Central West Car Club: Ian Westcott and his 1970 XY Falcon GT tribute ute

PASSIONATE PROJECT: Ian Westcott bought this 1970 XY Falcon GT tribute ute unfinished in June last year and has spent many hours getting it on the road, where he believes it belongs. Photo: Jeff McClurg
PASSIONATE PROJECT: Ian Westcott bought this 1970 XY Falcon GT tribute ute unfinished in June last year and has spent many hours getting it on the road, where he believes it belongs. Photo: Jeff McClurg

When you think about Aussie muscle cars it's hard to go past the iconic GT Falcon - renowned for its racing pedigree and it's raw toughness.

While the GT was never produced in a ute format, if it was, it would probably look very much like this one.

Ian Westcott from the Central West Car Club has recently finished putting together this car and I spoke to him to find out some more about it.

"It's a 1970 XY Falcon GT tribute ute," Ian said.

"I bought it as an unfinished project in June last year.

"It was mostly all there with an engine and most of the driveline, stock wheels and a fresh coat of purple paint."

Ian went on to tell me he spent lots of hours getting it sorted and having mechanical work done on it and by December 2019, it was on the road already.

"It was in the workshop getting some mechanicals finished off when I got a call saying the paint was starting to lift-off," Ian said.

"After some investigating we came to the conclusion that the body hadn't been properly prepped before paint, so there was no alternative but to strip it back and do it again."

It's definitely for the driving this car - I'm happy to put it on show but for me it's about having it on the streets and enjoying it.

Ian Westcott

So this year the ute copped another new paint job in the original Ford colour, Wild Violet with satin black blackouts on the bonnet and tailgate, and a fresh set of orange GT stripes.

The wheels are 16 inch three piece Simmons B45's set off by custom red wall tyres and there's a 351 Cleveland V8 under the bonnet matched up to a four speed top loader gearbox and nine inch diff.

"I've always had a passion for Australian muscle cars," Ian said.

"And in particular the Ford XY utes, so I'm absolutely stoked to have this car finished.

"It's definitely for the driving this car - I'm happy to put it on show but for me it's about having it on the streets and enjoying it."

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