The Cyclone Spoiler II was identical in concept to the Ford Torino Talladega: both cars employed a stretched, tapered nose and a flush-mounted grille for ideal aerodynamics at superspeedway velocities. On the track, the NASCAR Cyclone Spoiler race cars were actually a couple mph faster than their Talladega cousins due to their slightly longer bodies and subtle aerodynamic differences. However, the Mercury offered a bit more visual pizzazz than the Ford. Exact numbers are hard to determine, but the total production run is believed to be between and units.
The transformation from standard Cyclone to Spoiler II was a painstaking process. The front bumper was actually a Ford Fairlane rear bumper that was carefully cut and rewelded into a slightly vee'd shape. The rocker panels were "re-rolled," raising them one inch so the race cars could be lowered correspondingly without violating NASCAR's ride height requirements.
Despite all this effort, Mercury released the cars with virtually no fanfare. To make matters more confusing, Mercury also built standard-nose models with the same Gurney and Yarborough graphics and called them Cyclone Spoilers; the droop-snoot models were called Cyclone Spoiler IIs. In hindsight, it's remarkable that Ford and Chrysler saw fit to expend such substantial resources on specialized, limited-production vehicles that were basically loss leaders on the showroom floor.
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Cyclone Spoiler II street models came with this bhp cid V A bhp was optional. This is the blue and white Dan Gurney replica model. It was named the fastest car of that year, [ how? The cu in 4, cc standard engine was available as either the two-barrel carburetor, which generated hp kW , or the four-barrel carburetor, which generated hp kW.
The cu in 6, cc optional engine standard for GT was available as either the two-barrel carburetor, which generated hp kW , or the four-barrel carburetor, which generated hp kW. The cu in 5, cc engine had two versions: one was hp kW and the other was hp kW. The cu in 6, cc engine for the GTs was available with hp kW. The model was available in two flavors. The racing version featured a cu in 7, cc Boss block, which was the same engine as the one in the Boss Mustang.
The Cobra Jet's engine was a cu in 7, cc which generated hp kW. The engine had a Ram Air option, a CFM Holley four-barrel carburetor  although the option showed no quoted difference in horsepower rating. The Mercury Cyclone CJ had the following enhancements over the Cyclone and Cyclone GT: it had a blacked-out grille; dual exhausts; axle ratio; engine dress-up kit chromed parts ; hood bonnet stripes; and a competition handling package.
The CJ model was dropped from the Cyclone lineup, and applied to some of the engine names in the series. The Cyclones consisted of cid V8s and cid V8 engines. The standard engine for the base Cyclone was the cu in 7, cc four-barrel with dual exhaust that was rated at hp kW SAE gross hp kW net. It was the standard engine in the Mercury Marauder X and was available in other full-size models.
It featured a CFM carburetor. Two optional engines were available for the Cyclone. The Cobra Jet was the cu in 7, cc four-barrel with dual exhaust but without the Ram Air induction. The Cyclone Spoiler was for the performance-minded with front and rear spoilers, black or white racing stripes that went from front to the rear of the car, an integrated functional hood scoop for ram air induction, mph speedometer with a four-gauge suite including an 8, rpm tachometer with adjustable red line, vinyl bucket seats, dual racing mirrors and a competition suspension package.
The Super Cobra Jet upgraded the block to four main bolts and provided a mechanical flat-tappet camshaft, and the carburetor was changed from a cfm Rochester QuadraJet to a cfm Holley. Standard with the SCJ was the Drag Pack, this package added a front-mounted engine oil cooler and a 3. Colors for the Spoiler were limited to Competition Yellow, Competition Blue, pastel blue, Competition Gold, Competition Green and Competition Orange but for a premium Ford included the 'color of your dreams' program, and 31 buyers took advantage.
Ford had intended to continue the Spoiler II option for with an even more aggressive nose profile. One prototype was built. For the sporting gentleman that placed more emphasis in style than speed, there was the Cyclone GT. The basic package offered comfort weave bucket seats, full-length console, twin racing mirrors, integrated hood scoop that could be made functional for optional ram air induction, hide-away headlights, three pod tail lights and unique lower-body line trim.
The cost of all of this style was the having a Cleveland big block with 2-barrel carburetor and a three-speed manual transmission as standard fare. However, there were options, and they were good ones. The 4-barrel version of the Cleveland small block followed by a set of cid big blocks up to the Super Cobra Jet and the Drag Pak plus a four-speed transmission and a selection of automatics.
Although early sales literature shows the BOSS as an option, none were actually built. Most notable about the package was the loss of the comfort weave buckets in favor of a spectrum stripe bench seat. In , the Cyclone had some minor styling updates; most noticeable was center section of the grill received a larger ring in the gun site with the GT receiving a unique badge.
The Spoiler received a revised stripe package, and the rear spoiler was painted flat black, and the Base Cyclone now had the integrated hood scoop like the GT and Spoiler. Under the hood things were different as well. For the Spoiler, Ram Air also became option as opposed to part of the package for Beyond minor changes in the color palette and available options, the Cyclone line was a carry over from For , the Mercury Montego was fully redesigned with body-on-frame construction, front and rear coil spring suspension, and a new shorter inch wheelbase for two-door models.
The Cyclone option group included a functional Ram Air induction through twin integrated hood scoops, Traction-Lok limited slip differential, F for cu in 5, cc cars, and G tires for cu in 7, cc powered cars, hub caps and trim rings, body striping and identification, three-spoke steering wheel and dual racing mirrors.
The cu in 5, cc was available with either a 4-speed manual transmission or 3-speed automatic, while the cu in 7, cc was only sold with an automatic transmission. Early Mercury factory literature showed this option available, while later editions did not have any information on the Cyclone package.
Twenty of these Cyclones were equipped with the cu in 7, cc engine. During its production, the Mercury Comet Cyclone represented the brand in motorsport. Initially gaining use in drag racing , the Cyclone was raced in NASCAR alongside the Fairlane and its Torino successor, with the fourth-generation Cyclone becoming one of the most dominant body styles ever used in Winston Cup racing. In the Daytona , the Cyclone took both first and second place.
For the Daytona , 12 of the 40 cars in the race were Cyclones. The dominance of the Cyclone would lead to the development of the " Aero Warriors ", body styles of production muscle cars aerodynamically optimized for Winston Cup racing following their homologation. Although a redesigned Spoiler II was developed in , only a single prototype was produced alongside three Torino King Cobra counterparts. For , NASCAR changed its rules to end the production of aerodynamically-optimized cars, increasing their homologation requirements and restricting their engine displacement.
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One big difference between this Cyclone and our previous subject is the floors, this Cyclone has been treated to an entire floor pan replacement courtesy of AMD Auto Metal Direct. The work appears to have been well executed and the structural support pieces look sound. Another notable difference is the interior.
Most Cyclones came with red upholstery, such as this example. Beyond that, the condition of the red upholstery in this Cyclone is significantly worse and the front seat, at least, will require a redo. Obviously, underlay and new carpet will be needed at some point. It will need exhaust work and currently has no mufflers..
Everything is a trade-off, This Cyclone has a worse body and a more worn engine than our March example but it has new floors and a trunk pan. The bidding is also in the same range. True, there are registries for certain special makes and models but how many cars of a certain breed exist and are never registered? Regardless of numbers, this is a rare item, it has a Marti Report to back up authenticity and has had a lot of heavy lifting already completed.
You put up with tons of gruff in your job. Tell it like it is. Stop right now! Or probably better yet, put the in the Comet? One thing to note is that these special edition Cale Yarborough Cyclone Spoilers were only available to Mercury dealers east of the Mississippi River.
For folks west of the Mississippi who wanted some sort of special car, they got the Dan Gurney version which was white and dark Presidential Blue. Rust through in the front floor pans, and around rear quarters, Ford has some issues with the back glass leaking down the inside of the back wheel wells. Replacement patch panels are out there for the Torino, but not the Cyclone rear quarters. Only one place will you find these hand made panels to do your Cyclone rear quarters.
He hand makes them and fabricates old bomber aircraft pieces, so he is not cheap. That rear deck fast back is increadably long! Only an anal brings it up in the 1st place, sorry to call U both out. The rest is All Ways din mite! No go — LQK, new — delivers to the shop a wider range, free. Some experts have assumed that this was due to the sheer outrageousness of the Dodge Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbird , with their huge rear wings; as the MOPAR winged cars' prices have eclipsed the far more subtle bodywork of the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II.
Until very recently , very little had been written and documented about these rare cars; however, there is now a website that is dedicated to the Talladega and Spoiler cars produced by Ford and Mercury during as they fired powerful shots during the aerowars. According to some rumors Mercury built only out of a reported units. How could they have done this? As a last-ditch, "What do we do now?
If you examine the handful of Mercury Spoilers the "W" nose models , you will find that they represent quite a cross section of engine and interior options. Some are automatics, some are stick shifts, some are big blocks, some are small blocks, some have front bench seats, and some have front bucket seats.
There are less than a dozen known Big Block Cyclones left. This gives a great deal of credibility to this particular rumor. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Motor vehicle. Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company. E-Series Cutaway F F Category Commons. Motor Trend. Retrieved September 10, Art of the Muscle Car.
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The Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II is a muscle car that was produced by Mercury in early The Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II was a special, more aerodynamic. Mercury produced a version of the Cyclone for NASCAR called the Cyclone Spoiler II. The model was available in two flavors. The street version. Mercury's new Cyclone Spoiler, powered by a hp SCJ engine, didn't come into its own until after it went off sale. By Jeff Koch from December