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Ford Build Sheets; Save your money!

When we first heard the news that Ford was going to provide owners with a “Build Sheet” documenting their cars factory correct specifications I was extremely excited. How cool would it be to have a Ford generated document that correctly states how your rare Ford/Mercury collector car left the factory? I thought this might give some real competition to the Ford collector car standard Marti Report.

To find out I decided to order two of the new Ford Reports. Not long ago we published an article regarding Ford’s new program where you can get a “Build Sheet” for your Ford car if it meets certain date and model requirements. We promptly ordered one for our Talladega and Dan Gurney Spoiler. We promised to compare them with our previous Marti Reports and Ford “999” letters. I will do that but let me tell you up front not to waste your money on one of these new Ford Reports. The Deluxe costs $46 which is what you will pay for a Deluxe Marti Report. The Ford Reports, from my experience are not worth the cost of the postage to send them to you and mine came by email! Does that give you a clue as to what I think of them?

The quality is terrible and the accuracy is worse. What they are selling today is what you use to be able to get for free from Ford. They were then called the 999 Report.

You may remember from years ago when I did one of the 999 Reports for three Talladegas I had that all three came back as Mustangs! Imagine my surprise that Ford didn’t even know what a Talladega was! Well, this time they called Talladega a Torino Cobra (that at least is closer). The new Report went on to tell me our Wimbledon White Talladega is actually Presidential Blue with hood pins! This is not only incorrect it is totally unacceptable.

If an owner new to the Talladega world is trying to determine how his or her Talladega should be restored this is not the way to start. If a potential buyer is looking at your Talladega, Spoiler or Spoiler II and wants to get a Ford Report telling them your car is correct and not a clone or somehow modified, this is a terrible and damaging piece of information being provided by Ford.

The Report for the Dan Gurney 428 SCJ Spoiler was equally bad. Neither the Spoiler option or the Drag Pack option are mentioned. It appears to be, in Ford’s files, simply a Mercury Cyclone with “white exterior paint color with dark blue metallic accent paint color.” Nothing in the Ford Report would tell you that this is one of only five such Spoilers built! To be fair, it took a special research fee for Marti Reports to provide this information. It was not included in the Deluxe Report.

Below you will find copies of the “Build Sheets” I just received, the 999 Reports previously received for free and the Marti Reports. If you want documentation on how your Ford or Mercury were built continue to rely on the Marti Reports the Ford documents are strictly for laughs and don’t trust a word they say.

 

Here are the various Reports for the Talladega

This is the first free 999 Report from Ford where they declared our Talladega was a Mustang.
This is the first free 999 Report from Ford where they declared our Talladega was a Mustang.

 

 

 

 

This is the Marti Report with correct information for our Talladega. Compare this to what you get from Ford!
This is the Marti Report with correct information for our Talladega. Compare this to what you get from Ford!
This is the corrected free 999 Report from Ford when they finally figured out that our car was a Talladega and not a Mustang!

 

 

This is the new Ford Build Sheet Report. It doesn't even mention that the car is a Talladega and reports that the car is Presidential Blue when in fact it is a Wimbledon White car.
This is the new Ford Build Sheet Report. It doesn’t even mention that the car is a Talladega and reports that the car is Presidential Blue when in fact it is a Wimbledon White car.

 

Here are the Reports for the Dan Gurney Spoiler 428 SCJ

 

SCJ Spoiler Build Sheet from Ford's new service. This is a very poor report with no mention to Spoiler option or Dan Gurney Special. Cost: $46.
SCJ Spoiler Build Sheet from Ford’s new service. This is a very poor report with no mention to Spoiler option or Dan Gurney Special. Cost: $46.

 

This is one of the older, September 2007, 999 Reports from Ford. These were free at the time. Very similar in appearance, quality and poor information to the current Build Sheet Reports.
This is one of the older, September 2010, 999 Reports from Ford. These were free at the time. Very similar in appearance, quality and poor information to the current Build Sheet Reports.

 

This is the Marti Report for the Dan Gurney SCJ. This is the standard Ford should achieve as a minimum. Don't waste your money on a Ford Report, stick with the Marti Report!
This is the Marti Report for the Dan Gurney SCJ. This is the standard Ford should achieve as a minimum. Don’t waste your money on a Ford Report, stick with the Marti Report!

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Richard

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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