What are you working on? Harri Sorvisto

Note that the inside headlights are hooked up to the ram air system.

Note that the inside headlights are hooked up to the ram air system.

I really enjoy getting pictures and information from all of you regarding our “What Are You Working On?” articles. Most recently I got some information and photos of a Cale Yarborough Spoiler II in Finland! This car is in our Registry but is undergoing a major transformation. It is Vin# 9H15M564675. It is currently owned by Harri Sorvisto.

Inside its engine bay is a 482 CI side oiler stroker engine with ported Edelbrock heads, intake, and more great modifications. It is rated at 635 hp. However, he still has the original numbers matching 351 and complete drivetrain and suspension in boxes.

Ram air system gets its cold air from the former headlights.

Ram air system gets its cold air from the former headlights.

This car was owned by Mark Moses and Michael Jones before him. Harri bought the in July 2016 and immediately began removing the racing interior, sheetmetal dash, buckets and plexi glass windows to make way for all the original interior parts and glass.

Much of the "glass" in the car was plexiglass but has now been replaced with factory correct glass.

Much of the “glass” in the car was plexiglass but has now been replaced with factory correct glass.

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There are coilovers caltracs and Wilwood brakes.

You can see the rough plexiglas window, sheet metal dash and missing inner headlamps (engine ram air system). Luckily all of the removed body metal parts and brackets came with the car to help make the future restoration easier and more accurate.

Unfortunately, a lot of the interior parts and exterior trim were lost over the years but thanks to many enthusiasts in the USA he now has almost everything he needs to bring it back to original condition. These cars are not easy to restore in Finland, but Ebay and other international sellers helped a lot. If you know what you are buying and know which parts interchange with other models it is easier.

 

 

The car formerly had a race car inspired dash.

The car formerly had a race car inspired dash.

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In this photo you can see the custom pedal box and other major modifications under the dash. Everything is now back as it should be.

The steering column had been modified so he used an old rusty 1069 Cougar steering column. It was cut to 8 inches and bolted straight to the pedal box case. A little red paint and not the turn signal lever and horn work and it all looks like the original.

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The Ford Racing gauges are now moved below dash and the car’s original speedo, warning lights and switches all work as originally intended. Unfortunately, the radio can’t be used anymore because of the pedal box case.

The dash as restored.

The dash as restored.

In future he will be putting all the original powertrain parts back on the car as well, but before that he says he is gonna enjoy the Hi-Po what is lurking under the hood. This car goes strong!

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Note the transmission floor shifter.

Christmas came early for him this year because he got a phone call from one of the previous owners in early December who totally restored it in years 1996-2004. He heard about the new restoration and offered to send him all the missing original paperwork of this car. This includes the original build sheet, last Original USA Title also and letter from Mark Moses etc…

 

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It is quite difficult to find Cyclone and Torino parts in Finland so i got to make passenger mirror by using some Mustang parts and homemade foot to get passenger mirror completed. (Pics 4-5)

It is quite difficult to find Cyclone and Torino parts in Finland so he had to make a passenger mirror by using some Mustang parts and hand made the pedestal to get the passenger mirror completed.

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Fuel cell will be replaced with a factory unit.

Fuel cell will be replaced with a factory unit.

 

 

 

 

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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. tom wilson says:

    Hey Harri, let us know if you need shock towers to return the front end back to stock.

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