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What Are You Working On? Rob Hunt and Marty Burke

Building a Talladega 428 CJ

As much as we all love our cars it is the other car folks that most of us cherish above the cars. The cars are exciting but they are the means to meet others like ourselves. They are memory machines that help us recall fond memories from the past as well as make great new memories for the future.

We previously told you about a new project Talladega that Rob Hunt acquired and did a marathon road trip to pick it up and return it to Oklahoma. As you might remember Rob had some questions if the Talladega was going into storage to await a full restoration or be cleaned up and driven. The car was reasonably sound but had an incorrect 390 engine. It seems the decision has been made and he wants to drive the car. He just sent us some great photos and some additional information. Below, is his edited words about “What he is working on.”

Marty Burke working some of his NHRA winning magic.

Here are some shots of Marty Burke and I building the new engine for my white Talladega. It is a fresh .030 bore with a standard crank, ARE rod bolts with the complete assembly balanced. Machine work was done by Wayne Calvert Precision Machine in Fenton Texas.  It sure was fun building a Cobra Jet with a guy that has several NHRA records and Wally’s (The Wally is the trophy awarded to winners of an NHRA national event.)  in his trophy case. It was a Fun Saturday morning for both of us. 

If you are working on a Registry related project and would like to share it with others please forward a few great photos and a description of the project, photos and/or activity. We will edit it and, if selected, post it here on our web site.


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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