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Cale Yarborough 428 CJ Ram Air Spoiler Restoration

From Beginning to End!

Back before this Registry was born, we did a complete restoration on our 1969 Cale Yarborough 428 CJ Ram Air Spoiler. In 2007 very few people knew about these cars and few if any were doing Concours restorations. It certainly never occurred to me at the time that I should do such a thing. I did not realize how rare a 428 CJ Ram Air Spoiler was. In our minds, Katrina and I just had a car we loved but it was just a little rough around the edges. There were no real major issues but we wanted a really could quality, local show worthy driver. As a birthday present to myself we sent the car out to a local restoration shop to do the work. As stated before, we were far more concerned with having a good safe fun to drive a car than a trailer queen that was absolutely factory correct. This Spoiler was featured in the YouTube video by Uncle Tony’s Garage in 2020.

Cale Yarborough is a Spoiler with Torque Thrust wheels.

Although this Registry was not even a thought, I did have the site up and running. It was very new but I decided to cover the restoration of the Cale car on that site. It was partially due to readers’ responses to those articles that helped motivate me to create this Registry.

Muscle Car TV Shoot

For some reason, I never posted those articles to this site. I have covered other builds as readers have submitted them but none go into a great deal of depth. I have decided to change that. The link posted here will take you to Phase One of the Restoration or our 428 CJ Ram Air Spoiler. At the bottom of the Phase One article is a link to Phase Two. Similar links are provided at the bottom of each subsequent article.

This Cale Spoiler has gone on to spend time at the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum, appear several times on Muscel Car TV, awarded Editors Pick by Fast Fords Magazine, and featured on calendars and coffee table muscle car books! Most of all, it has remained our favorite car to take out on cruises and back road tours.

This is a picture of the car as it appeared in both editions of the Art of the Muscle Car.


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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