Gearing Up

Many customers like the idea of manual gearbox in a big block car, but the reality is that unless you drive it in anger with all the benefits of being in control, it can be a little tiring. No more so when stuck in traffic which is typical for the UK, or just going for a relaxing drive. One of most loyal customers has decided that although he loved the manual in his car, it was time for a “more relaxing” experience, but with same amount of fun!

Park & Pic:

Technically this car is not under our Pony logo at the yard as it was driven straight to the workshop bypassing the photo opportunity. So we have decided that as the car was parked in the workshop that sort of qualifies! More on this car below.

Customer Cars

The car is being drag prepped and we were given a list of things that had to be done as part of that spec. The new automatic gearbox has been custom spec’d, hand built, a bespoke one off build in fact. We have been asked not to reveal too much about it, so we won’t, but we will show and tell you a few selected highlighted bits and pieces here.

The car was raised on the new lifts so we could get to work removing the prop shaft. Adam was up the ladder here to check that we can get as much height as possible, in order to calibrate the max stopping height for the lifts in the newly kitted out and facelifted workshop.

To make the full drive train work between the new gearbox and the differential, the original prop shaft has to be shortened and re-balanced so that was sent away as soon as we could to avoid delays.

The diff itself is a new limited slip design which has arrived on the market, which is nicely paired with some new gearing based on the specifications given to us. Both were special orders placed a week or so ago from the USA and arrived within the week to be here ready for the work to start on the change over. (We’re being deliberately vague here by the way.) Out with the old diff and gearing:

In with the new (not showing the new diff in full again):

The drive (half) shafts have also been replaced with an upgraded pair while he was at it. The old shafts before being removed. The rear brakes will also be receiving some ‘attention’ during the refit.

Moving up to the middle of the car, the old and working perfectly fine 5 speed gearbox was dropped out:

The old bell housing, flywheel, clutch assembly and gearbox waiting to cleaned, refurbished and then ready for storage.

There were a few dummy fittings of the new gearbox once the new automatic flywheel was fitted to the back of the engine. A stock looking gearbox – but far from stock inside after the updated modifications were made! 😉

The stick shift and auto selector are in different locations on the tunnel. Yogi fabricated a new filler plate section and then cut the new hole for the auto selector. There was some fabrication, welding and seam sealer to complete the new shifter opening.

Gearbox mounted and in located in it’s final position.

The gearbox must have some oil cooling pipes fitted with the new spec gearbox. The new lines were fabricated and routed to the new transmission oil cooler at the front. More bespoke Yogi works of art made with pride, not just for functionality, but also for the appearance of something that nobody will probably see. All the parts apart from the gearbox itself were taken straight off the Mustang Maniac’s stock shelves!

The final part of the equation is keeping the power on the floor. That is being handled by some new boots in each corner; 235 x 60 x 15s at the front and some bigger tarmac ripping 255 x 60 x 15s at the rear:

The car will be serviced while we are at it, filled up with oil, both engine and gearbox, brake fluid changed, bled and checked.

The front valance had to be removed to fit the oil cooler, cosmetically it had seen a bit of road rash, so it was sent away to our painters for a refresh to remove some stone chips and a minor dent etc. Once it’s returned back to us we can refit all the front end properly.

The interior will need to be put back together again, carpets, console & dash all made to fit with the new shifter.

Road testing will be fun we’re quite sure of that, maybe a few tests in fact, (just to be sure) as we will need to recalibrate the carb for the auto gearbox, kickdown etc. We have been told to make sure it does what it has been spec’d out to do. There will be some 11’s rubber black lines laid down (in the yard of course) for be sure. We will take it out for a “bit of a thrashing” as requested before we hand it back.

So if you see this little lady at the lights, don’t bother trying to race it, unless you really want to see the back of it.

We have also been told this car will be given some ‘drag strip time’ when we are all allowed out to play again. What we are looking forward to is Yogi’s reigning drag strip king car pitted against a new kid on the block.

Yogi

Keep Safe!

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We’re Back – 2021

First post of 2021 and we’re not sure where 2020 went, apart from down hill rapidly without brakes! It looks like 2021 is going to continue vein for now at least, so to wish people a “Happy New Year” (although wished of course), seems a bit out of place at the moment. So we will wish everybody “A better and safe New Year” instead which seems more appropriate in the current Covid climate. We have done quite a bit behind the scenes in the WebShop over the holidays to make things a little slicker, and to make some of the public offices safer too.

We can now start on our projects booked in with us, most of which we will share with you, some we won’t as requested by the owner of their cars, which of course we will respect.

Customer Cars:

We start with a Eleanor. We have a project conversion to make a ’67 into the screen Icon that is Eleanor. The front section is by far the easier as it’s a replacement as such. But will still need a lot of fettling to get the kit to fit correctly.

The rear end is a different ball game with the light panel and the boot spoiler and end quarter end caps all needing some modifications. Considering the amount of filler on this little project we suspect this will take some time and effort to get right too.

Our Cars:

Project Restoration has been moving along as the first part of paint has been applied to the engine bay.

Traditional black as you would expect.

The Inside panels have had their first licks of paint to colour coordinate with the plans we have in mind.

We won’t be showing to much more of this – just yet anyway. We have a few little secrets to hide as we have done the hard work and don’t want to give to much away. 😉

WebShop:

We have been asked to send one of our bespoke LED upgrade kits to Classic & Sports Car magazine for them to upgrade one of their cars. The result is a section in the February Issue. We were kindly sent this preview page which we will share with you. They were impressed by the replacement which was a straight stock swap out.

Click the image and enlarge for the full size if you want to read it.

If you also wish to try our various LED lighting options they are all available on the WebShop. Or click here for the link.

Keep safe everybody and let’s hope this year we can get our cars out and enjoy life a little more, along with a few car shows along the way.

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Merry Christmas

We just wanted to wish everybody a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Adam has been working hard right up to Christmas and he has had a late delivery in;

This crate is huge. We asked him what it was, he just said Santa’s little helper brought it in for him! We went to have a sneaky peak and he has put a tiniest little padlock on it. the sort of Christmas cracker sort. Just to stop prying eyes. He knows us all to well. 😉

If you are reading this on Christmas day then you really should go to the fridge crack open a cold beer instead.

Have a great day everybody and keep safe.

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WebShop Closing Times.

There has been a change of plans for the WebShop as we were going to be open in between Christmas and New Year.

With the latest events of Covid and the tiers moving up for safety we have decided to take the unusual steps of closing.

Our WebShop will be CLOSED from Christmas Eve until 2 Jan 2021.

Mustang Maniac will be doing a stock take and reorganisation during the closure, so when 2nd January 2021 arrives we will be ready to deal with the orders. There will be some limited access to emails, so if you order please be aware that if you order on Christmas even you will not get the order until the new year.

Thanks for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Sounds Of Christmas

This will be the last post of the year so we just wanted to wish you our customers, readers, followers and fellow Mustang lovers a Happy Christmas and a healthier and more productive 2021. Lets face – it couldn’t be any worse than 2020 that’s for sure.

Project Bookings:

For the new year we are looking forward to working on our list of projects. There is good news and bad news depending on who you ask.

Mustang Maniac restoration project slots are now fully booked up until the end of 2022. That’s right – TWO years waiting list now for the large project work. However we will be able to still maintain our regular services and repairs. But, please give us a call and we will let you know the first available slot for your pride and joy to get our expert attention. That way we can manage your expectations and we can get your cars worked on in a timely manor.

Our Cars:

The project Resto Mod has taken another step forward with the prep work ready for the paint.

We are delighted about the way our project’s seats have turned out. Yogi has hand made, one off bespoke fittings and brackets to make them work. All will be revealed in the near future. But for now you will have to wait a little longer. 🙂

WebShop:

We have some new stock arrive in the way of a dual master brake cylinder with a bleed nipples. These are 1″ 1/8 fitting and are still a stock looking item, with a nice user friendly touch.

These will be on the WebShop as soon as we can. It can be a real pain to bleed these for a new installation. Now things have gotten much easier.

We have a very limited Edition of the new 2020 Mustang Maniac Calendar. these will go out to our most loyal customers. that will leave a few remaining, so if you made a recent large order or selected at random, you could be getting one with your order.

The Sounds Of Christmas;

Adam has a new purchase which arrived at the yard earlier this week. He told us it was for the Christmas entertainment for us. We got all excited; food & drink festivities. When he opened it it wasn’t exactly what we thought.

Snap-On, we should have known. But this was no ordinary Snap-On tool box. Oh no,

With his rather dodgy “Ho, Ho, Ho”, he began to set it up. This was not a nice picnic hamper.

This was a Bluetooth Speaker! He told that it was going in the big shed so we can listen to some nice music while the cars were being worked on.

what was the first song, something festive? Something fun? Take a guess..

What you are listening to on the soundtrack is the sound being recorded on a little ol’ Samsung Galaxy s9+, it’s not an overdubbed sound track! The speaker is loud and the quality is absolutely amazing. Adam’s comment was that it was little prezzie for myself, to hold my gold Snap-On wrench!

It’s not to late to get those last minute gifts in from our WebShop. If you don’t know what to get the petrol head in your life, our vouchers are ideal. They can be used for Classic Mustangs as well as our ever increasing supply of new Mustangs as well such as the S197 and S550’s. Order as many as you want and use them when it suits you.

Have a well earned rest if you can and we’ll catch up in the new year. Thanks for your support throughout the year, it honestly means a lot to a small little company like Mustang Maniac.

Keep Safe over the Christmas Holidays.

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Mask On

The wind-down to the end of the year has seen our internal projects move forward another step, we are looking forward to this one trying out new things.

With the end of the year is looming and we are all looking forward to the Christmas break and a goodbye to the year 2020. This year has seen unprecedented disruption and lifestyle changes for everybody, Mustang Maniac are no exception. We hope that next year will be much kinder so that we can get some sort of normality back.

Project Resto Mod

We mentioned that the resto mod has had some hand made bespoke brackets made for the seats, These are now working as we expect and have needed a few little tweaks which we will keep to ourselves for now.

Yogi has been masking up the car in order to add the underside protection. Masking up and multiple layers of our own underside treatment process. This is the only mask that we don’t mind to be honest.

The front of the car has taken on some colour around the inner fenders.

The back of the car will also be getting some treatment for protection before the final undercoat and colour gets applied.

We will be bringing you more on this as we move it along. It would be nice to get a few layers of colour on so that it can cure of the Christmas break. WebShop

WebShop

We often hear about how how other suppliers are cheaper than us. When we check those items aren’t even in stock. We could be cheaper than everybody else if we don’t stock the items as well. Virtually all our customers know this and appreciate we have to cover the costs.

To prove the point here is a shipment that came in this week to add to our latest stock items.

We have already sold one of these shells, which saves us some storage space. The other shell is sitting in our Stock. When we say it’s in stock, we really do mean it’s in stock! Who else do you know that orders two Mustang shells, just to keep in stock?

We like to think that we can provide you with everything you need to restore a classic Mustang, along with repairs and servicing of your Mustangs all the way up to the latest models. We have what you need on the shelf. Perhaps we may have the odd car for sale now too. Email and ask us. 👍

Last week we posted about our latest batch of gift vouchers that had arrived. Already we have had sold a number to some lucky recipients for Christmas.

If you are stuck for a gift for that petrol head in your life, order online and let them choose from the Aladdin’s cave(s) of our comprehensive stock.

Did you know?

Henry Ford’s wife, Clara Ford, drove Detroit Electric cars like this one until the 1930s. The car had a top speed of 20 mph and an 80-mile range.

It might come as some surprise, but back when Model Ts were selling like hotcakes, the wife of company founder Henry Ford, Clara Ford, was actually driving an electric vehicle. While Henry Ford had experimented with EVs, the company would not make a production EV for several decades. In the early years of personal automobile ownership, the makers of the Detroit Electric had found that many women of the era preferred electric vehicles.

The company capitalized on its advantages by employing a female salesperson to sell the cars to women, including Clara Ford, who drove the vehicle until the 1930s, using it for short trips to visit friends and run errands – she drove only about 5,000 miles during her first year and a half of ownership, according to service records. At one point, her car was being recharged each night by the grandfather of current Ford President and CEO Jim Farley, then an employee at the Rouge plant.

Henry Ford actually purchased two Detroit Electrics for his wife, the first being a 1908 model, which cost $2,600, equivalent to $73,500 in 2020, from Anderson Carriage Company. The cozy cars – flower vases were standard equipment and passengers seated facing each other – were steered by lever from the rear of the car. The cars’ silent operation also made conversation much easier than their gas-powered counterparts. The vehicles had a top speed of 20 mph and a range of 80 miles, though one model reached more than 200 miles between charges during testing.

Clara Ford was not the only wife of an auto company head to drive a Detroit Electric car, either. Helen Joy, wife of Henry Joy, president of the Packard Motor Car Company, reportedly drove a 1915 model. More than 4,000 Detroit Electric cars were being produced annually during the company’s peak in the 1910s, but demand dropped in the 1920s as sales of gas-powered models like the Model T reigned. The Detroit Electric was only available by special order for several years before the company folded in the late 1930s.

Source: //m.at.ford.com/content/atford/fna/united-states/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2020/12/tbt–clara-ford-becomes-ev-pioneer–.html?cid=BOC-2020-12-04

Just think of the progress that could have been made if this been on the top of Ford’s development list.

Keep Safe.

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Classics With A Modern Twist

What with the current look down coming to an end next week, we then go into a tiered approach of some sort which nobody seems to understand. On top of that the Christmas holiday season is upon us. People tend not to bring their prized cars out in the poor weather and are tucked up for the winter, so we don’t don’t get to do the normal upkeep on cars. With that in mind the general slow down for this time of year hasn’t seen a slow up in the work pace for us. We suspect that people are taking advantage of the restrictions to move those little projects towards a completion. Here at the yard we are doing the same, our resto mod project is taking some unique leaps forward. All these little posts are related to the original classics, but modern take on them, the revived Bronco, Resto Mod shell and the Mach-E.

Resto Mod

Yogi has been busy with the Resto Mod and has taken a good few hours of trial and error to get the bespoke rear seats to fit. For that very reason alone we are not going to give the secrets away, but we will show the final results when they are fully fitted of course. The results are amazing and look like the natural progression of the Mustang interior all be it with a twist. We have pixeled out some of the ‘clever’ bits Yogi has fabricated. We could if there is enough interest offer the conversion to other cars, maybe.

The front dash has been fully rust treated behind the dash, a time consuming job. Essential preparation, but so often overlooked.

The engine bay is taking some extra smoothing to get ready for the primer, undercoat and couple of top coats.

We hope to bring you some pics of the colour scheme very soon, so watch this space. 🙂

WebShop:

We have been asked if the Mustang Maniac vouchers are still available? Simple answer is yes of course, they’re available all year round. In fact we have already had an additional batch ordered in, as it looks likely to be popular as customers are not dropping in and choosing for the obvious reasons.

The Postage Poll.

Thanks for votes on the little poll we had about a customer who didn’t want to pay the reduced rates postage we offer. The percentage is that 92% of you agreed with us. Thank you for the support. It seems that we just can’t please everybody, but we try.

Other News:

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 18, 2020 – For once, what happened in Vegas, does not have to stay there.

After COVID-19 knocked out this year’s SEMA show in Sin City, Ford is pivoting to virtually reveal epic customizations of the company’s latest all-new products from the streets of the Motor City. The event — Ford Auto Nights, SEMA Show Special was a two-day live broadcast experience on Thursday and Friday. Ford unveiled customized build reveals, with interactive vehicle immersion sessions and an on-demand content library.

“From upfitters to outfitters, and from hot rodders to outdoor adventurers, the show must go on, and our first-ever Ford Auto Nights SEMA Show Special keeps the customization and innovation going virtually,” said Kim Cape, director of Ford global brand and integrated marketing. “This passionate, die-hard audience with an appetite for our Ford brand is vital to us.”

Bronco

Bronco, Ford’s new outdoor brand of Built Wild SUVs, and the only domestic brand of SUVs with standard 4×4, celebrates 55 years of innovating the off-road landscape.

From the all-new and sixth-generation Bronco two-door, the first-ever Bronco four-door model and Bronco Sport, the Bronco of small SUVs, the entire family is born from innovative design, capability and extreme durability testing to ensure adventure and fun with endless customization options.

The MAD Bronco Sport Badlands turns the Bronco of small SUVs into the ultimate for overlanding adventures. Ford teamed up with MAD Industries for a build that is an outdoor adventurer’s dream conversion. MAD is an established Ford project vehicle builder, with a rich history of custom builds, tricking out everything from a Mustang to an F-350.

The Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch 2-Door Concept reveals Bronco’s modularity. This concept is built around one of the Bronco program’s customer-use scenarios, in which a comfortable Monday through Friday Bronco is converted for a weekend of extreme off-roading, and then back to stock Badlands spec for the week ahead. Instead of the potential damage to Bronco’s factory-equipped body parts, Bronco brand’s Built Wild innovative design process enabled the concept to have swappable front fenders and rear quarters. Easy to install before a trail ride, and removable, these concept accessory parts are made from robust and impact-ready materials that replace stock painted parts. And for a throwback cue to the first-generation Bronco U13 Roadster model, the Bronco features a tough stepover replacement panel for maximum thrill and open-air feeling instead of traditional doors. 3D-printed titanium parts strip weight and increase strength.

The Ford F-150 Limited Hybrid SuperCrew by BDS Suspension project vehicle highlights the ease of customization of the new F-150 while showcasing the all-new Pro Power Onboard mobile power generator. This is the “foreman’s truck,” which works all week with the tools and equipment onboard to do any job. Friday evening arrives, and those work tools and equipment are easily exchanged for adventure gear and supplies. Sunday evening arrives, the party is over, and it is back to business for F-150 on Monday morning, so the truck easily transforms back to its all business tools and equipment.

The Ford Ranger XLT Tremor SuperCrew, outfitted by Ford’s vehicle personalization team, enables even the most adventurous of lifestyles. Using the all-new 2021 Ranger Tremor as a starting point, this custom adventure truck features a selection of available Ford Accessories and Ford Performance Parts that complement the vehicle’s incredible factory capability and enable adventure seekers to not only get to the most remote trailheads, but also carry a mountain bike, kayak and all the gear needed for a day of hitting the trails and the lake.

Also on the same SEMA event came the big news:

Mustang Mach-E

For the first time in 56 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, an all-new, all-electric SUV born of the same all-American ideals that have inspired the best-selling sports coupe in the world. The production Mustang Mach-E GT with options arriving next year, is targeted for 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Just look at it! Ok it’s electric but you just know that it will be the animal to drive that it looks like.

When Ford Performance and Vaughn Gittin Jr. from RTR Vehicles collaborate, you know vehicle performance goes up a notch, as the Mustang Mach-E 1400 demonstrates. The Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of gas. This one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high downforce is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course – anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance.

Source: //media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2020/11/18/ford-auto-nights.html

Keep safe!

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It Could Be Yours…

With the Covid lockdown in place for the second time are being very conscientious of what we are working on in the workshops. So as such there is very little in the way of customer work going on at MM, but the WebShop has stepped up a gear with what it seems lots of those projects being worked on again. It was a similar scenario during the last lock down. Here we have last Monday’s post ready to for their collection. We will be asking you for your opinions on that a later in the post.

For Sale:

Mustang Maniac have been asked again to find a new owner for a customer’s car, this particular car was purchased for someone that just can’t come to terms with a classic car sitting in their garage. So as a Mustang Maniac customer we will endeavour to find them a new owner for the car.

This is a beautiful 1967 Ford Mustang automatic coupe that has had 2 owners in the UK from 2016, originally a san Jose built C code 289 V8, but the car was upgraded to a 351W by its first owner back in 1972. At the same time its original Lime Gold paint was changed for candy apple red but the original black interior remains. The car was imported by pilgrim sportscars from the dry-state of Nevada in late 2015 so the body is super clean and virtually rust free. While the paintwork is very good and show-worthy, its not perfect… But It is certainly a real head turner.

We took a video of the car when we drove to somewhere a little more pleasing on the eye.

The car has had a huge amount of money (£20k plus) spent – mainly on the drivetrain and suspension – over the past four years by previous owners and customers to turn it from an OK cruiser to a proper useable, reliable and fun car that is surprisingly good in the twisty bits as well as being more than capable of long-distance continental runs.

Upgrades fitted include (in no particular order):

  • New 351W ‘mild cam’ crate engine (300hp and plenty of lovely torque) with high rise manifold, Holley 4160 carb and billet pulleys (for a touch of under-bonnet bling) supplied and fitted by Mustang Maniac in September 2019. Mustang Maniac also stripped and fully rebuilt the gearbox. New prop shaft fitted by Hauser Racing in may 2017.
  • Eaton TruTrac LSD (3.00 gears) fitted by Hauser Racing in July 2017
  • Rose jointed stainless steel Monte Carlo bar
  • Stainless steel export brace
  • Timken wheel bearings all round
  • High flow aluminium radiator
  • New power steering arm and pipes
  • Rebuilt power steering pump
  • Stainless steel h-pipe exhaust
  • Bilstien dampers
  • Ford racing front springs
  • Five leaf drop eye rear springs, improving handling while maintaining a perfect stance
  • Uprated 1″ front sway bar (anti-roll bar) reduces roll and massively improves turn-in.
  • Retrosound DAB radio with bluetooth
  • New dashboard trim pieces and new bezels with led instrument lights New door cards and pull handles
  • Classic Cougar small rev counter fitted in place of the clock on dashboard – matches the original instruments perfectly
  • Brightlight Customs LED rear light conversion
  • Brightlight Customs headlamp loom conversion and high output headlamps
  • While the car originally had factory aircon, Mustang Maniac removed the under bonnet elements of that when we fitted the new engine

We took a drive video on the way back to the yard.

£31.995 OVNO message 07980 746617 for more information or a viewing, or contact any of us at Mustang Maniac and we will be able to help you out with any question.

Resto Mod:

Yogi has been working on our Resto Mod Project again this week and we have some more pics of that for you.

The underside has started to get some attention as well, The fact that the bits you can’t see will be as good as the bits you can see.

WebShop

As we mentioned at the beginning of the post we had some packages to go out, here is that picture;

Thanks to all our customers who have supported us through these difficult times, we really appreciate it. We will continue to do our very best to keep the WebShop up and running although supplies are becoming difficult with the lockdown rules.

However, we had a complaint! Yep, this customer has now been awarded the honour of the “C” button as we were a little gobsmacked at their response.

Basically a new customer had ordered 6 small screws and and complained about the £4 postage and packaging. They sent us an email to ask if the P&P was correct and that they didn’t want to pay that much. We advised that is the cost of the postage and the packaging, but they could always come and pick it up if they wanted. They went on to ask why couldn’t ‘just put them in an envelope with a first class stamp on it, and take it to the post office’. We went on to explain that the post office was miles away, our time and fuel would outweigh the effort and cost of the parts.

The email then took a rather rapid downward spiral saying they are disappointed with our service etc. We did not send the parts and will not deal with this ‘customer’ again. We have given plenty of postage options such as couriers, standard mail, signed for to name a few, but nothing seems to make some people happy.

We’re confused to be honest with you. We would like to know if we were right or wrong.

Please vote with a thumbs up to agree with us, or a thumbs down to say that we should drop everything for a tiny order for an unknown customer on their say so.

Take care and above all, keep safe.

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A Cheeky Offer

Hot of the heals of last week’s post we had a number of emails along with a few visitors to the yard and the wanted to take a look at the Hawaii convertible Mustang. We left them to it to keep social distancing and they liked what they saw, they were very impressed with all the paperwork. They did make an (cheeky) offer, but it was not up to Adam’s expectations for such a great example of a Fox Body Muzzy. The guys did see the funny side of the photo being took while they gave the car a real good once over, then a second and third over!

Like we often say, the car isn’t actually up for sale, but money talks in the Mustang Maniac yard and the car could be yours. We are waiting to see if these guys will up their budget and drive of in this little lady.

Our Cars

Yogi has now started to pick up the Project Resto Mod we have in the body shop. The car is being prepped for some paint shortly.

But first Yogi was rubbing down, filling, and rubbing down again. All this takes time, and any shortcuts here will show later in the project.

With the base sanded to a glass like finish the etch was added.

Then a base primer was applied.

Eventually the car was pretty much ready in primer.

There was key coats applied, rubbing down, more filling and more primer.

There is still plenty of rubbing and prep work to be done before Yogi is happy with it.

The smaller parts of the panel work are also given the same love and attention.

Other News:

COLOGNE, Germany – Ford has announced that the limited-edition, high-performance Mustang Mach 1 will be available to customers in Europe for the first time ever.

Making its European debut at Goodwood SpeedWeek taking place in West Sussex, U.K, in front of a global virtual audience, the Mustang Mach 1 is the best-handling production Mustang ever offered to customers in Europe.

Performance is boosted to a level worthy of the iconic Mach 1 moniker with enhanced aerodynamics, a specially-calibrated 460 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine and uprated cooling for improved track capability.

The Mach 1 is also the first production Mustang in Europe available with a high-performance TREMEC six-speed manual transmission, featuring rev-matching technology for seamless down-shifts and an upgraded oil-cooler system for high-demand performance driving. Customers can alternatively specify Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, featuring an upgraded oil-cooler and recalibrated software for optimised performance in road and track driving conditions.

A unique suspension setup further enhances road performance and track-readiness. Specially-calibrated MagneRide® dampers and bespoke springs, anti-roll bars and bush specifications deliver improved control and response under high cornering loads. Retuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) software enables the Mach 1 to offer the most precise steering of any Mustang in Europe.

The result is the fastest production Mustang around a track ever offered to customers in Europe.

In addition to its performance credentials, the Mustang Mach 1 brings exterior design that recalls the iconic Mach 1 Mustangs of the 1960s and 1970s, with bold bonnet and side stripes, performance-derived body-styling and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. The limited-edition model is available in a unique set of eight body colour, stripe and contrast-line combinations, echoing the distinctive design of the original car. Each Mustang Mach 1 is individually numbered with a distinctive plaque according to its build order.

“The original Mach 1 delivered the ultimate in production Mustang performance and proved itself with success in motorsport,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang Mach 1 chief programme engineer for Europe. “The new Mach 1 is the most capable Mustang ever to reach Europe, with track-ready ability and a unique style that is more than worthy of wearing such a legendary badge.”

Source:https://www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2020/10/iconic-ford-mustang-mach-1-debuts-at-goodwood-ahead-of-european-.html?cid=BOC-2020-10-16

Yogi obviously has a ’69 Mach1, when we asked him what he thought of this launch? “I’ll see it in my rear view mirror on the drag strip!” 😀

Guest Blogger Results:

The poll from last week shows that the you liked the guest write up on our blog with just over two thirds of the votes. We will look to do more of them in the future for you. I think it’s a great idea as it means that I don’t have to do so much at the weekends. 😉

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Hawaii 5.0

This week we have something a little different for you in the way of our blog contribution. We will have a guest blogger who wrote the story of a very unusual and rare car with a very lucky owner. More on that later for you, but first a mystery car arrives in the yard…

Hawaii 5.0

As the heading suggests we have a link to the great TV series all be it a tenuous one. We see this little lady which was parked up amongst Adam other little gems. We grabbed a few pics of it before it was moved around. Why is it here? What is it’s purpose? We asked Adam and he just said – ‘All will be revealed in good time…’ This Fox-body Mustang spent the early years of her life in Hawaii as a Hertz rental car for fifteen odd years. The car was then purchased from Hertz and shipped over to Spain for a couple of years, then eventually it ended up in the UK. The car’s incredible condition is due to its previous locations in hot climates without a doubt. Not only that, the car has a genuine 34,000 miles from new! Convertible for those rare summer days this is a beautiful car, but not to everybody’s taste and we get that. As the years go by, these cars just seem to look better and better or is it just us?

Under the hood is pretty much all original with many of the items that are normally missing for some reason or another.

How does it sound? Awesome, and starts right on the button.

The interior looks in absolutely mint condition, just like it was from the factory.

How do we know the real mileage? Well, with provenance like this little lot, there is no question it’s all genuine. Just incredible.

Now for our guest writer, our very own Mark L.

…….. and now were going to take you from Hawaii 5.0 to Madagascar  …. Madagascar Orange to be exact. A rare paint option from Ford for 1968 model year under their “Rainbow of colors” promotion.

This extremely presentable example is now in the ownership of “Lucky Tony” from Milton Keynes (more on the “Lucky” moniker later). After decades of hankering for a classic Mustang Tony was in a position to realise his dream earlier this year and chomping at the bit to get one of his own. Though no stranger to desirable cars Tony was new to Mustangs and sought our advice. One of our associates here at Mustang Maniac advised and scanned classified ads with him and accompanied Tony to view potential vehicles. To his credit, Tony heeded all advice and even when frustrated at the seemingly constant “no it’s a shed” he never allowed his heart to rule his head …. the car had to be a good one and we’re pleased he stuck to that ethos when he could so easily have let eagerness steer him blindly into a rusty money pit.

Then this particular car came on the market and was located up “T’north” (ed. up north of the country for our American readers), by some considerable distance. Tony could only view it on a Sunday, but alas his ally in the search could not make it that day. It was agreed that Tony would go up and view the car and would pay particular attention to certain areas known to be previous or potential trouble. If he wasn’t sure he would video call and seek advice before making a decision.

Clearly Tony had listened and learned a great deal during the previous months search as he viewed the car and felt confident enough to buy, insure and drive the car home. Later he brought the car to Mustang Maniac for a a check over. Adam gave the car his usual fastidious check and pointed out that there were a couple of things that required attention and also suggested a few things that would improve the car and enhance the driving experience. He punctuated his look over by saying “Well …. we’re going to have to name you “Lucky Tony” now … cos you’ve bought a very solid car, with no Mickey Mouse welding repairs ….. it’s a good car and it will be better”. It was nice to see the weight lift from Tony’s shoulders and a mile wide smile appear. 

The car was booked in to have the few issues addressed and begin the process of improving an already nice car. The car came back recently and was given to Yogi to perform his magic on. First was a niggling wheel bearing and a new brake caliper fitting kit to replace one that had previously been incorrectly fitted.

This mistake unfortunately had made the brake pads less than optimum so they were also replaced. Luckily the discs themselves were unharmed.

Then the bear fitted all new shock absorbers and a set of 4.5 mid eye leaf springs. The front spring perches were found to be living on borrowed time so replaced, the rear brakes were cleaned and adjusted, a Monte Carlo bar added and a headlamp relay kit wired in.

Then a larger sway bar to stiffen up the front and the steering valve and linkages were regreased and tightened up. A much improved steering wheel was added for aesthetics just before Yogi took the car to the alignment shop and locked and bolted the doors to tap in his secret camber/caster and toe settings. Lastly a small wiring fault to the hazards was attended to.

Lucky Tony turned up to collect the car before we’d finished the phone call to say it was ready and upon collection a plan of action was formulated for a few further upgrades in the near future … while we scoffed his biscuit bribe (clever man).  The plan is to upgrade to a superior Borgeson steering box and possibly performance front coil springs once Tony has some miles on the car.

A short while after leaving we got a message to say :

 “Hi Guys,

1000% better

I drive the car now … not the car driving me and me trying to stop it going in a hedge lol

Enjoyed every minute of the drive home”

We like that kind of feedback, not so much because it makes us feel good about what we do but also because it’s great to see someone finally get what they’ve wanted for a very long time and it lives up to their expectations. Now we will move forward with “Lucky Tony”… to exceed them.

Nice car. Well done Tony.


Great write up from Mark who was there to welcome the car into the yard with Yogi to give the rare beast the initial once over.

Should we do more guest writers for our blogs? 😀 Let us know in the poll.

Covid

Due to the UK’s Government lockdown for the next four weeks into December, we will be following the guidelines set out for us. The work in our workshops and blog updates could be affected we just don’t know yet. Watch this space for updates and above all:

Keep Safe!

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