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Part 2 of the “Bunkie” Knudsen Talladega Restoration

Back in January we brought you Part 1 of the “Bunkie” Knudsen 1969 Yellow Ford Talladega. If you have not previously read the Story by Michael Troell regarding the Bunkie Knudsen Talladega please read it now before reading today’s post, Click Here then back here and read Part 2. This is a great car and a moving story. Remember, Michael plans to have this car at the Talladega Family Reunion in September so don’t miss it!

This is our second article on the restoration of the car and we will keep you up to date right to the unveiling at the Reunion. Immediately after the Reunion we will have a complete Feature on the completed car.

If you find this article interesting or you have an interest in the Ford Talladega make sure you visit our sister site www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com.

Richard Fleener

The Story Behind the “Bunkie” Knudsen Talladega Restoration – Part 2; by Michael Troell

Thank You

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who wrote comments or called me in regards to the first article.  I didn’t realize when I wrote Part I that it would touch so many people.   It really means a lot to both my sister and I that this article has generated so much passion for our car.  Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and thank you for being a part of fore filling the dream!

Back from Stripping

With the car finally back from stripping Ron was able to get started on the metal work.  Given the age of the car it was in remarkable shape and not much patch work needed to be done.

Stealth Mode-Primer First Stage

Now that the metal work has been completed it was on to the first stage of primer.  We like to call this the stealth mode since the entire car is done in black primer.

Primer Second Stage-Paint Under Coat

I decided instead of boring you with a lot of the second stage primer shots I would give you a combination of primer, paint and under coating.  You will see that the engine compartment has been painted and the bottom of the car has been under coated.

Next Article

For the next article I will discuss the process of getting the car to a roller stage, Stage three primer and final detail prior to spraying color.

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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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