Tom Bailey has never let moss grow under his feet. Having just returned from HOT ROD Magazine Drag Week’s with a second Unlimited class victory with his 1969 Camaro dubbed “Sick 1.0” he is ready to debut a brand new car. This time a 1969 Talladega will be aimed at roads with curves!
The Ford Talladega was the factory’s response to the NASCAR aero wars. The promise of the tapered and extended nose, raised rocker panels, flush mounted grille, and sports roof was so great that Richard Petty defected from Plymouth to drive it. To make the car legal for competition, Ford built a scant 745 editions of the modified Torino to be placed in the hands of the public.
For car #648, its past has been a chequered one, and not in a good way. Along the way the original engine was pulled and lost. Beyond that, it has led a life mostly comprised of ¼ mile passes. Fortunately for the car, it found its way into the hands of fanatical hot rodder Tom Bailey. Under Tom’s direction all of this has changed with modern technology weaving its way into a new chassis while paying the proper respect to the Talladega’s rich racing history.
Keeping true to Ford DNA a Holley controlled 5.0 liter Coyote motor is combined with twin Bullseye turbos and Turbosmart wastegates at Sled Alley outside Detroit to produce 1000 HP. A Tremec 6-speed is mated to row through the gears and out back a Strange third member paints twin stripes on the pavement. The only hint of what lurks within are the twin air trumpets in place of the inner headlights that feed the howl of the turbos.
A Roadster Shop chassis establishes the lowered stance with AFCO suspension and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. A set of Forgeline rims wrapped in modern low profile tires keep it all planted to terra-firma. There is no doubt this throwback to a storied time in NASCAR’s history rekindles the passion of the factory-built battles!
- AFCO Racing Products - Suspension, Dampers
- Brembo - Carbon ceramic brakes
- Bullseye Power Turbo Chargers - Twin turbos
- Ford Performance Parts - 5.0 liter Coyote motor
- Forgeline Motorsports - GZ3R Centerlock Wheels
- Holley Performance Products - EFI controls
- Roadster Shop - Chassis
- Strange Engineering - Third member
- TREMEC - Magnum 6-speed transmission
- Turbosmart - Wastegates