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What Are You Working On; John McElroy?

A couple of months ago I saved a very rare 390 4-speed Cale Yarborough Spoiler from languishing away in a garage. The car had new paint but had been sitting for years and was not being put back together. Some parts were missing and a lot of assembly was required. My backlog of projects prevented me from being able to complete the car anytime soon so it was immediately put up for sale. Texan John McElroy purchased the car with a great deal of reservation. He wanted the car but was reluctant to put someones else’s project back together. This can be a real problem of lost, hard to find parts and lack of knowledge of where things go.


This rare 1969 Cale Yarborough Spoiler with a 390 4-speed was mostly complete but spread out all over my storage building. It was one project too many for me so it was sold to Texan John McElroy a couple of months ago.

John decided to go for it and hauled the body and parts back to Texas. I added some parts I had that seemed to be missing, He also contacted The Judge, Marty Burke, who lives only an hour or so away for some additional parts and advise. In addition, he purchased a 1969 Torino parts car for some more parts. It also provided some guidance on how some of the parts should go back together.

The car was 99% rust free and included the engine and trans etc. The engine needed to be freshened up but other wise in good shape.

The process took much less time than I thought it would and the results are excellent. The photo below was taken a few days ago after one of its trips to town to show off to friends. Although still not completely finished in every detail the car looks really good and John says it is also very fast and fun to drive. It is not intended to be a full on show car or concours correct but it is a blast to drive and that is what these cars are all about.

A couple of months of dedicated labor and the car is on the road! John was not sure about buying the car due to all the assembly work required but now he is thrilled to take it out on the road. No one in his community knows what it is and the car is the topic of many a conversation.
The 390 is numbers matching and although a rebuild was not required John did go through it and put in new rings and bearings etc.
John got some new carpet and dyed the seats to match the correct interior color.


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. I I bought it from John. As soon as I get my shop done it will be dismantled and I will make it more better. And I need to get the VIN number for the Gurney to you before I entomb it for posterity.

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