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PostSubject: 1964 XM Coupe   Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:36 pm

Name:
Glenn

Model:
XM Falcon Coupe.

Colour:
Crap at the moment, to go back to factory Arctic White.

Body Kit:
You're kidding right?

Engine:
221ci

Engine Mods:
A few.

Power:
Alot (for a loghead 6cyl)

Exhaust:
Yes.

Gearbox:
4-5spd (haven't decided on that one yet)


Diff:
XM Ute 3.9 LSD

Brakes:
Upgraded fronts to XF and standard rear ute drums.

Suspension:
Standard height.

Wheels and Tyres:
15x6 Steelies, hubcaps & rings. Undecided on tyres yet.

Interior:
Standard retrim.

Build Period:
I'll most likely be dead before it's finished (it's been 14yrs already).

14yrs ago I was unfortunate enough to have the tips of 3 fingers taken off via a Gilmer Belt Drive on a woolen carpet machine.
After a full recovery and a couple of years full of Lawyers and Queens Counsels, I came away with enough of a payout to buy everything new for the house (carpets curtains beds kids stuff) and also to buy the one car that I had always wanted since I was a little tacker.

A 1964 XM Falcon Coupe Very Happy

I bought it from a guy here in Geelong who wrecked and restored them, Steve Colbert.
It wasn't much to look at when it dropped off the back of Steve's tandem.

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At that point in time it cost me $3200. Had I known that 12mths later the bum was going to fall out of the early falcon market, I would have put off buying it, but I didn't know that and still don't regret paying what I did at the time.

Also around that time I was renting a shed out with a few friends chipping in when their cars needed working on as well.
So the strip down started in earnest in between doing jobs for other people.

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There was a bit of filler in the rear quarter panels

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Almost 3/4inch in this one alone.

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Those weren't the only pics that I took of it back then, but a breakup with my now ex wife resulted in most of the pics dissappearing before I could claim them.

A mate bought an XW Falcon that had a boot load of NOS parts and a spankin' new interior. I was lucky enough to score the 221 & bw35 auto for the measly sum of $150.

That now explains my nickname of xm-221 for those who wonder "why?" Smile

During the divorce period I lost all interest in the Coupe and it sat at a mates shed out in the weather, as you see it in this pic (minus seats) :'(

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So now both front floors need doing, I have original floor panels to put back in.
And there is now copious amounts of surface rust on all those bare metal spots you can see, plus all the dash and half the roof.
It ended up back at the ex wife's house in the garage for 5 or so years until they decided to move house and I got another towie mate to bring my baby girl home.

It then sat in the garage at my house and turned itself into a great workbench and parts holder.

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Then my partner and I decided to buy the house we're in now and she has been under cover ever since (still as a parts holder too lol)

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I slowly started buying the few bits and pieces that I knew I needed to make a good start on her.

Front bar I scored on ebay for $40, it has a water bag bracket bolted through the top of it but other than that it's straighter than a truckie on the long haul across the nullabor plain!
When I went to pick it up I managed to pick up the rest of the front end parts I needed for the measly sum of $50, front guards, bonnet, grille, headlight surrounds & front guard moulds. Looks like Karma has started to pay me back for all those good deeds I've done over the years Very Happy

So this is her as she sat nearly 24mths ago.

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I originally had huge plans for her. With a full kustom steel headlining flowing down the C pillars and into a dash section grafted into the top of the rear parcel shelf, that rear dash graft was also going to flow down into a full floor length centre console and up into the dash.
I love the look of the XK/L tail lights so I was going to do a rear cut'n'shut of that tail section onto the XM to give it the Falcon Sprint look.
All painted in Candy Red with a Purple Metalflake roof Very Happy

But as time has gone by I've changed my mind on what I want.

I've always wanted to do a "Full Sleeper", the XM is now going to be that car Very Happy, total Grandpa on the outside and race car in the engine bay.
It will now be painted the original Arctic White, with factory red interior, and have a killer 221 engine with either triple webers or Motec based EFI system.

I'll update this thread over the next few days to where she sits currently.

Cheers.
Glenn.

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:11 pm

BIG second update lol.

Scored these on egay.
They're absolutely spot on in every respect. No cracks, nothing broken off. I'll give them a good sand blast and get them powder coated black again Very Happy

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Bumper was another ebay pick up and it's a pretty straight unit considering it's age, one wobble along the top edge.

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When my partner and I first moved to Clifton Springs we had a bit of trouble with a drivers side front drum brake that was seized, hampering our efforts to get the old girl onto the trailer.
So I after moving the good womans Escort into the driveway I got stuck into converting the front end over to 5 stud disc brake (XF) so I can roll the old girl around easier.

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The ball joint tapers on early Falcons are the same as XF, so on went the XF stub assembly's I had left over from the old Wagon project (RIP).

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Handy hint for those changing over stub axles, make it a bit easier on yourself and line up the holes for the castle nut with the front and rear of the car, this way when you put the split pin back in you don't have to have double jointed wrists to fold them over.

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The finished product Very Happy

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She sits way higher in the front end now, all I need to do now is get the tapered sleeves that go into the steering arm ends and all will be hunky dory Smile

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:29 pm

Took the bonnet to work and gave it a quick paint strip and de-rust Very Happy

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There's still alot of small pitted rust spots on it which means I'll have to get some more garnet and spend some time spot sand blasting them all.

Pulled the boot lid, stripped off the rubber seal and boot lock.

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Then got the paint stripper out again and cut sick Smile

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Lysaght Steel was used to make this boot lid back in 1964 Smile
The stencil was still on the inner skin.

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This is what the inside of the boot lid looks like now, single pack Protec etch primer, awaiting Parafill hi-build primer.

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I also had to epoxy up two panels for a customers car so I made up a bit extra and waved it over the top of the boot lid while I was at it Smile

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:23 am

glenn ur work is awesome...i speak for anyone that hasnt seen his work...hes a machine! lol

coming along well...let me know when u want the electrics sorted out Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:35 am

Nice work glen. Good idea with the disc brake front end, I was meaning to do it on my old HR before I sold it, the drums were awfull. Will be watching this thread closely

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:19 pm

Took a guard off and shoved it in the back seat of the XE and stripped it at work while I was doing a customers guards.

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The big patch at the bottom here wouldn't soak up the paint stripper. Looks like I'll have to give it a buzz with 40grit on the orbital sander before I whack another coat on. I also had a sneaking suspicion that there was a fair amount of bog under this as well.
So more paint stripper went on.

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The next day I finished off the top section.

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Sneaking suspicion confirmed, there's a fair bit of filler under that patch that still didn't come off, I'll have to get the wire wheel out and get rid of that.

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:00 pm

A mate needed to pay off a debt so I got him helping me out for a few days. So I decided to allow him to work on my baby.
We ducked down to my place and ripped off the other front guard and the doors to get them ready for epoxy.

Al got stuck in and stripped the passenger side to a bare shell ready for paint stripping. I stripped the drivers door out 14yrs ago Sad

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Both door skins are a bit shaggy, I'm still undecided if I should get some reproduction skins or just persist and fix these ones up.

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:00 pm

One door inner into single pack etch primer to seal it up (needs repairs before I epoxy it).

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Had a bit of a play with the LH Front guard, had to get these few dents and creases out.
XM's have an eyebrow trim that leaves lovely marks when they get hit in an accident, which is the case in point with this guard. You can see two shallow dents in the centre section of the nose area and a long L shaped crease that runs from that same section down to the eyebrow trim mounting hole and then goes around the front of the guard.

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Instead of doing it the hard way and using spoons and dollies to get inside the headlight bucket I decided to unpick the spot welds so I could get full access and get the job done properly Very Happy

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One thing I didn't take a pic of was the repair I actually did lol

If you guy's and girls have any questions at all fire away and I'll be happy to answer them (if I can).

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:31 pm

This was the end product of taking the nose off the LH front guard.

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Played with the nose on the RH front guard.
Drilled out the headlight bucket again for easy access.

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Damage.

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Quick fix. Have to play with these a bit more to get some of the ripples out before I weld it all back together.

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Got the orbital sander out and cleaned up all the stoneguard, dirt, original paint and surface rust. Then I hit it all with rust convertor paint and welded the nose panel back into place after giving it a clean up in the sand blast booth and a rust treating it as well.

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When you undo the bottom of the guard without first using WD40 (or something of the equivalent) to loosen the dirt and muck on the threads the nut will bind on the thread and the captive clip that holds the bolt into position breaks free and spins it little butt off. Now to get this out you sometimes have to lever the bottom of the guard out and smash the living bejesus out of the capitve clip until it breaks free. Which in effect also mangles the hole that captive clip sits in and bends the rear brace.
This had happened with this guard, so I unpicked all the spots and took the brace out, gave it a few love taps with a hammer and dolly, cleaned it up and rust converted it, then welded it back into place.

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Then I cut sick on the rest of the paint left around the edges on the outside of the guard.

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There's still a few bits of ingrained rust that I have to hit with the hand sandblaster.

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:38 am

decent progress mate, im surprised at how straight most of the guards are hahaha
you should have it on bags, and matte it out hahaha but they do look alright rat-rod style.
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:39 pm

What surprised me the most Mason was how little rust there was in these guards. A bit of surface rust which I expected, but no major rust that I would need to have bought reproduction panels for.
I bought bags for it 13yrs ago from the US, but had to sell them to stay alive during hard times Sad
I love ratrods too but I'm quite impartial to the sleeper look, so this one will be painted original colour, Arctic White, but have a slightly warm 221 in it Very Happy

The lower guard to body mount hole has been fixed. Made up a template so I could make a new section to weld in.

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Cut the centre of the marked section out so you can transfer the design onto a fresh bit of steel, then drill/grind/file that out so you have an exact copy to replace the mangled section.

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Also had a small problem with the headlight inner, it was missing a mount point altogether as the nut had bound up on the bolt so the previous owner oxy cut the head off the bolt, which then blew through the mount point.
Made up another template from the RH guard and transferred it across to the mangled LH guard.

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I welded this one from the back so I didn't have to get the die grinder out to clean up the inside edge.

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Then prepped it all up for some epoxy.

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Got the RH guard inner masked up and into etch primer. I'm not decided yet on how I'm going to do the inner (stoneguard or body colour).

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Got the LH guard rear reo unpicked, all cleaned up & rust treated.

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The large patch of filler (circular shaped) is hiding a previous repair that had been shrunk back with an oxy torch, hammer and dolly.
Hidden behind the smaller section of filler beside it (where the blue paint is) was a deep gouge which I had to shrink myself. It was deep enough that I could lay my little finger in it and hold a straight edge over the top and clear my finger by about 2mm Sad

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Then I Cleco'd the reo back in and welded it up.

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The only bit of rust that has broken through and needs a patch made.

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:52 pm

Gee wiz this is comIng along nicely.. Alot of works gone into the old girl l, I know exactly what your going threw I have been doing the same with my EJ Holden in the shed for the past few years.. Everything is dine body wise just need to find another guard and it's ready for paint.. Smile keep up the good work
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:41 am

What guard are you after Axle? I know an old customer who has a few of these old girls and a shyte load of spares to go with them.
I've also got a spare top rad support if you know of anyone who wants it, needs a good sandblast though as it's been stripped previously then left out in the weather.
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:52 am

This thread keeps getting better and better, kinds makes me wish I kept my HR Sad

Should show some pics of the XE. A guy I know in my street also has an eclipse. Full grandpa spec blue over white but sitting on some Simmons wheels. It's awesome Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:27 pm

That would be this one Ash.
Took that photo from the front deck last week.

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He has either moved in the last week or two or he has scored himself a new missus who lives just down the street from me as his car is there an awful lot Smile

This is Grandpa.
As bought from a friend who bought him on ebay.

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It was a bit low, on the way home coming up Leopold hill it hit the hump that used to be 2/3rds of the way up and showered the cars behind me with sparks. My kidneys tried to evacuate my body via my rectum as well.
First thing I did when I got home was advertise for a set of standard springs on xFalcon. I was called Grandpa by a few from then on so the idea to turn my XE into a Grandpa car came to fruition. Sunvisor, venetians, I Love Lawn Bowls sticker, RACV badge on the grille, crochet blanket for the rear parcel shelf and the obligatory straw hat on the parcel shelf rounds it out lol!

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I'll do a condensed version of the build so far in another thread some other day (when it's not 11:30 at night lol).
There's rumours that Grandpa may be retiring soon and going on a world trip to try and find the fountain of youth Wink


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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:33 am

That would be awesome I'm chasing a passenger side guard!!!!


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What guard are you after Axle? I know an old customer who has a few of these old girls and a shyte load of spares to go with them.
I've also got a spare top rad support if you know of anyone who wants it, needs a good sandblast though as it's been stripped previously then left out in the weather.
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:19 am

I'll send Stuart a message and see what he's got for you Axle.

Got stuck into the LH guard rust repair but forgot to take a pic of the finished product.

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Prepped it up and sprayed some epoxy on it.

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RH guard home Smile

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That's two of the hanging panels home now, only 4 to go.
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:09 pm

Started stripping the inside of the other door.

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Spent a bit of time on the sandblaster and got the door hinges clean and into etch primer.

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Scored a 5 stud diff for the old girl early this year on ebay.

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9x35 = 9 tooth Pinion and 35 tooth Crown. Simple mathematics determines what the ratio is, 35 divided by 9 = 3.8888888888888888888888888888889 ... Round that up and you get 3.9 Very Happy
No oil and a leaky pinion seal means this one will be getting a rebuild at Geelong Differentials.

I got offered a cheap XM Ute as a donor vehicle, and it is donating it's dash cluster to the Coupe so I pulled it out and set about making it look a little bit better.

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800wet rubbed the dash face and gave it a liberal coat of "home chrome" Smile

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While that was drying in the afternoon sun I polished up the clear plastic dash face as well.
Then put it all back together just to see how it looks.

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In the background of the above pic you can see the frame that holds all the gauges and dash face together. Seeing as it's a steel frame I decided to give it a quick sandblast and repaint as well Very Happy
Just have to do the white inside it and then put it all back together.
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:19 pm

Dash is almost finished Very Happy
Gave the inside of the cluster a coat of white (as per factory).

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Then I stood back and had a look at the speedo facia, fuel and oil gauge and decided I didn't like how they looked.

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So while I had some white left in the gun I gave them a quick scrub with scotchbrite and ghosted them Very Happy

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Doesn't look too bad when it's all back together.

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All I have to do now is the lines and dots on the facia plates so I know what speed I'm doing and if I'm going to run out of fuel or not lol
I'll also redo the orange needles as well. I may do them with a black bottom half and a candy orange tip.

Rear bumper back on for the moment, free's up some space on the floor for other parts to live lol

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First time this car has had a rear bar for 15yrs Rolling Eyes

This is currently where the car sits now, any updates from now on will be real updates, not a cut and paste from a project thread on another forum Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:47 pm

that cluster looks fantastic. you did a good job on that. as for the needles, i suggest either re-do them orange or do the orange tip coz black is actually quite hard to see with the green lights in smaller gauges; unless you plan on changing the illumination color as well?

i did it with the xd. i have the faces yellow with black needles. when i first did it i still had the green illumination strip in it, and it was hard to see them properly. i pulled the green out and put clear instead, along with white led's to light it up with and it is much better however the led's are really bright even with low wattage ones and the glare gives me the shits now. im working on another plan to fix that though.

what happened to the wagon project?
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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:57 am

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PostSubject: Re: 1964 XM Coupe   Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:35 am

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