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What are You Working On? Mark Block

20150121_182848_resizedI always enjoy getting new submissions for “What Are You Working On?” I especially like the ones that involve modified cars. I know that is not a popular position and I do love concours correct cars but modifying cars is what we did back in the day. If a car is modified it generally is one that is also driven and enjoyed.


Mark Block is from Memphis TN and is not afraid to toss some non-NOS parts at a car. Take this real Dan Gurney Spoiler II for example. As you can see it is the recipient of a very complete and thorough restoration. However, it is not going to be a trailer queen and neither is it going to be original. He has had the car since 1983 but hasn’t driven it in 20 years. It needed some significant repairs to the body. He even made a trip to our garage to get some measurements from our original DG Spoiler II to help him repair/fabricate some nose panels.

Here is a hint to why this will not be your average restored Dan Gurney Spoiler II.
Here is a hint to why this will not be your average restored Dan Gurney Spoiler II.

Mark tells us it will be powered by a 351 Windsor but this one will have a roller cam, aluminum heads and a 6.71 Blower on top! The “improvements” won’t stop there, a Doug Nash 5-speed and Nodular rear end will help put the power to the ground.

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With the exception of the hole in the hood the outside will be stock Dan Gurney Spoiler II in color and decals!

What’s best is that Mark wants to take his soon to graduate High School aged kids to Talladega this fall with the Blown DG and circle the Super Speedway with the rest of us! I hope that event will happen. What a great way to prep the kids for College.

I will keep you posted. I also have some REALLY big news about the Ford Fairlane Nationals/Talladega Family Reunion for you next week!

 

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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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