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Title: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: nham3407 on December 05, 2016, 10:37:55 AM
Well the search and networking paid off.  Received a call on a 68 in South Carolina a couple of weeks ago and headed out Saturday.  Man was it a grueling trip. 1200 miles in 23 hours but acquired this car and many very useable replacement panels scavenged from other cars.  The plan is to stop any further rust development and replace the panels that have deteriorated on the body.  I made a great contact who reproduces patch panels for the common problem areas on the Cyclone.  This will be a longer term build as time and money permits to make all of the modifications I am planning. Big item on the list is forced induction with a 6:71 a top either a 351 or 390.
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: 67gtasanjose on December 05, 2016, 11:15:18 AM
Not TOO FAR from "race-ready!
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: krelboyne on December 05, 2016, 01:02:48 PM
3 on the tree. Original car was a base model 6 cylinder or small block V-8?
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: nham3407 on December 05, 2016, 03:18:39 PM
3 on the tree. Original car was a base model 6 cylinder or small block V-8?

Base 302 2V.  No 6 available from what I am aware of in the Cyclone. 

Will probably be offering up the 302 and tranny for any interested parties in the future. The motor does turn over by hand turning the damper.  It will not have the air tubes for the thermactor that are the only parts I was missing for a complete system for another car.
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: Brian Conway on December 11, 2016, 03:10:46 PM
Car doesn't look to bad.  While your out looking for parts for your Cyclone project .  Should you come across a Radiator Fan that your not in need of ?  I am looking for a C9OE-G, 6 blade, 18.25 across and no clutch.  BrianJConwayB@aol.com
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: Smokey 15 on December 11, 2016, 06:02:23 PM
Looks pretty solid.  Restification or ProStreet?   I'd go with either a Windsor or a 460. I like FEs, but parts are a bit more expensive. 
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: 429scott on December 11, 2016, 09:01:35 PM
Love the car, always liked that body cyclone/torino, any chance of getting Cale to stop by to sign the roof?
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: nham3407 on December 12, 2016, 10:49:34 AM
Looks pretty solid.  Restification or ProStreet?   I'd go with either a Windsor or a 460. I like FEs, but parts are a bit more expensive.

Looking to go more of a ProStreet.  I have the concourse 72 Mach 1 and the mostly original 67 GT mustangs. This is one that I plan to add all of the modern chassis upgrades too.  This is one that will not be held to judging rules and be built for all out fun.  Plans are to go with a Mustang 2 front suspension, 4 bar coil over rear, some light body modifications but nothing that will jump out at you.  Just want to stylize the car a little more and maintain those great fastback lines.  I really like the wheel arches in the Cyclone over the Torino. That tear drop just keeps the visual of motion when standing still. Sides are a little flat and boxy. Going to see if I can put some hips in it.  I have been looking over the options on power and I am tending to lean more and more towards a 351C 4V I have sitting in the garage and a C6 yet to acquire.  Need to get the bodywork going after finishing up some other projects. Nice thing is the bodywork appears minimal to the bottom rear of the quarters. The usual swiss cheese from debris settling down there and floor pans. Other than that very solid car with no filler in it.  This will be a longer term project and phases get done and monies become available for the next step. 
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: nham3407 on December 12, 2016, 10:54:53 AM
Love the car, always liked that body cyclone/torino, any chance of getting Cale to stop by to sign the roof?

When at Darlington for the honor of pacing the field for the Southern 500 by invitation of ford with the 72 Cale actually stopped and looked over the Mach 1 as he was walking out to the track.  I was about 20 feet away at the time or I would have loved to have had a picture taken with him.  Always liked his scrappy fighting personality.  I was really and honor to see some of the NASCAR greats up close during that event. Something I will never forget
Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: nham3407 on December 21, 2016, 11:02:02 AM
Received my Marti back on the car.  Just the plain Jane I was wanting to find knowing I will be doing extensive modifications.  Probably one of the shortest Mari Reports I have seen.

Title: Re: Next Project - 68 Mercury Cyclone
Post by: MattDoscher on December 21, 2016, 06:21:44 PM
Cool!  It's nice having a Marti Report for your car.  My wife's '65 Comet Caliente convertible (5H25T) was built at the Lorain Plant.

Matt