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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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……