The car was garage-kept from 1975 on, and it wasn't until 1998 that Jim and his wife Madge began looking for someone capable of restoring it. The car was still very solid and showing less than 100,000 miles since leaving the back of the truck. The restoration would be easy because it never ended up as a modified hot rod. The original vinyl roof was intact, the original spare was still in the trunk, and the car had seen very limited use in the previous two decades.
David Addington of Kingsport, Tennessee, was given the job of getting the body ready for paint. After doing a computer match of the old paint to get the proper mix for Electric Blue in basecoat/clearcoat, David took the car apart and began detailing it, shooting it with a perfect replication of the factory color.
Meanwhile, the interior came out and Phillip Frye of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, rebuilt the front buckets, and a Year One reproduction cover replaced the rear seat skin.
The front suspension and brakes were replenished with stock replacement parts, and the engine came out for a full restoration and rebuild by White's Performance of Kingsport. The objective was pure stock, and the car is numbers matching on its accessories and parts.
Jim admits the car is considered part of his family now, and he and Madge have flatly turned down all offers to buy it.
When we saw it at the Hensley Performance Mopar Thunder event in Bristol, the blue bomber was the center of attention on the show field (indeed, it took Best of Show honors). The GTX will always be remembered as an upscale thumper from the musclecar era, and thanks to the efforts of Jim and Madge Buchanan, this one will remain a prime example of the breed.