What Are You Working On? Chris Vick

This is what Chris had to start with. The car was far from a "cream puff".

This is what Chris had to start with. The car was far from a “cream puff”.

Most of us seem to be into driving and showing our cars. This leads to a trade off of sorts between high quality restoration and reasonable driving conditions. Few of us want to invest large amounts of dollars into a detailed undercarriage and then go for a several hundred mile drive in the rain. However, there appears to be a growing interest in taking the restoration of our cars to a higher level. The increasing high cost of fuel may have something to do with that. After all, if driving the car becomes too expensive then spending the money saved on unused fuel could easily be justified on a higher quality of show car restoration.

This photo of the firewall provides further evidence of the cars long term neglect.

This photo of the firewall provides further evidence of the cars long term neglect.

Chris Vick is currently restoring a 1969 Cale Yarborough Spoiler II to the highest possible level for concours winning expectations. Since few have ventured into this process in the past he is constantly looking for answers and solutions to his restoration needs. This isn’t his first Spoiler II but as we all know with these cars, the learning never ends!

If you are also doing a concours restoration on a Spoiler II or even a Spoiler Chris would like to talk with you and see if there are any details, hints or tricks you can share with each other. You can contact Chris at  vick21@q.com 

The car did have original paint which is rare nearly 50 years later.

The car did have original paint which is rare nearly 50 years later.

Chris has been working on the car and has made significant progress since these early photos. I am sure he will be sharing his progress in the near future.

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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  1. Martin Burke says:

    Keep up the great work Chris!

  2. tom wilson says:

    Looks like a fun project Chris,How about some more pics?That car is in a lot better shape than my first cale car.

  3. tom wilson says:

    Hey Chris,My phone shot craps and I lost your number.Give me a call please,Tom

  4. tom wilson says:

    Oh, and we need more pictures Chris.Come on now, there aint that much going on up there in Minnesota so you should have lots more done.;)

  5. tom wilson says:

    Come on Chris, That’s me in your mirror.LOL

  6. tom wilson says:

    I’m only 10 laps down.:)

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