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Two Ford Talladega Prototypes for Banjo Matthews; an Update

We have been keeping you posted on the very special and very rare Ford Talladegas that will be appearing at the Forge Muscle Car Show In Kingsport, TN on October 1 and 2, 2010. Now we have even more info. The owners, Jason and Clarence Thompson, have provided us with a few new pics of the Banjo car during it current restoration. You can start to see some of the prototype differences even at this early stage of the restoration.

You can see that they have left all the original paint on the rocker panels. Jason said that the modification of the rocker panels was so weird that they left the original paint on them so everyone can see exactly how they were done.  The rockers were pop riveted, and tack welded with brass in a few spots on the driver’s side and just pop riveted on the passenger’s side.  Possibly the factory either had different people building each side, or they learned what was and wasn’t necessary from one side to the other.  They covered all of this work with rocker molding, so none of the modifications would be visible when the car was completed. The restoration will include a provision to make the rocker panels removable at shows so people can see how it was done.

The Talladega as it appeared in magazines back in the day!

You can also see how they extended the headlights, and grill.  Its pretty neat how they did things.

This car was built in Lorain, Ohio and the floor of this car was done with red oxide primer. There is also some red paint and black over spray. The father/son restoration team has all of that done, and are now working on the rest of the body work. They hope to get some paint on  the car soon.
As some of you may know there was not just one Banjo Matthew prototype Talladega, there were two. One was red, this one, and one was white. You will see that one coming up next!

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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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