 1000 rpm more) but it did not have that extra low-down grunt. This then brings me to the real question – does the Falcon 4WD ute have an abundance of low-down grunt? That is to say, could it be better with the low-down torque quashed a little? Thanks.
    PS: I have seen a couple of these utes with cross-flow engines fitted – don’t do it. The pushrod drain holes are on the incorrect side and the tappet cover then holds about 3 litres of additional oil. Not too good if the valve guide seals are a bit ordinary. And the tappet cover gasket was never meant to dam up that much oil.

  • Simon D Lang says:

    I own a 1975 XB utility. It has Ford service plates under the bonnet for tropical or standard operation. There is a factory panel that bolts around the rear window I think to hold down the canopy, which has three high cross bars, a three-person bench seat inside the rear tub and mesh window protection for side and rear windows.

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Interesting Falcon ute Simon, although not an XY 4×4 obviously. Sounds like an ex-military model to me.

  • Paul Cadogan says:

    Hi. I bought an XY 4×4 ute approx six months ago. Previous owner had for ten years. He also has a 4×4 wagon and his neighbour has a V8 XY 4×4 ute. My ute had been hand-painted in camouflage, don’t ask me why. Might be a Nth Qld thing. I have resprayed it black. It has had some rough work done on it but I have it on the road and slowly fixing what I can. The XA seat has long gone and it has front discs. Is there any way of checking compliance plate? Also I have seen some articles on checking originality. Can someone tell me the easiest ways? Thanks. Paul. Cairns. NQ.

    • Marc Hill says:

      Hi Paul, sorry to post off-topic but I was wondering if you sold your RTV Falcon? Your Gumtree ad was taken down and I didn’t save your number, so could you kindly contact me on 0499 058 137 to let me know either way. Cheers mate, Marc.

  • Trevor Wickham says:

    Paul Cadogan, I am not far away from you and I’m sure your ute had a 2V head on it. Give me a ring, I’m sure I can help you out: 4091-1050.

  • Alex says:

    Hey guys, I’ve got a few of these puppies myself. Yes, that’s right, a few. I’ve also got an original army canvas back tent if anyone’s interested: [email protected]

  • John says:

    I owned one from ’79 until ’83. I put a 289 in it with a manual 4 speed from an F100. Wonder if it’s still on the road.

  • andrew brien says:

    Hi, I’ve got one as well and was in the club years ago. This article is a good read and has renewed my interest in getting the old girl going again (had it for 25 years and used to be my daily drive) and rejoining the club, seeing there are still plenty out there.

  • catherine Fergus says:

    Hi. We have an original 4×4 XY ute. It is in reasonable condition with some rust. We are considering selling it but have no idea what it is worth. Regards, Cath.

  • Ron Kelly says:

    Selling my red XY 4×4 ute on Saturday 19/11/16 at Loydes Auctions Gold Coast. Drives well, looks good being in shed for 16 years. Could drive this ute every day. Ph Ron 0407 078 101

  • Bryan Spangler says:

    I have 2 XY 4x4s which I am thinking about selling. Both have aftermarket rims and some mods done. One has 9″ diff, both have rust, one is very bad. Both are not runners. Any comments on what I should be asking for them would be great.

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