The 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler and Spoiler II hoods are different! Ok, the easy response at this statement is sure, one has a scoop and the other one doesn’t. That is true but not the real difference. So let me go a step further; the Spoiler II hood is different from any other Cyclone! Thanks to Dr. Cyclone for spotting a big difference that most of us have never noticed. You all know the Dr., Tom Wilson, cuts up Cyclones and makes new body parts for them so it is his critical eye that brought this to our attention.
Many of us have noticed that some hoods on the Spoilers II don’t seem to fit like they should in the front corners. They seem a little lower and don’t match the fender. More than likely you are seeing a Spoiler hood installed on a Spoiler II. Check out these photos below to find out the difference.
Tom searches out the best original body parts to use as his model for building the new replacement body parts and patch panels. He first noticed how a Spoiler II hood would lay flat on its front edge on his shop’s floor but an equally good Spoiler hood would be approximately an inch off the ground in the center. So which one was correct? As it turns out, they both were.
He made a hood edge profile template for a Cyclone where it meets the fender. Next up was to compare both an original Spoiler II and Spoiler hood to the same template.
The next time you are looking at a Spoiler or Spoiler II and the hood doesn’t quite fit right maybe it has the wrong hood.