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What Are You Working On, Jonathon Wishard?

1969 Ford Talladega

One of the fun parts of keeping this Talladega Spoiler Registry up to date is meeting new friends and seeing some of your cars go from project to show car. There were very few such cars a decade ago when we started this web site but with growing interest in the cars and increasing values we are seeing more and more.

Jonathon Wishard is one such owner. In October of 2021 Jonathon registered his newly acquired Presidential Blue Talladega with us. It was obviously a project car but certainly well worth the effort and cost to restore. Less than a year later he sent me some updated information and photos. Like so many of us, the restoration is progressing in stages. The efforts to this point appear to be very rewarding.

The interior is a little rough but I have seen far worse.

Here is what Johnathon had to say when he forwarded his most recent photo, “Hi Richard, just an update on #699 last blue T. This spring I got all the brakes redone and the engine running again. I’ve cleaned up a lot on the car and it went to its first car show last week. Hasn’t been on the road since 1986. Rust repair is going to be done next spring and I will restore the car as I go. I will attach a picture to update what I sent last fall as well as the marti report. “

This is the car as it appears today. Obviously, the car is ready for the road and should be a fun ride and a real attention getter.

Keep us posted on your progress Johnathon! And as for you others with projects out there, send me photos and details and maybe your car will make it on “What Are You Working On?”. If, during your restoration efforts any of you come up with a great time or money saving trick, pass it on for others to use. If you find a supplier for a hard to find part also let us know about them.


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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  1. I am looking for a spoiler ll I would like one that I don’t have to paint it dos not have to be a #1 but a 2 or 3 I had one and it was sold to someone in Kentucky it was In West Virginia nitro would love to have it back

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