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Team Member Pat Fleischman

Pat Fleischman Talladega

Our Team Members are the ones this site is dedicated to and the ones who help make this site possible. We regularly like to show you some of their cars and let you know a little more about them. This time I would like for you to meet Pat Fleischman of Lubbock, Texas. He owns a Talladega in the Registry which he is currently restoring. Here is Pat’s story in his own words.

I have been exposed to Talladegas since I was young, as my Dad’s roommate in ’69 had a Blue one and my dad had a new ’69 Q-code Cobra formal hardtop that he raced G-Stock automatic.  He said that he could always outrun the Talladega due to the weight difference.    My dad had a chance to buy the Talladega form the bank when it got repossessed.   By the time I was born in ’70 and he had to trade in the cobra to get a new pinto.  He raced 11 events in ’69 and won 9 in the cobra.   He even drove my mom to the hospital in the cobra when I was born.   He could not even get the car parked before I was born.    He talk a lot about the Talladega. There were  3 in my neighbor hood in Amarillo when I was in High school in 87-88.   We could have bought a nice driver white one for $2500.  I had a ’70 Torino GT at the time and thought I had enough car projects.

I finally found my maroon car 30 miles away, and did not miss my chance to have one.    I wish I could get it finished as it will be a super nice car.   I have a collection of Fords and have to spread my time and money between all of them.  I only buy cars I really like, as I never buy anything with the intention of selling.  I have been able to pick up something every other year or so they are starting add up.  My dad and brothers all have a bunch of Fords collected too, but that’s another long list.

I work on them like it’s a job on the weekends to keep progressing on all of them.  Most are finished and ready to drive at any time and anywhere.   I have a couple apart right now, but have driven nearly all of them at one time.

My wife, Krista, is into these cars as well, and supports my efforts.   Our first child, a boy named Paxton (named after my ’57’s supercharger), was born 6 months ago.            Hopefully he will have cars in his blood too.

I am my area 3M rep and have a fully equipped shop and the ability to do everything in house.

Thanks for taking the time to run the site.  a great source for our small group.

There is another running maroon Talladega here in town.   I’ll try to get him to register.   I counted 9 Talladegas sold new here in Lubbock.  I think three of them are still here.

Pat

Thanks Pat for your email and for helping find some other un-Registered Talladegas. I have one suggestion, concentrate on that Talladega and get it ready for the Bristol event next spring. I am sure you will have a great time and it will be a neat time to meet some more Ford folks.

Like most of us, Pat is into Fords and has others in his collection. Here is a list he provided at my request.

’57 Ford Custom Sedan, factory supercharged, Black
’69 Mach1 R-code 428cj, survivor car, Red
’57 Thunderbird, 460/C6, Black
’57 RanchWagon, 5.0/AOD
’57 Ranchero, 312 supercharged, Black
’57 Sedan Delivery, 460/C6, Black
’57 Ford Custom,BBF, Red/White
’69 Talladega, Maroon
’69 Bronco, 5.0 Fuel Injected, Black
’34 Ford Pickup, 427 2-4’s

A look inside Pat’s shop!

 

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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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