Since 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)
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