Finding a good rear quarter panel for your rusted or damaged 68/69 Cyclone can be a bit of a challenge. Why not replace it with one from the Montego? At a quick glance they appear very similar. Most likely a little massaging should make them work, right? Nope!
Last November Michael Johnson spent a week with the good Dr. Cyclone, Tom Wilson. We all know the Dr. is all about saving Cyclones at what ever the cost. While Tom and Michael were working in the Dr.’s laboratory they decided to compare the differences between a Montego rear quarter panel and the Cyclone fender.
They discovered they are not the same. It isn’t that you can’t use a Montego rear panel to fix your Fastback Cyclone but its NOT an exact fit like they hoped it would be. The Cyclone is taller and more rounded in the wheel well height and shorter in the rear end. The gas door area is close but not a perfect match and the rear marker lights are off quite a bit.
At best you might be able to cut a Montego quarter panel up and make patch panels for your Cyclone quarter but it will be a lot of work. In addition, the rear trunk drop downs are also different.
Michael and the Dr. marked the Cyclone panel to show the real differences. Michael provided these photos to help show why it will be a difficult task best.