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“Bunkie” Knudsen Talladega Restoration – Part 2

If you have not previously read the Story by Michael Troell regarding the Bunkie Knudsen Talladega please Click Here and read it first then come back 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.

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.


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. Very very cool.
    I feel like George’s spirit lives on in this effort. I was just thinking of George and Sandy the other day.

    They will be very proud.

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