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What Are You Working On? Tom Wilson

Earlier we shared some photos of a Color Code car that Tom Wilson that lives near Atlanta is working on. Well, you won’t believe these photos. How would you change out a firewall on your car if it was damaged or rusted out? More than likely you would just use the carĀ for parts or send it on to the crusher. Tom said he just could not do that to a Color Code car. He began cutting into it and another donor car; pulled out his cherry picker and went to work. This is a major project for a team but Tom did this all by himself and deserves a good old southern boy shout out for his efforts.

Take a look at these photos and note that he is replacing the firewall with the roof on the car and the engine and transmission still in place! You won’t see photos like this many times.

Ok, here we go, get it all lined up correctly and drop her in.
Ok, here we go, get it all lined up correctly and drop her in.

 

The picture from the side view gives you a little better understanding of what Tom had to deal with. The roof is still in place and the engine, brake lines etc. are all still there.
The picture from the side view gives you a little better understanding of what Tom had to deal with. The roof is still in place and the engine, brake lines etc. are all still there. Heck, the door panels and rear seat are untouched!

Click on these images and you can enlarge them to see the details even better. Please note that the master cylinder is still in place, the power booster is siting on the right side of the engine and just look around the engine bay and see what all has not been removed!

Carefully lower the firewall into place, almost there.
Carefully lower the firewall into place, almost there.

 

Have you got some photos of your project that others might be interested in? Send them to RFleener@comcast.net along with a description of the photos and your project and we will try to include them in future Posts on this site.

Bingo, its in. Now just to stitch her into place.
Bingo, its in. Now just to stitch her into place.
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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. Thanks Richard, its back out now for prep and clean up and prime. Gotta put the ac delete plug back in the firewall. Man, I love these cars.takes me back.

  2. Notice the drivers side sport mirror has red paint showing through yet the passenger mirror does not.The passenger mirror was taken from already painted stock and added after the respray with white.The front bumper filler panel is the same way.Just more clues for those who care how the cars were built.

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