Last time we told you about the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II Owner’s Manual Supplement and showed you what we thought was a copy of the original document. Well, it was in away. Rick Ochs pointed out to us in the Comments section of the Post that what we had was a preliminary copy and not a final. It was in a way the prototype of the final document. What we were focused on in that document was the listing of a 428 engine as part of the specifications along with the 351 engine!
Since the copy of the Supplement we had was not the final version, I thought the issue was resolved. We then obtained what is actually the final version of the Supplement and the 428 engine specs are still present. That question seems to still be in play. However, we did find a number of other interesting changes.
As Rick Ochs pointed out, many of the part numbers in the preliminary document contained an “X” in the fourth digit of the part number. It seems Ford used this to hold a space until the correct letter was assigned when it became available. When Ford was testing a part for a race or muscle parts program they would use the “X” as the Engineering Department code. When a part went into production or used in a production plant it would be given a final Engineering Department letter for the correct department. For example, take the third part listed in the Supplement C9OX-6541006-A. When this part went into production the “X” was changed to “Z” for “Ford Service Part”. The remainder of the number remained the same. This is the way it was printed in the final version of the Owner’s Manual Supplement.
Look at the “Fender Assembly Front RH”. This shows part number “C9OGX-” This cannot be right. The “C” stands for the decade, “1960”, and the “9” stands the year, 1969. The “O” represents Fairlane/Torino; a “G” would be correct for a Montego (which is the body style the Spoiler II cars were built on). We know that the Spoiler II fenders are different from a Torino or Talladega. Was this a typo or did they originally intend on using a Talladega front end on the Spoiler II? This is unlikely and my guess is that it is a typo.
I sat down with the preliminary Owner’s Supplement alongside the final version and found considerable differences in the parts list. Obviously, the “Z” designations were changed out for the correct body group. In total, there were 60 different parts specified in the original preliminary Supplement but only 48 in the final. In addition, of those 48 there are 3 parts added that were not listed in the preliminary version. There were also many part numbers that changed between the two versions of the supplement. It appears from the individual part numbers that some were complete changes and others were updates to the original part.
One part number included in the preliminary version which got my attention was C9GX-16112-A Hood Assembly-Welded. Does the “Welded” comment refer to the leading edge of the hood with the trim holes being filled in or does it refer to the modification of the hood to fit the new extended fenders’ contour? Or both? Regardless, this part number is missing in the final version. We know that these modifications were made to Spoiler II hoods so why the part number deletion?
I am also confused as to why there is no part number for the turn signals. We all know they are from a Ford Van but what year? Why were these not included? There appear to be other parts missed as well.
How about that hard to find Hood Latch Cable and Handle, what are they from?
In addition to the part numbers that were added or deleted, there were 31 numbers that were changed! Some of these were sequential updates from “A” to “B” but many were completely new numbers and the fenders even went from a “B” back to an “A”. Does that mean there was a fender design change?
What criteria did Ford use to include or not include each part number in this Owner’s Manual Supplement? They included some of the Spoiler II specific body parts but not others. I don’t see the header panel that goes in front of the hood. Oh, and what about the spoiler?
If this document was intended to help an owner or his body shop replace certain items damaged in an accident it seems that they missed a lot of important parts. If that was not the intent of this document, what was? And, if this Owner’s Manual Supplement is so important to track different parts used on the Spoiler II why didn’t Ford do a similar Supplement for the Talladega?
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