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What Are You Working On? 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler!

Erin and Lou Whitfield's 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler
Erin and Lou Whitfield’s 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler

A few weeks ago we showed you some photo of the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler that Erin and Lou Whitfield (Lou is doing most of the work but it is Erin’s car) are working on out in California. Lou is no stranger to the Aero cars and is not afraid of hard work plus he has a lot of skills and talents many of us wish we had. In just the last few weeks he has made some great strides on the Gurney but he says he still has months of work ahead of him.

Erin and Lou Whitfield's 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler
Erin and Lou Whitfield’s 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler

Lou says that photos he has provided are with the car dressed out with some of the parts just sitting on the car and the tires and wheels are off their Cougar but work well for a fast photo session. It is easy to see that this car is going to live up to Lou’s excellent build reputation when completed.

Erin and Lou Whitfield's 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler
Erin and Lou Whitfield’s 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler

In our phone conversation he told me of some of the battles he has gone through with some of the most minuscule and silly things that always take up the most time. I heard a bit of frustration in his voice but it has obviously been overshadowed by his dedication and persistence to get this classic ready for Erin to drive to the Talladega event in 2014.

Erin and Lou Whitfield's 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler
Erin and Lou Whitfield’s 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler

Lou is not afraid to stray from the 100% restored book of how to do it guides. But do note that it has the wheel lip moldings which few Spoilers have been able to retain. Note: Spoiler II cars do not have these.

Erin and Lou Whitfield's 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler
Erin and Lou Whitfield’s 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler
Erin and Lou Whitfield's 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler
Erin and Lou Whitfield’s 1969 Dan Gurney Spoiler

The engine compartment is not like the way the Mercury engineers designed it but it is too bad they didn’t have Lou on their side at the time. I really like the hand made snorkels on the air breather. The silver paint on the fan safety shield also adds to the compartment. A Ram Air 351 is also a nice touch.

 

As long as Lou keeps sending photos we will keep you posted. Thanks Lou and Erin, great car!

 

 

 

 

 

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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. As for the wheel lip moldings, this car was equipped with them form the factory.And the wheels and tires shown are what we’ll be running on the car-255-60-15 on the rear and 235-60-15 on the front.Wheels are 15X8 with 4 1/2″ B.S. on the rear and 4 1/4″ B.S. for the front so as not to cause interference on the upper ball joint.
    Since these pics were taken I’ve installed a new stock front end and the new springs cause the front to sit so high that it’s embarrassing. The front needs to come down 3″. Just another problem I’ll take care of.

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