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Make a Talladega or Spoiller II Hood Latch

Rick Ochs our resident Guru has come up with another great aid to all of you Talladega and Spoiler II folks who don’t have a correct working hood latch. Rick has been talking about this on the Forum some and has agreed to show us all how to do it.

Rick provided the following photos and I have doctored them up a bid to make them easier to understand. (At least that was my intention, you be the judge if I was successful or not!)

Rick has also provided the description to go with the photos and has even offered to do the work for anyone who does not feel like taking this project on. All you need to do is get two 68 or 69 Torino or Cyclone hood latches and send them off to Rick with $50 and he will make you one Talladega/Spoiler II latch and send it back. To contact Rick email him at Rick Ochs rick2500@core.com.

The picture below marked 1 & 2 shows the difference from stock 1968/69 Torino or Fairlane to a 1969 Talladega latch.

This picture marked 3, demonstrates how much you must “V” a stock 68/69 Torino/Fairlane latch arm to make the arm for a Talladega . (The “arm” is the part you have to reach from under the hood to open the hood after pulling the handle on the inside of the car.)

The final image marked 4 gives you an idea of how much longer you must make the latch “hook” for a Talladega latch. Rick used the hook off a second latch from a stock 1968 /69 Torino/ Fairlane as it has the same curve to the hook area……



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. Please take note : When I first read this Comments was closed, I am sorry to say I am not making hood latches any more. Also take note our e-mail is now Talladegaguru@gmail.com If you want a copy of your Talladega’s factory invoice or let Richard know and I am sure he will let us know to get one off to you.
    Rick Ochs’
    If no answer leave message and I will get back to you.

  2. Why are the measurements in the picture for the hood latch photos blocked out with a yellow patch?

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