2001 Ford Falcon AU RTV

Here at QUINFO we've known Chris for a couple of years now. Through our interactions over social media, we've also come to know that Chris is passionate about his cars and his 2001 Ford Falcon AU RTV is a testament to his skills and creativity. The other day we asked for some details so we could write a blog post about it and the response was so detailed there's nothing we can add! Sit back and have a read in Chris' words of what makes the AU RTV tick and how it came to be...

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Oh boy, where do I start... it's a 2001 AU2 4.0L Auto... I've known it since I was 7 years old, and it was 2. It was a Transport Inspector prior to my folks buying it at auction, thus it came with the bull-bar, raised rear leafs and Kings 1" lifted coils and Koni red shocks all around... was a flawless family car from 70,000km until 196,000km, when I got my licence and bought it.

I guess it already having a slight lift probably kicked off my idea when I was about 11 that it would be cool with a lift… which then lead on to more off-roady ideas.

Since buying it I began the project of turning it into an RTV Wagon. I bought all of the RTV components from a wreck, and fitted all of them with the help of two mates (bar the RTV’s lowered brackets for the leaf springs, as wagon and utes chassis is a little different and they don’t bolt in). The RTV front suspension and sub-frame bolts straight in as well as the vacuum locking M86 3:46 rear diff.
I also have a TJM Airtec snorkel, which are available to order from TJM. Roof rack with twin awnings & shovel holder, 235/75/15 BFG KO2 All-terrain tyres on CSA Magnum 15x7” +10mm offset wheels, custom made mudflaps, AU3 plastic sill covers, 2300kg HD towbar, Pacemaker 4499 extractors with Venom high flow cat and Redback 2.5” single muffler exhaust, Hella 100w spotlights, rare genuine Ford wagon rear spoiler and a factory option 3mm steel sump guard.

Inside I have a handful of Fairmont parts including Premium Sound 6 stacker with upgraded speakers and a 10” sub, MOMO woodgrain/leather steering wheel, modified door trims, leather console lid and woodgrain shifter surround with leather shifter, sheepskin seat covers, AU2 Fairmont rear seat, AU3 Ghia carpet & much more!

Soon doing a full high series interior including Black AU3 woodgrain dash, with factory colour Satnav, T series cluster, AU1 Black Fairlane door trims (with ‘hidden’ pockets), 10-way sportsman front seats and leather rear seats, LTD woodgrain headlight switch, window switches, woodgrain cupholder and rear console facia, and a REX Rear Entertainment Xtreme system (PS2, VCR, Nintendo for the back seat).
I also still have a AU front sunvisor to fit, and AU Ute wheel arch flares.

The places it allows me to go is incredible, never expected a diff-locked 2WD to be as capable as it is. In particular situations, it can out-drive 4WD’s without diff lockers. Nonetheless I’d still one day like to look at doing a AWD Territory conversion, as having the combination of AWD and rear locker will open up even more places to me!

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