I really enjoy getting pictures and information from all of you regarding our “What Are You Working On?” articles. Most recently I got some information and photos of a Cale Yarborough Spoiler II in Finland! This car is in our Registry but is undergoing a major transformation. It is Vin# 9H15M564675. It is currently owned by Harri Sorvisto.
Inside its engine bay is a 482 CI side oiler stroker engine with ported Edelbrock heads, intake, and more great modifications. It is rated at 635 hp. However, he still has the original numbers matching 351 and complete drivetrain and suspension in boxes.
This car was owned by Mark Moses and Michael Jones before him. Harri bought the in July 2016 and immediately began removing the racing interior, sheetmetal dash, buckets and plexi glass windows to make way for all the original interior parts and glass.
You can see the rough plexiglas window, sheet metal dash and missing inner headlamps (engine ram air system). Luckily all of the removed body metal parts and brackets came with the car to help make the future restoration easier and more accurate.
Unfortunately, a lot of the interior parts and exterior trim were lost over the years but thanks to many enthusiasts in the USA he now has almost everything he needs to bring it back to original condition. These cars are not easy to restore in Finland, but Ebay and other international sellers helped a lot. If you know what you are buying and know which parts interchange with other models it is easier.
The steering column had been modified so he used an old rusty 1069 Cougar steering column. It was cut to 8 inches and bolted straight to the pedal box case. A little red paint and not the turn signal lever and horn work and it all looks like the original.
The Ford Racing gauges are now moved below dash and the car’s original speedo, warning lights and switches all work as originally intended. Unfortunately, the radio can’t be used anymore because of the pedal box case.
In future he will be putting all the original powertrain parts back on the car as well, but before that he says he is gonna enjoy the Hi-Po what is lurking under the hood. This car goes strong!
Christmas came early for him this year because he got a phone call from one of the previous owners in early December who totally restored it in years 1996-2004. He heard about the new restoration and offered to send him all the missing original paperwork of this car. This includes the original build sheet, last Original USA Title also and letter from Mark Moses etc…