Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

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Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by V8 fan » Sun 06 Mar 2016, 23:23

As mentioned, I recently acquired this pristine example of an XR8 - one owner from new and a total mileage of only 118000km.

I drove it down from Jo'burg to the Cape - what a lekker road trip! As the Sierra is more to my father's liking, I was well surprised and very pleased with the car in general. Very comfortable, smooth, enough bok-vet for those elusive lorries on our roads and in general good handling. All in all, great buy!!

I'm currently busy with some work on the car - basically a little TLC. Sorting out the complete cooling system as the water pump is nearly shot, some of the hoses are slightly kaputt, radiator needs to be re-done and thermostat housing etc. is in need of change, complete engine service/clean-out, boot shocks replacement, coil and plug leads.

The rest of the work I will do as I have time - fitting the new cam, cleaning/painting out that k@k battery bracket in front of the fire wall which always rusted - another great invention/quality control by SAMCOR SA, proper K&N air cleaner for breathing, billet thermo housing, newly rebuild four core radiator, welsh plugs, restoring the bumpers back to that distinctive dark blue colour as the original patina is still on the inside. I think the original set up was a type of cling film.

Interior is mint bar the dash which my father is working on - it looks as if he might have sourced a decent replacement. The original radio, seats etc. is all still there except for the back board which covers the boot area. I'm assuming it should be grey - mine is a blue'ish colour.

Apart from this and perhaps a few engine bits I'm still after, I'd like to ask the experts on here a question regarding the front disc brakes. If I'm not mistaken, all four brakes are meant to be AP racing 281mm ventilated discs with 4-pot rotors. However, my front discs and callipers have been swopped out for some puny ones which are far too small for great stopping power. I also noticed some cabling which seems to go to the hubs...........I'm assuming that this could have been for an early ABS option perhaps?

If there's any member whom can help with the correct front discs and callipers, I'd appreciate it if he can give me a bell. :D
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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by Can-Am ZN » Mon 07 Mar 2016, 08:04

Hy lyk baie mooi, Gert...

I'm glad you finally found a good one of what you were looking for :D
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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by Gavin RS » Mon 07 Mar 2016, 12:17

Hi Gert

Nice,

Apologies, it totally slipped my mind regarding the front brakes. it seems to have std Sierra 3.0lt brakes on the front.

Should have AP 4 pot brakes and bigger vented discs up front. These are very rare calipers as they were AP racing (old type F1 calipers)

I will chat to a friend of mine who had a whole XR8 suspension system and see if he still has anything left

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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by V8 fan » Mon 07 Mar 2016, 19:23

Howzit Gav - thanks for looking boet ;)
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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by IndianaJones » Mon 07 Mar 2016, 19:30

Congratulations Gert, hope you dad enjoys her for many miles to come.

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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by V8 fan » Mon 07 Mar 2016, 20:00

For sure - it seems however as if we're gonna have to keep a set of keys each...........I too like this car very much!

It's also nice to have a Ford in the family again - been a long time coming.

Right, now where is that Perana :mrgreen:
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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by V8 fan » Tue 08 Mar 2016, 21:25

Okay, so today I went to source a few more bobs and pieces for the XR8 in the Cape-area.

When I asked about a good quality thermo housing for the intake, the question to me was what Ford V8 it was for? I said a Cleveland small block fitted in an XR8. The salesman then said that can't be as this type of engine only circulated between 1970 - 1973 :?:

He was adamant it to be a Windsor - also because of the tappet covers being mounted with 6 bolts and not 8 like on Cleveland engines.

Any ideas as I'm not that familiar with these engines - only know they were used in the same era of Mustangs and what they mention in the CAR test of back in the day.

Thanks for looking :D
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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by lumi-fan » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 05:58

I think it was a Windsor V8 they used in the XR8

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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by bmwmaniac » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 06:16

if the thermostat housing is on the intake, that already tells me its a windsor not a cleveland.
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Re: Sierra XR8 - another addition to the family

Post by maxman » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 07:01

You definitely have a Windsor block, Cleveland will not fit in that engine bay as far as I know.

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