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Chris Vick: Restoration Detials

Chris Vick is a regular contributor to our Registry. His documentation and research on the restoration of the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II cars has earned him the nickname the Archaeologist!


When it comes to building a car worthy of showing, it all starts with a laser straight body and super shiny paint. Now, how do you set yourself apart from the rest? The small stuff. Here are a couple of photos of some of the small parts that got detailed.

First up is the front turn signals. The bodies were stripped down, the housings and screws were replated the correct color, the mounting bracket had any pits filled on, sanded with 600 grit and painted and then NOS lens were installed. The best part is you can still read the part numbers on the wiring after all these years.

Next is the wiper motor. The wiper cover and mounting screws were replated, as well as the 3 screws that hold it on the cowl. The ground strap and bushing inner metal parts were wire brushed clean. The aluminum bolts that hold the motor and drive together were removed, cleaned, and the body was repainted. The gear housing was wire brushed clean, Dremel tool sure comes in handy. Finally, I had stamps made to redo the part numbers and inspection stamp. Sorry the 2 on the end don’t show, one is the part number and the other is the date code. All 3 were still on the wiper.

Last pic is of the tail light pigtails. Removed the wiring and foam seal from the bodies, then also had them replated the correct color. Cleaned everything up, reinstalled the wires, made sure they light up and even remade the paper tags with the part number on them. Even went as far has redoing the blue stripe on the orange wire( it was worn off), why? why not. If you compare the color green to your car, go ahead and tell me it is a different shade. After I had these made I looked at my samples and found 3 different shades of green. Guess Ford wasn’t to fussy.

More pictures to come as this build really gets going.

Chris Vick



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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