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1969 Ford Talladega Update

1969 Ford TalladegaSince we purchased this Talladega, the first one off the assembly line, we have been driving and showing it in its slightly modified state. We like what the previous owner did to the car during its seven year restoration but it does not provide the true picture of what a new Talladega should look like. We are soon going to be going to the 40th Aero Car reunion in Talladega during the NASCAR Cup race and will be doing a parade lap of the Super Speedway just prior to the race.

What better time to give our favorite car a little refreshing? What better place to take it than Mark Stacey Restorations just outside our hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee?

The car didn’t need much but we wanted to take the hood and rear tail light panel back to the original dull competition black paint rather than the current gloss black. We also wanted to make the excellent paint job shine a little brighter so decided to have it wet sanded and buffed to perfection. We also added the black stripes that go over the top of the fenders and doors.

The tires and wheels are beautiful on the car but are considered dealer installed options that the factory should have installed on the car but didn’t. The Blue Oval guys decided whitewalls on steel wheels would be the way all Talladegas would leave the factory. For this event and some of the other show duties the car will see we are installing a set of original style wheels but will use BFG White Letter radials to help make the driving chores a little safer. We debated using the correct style pollyglass whitewalls but just don’t thing the whitewall thing is appropriate for a Total Performace car look and besides pollyglass tires are junk on the road. We will also keep the current wheels and tires for the local cruise seen and other fun activities (we just like the way they look way better than Ford’s production style)

To follow our progress on this restoration update just Click Here.

Ford Talladega Restoration

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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