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Building or Repairing a 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II Fender by Chris Vick

It has been awhile since I last posted  a story so here it is; FENDERS.

Probably the most significant part of our long nose cars, T’s and II’s should be the same. I have built 2 sets of II’s fenders and have seen 1 nos T fender. Everybody knows that the front was added on but do you know the mods to the bottom of the fender and the added body line in the lower fender? Follow along and I hope to shed some light on the construction of the fenders.

Most of you out there probably have fenders in nice enough shape to not have to learn this. Who made these fenders? Nobody seems to know who or where they were made. (Note by editor: It is rumored that the first 100 or so Talladega fenders were built by Holman and Moody but because the quality was so poor Ford switched over to another manufacturer for the rest of the run. Anyone know who built the Spoiler II fenders?) Too much time has passed to find plant workers, I am guessing the average worker would be 70 to 80 years old. What, drive around Lorain Ohio with a loud speaker asking if anybody worked at the plant when II’s where made? Might get you a free trip to the rubber room.

My fender’s were junk, so rebuilding was the only option at that time. I started by measuring from the door end of the fender towards the nose, and made marks on the extensions so I knew where to reattach them. I made a call and had the great fortune to talk to Lee Holman. I asked him if there was any kind of print/specs on building the fender and he had none, and made the comment they just cut the fenders, stuck them in a jig and welded them up. He followed it by saying at 200 mph they don’t have to look to pretty.

This picture shows what the outside seams looked like before lead and paint.

 

This is the mock up of my car. There is a side piece, top piece and a small piece on the inside lip that meets the grill.
Here is a pic of the lower body line. This is not a factory Cyclone/Torino line.

 

After careful measuring, cutting of the fender and flanging the fender, the nose was welded back on. Here is what the seams look like from the inside. And when the car is done not much is seen because of sound deadner stayed over it.

Ok, we know that the rockers were remade but did you know that also affects how the rear of the fender attaches to the car at the bottom. The rocker mounting point was raised so that meant that standard fenders won’t fit. The lower lip of the fender was cut off and the fender bent to form the body line, which is at the bottom of the door/rocker line. In order the make the body line the inner fender brace was cut out and the fender lip was gathered together so it would not have a kink in it. First shows the bottom lip cut off, through the mounting holes. These were rough cut, no matching cuts in any fender, just in the ball park.
Next is the inner brace cut, again, no matching cut and no matching filler piece and no, they where not completely welded, just stitch welded. Before…
During…
…and after.

These last two photos show you the inner brace mod and how the the end of the fender was cut. Not many people have started with such a rough piece of history, that is the only reason I am learning this much about these cars and feel honored to share this with you.

I hope you learned something. Next up will be the rocker panel and how the outer wheelhouse was modified.

Chris Vick

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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. Thanks Chris, Thats really informative on the fenders.Cant wait for the rocker and wheel house segment.Beautiful job on the fenders BTW.

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