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Correct Spoiler

A question that I am often asked is:

“Is the spoiler on a Spoiler/Spoiler II the same as a Mustang or Cougar spoiler?” It is a reasonable question since to the casual observer they appear identical. However, they are not.

The basic shape of the two spoilers is very similar but the two are not the same. The quickest way to tell the difference is to simply look at the pedestals. If you are looking at a spoiler with an adjustable pedestal it is for a Mustang or a Cougar. If the pedestal is fixed and not adjustable it is for the Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II.

The next question is:

“Since they look very similar can I use the more common and less expensive Mustang/Cougar spoiler until I can find a correct spoiler for my car?” Although technically you can, but the result will not be cheaper or easier.

If you put an incorrect spoiler on your Cale Yarborough or Dan Gurney car the holes you drill in your trunk will not work for the correct spoiler. The holes will not just be in the skin of the trunk but they will also be in the inside bracing. This means a lot of patch work later or or more than likely, a new trunk is in order!

Here are the dimensional differences.

Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II dimensions:

This is the correct spoiler for a 1969 Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II. It is not adjustable and note the shape of the pedestal and how it mounts to the spoiler.
This is the correct spoiler for a 1969 Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II. It is not adjustable and note the shape of the pedestal and how it mounts to the spoiler.

The pedestals are approximately 34″ from center to center.

The overall length of the spoiler from tip to tip is approximately 61″.

Cougar/Mustang spoiler dimensions:

This is a 1969 Cougar spoiler. Note the pedestal has the ability to adjust the tilt of the spoiler. Also note how the pedestal is shaped and how it mounts to the spoiler.
This is a 1969 Cougar spoiler. Note the pedestal has the ability to adjust the tilt of the spoiler. Also note how the pedestal is shaped and how it mounts to the spoiler.

The pedestals are approximately 36″ from center to center.

The overall length of the spoiler from tip to tip is approximately 58″.

Even though the Cyclone spoiler is longer overall its pedestals are closer together!

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Richard

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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