Did the Mercury division of Ford plan on making an optional 428 CJ engine available in the Spoiler II? I have never heard anything about it nor have I seen any literature that suggested it….until now!
When a bunch of car guys (and gals) get together they talk cars. What do you think went on at the 50th Anniversary of the Aero Cars this year? Lots of car talk and lots of comparison of similar cars. For some reason, it seems that the motel parking lots are a real hot spot for gathering and shooting the breeze. On one such occasion, a long time aero car owner, Mike Adkins, handed me a reproduction of the original Owners Manual Supplement for a Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II. He asked if I had one. I stated I had seen them and had a portion of one but not a complete on. He said keep it. I was thrilled to get it but in the rush of activities I never really looked at it until I go home.
I have included a copy of the supplement for you to review. I am sure you Spoiler II owners will appreciate this.
All seemed to be just as I had expected it. What the copy I have had for a long time didn’t have was the last page. This page is for the Cyclone Spoiler II Service Specifications and goes on to list such things as the proper light bulbs, general dimensions, and capacities.
However, the very last item at the bottom of the page is what stopped me in my tracks. The engine specifications to be exact. It lists TWO engines! The first is the 351 that we all know powers all the Spoiler IIs but right under that is listed a 428 engine!
Did Mercury want to offer a 428 CJ as an option in the Spoiler II? Did Ford not want the Spoiler II to compete power-wise with the Talladega? Was this a simple screw up on this particular Supplement to the Owners’ Manual?
We will likely never know but if anyone has any documentation or historical paperwork that might support this possibility I would sure like to see it and share it on this site.
For just a moment think of the possibility of a 428 CJ Spoiler II from the factory. What about a Ram Air Spoiler II with a Spoiler hood scoop? Why not a 428 SCJ Spoiler II?