I purchased my XR Ford Station Wagon back in the mid to late 1980s. Can’t remember exactly when. It was a good original vehicle and was running the original 200 Cu In six cylinder motor in it. I drove it like this for awhile, then a friend of mine had a 250 2-V cylinder head that he was trying to sell. As my clutch on the old 200 was starting to give me hassles for some reason, I purchased the 2-V head, complete with separate inlet manifold, freeflow exhaust and 360 cfm 2 barrell carburetor. I then found a 250 cu in motor and gear-box out of an XA Falcon. I took this to Dave Sheldon, who then owned Bay Engine Reconditioners, and told him what I wanted done. Some weeks later I collected a reconditioned motor that had been bored 60 thou, was completely balanced and fitted with a sports ground cam, lightened & balanced flywheel, Up-graded oil system, Solid lifters, adjustable rockers and sported a ported and polished cylinder head, shaved 60 thou and with a 3 angle valve –grind done on it. Cost me a bit to get all this done, but not owning up to just how much. Well, With the help of some friends, the motor quickly got installed in the vehicle. Then for the test drive. What a difference from the old motor. Talk about responsive. I have to admit it was a bit hungry to run, but boy could it fly. As it was a bit soft at the rear, I put an extra leaf in the springs and up-graded the shocks. I did a few trips to various swap meets towing trailers as well as some other memorabile trips in it.One particular trip of 360 miles was covered in just 5 hours, which included two petrol stops. (Told you it was hungry) No speed cameras in those days, thank goodness. A really good mate of mine was without a car for a while and as he had been a big help to me at various times, I lent him the Falcon SW and I used my Ford Sunliner to get around in. I’d get reports back like ”Boy that Station Wagon of yours can go, I saw ??? smoking it up through the ??? round-about” or “I saw ??? racing another car”. I’d ask which car was in front and most times it was the Falcon, so that was ok. The only trouble I ever had with this car was one diff gave up the ghost, but my friend happened to have another one which he donated to me, seeing I let him use it at times.
The only reason I sold this car was to help finance the purchase of a 1972 Mercedes 300 SE LWB Sedan, but I often think of how good a vehicle it was and how much fun I had with it.