Chris Gauci talks Ford Falcons and Drags In this readers car of the week

Photographers: Dan Browne

This is my pride and joy! My XW GT took about two years to build, all carried out in my two-car garage, including the bodywork, paint and assembly. Blood, sweat and tears are part of every build, but with this one I lost a half a finger!

CHRIS GAUCI S 1969 FORD FALCON XY GT rearThe car now has a solid heartbeat thanks to a 393 Cleveland with a hydraulic-roller cam, CHI 2V heads and a TFC intake. It pushes out around 620hp through a fully manualised C10 and nine-inch. Wheels are Center Line Auto Drags all ’round – 5.5-inch fronts and 8.5-inch rears with a 255 tyre.

CHRIS GAUCI S 1969 FORD FALCON XY GT engineThe suspension is relatively standard with the exception of Lovells shocks, while brakes are Ford XE discs up front and EL discs on the rear. Paint is PPG Acrylic Wild Violet. Interior trim is standard XW GT in Parchment White vinyl, with Auto Meter Sport Comp II gauges in the dash fascia.

CHRIS GAUCI S 1969 FORD FALCON XY GT interiorThe build wouldn’t have been possible without my family: my wife Aileen, Matt, Nicole, Anth and Justin. Thanks also to my mates who lent a hand throughout the build; Charlie at C&N Trimming; James Melmoth at MCE; Pro-Matic Transmissions; Razz for the diff; Allan at Blitz Custom Exhaust.

Photographers: Dan Browne