Meet The Walton’s – XR2 Restoration

XROC Magazine XR2 Restoration

Jim Walton has always had a soft spot for the XR2, having owned one some 25 years previous. He always promised himself he’d have another one, one day.
In 2002, Jim travelled to Hull to buy his current XR2 from local TV and radio celebrity, Paul Woodford. The car had covered 48,000 miles with some history to back it up. “It looked like a good solid car, until I got beneath the body kit”, Jim states. “It was full of rot, so I decided a rebuild was definitely on the cards”.
Jim enjoyed the car for a few years before deciding to put it through the full restoration in 2014, with his friend and local garage owner Dave Wilkes of B. Wilkes and Son Motor Services in Bridgnorth. Dave restores plenty of classic cars and takes great pride in his work and it’s clear he’s done a first class job here.
Jim sorted out a few engine issues himself first and replaced all the suspension components and bushes. Then stripping as much as he could from the car, before he handed it over to Dave, who did the bodywork over a period of time. “It turned into a big job replacing both doors, rear arches, front wings, front panel, inner wing repairs, floor pan repairs and boot repairs, before stripping the car back and giving it a full respray in Rosso Red, its original colour” Dave proclaims.
Throughout the restoration, Jim travelled the country to collect various parts that were in top condition, to bring the XR2 up to a good standard. Replacement seats were found as the original ones were showing signs of wear.
Jim loves driving the XR2 and uses it as often as he can with daughter Jess. “Jess loves the old car and when ever I’m going out in the XR2 she’s always keen to come with me. She wants a convertible when she’s old enough to drive, so fingers crossed it will be an XR2 Fly!”
The Walton’s XR2 always gets plenty of positive comments, everywhere they go, often bringing back memories for people that previously owned an 80’s Ford.
Jim is now enjoying the XR2 more than ever, and although the car only comes out when the weather is dry, it always takes him right back to having his first XR2 in 1990. “Modern cars are just too refined and quite boring to drive” says Jim, so he always welcomes the chance to get out in the car.
“Due to business commitments this year I didn’t manage to get to many shows, and only took the car to a couple of local car meets” Jim adds. Next year him and Jess plan to do the Transport Show at Weston Park and Classic Ford Show at Santa Pod, plus as many other local meets as possible.
Jim’s looking for another project for him and Dave to get stuck into, and would love a Mk1 XR2, but with high prices being paid for project cars he’s unsure at present.

XROC Magazine XR2 Restoration

XROC Magazine XR2 Restoration

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