Ford Talladega

How Rick Stanton Built His Boss 429 1969 Talladega

Written By Rick Stanton

July 2021 • Photos
Location: Colorado National Speedway • Presented by

Most of our long time Team Members know Rick Stanton and his Boss 429 powered Talladega well. It is an impressive machine to behold and just as impressive when Rick fires it up and heads to the track!

Rick has decided it is time to let some other Talladega race car fan enjoy his one of a kind real deal Talladega with a twist of race car to make it even more special.

The following is Rick’s own words on his build. The car will be one of the Stars at the 2001 October Mecum Auction in Las Vegas


In 1969, I walked into McCoy Ford in Anaheim, CA and sat in a brand new Boss 429 Mustang. Then, I sat in a ’69 Torino Talladega—both were Royal Maroon in color. I knew then and there that someday I was going to build a street driven Boss 429 Talladega, in NASCAR trim—just like the cars that were running in NASCAR.  

At the time, I owned a ’63-1/2 Ford Galaxie 427 Dual-Quad, 4-speed that was also Royal Maroon. The Galaxie was one of the fastest streetcars of its day, but now, I wanted a Hemi Talladega.    


Around 1970, I started collecting NASCAR Boss 429 engine parts: blocks, cranks, NASCAR rods, a magnesium dry sump oil pan, a magnesium NASCAR Spyder Intake with a 4500 series 1050 cfm Dominator carb. NASCAR Aluminum Boss 429 heads with D port intake and exhaust fitted with 2.40 intake valves and 1.90 exhaust valves. It took me about 25 years to collect all the correct parts to assemble a complete Boss 429 engine.

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To proceed, I now needed a body, and after many years of looking for a Talladega, I found one in a junkyard in San Dimas, CA—less engine, transmission and rear end. It was just a shell without wheels and tires. Talladegas were only built in ’69, and they only built 752 hence, they are very hard to find.


This Talladega didn’t have a straight piece of sheet metal on it, but it was a start. While I was working in Mississippi, I found a ’69 Torino fastback with a crushed roof. I had the junkyard cut the back half off in front of the doors and had it shipped back to California. After I found the body, the build took me about 10 years.

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I put the Boss 429 engine together along with a NASCAR Top Loader 4-speed, 1-3/8-inch input shaft, 1-1/4-inch output shaft, Mcleod dual-disc clutch, NASCAR full-floater rear end with a 31-spline Detroit Locker and 3:31 gears.


The bodywork was done by friends Jim and Brian Tapscott in Garden Grove, CA and once in primer I installed the engine, trans and rear end with NASCAR disc brakes on all four corners.

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In 2004, with just five days to get to Talladega, AL for the Aero Warriors Reunion I finally got the car together, fired it up, drove it around the block and loaded it in the trailer. We made the trip with no problems, did the parade laps, went to car shows and the Aero Warrior events.


After the Reunion, I pulled the engine to put it on the dyno while the car was painted at Pro One Auto Body in Santa Ana, CA. At that time the engine made 824 hp at 6,700 rpm on the dyno at Dyno-Motive, Placentia, CA. At the Dyno Wars Shootout in 2012 at Shelby American in Las Vegas, it put 713 hp to the ground and posted 228 mph.


Since then, I have freshened the engine and installed a bigger cam. On May 27, 2020 we dyno’d it at Greeley Automotive & Machine, Greeley, CO where it made 870 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 809 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm.


The Talladega is dedicated to Benny Parsons as he drove the Royal Maroon #72 Talladega and won the 1973 NASCAR Cup Championship. Since finishing the car, I’ve gathered signatures from the racers that drove and the mechanics who built the Talladegas: Cale Yarborough, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Ben Arnold, John Bach, Charlie Glotzbach, Bud Moore, Rex White, Slick Owens, just to name a few. Sadly, some of those people have passed away.


Thanks to Colorado National Speedway for the location:


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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