Wolfgang Backer’s Ford XY Fairmont

Around 14 years ago, Wolfgang Backer had a magazine photo on his fridge – a black XY Falcon, the type of car that dreams are made of.


This article on Wolfgang’s XY Fairmont was originally published in the November 2018 issue of Street Machine

Yet sitting metres away in his garage was an XY Fairmont that was more of a nightmare than a dream. “The car was a dog’s breakfast,” Wolfgang says. “Stuff was held in with Tek screws and cable ties and it didn’t run well at all. The saving grace was the reasonably sound body and the fact it was a factory Fairmont, which was important to me.”

Around 10 years ago, Wolfie’s cousin, Simon Woodley, did him a massive favour and helped panel and paint the car for free. Of course, the car was going to be black – just like the car on the fridge – and Wolfie liked the idea of using Starlight Silver for the stripes.

The Man O’ War block wears CHI 3V 225cc heads and a matching CHI manifold, and is filled with forged Scat components for a capacity of 434ci. A Holley 1000cfm carby is fed pump fuel via a Barry Grant pump.

Mufflers R Us took care of the two-inch exhaust that flows from Pacemaker headers. Shane at Kirky’s Kustoms upgraded the wiring system, hiding what he could. “The car has made 680hp with 620lb-ft of torque and has run a best of 10.6 over the quarter,” Wolfie says. “I drove it home from the track that night.”

Since running that number, the XY has undergone some alterations. It now wears Calvert shocks all ’round and a set of CalTracs out back. The fully manualised C10 ’box has been upgraded with a transbrake, and the nine-inch diff is pieced together with billet axles, a full spool and street-friendly 3.9 gears. “If I could run a nine naturally aspirated, that would be awesome,” Wolfie says. “If that isn’t achievable then I might have to give it a shot of gas to make things interesting.”