Talladega and Spoiler II Rancheros

 Santa, I will take on of each please.


Santa, I will take on of each please.

Before you gasp in horror, no Talladega or Spoiler II was sacrificed to build these Rancheros but some real body parts from long junked cars were used. John McCloud built his first Ranchero Talladega back in the day but let it get away. He continued to dream about it until recently when he decided to build another one but even better.

There was no reason for Ford or Mercury to build these trucks but how cool would it have been if they did?

There was no reason for Ford or Mercury to build these trucks but how cool would it have been if they did?

What you see here is a real “what if” project. Ford never built a Talladega Ranchero, never needed to; they didn’t race in Nascar. Once John was done with the Talladega truck everyone who saw it loved it and he was moved to go one step further. What about a Spoiler II truck?

Pick a pair of aero trucks.

Pick a pair of aero trucks.

He had some extra parts and found a good Ranchero so off he went and built what I think is the best of the two; a Cale Yarborough Mercury Spoiler II Ranchero! Just like the Nascar versions of the cars, in my eye, the Spoiler II out shines the Talladega. Just that little bit of extra flash in the two tone paint and side stripes just make the Spoiler II jump out and grab you. Note that John gave the Spoiler II the full Mercury look by giving it the correct rear quarter fender wheel well openings.

1969 one of none Mercury Spoiler II Ranchero

1969 one of none Mercury Spoiler II Ranchero

As if building these special “one of none” Rancheros was not a big enough task he wanted to make them even a little more special with the addition of a side opening tailgate.

Notice anything different here?

Notice anything different here?

Can you imagine the crowd you could draw with one of these as a tow truck for you Talladega or Spoiler II on a trailer behind it?

Swing open tailgate!

Swing open tailgate!

We like this combo so much we even included it in our 2015 Calendar. If you have a special original, restored or modified Talladega or Spoiler/Spoiler II send us some photos and we will show it off for you.

Thanks John for sharing these two terrific Aero Trucks.

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About the Author: 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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  1. Martin Burke says:

    Awesome vehicles. I believe John told me when he was building the Cale car/truck that he was putting in a Cyclone dash board too!
    Very cool!
    Marty

  2. Mark Shilladay says:

    The workmanship on these vehicles is just fantastic. As Richard stated this is the true “what if” and they just look tremendous. A great addition to the calendar and something I hope to see in person one day….
    -Mark

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