MK2 FI­ESTA

BUILDERS: SI­MON AND KURT PALMER FROM: UK

Classic Ford - - READERS PROJECTS SPECIAL -

Planned spec: re­stored shell with car­bon roof skin, ST170, throt­tle bodies, GAZ coil- overs

What’s the story: “I bought this XR2 be­cause I thought it was im­mac­u­late!” says Si­mon, “but it’s the usual story! Loads of rot un­der how­ever many lay­ers of un­der­seal, and loads of plates welded over rust. The orig­i­nal plan was to re­place the pan­els and re­pair the patches prop­erly so that it was pretty un­known to the eye that the weld­ing had been done... How­ever, some­where along the line I got car­ried away to the point where near enough ev­ery part on the car has been painted in a bare coat and lac­quered.”

“Along with my brother, Kurt who runs a paintshop called M12 Au­to­mo­tive, we’ve been on the go with it for about five years so far. We have fit­ted a cus­tom cage, the roof has been cut off and a car­bon one made by Raj at Aut­oflock fit­ted, it has a mod­i­fied dash with car­bon parts, tubu­lar sus­pen­sion all-round, a cus­tom rear beam with cam­ber ad­just­ment, ST170 en­gine with 48 mm throt­tle bodies, DTA stand­alone man­age­ment, a cus­tom stain­less four-branch man­i­fold made by Em­met Flana­gan, GAZ coil- overs, Wil­wood four-pot brakes, and Group A mag­ne­sium OZ rac­ing wheels which I’m cur­rently restor­ing — loads and loads, ba­si­cally!

The XR2’s shell was rot­ten, but Si­mon and Kurt have fi­nally fin­ished it ready for fi­nal paint.

BUILD 65% COM­PLETE 2-litre ST170 en­gine should re­ally make the XR2 sing.

Car­bon pan­els be­ing used — in­clud­ing the roof skin.

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