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Building a Race Car?

We recently told you about Frank Durso who hunted down two Boss 429 engines. He now is on a course to build a 1969 Talladega Replica Grand National Race car to give one of the Boss 9s a home! The following is some information from Frank and Rick Ochs regarding the build. Frank wants and needs all the help and parts he can get. If you have information or parts that can help contact Frank at the contact info below.

Frank says he is building, from scratch (he admits he must be nuts), a 1969 Talladega Nascar Grand National replica. He has a donor car (he will not be cutting up his real Big T ). He has been amassing many parts but says the roll cage and front frame section are made from unobtanium. He has a bunch of pictures and drawings but none have dimensions. Rick Ochs has provided the following images. He says the roll cages were made from 20′ lengths of 1.75″ x .120″ wall steel tubing. Does anyone have accurate dimensions for the cage?

Any help anyone can lend will be greatly appreciated!

Rich turner has some things he may be willing to part with, especially his knowledge and time (he has spent hours with Frank already). Frank states what some of us already know, that Rich is an amazing individual and friend.

Frank’s biggest hurdle right now is the framework and its dimensions including the cage. He says that once he can start the chassis he will begin hunting for the suspension, hubs, rear and all the other fun stuff.

His goal is to have the car built and running in time for the 50th anniversary of The Talladega Motor Speedway in 2019.


He has not yet said what livery the car will carry. There were a lot of great drivers in 1969. Will it be a David Pearson car or possibly a Richard Petty car. In our group we already have a Benny Parsons tribute car, a real Parsons car and a Lee Roy Yarbrough tribute car. Who do you think Frank’s car should honor?

Feel free to get a hold of Frank at: frankdurso69@gmail.com






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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