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Ford Takes on Marti Reports; Part 2

When we first heard the news that Ford was going to provide owners with a “Build Sheet” documenting their cars factory correct specifications I was extremely excited. How cool would it be to have a Ford generated document that correctly states how your rare Ford/Mercury collector car left the factory? I thought this might give some real competition to the Ford collector car standard Marti Report.

To find out I decided to order two of the new Ford Reports. Not long ago we published an article regarding Ford’s new program where you can get a “Build Sheet” for your Ford car if it meets certain date and model requirements. We promptly ordered one for our Talladega and Dan Gurney Spoiler. We promised to compare them with our previous Marti Reports and Ford “999” letters. I will do that but let me tell you up front not to waste your money on one of these new Ford Reports. The Deluxe costs $46 which is what you will pay for a Deluxe Marti Report. The Ford Reports, from my experience are not worth the cost of the postage to send them to you and mine came by email! Does that give you a clue as to what I think of them?

The quality is terrible and the accuracy is worse. What they are selling today is what you use to be able to get for free from Ford. They were then called the 999 Report.

You may remember from years ago when I did one of the 999 Reports for three Talladegas I had that all three came back as Mustangs! Imagine my surprise that Ford didn’t even know what a Talladega was! Well, this time they called Talladega a Torino Cobra (that at least is closer). The new Report went on to tell me our Wimbledon White Talladega is actually Presidential Blue with hood pins! This is not only incorrect it is totally unacceptable.

If an owner new to the Talladega world is trying to determine how his or her Talladega should be restored this is not the way to start. If a potential buyer is looking at your Talladega, Spoiler or Spoiler II and wants to get a Ford Report telling them your car is correct and not a clone or somehow modified, this is a terrible and damaging piece of information being provided by Ford.

The Report for the Dan Gurney 428 SCJ Spoiler was equally bad. Neither the Spoiler option or the Drag Pack option are mentioned. It appears to be, in Ford’s files, simply a Mercury Cyclone with “white exterior paint color with dark blue metallic accent paint color.” Nothing in the Ford Report would tell you that this is one of only five such Spoilers built! To be fair, it took a special research fee for Marti Reports to provide this information. It was not included in the Deluxe Report.

Below you will find copies of the “Build Sheets” I just received, the 999 Reports previously received for free and the Marti Reports. If you want documentation on how your Ford or Mercury were built continue to rely on the Marti Reports the Ford documents are strictly for laughs and don’t trust a word they say.

 

Here are the various Reports for the Talladega

This is the first free 999 Report from Ford where they declared our Talladega was a Mustang.
This is the first free 999 Report from Ford where they declared our Talladega was a Mustang.

 

 

 

 

This is the Marti Report with correct information for our Talladega. Compare this to what you get from Ford!
This is the Marti Report with correct information for our Talladega. Compare this to what you get from Ford!
This is the corrected free 999 Report from Ford when they finally figured out that our car was a Talladega and not a Mustang!

 

 

This is the new Ford Build Sheet Report. It doesn't even mention that the car is a Talladega and reports that the car is Presidential Blue when in fact it is a Wimbledon White car.
This is the new Ford Build Sheet Report. It doesn’t even mention that the car is a Talladega and reports that the car is Presidential Blue when in fact it is a Wimbledon White car.

 

Here are the Reports for the Dan Gurney Spoiler 428 SCJ

 

SCJ Spoiler Build Sheet from Ford's new service. This is a very poor report with no mention to Spoiler option or Dan Gurney Special. Cost: $46.
SCJ Spoiler Build Sheet from Ford’s new service. This is a very poor report with no mention to Spoiler option or Dan Gurney Special. Cost: $46.

 

This is one of the older, September 2007, 999 Reports from Ford. These were free at the time. Very similar in appearance, quality and poor information to the current Build Sheet Reports.
This is one of the older, September 2010, 999 Reports from Ford. These were free at the time. Very similar in appearance, quality and poor information to the current Build Sheet Reports.

 

This is the Marti Report for the Dan Gurney SCJ. This is the standard Ford should achieve as a minimum. Don't waste your money on a Ford Report, stick with the Marti Report!
This is the Marti Report for the Dan Gurney SCJ. This is the standard Ford should achieve as a minimum. Don’t waste your money on a Ford Report, stick with the Marti Report!

Richard

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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2 Comments

  1. Richard,

    My $46 report from Ford says that my Presidential Blue Talladega is Wimbledon White, and was sent to Washington (with hood pins…). I double checked the VIN, which they did actually get right; but, I agree – these things aren’t even worth the paper on which they were printed.

    Carl.

    1. This is Sad ! First to call this paper work your cars “Build Sheet ” shows who ever is doing the research does not understand what a build sheet is ???
      That is why I say a build sheet is the Bible and last word as to how a car was built back in the Muscle Car day’s ….Granted a Talladega is a Torino Cobra as to body code …thing is when you look at the build sheet you see the body code and the 2500 that made your Torino Cobra a Talladega! Yes Torino Cobra’s had as a standard item “Hood Pins” but the 2500 manual states they are to be deleted and the build sheet on any Talladega, the box is not marked.

      The problem is all the records were filed in warranty …dates of buck up to final sale were recorded for changes made during the production run of a said unit….take valve covers on the T’s….. It is one thing to read some thing we know is wrong and you know the person that is putting it out
      does not know …. as to what they our talking about …but from Ford come on !!! I have seen this many times and really am kind of sick when I see this…for years we have tried to give Talladega owners the truth about their car or cars and Richard your web site set a new standard for T and II owners….I think you both and any-one else who gets one of these so called build sheets should copy your Factory invoice along with the so called build sheet from Ford and if you have the real build sheet for your car and send them to the address your reports are from and ask them to take another LOOK !!! If they do not understand Richard tell them to read your web site…..

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