Restoration of a Ford classic

Dean Garner’s 1969 XW GT Falcon is painted in its original colours.

DEAN Garner has restored a 1969 XW GT Falcon to its original specifications from a shell and a pile of boxes.

He bought the car in 2006, and it sat for two years before he started working on it.

The Colac car enthusiast said he took about four years and a lot of research to restore the “Australian muscle car”.

“I bought it in bits,” Mr Garner said.

“There wasn’t a nut or bolt left on it.

“That was the hardest thing, putting it back together.”

The Falcon was not Mr Garner’s first restoration project, he also rebuilt other cars including a Monaro and an EH Holden.

Colac’s Dean Garner took more than four years to restore his XW GT Falcon.

Mr Garner said he considered himself a “Holden man”, but decided on the Ford XW GT Falcon because he’d restored one for a friend.

“I’d done one previously and thought ‘they’re not too bad to work on’, that’s why I got this one,” Mr Garner told the Colac Herald.

Ford rolled the first XW GT off the production line at its Broadmeadows plant in May 1969.

The XW GT's V8 powerplant.

The car company raced the XW GT at Bathurst in the same year and it came second in the race.

Car fans regard the XW GT as a classic and the vehicle can sell today for prices exceeding $100,000.

Mr Garner said he had rebuilt the car to its original specifications, including paint colour and the interior.

“I’ve done it all myself, the painting and the panels, with the help from a few different mates,” he said.

“It’s been good.”

Mr Garner’s two sons and daughter also helped with the restoration.

“I always need one of them to come out and hold something,” he said.

“They’ve helped me with bits and pieces.

“They love going for drives in it.”

Mr Garner will put the car on display at an All Ford Day at Geelong in a couple of weeks.

He said he expected to start on another project soon.

“Down the track I’ll move it on and start again,” Mr Garner said.

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