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What Are You Working On? Harri Sorvisto

One of the great things about the internet is it has expanded the fan base of the Aero Cars. We have Team Members in several different countries around the World and they often send photos and ask questions. It is great to know that the fan base for our NASCAR, Red Neck, moonshine running Aero Cars stretches all over the World yet we can communicate between us as easily as if  we were next door neighbors.

Our most recent “What Are You Working On?” comes from Harri Sorvisto of Finland. Like us in the United States it will soon be summer there. Harri states that he has no garage and has to do all his work outside so with the weather getting better he can finally start working on his Mercury again.

Here is the early 60s T-Bird FE air cleaner.

Here are some pictures of his NASCAR air cleaner project. As most of us know the HM NASCAR air cleaners can be a bit pricey for street use and his previous hose based ram air system was not to his liking. He wanted something that resembled the NASCAR system but not as expensive. Harri must be pretty handy with the sheet metal because he has a very nice looking solution. It might be something some enthusiasts here in the States might want to take a look at trying.

He started with an eBay sourced early 1960’s T-bird rusty FE air cleaner. He says it is the perfect basis for his project.

He also had to make some modifications because his Victor intake is quite high and there is very little space under the hood.

He cut all of the inner silencer parts away, raised the center section. Then he fabricated a new air box and welded it in place.

This is already starting to look very cool.

He sandblasted both the outer and the inner parts. All the holes that were no longer needed were filled.

That was followed with some body filler and mat-paint.

He also says that this new ram system still allows him to use the original air filter.

Thank’s for sharing your project with us and shows us some more of your Spoiler II as the warm Fin
land summer lets you work on it.

I think this is really cool and is a great addition to the engine compartment and can easily be swapped out for the original when you want to look a little more stock. Somehow, I don’t think that is what Harri is looking for!



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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