1971 Mercury Cyclone GT Factory Hood scoop (Maryann)
Last updated Jan 22, 2008
This car as purchased when my '66 pontiac finally died.
I didn't want it at first because it was 17.5 feet long, but after going from 5 mph to 80+ mph on a very short, uphill, onramp I decided I could live with it.
Sadly, it got totaled one day when a brain-dead 16 year old chick , in a 69 Chevy Belair 4 door, turned left in front of me. No time to avoid her. #-(
You just try to find a front end for a '71 Mercury Cyclone GT.
Rebuild 351 Cleveland engine with 4 barrel heads and a 750 Holly carb. (rebuilt myself)
(maybe more since I shaved the heads during rebuild.)
Not sure about horsepower, but with intake ports in the heads almost 3 inches tall, this was one fire breathing engine.
The factory rated this engine at 285 hp@ 5400rpm with 370#' torque @ 3400rpm.
I think that's a little low because I had a CDI ignition, Holley 750, shaved heads and an exhaust crossover pipe.
Ford 9" rear. (not sure about gearing)
I ran it at the drags once, and found out the secondarys were not opening on the new Holly carb. It still ran low 14's at 90 mph.
I sure miss Orange County Dragway, in Santa Anna, CA.
A/C, Power steering, windows and brakes.
Center shifter and console.
Kelly L60-R14 (x10") tires on stock rims.
I sealed the hood air scoop to the engine with a large aluminum plate and foam for better "forced" air induction.
It had an "H" pipe and turbo mufflers added to the stock duel exhaust.
I put smaller length bolts in the front sway bar to tighten it up for better turning.
I could make a left or right turn going 45 mph and it would NOT squeel the tires.
I was trying to keep it mostly stock because this car was SO rare.
In the 4 years I owned it I only saw one other car of the same year and model and that was in not-as-good-as mine condition.
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