Reader Find: 1968 Mercury Cyclone

Mercury Cyclone

Now this is a Barn Finds‘ Exclusive! Reader David C found this Mercury Cyclone by chance while he was hunting for some parts! You won’t find this deal anywhere else. I’ll let David tell you more about this find in his own words. From David – I stumbled across this today when I was shopping for some other parts for my own project. It is a 1968 Mercury Cyclone, the only rust in the car is in the bottom right quarter panel (pictured below). He will sell this as a roller (no engine or trans.) for $3,000! Or he will sell it running with a 460 V8 and C-6 transmission installed for $8,500!

 Mercury Cyclone Rust

A 9 Inch Ford rear end is also available and might be able to be worked into the deal. The interior is intact but the seats need recovering, the dash is cracked but the seller is including a replacement. The car has a dented LF fender but is pretty straight and I think it is a heck of a find! The prices quoted were what he gave me at the spur of the moment so may be negotiable. The car is located in Loganville, Georgia which is only about 10 miles from where I live outside Atlanta. If anyone is interested they can email me and I can put them in touch directly with the seller.

1968 Mercury Cyclone


I want to thank David for sharing this awesome deal with us! It’s going to need a fair amount of work, but sure would be great once completed. While it’s a bummer the original V8 isn’t included, that 460 is quite tempting and would make it one hot machine! If you are interested in saving this Mercury, be sure to email David and let us know if you get it.

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  1. Rick

    Yeah, put in the 460, leave the rest as is, make it a total Hillbilly rig!!!

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  2. Colin Mateer

    If you could talk him down on the roller it may not be a bad deal. The asking price for the motor installed is way to high though.

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  3. piper62j

    Meh!!! Not worth the $8500 when the seller makes his install.. You can get your own engine and tranny al heck of a lot cheaper.. There are bone yards all over the place willing to sell you what you need. Then, after a little body work, you have something worth $8500 for YOU to sell.. Money in the bank..

    Nice car….. Nice find… Step over the sellers quandry…

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  4. geomechs geomechsMember

    A former co-worker is putting the finishing touches on a Cyclone GT as I write this. It is running an FE engine (390) which happens to be the original engine. This car should have an FE engine, complete with the too-tight clearance between the suspension towers and the valve covers. To own one of these should require the joys of changing spark plugs using two universal joints and an extension. Scorched and skinned knuckles are a trademark. As insane as this sounds, that’s the only way I’d do this car if it were mine. If it came with an FE, it’s got to continue with an FE. Of course if it came with something like a 302, then, well, I’d consider changing it to a 351 W.

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  5. Chebby

    Unpopular / unloved car + opportunistic hillbilly = not a “deal” at all.

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    • grant

      Unpopular and onloved? I love it.

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  6. JW

    I like it, replace the front suspension with coil overs then cut away the shock towers and drop in a 428 with a 4 speed and that 9 inch.

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  7. Doug Towsley

    These were weird looking cars back in the day, and my opinion hasnt changed since. It is NOT something you see often,. Its been years since I have seen any. I have no idea of current market value so cant comment on the price but it does not seem like a good idea to buy it with the other motor installed at the higher price. Be curious if and when this sells. It might already be at retail and a slow mover but again. I dont know.

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  8. stillrunners

    Dave – nice find and the roller price is not bad – a rare car to find in this shape and looks like original paint.

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    Have to agree. The styling now may appeal to some and obviously to those who are seeing it for the first time. When new was way out there. I think running with any Ford motor $3000. is about the money. Lets not forget everything else you will need to do. Brakes, driveline, suspension, fuel. Paint and interior. Plan to be upside down very quick. The rust showing is minimal on the quarter panel. These cars rust where you can’t see in the structural areas. Further many parts will interchange with the Torino counterpart but a whole lot of Mercury on here will not. If I am not mistaken the restoration parts market is minimal. Lastly it is green. If it were an R code or CJ car maybe. To many negatives for me.

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  10. Frank L

    The way to change plugs with an FE (especially between rounds)
    Use a Hole Saw on the inner apron ,change them through the wheel well,

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    • geomechs geomechsMember

      Hi Frank. It seems to me that the proper procedure is to remove the valve covers to change plugs. I’ve changed them but didn’t remove the covers; just used the aforementioned extension with (2) universal joints.

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    Not on my list of great looking cars, they forgot about the grill, it doesn’t match the rest of the car. Not a bargain though and the wrong color.

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  12. bobby g

    i bought this car last week but the reel find was the 69 cayle yarburro car that came with it

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