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Ford EA/EB/ED/EF/EL, Quick and Easy Modifications
The Purpose of this document is to Outline Very Simple and Easy Modifications that can be made to the EA through to the EL Series of Falcon Models.
Each Modification described herein should be easily completed within a period of one Hour, and are easy enough to attempt by persons with very little mechanical or Electrical Knowledge.
Basically, this Document is a culmination of Modifications that are too small to have their own Specific Webpage dedicated to each, and as such, have all been thrown together here.

Modifications Discussed in this document include, but are not limited to,
  • Adding Chrome Door Handles to an EF/EL Falcon,
  • Adding Footwell Courtesy Lamps to EA-EL Falcons, (as fitted to Fairmont, Fairlane and LTD Models)
  • Adding the Center Console Courtesy Lamp to EF/EL Falcons, (as Fitted to Futura, XR's, Fairmonts, Fairlanes, and LTD Models)
    Finally, you might want to check back to this page once in a while, as more Modifications will be added to this page, as time permits !
  • Adding Chrome Door Handles to an EF / EL Falcon

    Chrome Door Handles, as fitted to Most Ghia Models

    This Section of the Document describes how to fit Chrome Interior Door Handles to an EF or EL Series Falcon.
    These are the same Chrome door handles that are fitted to some Fairmont Ghia, Fairlane and LTD models, as shown in the above picture.
    Please Note : Apparently, there are 4 Different types of Chrome Door Handles that are available from Ford.
    Firstly, there are 2 Different Solid Chrome Types, the Difference between the 2 are the Colour, (Cuppacino, and Luna Mist),
    The Second Types are Chrome Plated Plastic types, (Again with 2 Different Colours, Cuppacino, and Luna Mist). As far as I am aware, All EFII-NF-DF Models fitted with Chrome Door Handles, had the Full Chrome Door Handles.
    The Plastic Plated Chrome Handles were introduced on SOME of the EL/NL/DL Series.
    Unfortunately, I do not know which EL/NL/DL Models had these fitted.
    Also, the cost of these Door Handles from Ford are prohibitively EXPENSIVE - Around $50 Each !
    Having overcome the initial Sticker shock of these items, they are very worthwhile, in terms of adding a prestige and exclusivity element to the interior of your car.
    Anyway, the part Numbers for the REAL Chrome Door Handles are,
    Cuppacino (Beige) Drivers Side : 94DA
    Cuppacino (Beige) Passenger Side : 94DA
    Luna Mist (Grey) Drivers Side : 94DA
    Luna Mist (Grey) Passenger Side : 94DA

    Removing the Original Door Handles
    Now for the Difficult part, Firstly you will need to pop the Little plastic cover in the middle of your existing Door Handles.
    To do this, it is easiest to use a Flatheaded Screwdriver, and pop it from the top.
    Once this has been completed, you will notice a large phillips head Screw Sitting there, holding the Door Handle in place.
    Use a Phillips head screwdriver, and unscrew the screw.
    Finally, slowly rmove the handle from the door trim, you will then notice that the door handle is attached via the Door Handle Rod.
    The Door Handle Rod can be disengaged by twisting and turning the door handle, and pulling the Rod from out of the Door Handle plastic Washer.
    Note : There are no clips, or no tricks to this, its simply a matter of playing around to feed the rod out from the door handle.

    The Door Trim, with the Door Handle Removed. NOTE the Door Handle Rod on the Right !

    Fitting the Chrome Door Handles
    Now for the Fun part !
    Firstly feed the Door Handle Rod back in to the Door Handle washer.
    Again, you will need to twist the Door Handle around the Rod, in order to feed the rod back in to place.
    Now that has been completed, you will need to screw the Door Handle back in to the door trim.
    Finally, before clipping the plastic Screw Cover in to place, check to see if the Door Handle is operating correctly.
    If it isnt, then the Door Handle Rod is not sitting correctly on the Door Handle Washer, so remove the Handle again, and play around with it further.
    If all is well, then simply pop the Screw cover in place, and enjoy !
    Adding Footwell Courtesy Lamps to EA-EL Series Falcons
    In terms of Very Cheap, and Easy Modifications, this one takes the Cake !
    Total Cost, (If you hunt around a little) for this modification should not exceed $5.00 (AU)
    And the Total time to execute this modification should not be any longer than 1 Hour.
    Anyway, the Footwell Courtesy Lamps are the Lights that are placed underneath the Falcons Dash, and basically light up the area around the Driver's, and Front Passenger's Feet.
    Now Before you discount this mod as being stupid, such lighting makes a huge impression on passengers at night time, as it helps them enter and Exit the Vehicle by Illuminating the Area that they are to place their Feet !
    (Well, OK, that description didnt convince me either, but hey, For $5.00, whos complaining !)
    Anyway, the Parts you will need for this modification are,
  • 2 x metres of Figure 8 Cable, (Thin Cheap stuff will do !)
  • 2 x Screw type Bulb Holders, (The EXACT Same type as the one Used for Auto Transmission Illumination),
  • 2 x 2 Watt Wedge Bulbs, (Again, The EXACT Same type as the one Used for Auto Transmission Illumination),
  • Some Electrical tape, solder, and soldering Iron.
  • A picture of the Bulb holder, and Light Bulb Required for this Modification

    Please Note : If you are one of the Lucky Buggers whom has a Manual Transmision, and dont know WTF I am talking about, then check the Bulb Holder and Bulb used for the Rear Mount Stop Light, as this also, is EXACTLY the same as the Auto Transmission Bulb and Holder.

    Once you have these parts, its then time to start running the Cable to the Nearest Courtesy Lamp.

    WARNING : If you have a GLi model, then you will notice that there is no Ignition Keylight Illumination.
    This will mean that the Wire for the Footwell lamp will need to be run from the Centre Console Connector, located underneath the Radio, behind the Cigarette Lighter.
    This connector has 8 Pins, with only a couple pins used for wiring purposes.
    The Wire colours required are ,
  • Black/Blue (Switched to Ground by the BEM to turn the Lamps on)
  • Green/Yellow (Connected to the 10Amp Interior Illumination Fuse)
    These are located on the second column of the connector, just above and below one another.

    If you dont have a GLi model, then Possibly the Easiest place to connect your new footwell lamps, is to the Ignition Key Illumination.
    The Ignition Key Illumintation Bulb is wired Directly to the Roof Mounted Interior Lamp, and as such, is perfect for this application.
    What you now nned to do now is solder some figure 8 Wire to the Bulb Holder, then Fit the Bulb Holder in to place !
    Luckily for you, Ford has Kindly already provided the Mounting points for these Bulb Holders, so all you need to do is locate them, and screw your Bulb Holders in to place.
    See Above pictures for more details of the Locations for the Bulb Holders.
    The Drivers Side Footwell Lamp is located just under the Bonnet Release Lever, and has a hole around 1cm in Diameter.
    The Passenger Side Footwell lamp is located Underneath the Glovebox, around the Centre. Again there should be a round Cut out existing for the Bulb Holder.
    Finally, with the Bulb Holders Mounted in their correct positions, you will need to run the cabling throught the Dash, to the Ignition Key Illumination Lamp.
    This Unfortunately is the hard part, and will require some creativity on your part !
    Once the above has been completed, simply splice the figure 8 wiring in parallel with the Ignition Key Lamp, and you are in business.
  • Adding the Centre Console Courtesy Lamp

    The Centre Console Courtesy Illumintation, Fitted

    This modification is suitable for all EF and EL Model Falcons, and is the same as the Centre Console Courtesy Lamp fitted to Futura, Fairmont, Fairlane, and LTD models.
    The Centre Console Lamp is used to Further Illuminate the Back Footwells of the Vehicle, as well as add further prestige and visual appeal to the interior of the vehicle.

    Parts Required :
    The Centre Console Lense, as Required for this Modification  A picture of the Bulb holder, and Light Bulb Required for this Modification

    Centre Console Lamp Lense - Part Number 94DA13K707-AA
    Bulb Holder, the same as the one used for the Automatic Transmission Illumination, or Rear Mount Stop Lamp)
    See above Footwell Lamp Illumination for more Information regarding the Bulb and Bulb Holder.
    You will also need around 2 metres of Figure 8 Wiring (Thin and Cheap).

    Firstly, you will need to remove the existing Plastic Cover, for the Illumination.
    This can be acheived by using a flat headed screwdriver, and by prying the Bottom of the Plastic cover, from the Middle, outward, to disengage the plastic clip.
    Once this has been completed, you should be presented with something like the following,
    The Centre Console With the Plastic Blanking bit removed 
    In the above photo, you can see where the Bulb Holder is to be screwed in place.
    The Next Part that you will need to complete, is to run a length of the Figure 8 Cable, from the centre console, to the Ingition Key Illumination.

    WARNING : If you have a GLi model, then you will notice that there is no Ignition Keylight Illumination.
    This will mean that the Wire for the Centre Console lamp will need to be run from the Centre Console Connector, located underneath the Radio, behind the Cigarette Lighter.
    This connector has 8 Pins, with only a couple pins used for wiring purposes.
    The Wire colours required are ,
  • Black/Blue (Switched to Ground by the BEM to turn the Lamps on)
  • Green/Yellow (Connected to the 10Amp Interior Illumination Fuse)
    These are located on the second column of the connector, just above and below one another.

    Simply Connect the wire up in Parallel with the existing Keylight Wiring, By Soldering a connection directly on the wiring.
    Finally, once this has been completed, simply connect the newly Run wiring, up to the new Centre Console Lamp, and Plug the Bulb Holder in to place.
    To do this final part, simple make sure that the cable runs from beneath the centre Console, and Feed the Bulb Holder From underneath the Centre Console, and in to the Bulb Holder.
    Alternatively, you can Unbolt the Centre Console by unscrewing the 2 Screws, near the Front Seatbelt Clamps, and lifting the centre console partially upwards.
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     Document Summary
     
    Document description: Some quick and easy modifications to try on your falcon
    Document written by: Matti on 12 2002>, Copyright © 2004 Matti, all rights reserved.
    Document revised: 12 2004 - Revision 2.0
    Document views: 35321 since 12 2002



     

     

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