FeaturedFord TalladegaMarkingsMercury Spoiler IIRestoration

Ask a Guru; Part 2

WheelScan0005 (Small)Here are some more questions regarding the restoration of the underside of a Talladega or Cyclone.

  1. Question: What are the correct colors for the shocks on a Talladega and Spoiler? What are the correct paint dobs on each?
    • Answer: From Marty Burke; The shock color for a Spoiler II: Shock body semi-gloss black with front shocks get Yellow paint dabs while the rear shocks get Red dabs.
    • Answer: From Rick Ochs; The shock color for on a Talladega for both front and rear shocks was Black; the front two carried a red paint dab and the rear two carried a white dab. 
    • Rick Ochs also added some comments on the previous questions regarding the leaf springs and underside paint:
      • As to the rear springs they were raw steel but on a lot of restored cars the spring’s are painted a Natural Gray Spring paint from Eastwood.  If you look at a copy of a Talladega build sheet you will see the rear spring line ID marking’s as Br (brown) / YL (yellow) / YL (yellow). This means that the factory springs will have on Brown and two Yellow stripes.
      • As far as underside paint from the factory this depends somewhat on the plant and model; for the most part the Talladegas were just a primer Red with over spray from the gun when rocker panels were painted and other parts such as wheel wells.


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.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Check Also
Back to top button