New Project - Sierra XR8

Any questions or suggestions regarding restorations
Jason
Posts: 225
Joined: Sun 20 Apr 2008, 01:52
Location: Sin City, USA

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by Jason » Sun 09 Aug 2015, 20:55

Bearhawke wrote:We had a similar model offered here in the USA but; with no V8 option. it was named the Merkur Scorpio.
http://www.merkurclub.com/
The Merkur Scorpio was the German built Ford Granada Scorpio. The US Merkur Xr4ti was the Belgium built Ford Sierra 2dr hatchback. The Sierra 4dr hatchback body was never sold in the US but was used in SA for the XR8. The Sierra was a smaller car than the Granada. I had a mildly modified XR4ti in the early 1990's....the 2.3 turbo motor was a great motor and even better when you tweaked it.

Pumpkin
Posts: 43
Joined: Wed 19 Feb 2014, 22:03
Location: Pretoria/Durban

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by Pumpkin » Thu 13 Aug 2015, 11:02

Update: This was sometime back. Stripped out and ready for prep work. The car has already been given the correct shade of Diamond White.

Will update once the Stripes are on and the car is fully assembled.

Image

Image

Few small spots of rust under the windscreen and back glass.

Finding the correct shade of blue for the bumpers and below the doors is a challenge. Just going to match it as close to the vinyl that was sprayed over.

Anybody know where I can get Ford Badges?
1948 Chev 3100 - 350 V8
Project Pumpkin viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16305

1984 Ford Sierra XR8
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=20058

User avatar
Shauns
Posts: 59
Joined: Wed 20 Oct 2010, 09:45
Location: Debbin

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by Shauns » Thu 13 Aug 2015, 13:55

Coming along nicely ,
Just one question, that perplexes me.
People say that the front fenders are longer on the XR8 and the snout n grill also wider.
How true is this? from your pics it would seem fenders are the same as the std Sierra ??
2014 Toyota Fortuner D4D (current)
2005 Toyota Tazz 130 (current)
1989 Ford Sapphire 2.0i GLE - FSH - Grosvenor Pinetown - In Storage for now.
1977 Ford Mk 2 Escort 4 door - Kent Screamer - In progress

wanegofast
Posts: 82
Joined: Wed 24 Sep 2014, 13:56
Location: CAPE TOWN

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by wanegofast » Fri 04 Sep 2015, 10:32

yes i would also like to know i have heard that a few times myself when building my 302 sierra although it goes in tight i did not cut a single thing. that means if you xr8 guys bend a fender you would be screwed coz no other sierra bumper; fenders and bonnet will fit on the xr8. so if i had to say i would call it fiction. no way ford would have resigned a car just to build 250 of them.

User avatar
Gavin RS
Posts: 1114
Joined: Wed 22 Aug 2007, 16:37
Location: Randpark Ridge Randburg South Africa
Contact:

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by Gavin RS » Fri 04 Sep 2015, 11:35

As far as I know as the engine was only 100mm longer than the V6 they used electric fans, a different cross member , the grill was extended, so only thing really that is was moved (fenders are the same), uprated prop, Granada Diff, removal of rear anti roll bar and stiffer springs and obviously the vary rare F1 derived AP front calipers and bigger discs, and rear discs.around 90 special parts were created for this car and it was tested to a true speed of 231kmh and 6.95 sec to 100kmh

I can scan the whole CAR mag road test and spec if you want
1984 Rover Vanden Plas V8 (Historic Race car)
1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
1983 Rover Vanden Plas undergoing conversion to race car.
2009 Ford Territory ST,
2006 Ford Fiesta 1.6 Auto, daily driver

User avatar
ZA Perana
Posts: 7306
Joined: Sun 15 Jul 2007, 18:01
Location: Cape Town

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by ZA Perana » Fri 04 Sep 2015, 12:23

Gavin RS wrote:As far as I know as the engine was only 100mm longer than the V6 they used electric fans, a different cross member , the grill was extended, so only thing really that is was moved (fenders are the same), uprated prop, Granada Diff, removal of rear anti roll bar and stiffer springs and obviously the vary rare F1 derived AP front calipers and bigger discs, and rear discs.around 90 special parts were created for this car and it was tested to a true speed of 231kmh and 6.95 sec to 100kmh

I can scan the whole CAR mag road test and spec if you want
The fastest way of spotting a fake is the grill and the angle of the grill.
Alfa GTV 3.0
Ford Capri Perana V8
Chevy Lumina Supercharged

Wait not for tomorrow to do what can be done today, live each day for one knows not what the next day may hold.

User avatar
Gavin RS
Posts: 1114
Joined: Wed 22 Aug 2007, 16:37
Location: Randpark Ridge Randburg South Africa
Contact:

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by Gavin RS » Mon 07 Sep 2015, 13:25

That's true, quite easy to see if grill is not fitted properly.
1984 Rover Vanden Plas V8 (Historic Race car)
1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
1983 Rover Vanden Plas undergoing conversion to race car.
2009 Ford Territory ST,
2006 Ford Fiesta 1.6 Auto, daily driver

User avatar
colin davids
Posts: 203
Joined: Mon 19 Nov 2012, 08:49

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by colin davids » Mon 07 Sep 2015, 18:04

Some of the guys get the grille right because they probably take a mould from the original but then the headlights sit about 10mm too far back. The xr8 has got longer headlight brackets too. There is also an xr8-specific pressed steel crossmember running behind the front bumper in order to clear the radiator.Lots of under the skin stuff that doesnt get noticed.Good luck with the build.Yours looks like its going to be done right.
FORD CAPRI PERANA NO. 66
FORD CAPRI V8 DRAG CAR
FORD SIERRA XR8
FORD CORTINA 3.0 S W/CHEVY V8
BMW E30 W/ FORD 347 STROKER
1970 MUSTANG MACH 1 MANUAL W/4V CLEVELAND
SUZUKI GSXR 1000
FORD SAPPHIRE 2 LITRE 16 VALVE TURBO

User avatar
pietpetoors
Posts: 218
Joined: Mon 23 Nov 2015, 14:02
Location: Langebaan
Contact:

Re: New Project - Sierra XR8

Post by pietpetoors » Sat 04 Jun 2016, 21:45

So, what happened to the XR8? Did you find the correct blue for the bumpers? Did you finish it?
Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow!

Post Reply

Social Media

     

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests