Show Car Build Hint #1

Show cars require a of special details to be real winners.

In trying to build a show car we all know you  need a super straight body and shiny paint, but how do you set yourself apart from the others? Small details. Here are a couple of things for my Spoiler II that I have done. This first photo is of the tail light and back-up bulbs. First, I completely stripped them, had the bodies replated the correct finish. After re-assembly, I reproduced the paper tag with the part number on it. If you have this paper tag still on your car and it doesn’t agree with this shade of green, I would not be surprised. I have three different shades of the color green for the same tag.

 

The photo below shows the headlight portion of the main wiring harness. Simple Green is fantastic as a cleaner on these parts. These wires were re-wraped, with sticky black cloth tape on the terminating ends. Plus new aluminum ties were used on the wires. The restored ones are the bottom ones and the top ones have yet to be done.

 

It’s all in the details.

Chris Vick

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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. Carl Sharp says:

    Beautiful work!

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