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Talladega Car Cover

How to get the best car cover.

Over the years I have purchased a number of car covers. The reasons varied from outdoor protection, short term car show dust protection, and long term indoor storage protection. I have always had a love-hate with these products. Although, for the most part, they do help but putting them on, taking them off and storing them is a real issue.

When I got the boxes of car covers I was shocked at how small the boxes were. I thought there was no way a car cover was inside.

As the Coronavirus stay at home order takes its toll, my thoughts for the need of a car cover reappeared. I decided it would be good to have a quality cover for our Talladega for those times when it isn’t locked safely away in my climate and humidity controlled Man Cave. I did some research and eventually ended up ordering three. One for the Talladega, one for the Daytona, and one for the Corvette. Each represents a different challenge but we will only deal with the Talladega here.

When I opened the boxes I realized why they were so small. The covers were vacuum-packed in plastic. They were “sucked down” very tightly and at least a third the size I could ever do.

When you go shopping for a car cover, take your time and decide why you want one. They are not all the same. There are two basic types, indoor and outdoor (some high-quality ones will work for both, that is what I got.) Once that decision is made you need to consider fit, price, material, and warranty.

When ordering a car cover for any car that is as rare as a Talladega you expect complications. The Talladega is obviously very similar to a Torino but just a little longer. How does that impact the fit of a car cover? I ordered all three covers from CarCover.com. I DID NOT rely on the web site to place my order. I emailed the company and explained my fit concerns. Very quickly I received a callback and worked out all my issues to my satisfaction. I placed the order and within one week I had my covers.

Included with the covers is a bag for storage of each cover when not being used, a cable and lock for security, and a reinforcement patch if you have an antenna.

Very few companies make fully custom tailored fit car covers for our cars and those that do are very expensive. Car Covers.com has a semi-custom cover that they make for us. Because the Talladega and Spoiler II are basically a Torino or Cyclone they have the ability to add a little extra length to fit out cars. I had 3 or 4 inches added to mine and I really like the way it fits the car.

The covers also include two under-car straps to help keep it in place.

There are a few things to remember with a car cover.

  • Never use a car cover on an open trailer. The flapping of the cover on the car will rub the paint off!
  • In high winds, a car cover will blow off.
  • Never install a car cover on a dirty car, the inside of your cover will get dirty and it can scratch your paint.
  • If you are putting the cover on your car outside with even mild winds you will likely need a helper.
  • A car cover will help protect your car from dust and dirt etc. It may help prevent some door dings and prying eyes but it is not a shield. Hail, branches, and other hard objects can still harm your paint and body. And, don’t forget those nasty bird droppings!

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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