Tom Wilson What are You Working On?

This bulge on my Dan Gurney Spoiler is pretty common and Tom is taking care of it!

This bulge on my Dan Gurney Spoiler is pretty common and Tom is taking care of it!

If you don’t know Tom Wilson who lives outside of Atlanta you are missing some real talent and entertainment! Tom builds restoration parts for B-17 airplanes for a profession but restores Cyclones for a passion. His shop is littered with valuable rare Cyclone parts he has scavenged and saved from all over. If you have a 1968 or 1969 Mercury Cyclone he either has or is looking for good sheet metal parts you might have.

Tom has several cars including Color Code and Spoiler bodies he is in the process of bringing back to life. However, this is not the most important part of his passion. In his quest to salvage every Cyclone he can find (and a Talladega or two) he is making molds and stamping out new factory correct sheet metal parts. If it rusts out and isn’t available he is on a quest to make a replacement part.

Here is a passenger side cowl vent repair patch he has made. If you have a Cyclone or Torino with any rust this is also rusted out, you just can't see it.

Here is a passenger side cowl vent repair patch he has made. If you have a Cyclone or Torino with any rust this is also rusted out, you just can’t see it.

Before you go looking for Tom or try to give him a call to start selling his work all over the Country he doesn’t seem interested in starting a new business just getting some cars restored the correct way.

Not only is Tom stamping out new skin and skeleton parts for our cars he also has learned a thing or two about fixing some of the strange body problemsĀ our cars seem to develop. For instance, he has a Dan Gurney Spoiler hood of mine that has the typical “bow” in the center. He has a way to fix that and make sure it never returns. I won’t give away all of his tricks but he is a master metal worker and someone you need to meet.

Does your Spoiler II hood do this? Tom has a fix for this as well.

Does your Spoiler II hood do this? Tom has a fix for this as well.

I am trying to talk him into coming to our Talladega Spoiler Family Reunion in August and putting on a little informal, drink a beer and talk about some of his discoveries and projects. Does that sound like fun? If so add a comment below and let’s see if we can get him to show up with some cool examples of what he is making.

Remember this picture from a previous post? This is Tom replacing a firewall with the engine still in place.

Remember this picture from a previous post? This is Tom replacing a firewall with the engine still in place.

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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. Mark Shilladay says:

    I’d love to learn more on this topic. My hood has that bow issue as well as a few others but is rust free so well worth fixing. I wouldn’t mind learning more about his work in aircraft restoration as well.

    -Mark

  2. Martin Burke says:

    Tom is a great guy and very passionate about our special cars.
    I’m not sure you can get Tom to talk as he is such a quiet reserved guy! (LOL)

  3. William Davis says:

    Tom, I am going to have to come up to see you soon. My hood has a slight bow on the drivers side, I need to send you some pictures of it, maybe you can fix it.

  4. tom wilson says:

    Hello all, The hoods are a tricky fix but can be done. I have made dies for forming new sections of the hinge area on the bottom of the hood for those hoods that are really bad. Its a lot of work but is worth saving all hoods.

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