Our good friend and passionate Cyclone owner, Tom Wilson, is at it again. He calls himself the Cyclone Junkman because he likes to buy the Cyclones no one else is willing to buy. That is a very good thing for the rest of us because he has the ability and tools to make repair panels for his cars. Although it may not seem like it, but when compared to the Cyclone there are a wealth of repair panels for Torinos. Until Tom, there were zero for the Cyclone.
Have you ever wondered why you can purchase reproduction parts for a Torino but not a Cyclone? In 1968 and 1969 Ford built 738,698 Torino and Fairlane cars. In 1968 and 1969 Mercury built a total of 22,771 Cyclones! That is approximately 3% of the total Torino/Fairlane production. Now you understand why no big manufacturer makes interior or body panels for a 68/69 Cyclone. There just is not enough of them left!
In 1969 only 9,143 Cyclones of all variations were produced. By comparison Ford built 299,824 Mustangs and Chevrolet built 243,085 Camaros. It is not uncommon to hear announcers on TV say how rare the 1969 Z28 Camaro is. Well, they built 20,302 Z28 Camaros in 1969. That is just slightly less than all 1968 and 1969 Cyclone production. According to Kevin Marti there were 503 Spoiler IIs built and 969 Spoilers for a total of 1,472 Dan Gurney and Cale Yarborough cars built. That’s it, that’s all. That means that for every Spoiler or Spoiler II built, Chevrolet built 13.8 1969 Z28s! Drop that fact on your Camaro Z28 loving friends when they tell you how rare their car is.
Enough of the number came (for now) let’s talk about what Tom is doing. The photos below are of his patch panel for the right real quarter panel. This panel is the piece just above the rocker panel and just in front of the wheel well.
He is constantly pumping out new panels and currently is working on the inner wheel housing and other rear quarter panel pieces.