This week things have calmed down a little and we have been rearranging some things about in the workshops, we shall be bringing pictures of that rather large project soon, but we wanted to get it looking nice first before we shard it. So watch this space. 👍
We had a car come into us with an engine that was not running well and making some odd noises being reported to us. So it was time to investigate what was going on.
We listened to where it was coming from and we eventually nailed it down to bottom end of the engine. Definitely not a good sign.
Yogi and Adam decided that the best plan of action was to pull the engine out and see exactly what was going on with an engine strip down.
The engine was put onto a stand and Yogi started on the dismantling looking for any clues as he went along. The bottom was drained of fluids and still no clues for the actual cause just yet.
The intake was removed and then over to the heads.
With the heads removed we couldn’t see any issues to start with.
We started to crank the engine over by hand and then all was revealed.
Now that the found the problem was found, we needed to work out what was best for the customer. The best plan of action was to get one of our ‘off the shelf’ short block engines and start to rebuild with the good bits we could salvage.
The heads we’re replaced and then the time-intense task of setting the valve clearances and getting the timing chain on.
The intake was fitted and torqued up.
With the top built it was time to flip over for the bottom end of the engine to be rebuilt.
With the engine in effect built with the main components the exhaust headers we’re fitted.
This week we shall get the plumbing fitted and then onto our test rig to fired up with a default setting to make sure all is good before we fit back into the car.
It’s well known Adam has plenty of cars and he likes to get rotate them a bit. So when Gary from our office started to get the bug and showed an interest in Adam’s Falcon the deal was struck. Gary was to have the car as long as he keeps it road worthy. Obviously all the parts from Adam to restore and keep it going. What a fantastic way to get into classic cars.
So Gary started the clean up and strip down inside.
The interior needed some TLC regarding the gauges and steering wheel.
The car was cleaned and put into the workshop to get the soft top working and greased up properly.
The top was filthy from storage dust in the barn, so Gary put in some serious hours to get it clean and looking new.
These Falcons are great cars and fun to drive. The major advantage is that these cars were what the Mustang was based on and share many of the parts.
We shall bring you more of this project as it progresses. As Adam said to Gary, ‘All good things come to those who wait’. Now Gary drives around in a desirable rag top Falcon, how’s that for a company car???
We missed last weeks post as we (OK me) was at a car show and was stuck getting out so things got delayed. Sorry. Anyway we have a rather unusual situation of having a a Mach1 times three with us.
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A first for us here, but it warrants the change from a single car taking the lead.
So which is the favourite year, the blue or green ’69s or the ’70? To tease you even more on the response the green ’69 and the yellow ’70 are both genuine Cobra Jets as well.
Let us know your favourite, we couldn’t possibly say, we love all Mustangs. 😉
We had some work to do on each corner of another car where the rear suspension needed to be replaced, the old shocks and springs were replaced with Drake performance and our standard stock four leaf springs.
The front springs and shocks were replaced.
The old brass brake lines were also replaced and with some of Yogi’s nickel line work to tidy things up.
The rears also had a new handbrake cables fitted and adjustment of the rear shoes.
A Spring clean in the Summer
Adam has had a move around at the workshops where Yogi is moving his bear cave to a bigger new improved version for more cars. We will upload the photo’s of it soon once it has been painted and fitted out.
That process of cleaning and clearing out uncovered Adam’s Snap-On tool box from thirty years ago. He moved it up to his Truck workshop and decided to give it a clean.
The box had tool in it so he decided to clean everything out and put it all back again. Apparently this is good for the soul to find out where some of his tools had gone.
Adam also put all his power tools on the toolbox and even ‘found’ a brand new (spare) 3/4″ drive impact gun which he thought he had lost. The rest of are lucky if we find that missing 10mm socket or in our case the 1/2″ socket!
Have you ever found a ‘right result’ (as Adam would say) when you cleaned out your tool box?
We often hear that the recently released Mustang Mach-E is not a Mustang as it’s electric. But, we have been sent a link to a real electric Mustang – The Cobra Jet 1400. Unlike the seven litre Cobra Jet monsters above this is Cobra Jet is all electric. In fact this is what the Mustang Mach-E should have been. Range? Who cares? As long as it gets past the 1/4 mile that’s all that matters. 😀
Employee of the Month?
Adam has a notice board now in the ‘Boys Club’, for reminders etc. but it’s being used for other things at the moment. We don’t know who put these notes on there or where they came from. Looks like it might be a little tit-for-tat in response to puttin’ Yogi’s car up for sale perhaps.
Congratulations Mark on being the Employee of the month, taken on the way back when the MM boys had a day out. Such a light weight!! 😀
Not sure what will appear on the board next – but we’re looking forward to it. 😉
This week we a nice little coupe come into us for a little of our own speciality in house detail service. The car was a little dull and needed a little TLC from our man. Yogi continues on his reconstruction of the ’69 Mach1 suspension.
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This ’67 Coupe with a proper engine in it is now with us. We don’t have the before and after pics of the detail, but we have a selection of the after and (err) even more after pics.
The ’69 Mach1 had the botched carb blank of rubbers ‘fitted’ and this is what it looked like. OK, might be partially hidden under the air filter but that is no excuse to be honest.
Yogi has re-routed the fuel line with the proper metal pipe and improved the look no end all very subtle stuff. Out with the old:
In with the new Yogi custom pipe work:
The running gear has had a beef up on the sway bar to our popular 1″ version.
The steering upgrade will be in shortly but first the brake servo was out, we are not sure (as this is written) if it’s to go back in again or not.
The new steering starts to go back in:
The rest of the running gear follows with springs, perches and shocks.
The owners will think this is a different car when they get back into her for the first drive!
A close friend and customer of our returned from the USA with this tankard which he donated to our Mustang memorabilia. Thanks to Gary W. for the item. We would love to know more about this item.
This pewter tankard was made in UK, sent to Geneva (possibly) and ended up in the States:
The dates don’t seem to tie up with anything specific, but if you take the USA date format it becomes 3-9-1966. Was this something to do with ’66 Le Mans win? Perhaps somebody could give some theories and let us know as we’re not sure. Currently the tankard resides on Adam’s desk in the main office holding a collection of pens, I’m pretty sure one of which is mine! 😀
This week we have been a little lost for words with some customers whom have now also been given the honour of the black list or the “C” button, remember the “C” is for cancelled future purchases. More on that later, but we start with a onion!
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“The Onion” is back with us during the week and we were pleased to see how she was getting on.
The car is obviously up and running and has a few little tricks up her sleeve. It’s hard to imagine that parts of this gorgeous car was nothing more than a pile of rust which was swept up at the end of each day. Very few cars have the level of detail that this car now has. She’s not quite finished yet, but it won’t be long, just in time for the winter maybe!
Stock & Customers
Not quite sure how to approach this one in a diplomatic way, Adam’s response was less than diplomatic. It’s a known fact that the men of this world don’t need to read instructions – no arguing! It’s only when things go wrong that the ‘Book of Words’ is then consulted to see what went wrong with the product’s design. Obviously it’s not the individual’s fault, oh no – it’s the manufacturers at all times of course. One such example is this fuel filler cover. We have fitted plenty of these, customers have bought lots of these and none have been ‘faulty’. In fact Scott Drake offers a satisfaction guarantee on their products, they are that confident they work.
A customer who purchased this item and gave it to somebody to fit for them. He went to look at it was not happy with the fit. Then we receive the email(s) about the item, saying it was a poor product and quoting the sale of goods act as it was not fit for purpose etc. Adam accepted the return and checked the item and found this:
Yep, it had been broken by who ever tried to fit it, pointed out by the arrows. The reason it didn’t fit properly was because one of the clips had bee broken off and could not be held in place correctly. Nobody said it was broken out of the packaging before fitting it, why would you then go to fit it? Of course we accept that things could be damaged in transit. Adam refunded the customer out of courtesy promptly followed by the “C” button and the increasing list of customers.
The moral of the story is; if somebody takes time to produce a instruction guide (as in this case), and you have never fitted one before, please read the guide first! Ninety nine percent of our customers are awesome and some even admit that they have messed up. In fact Adam has even given some of those customers a replacement at a discounted price to help them out.
Own Brand Stock
It’s becoming clear that some standard stock items are becoming difficult to get hold of from our normal sources due to the Covid issue around the world. So we have had some more items made to our own specifications, these new lowering blocks being an example of that.
Our new lowering blocks are billet and 1″ thick. They have been made so that they can be stacked to give more lowering if required and interlock for stability.
We are just waiting on the extended “U clamps” to come in to us, then we can sell them on the WebShop as a kit. The main advantage of our kit? They are solid and not cast.
We recently came across these gaskets for the I6 blocks. If you are on a budget and the cylinder head gasket has gone, these gaskets will reduce the imperfections of the cylinder head and block without having to pay out to machine them. We don’t expect to sell a lot, but it could be a life saver for somebody.
Yogi has been working on a car that needed some proper know-how to sort out a number of issues left by a well known company, that’s all we are going to divulge on them. We don’t need to name and shame them as their work says it all. On Yogi’s investigation he found some rather disturbing shortcuts and a potentially dangerous issue. First up was the carburettor vacuum ports were covered with rubber hoses and bolts shoved down the other end.
The correct fittings are only a few pennies to buy, so why waste time doing it the hard and unsightly way? Correct below on the right – botched on the left!
Next was the door hinge. Unable to get the door to fit correctly an ‘adjustment’ was botched into place. The bottom of the hinge had washers marked by the arrows, not even the correct sized washers at that.
Yogi sorted out the hinge without washers and a few more well placed adjustments.
Then we come to the dangerous. The car had new rear brake cylinders fitted and pipes. That’s all well and good, but, if the brake fluid hadn’t been fed and bleed correctly so the rear brakes weren’t even working they had a problem. Under emergency braking the car would have been unpredictable to say the least. The flexible brake hoses were completely dry and the car was only ever stopping on the front drums.
With the brake hoses replaced and the rear cylinders checked out for damage, we could re-use the cylinders and bleed the brakes properly with fluid being where it should be. The car stops much better now as you would expect.
Another customer car:
Sufficient time has now passed where can reveal more problems with rear brakes. A customer brought their car back to us to say that their car was not stopping correctly after having the brakes replaced by us.
Obviously a real cause for concern for us. So we started the investigation to find out why. It didn’t take long to be honest once we had the rear drums off. The brake shoes were in a sorry state and looked like the handbrake had been left on as they had scorched and cracked.
The customer did later admit that was indeed issue once we informed them what we had found. A new set of shoes fitted, a prep for the drum surfaces and all was good in the world again. That customer tried to get one over on us, but we are to long in the tooth for that old story. 😉
We’re not sure if the Covid 19 thing has made people go a little bit mad or not, but it’s worrying. There are a few customers that are buying online from us and sending the items back after they changed their mind, then wanting us to pay their return postage too. We don’t have the business model of Amazon who can afford such luxuries of free returns. Do these people do the same to other companies like Ikea who deliver a wardrobe and then they don’t want it? We suspect not. However, if you need to return an item please email us first so we can work out what is best for you.
Firstly we would like to thank everybody for the messages and emails regarding the Santa Pod racing day out. We were back to normal in the current heat wave, trying to work over a hot engine in a hot garage on a hot day isn’t the best combination, but then again, ‘the best never rest’ as Adam would say.
We have a ’69 Mach1 into us for our Borgeson steering upgrade, and while we were at it a suspension replacement as the originals were a little shot.
The old fronts were removed along with the drums.
With the parts all out the way the steering box could be replaced much easier.
A little look around under the car we noted that the there was an issue with the gearbox mount. Due to an oil leak the rubber had perished and collapsed onto the cross member. Obviously this can’t be salvaged, and a new one is needed.
Under the hood a bit of Yogi magic was applied to the fuel line. Removing the old rubber pipe and replacing it with a custom made hard line. Not just aesthetically pleasing, but safer as well.
Drake performance shocks were fitted on the front corners.
The back of the car was going to be treated to a new set of springs and shocks. Old parts on the left, new spring mounted on the right.
The brakes are going back on as drums again for now. The rear set were a little corroded and partially seized. We will sort those out and a new brake kits on the front.
The new suspension will make this car feel like new again, and not bounce all over the road. Yogi will need to road test her, and then up to our GEO workshop for a bit of laser alignment.
We have found a great article about the the Ford GT40’s that we hadn’t seen before, so we thought we would share this one with you, A name you probably won’t recognise, but his engines are the benchmark around the world:
They were just a handful of engineers, huddled around the hulk of an engine late at night on Ford’s Dearborn campus. There was no panic, only perplexity, as they worked to determine which component was at fault for the breakdown this time. They had no way of knowing the engine they were developing would change racing history in the form of an epic win nearly 4,000 miles and a year away.
The year was 1965, and these were members of Ford’s high-performance engine development team, working intently to prepare a 427-cubic-inch big block race engine slated to power Ford’s GT40s in the demanding 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ford would be racing against Ferrari, and more was at stake than just a trophy. It was a grudge match, fueled by pride and passion. The competition was brought to the big screen last year in the film “Ford v Ferrari,” which focuses on the magnetic, volatile pairing of automotive designer Carroll Shelby, his British driver Ken Miles and the continuing development of the GT40 Mark II.
But before the flag even dropped and Miles took his mark, there was a group of enthusiastic Ford innovators led by a self-effacing engineer named Joe Macura. Macura, of Northville, Michigan, known as the “Father of the 427,” passed away recently at the age of 91.
“Joe and his team, these are our hidden heroes, and we need to recognize their accomplishments as well as the others,” says Jim Farley, COO of Ford Motor Company. “So much of racing isn’t glamorous; it’s arduous and it’s exacting, and it’s accomplished long before the flag drops.”
The feud between Ford and Ferrari is legendary. In 1963 Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II were set to make a deal – Ford would acquire the Italian automaker. Ford would earn racing credentials, and Ferrari would get the financial boost it needed. The two men had been friends for quite some time; in fact, the inspiration for the iconic Ford Thunderbird came from a 1952 Ferrari Barchetta given to Henry by Enzo.
But the deal fell through at the last minute – Enzo raised objections – and the negotiation breakdown left a sour taste in Ford’s mouth. The friendship deteriorated and Henry Ford II decided he wanted to win at Le Mans, long a Ferrari stronghold, with his own car. Ford set out to crush Ferrari. Building a car fast enough to beat Ferrari and tough enough to withstand the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans became an obsession. But Ford didn’t win in 1964 or 1965, despite the millions of dollars it invested in the project, and Ferrari remained triumphant. So 1966 would absolutely be Ford’s year, Henry Ford II declared. And Macura and his team were assigned to make that happen.
Macura was an accomplished mechanical engineer who had come to Ford after nine years with General Motors. He was skilled at mechanical analysis and his expertise was immediately recognized by senior management. As manager of high-performance engine development, he had been successful with a number of improvements to the engine, but by 1964, he was about to take on his most intimidating project – modifying the engine to make it strong enough for long enough to beat Ferrari. It would be a whole new adventure in research and development – one that he was uniquely qualified for, recalls team member Hank Lenox.
“Joe was an outstanding engineer and leader,” says Lenox. “The reason the team was able to do all that we did was because of Joe, because he brought that feeling of calm and confidence to the team. When things went bad, he didn’t yell, he actually went slower and softer – not harsher. That’s the absolute key. If you bring calm to a team, you can work through your problems. You’re willing to take risks and move forward.”
And there were problems – plenty of them.
The complex engine was solid, but built for power, not long-term durability – especially not 24 demanding hours at Le Mans, where race rules required an engine be turned off every two hours for pit stops and driver changes. There were two potential major issues. Sealing issues between the engine block and heads created water and oil leakage with the head gasket, which resulted in high temperature and structural problems. The engine also had lubrication issues during high-speed operation. To resolve the cylinder head and cylinder block sealing problem, the internal engine water flow system was redesigned for a dry deck system. In a dry deck system, the water does not flow vertically from the block to the head but rather through the block, out the back and then back out through the head. The bores are sealed with stainless steel rings and the oil and steam holes are sealed with rubber “O” rings. This redesign completely resolved the issue.
To fix the lubrication issue, the team eventually switched to a dry sump system, where a reservoir of oil – remote from the engine – enabled accurate and consistent lubrication, allowing oil pressure to remain constant under extreme racing conditions such as acceleration, braking and strong cornering forces. Macura and the team then designed a unique laboratory simulation to test for durability, an innovation many credit with giving Ford the winning edge. They developed an “Indoor Laboratory Le Mans,” according to an SAE paper (670071) submitted. It was essentially the first chassis dynamometer, housed in the now legendary 17D cell in Ford’s engineering center. Without computerization to assist them, all of the work was configured empirically.
The dynamometer was programmed to simulate the same speeds, loads and times of the Le Mans circuit, allowing the team to test the powertrain for the stresses of the French classic. “That dyno cell ran 24/7,” recalls Lenox. “We never shut it off. There were a lot of long nights and weekends. But you know, we always had camaraderie – when it failed, we’d get together and see what happened and why. Based on the discussion and analysis led by Joe, a consensus was reached and a resolution plan was developed and executed. We were a team at work, and a team outside of work.”
After much trial and error, with just weeks to go before the race, the engine ran past 45 hours. The rest, as they say, is history.
At the 1966 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Henry Ford II and the rest of the world watched those GT40s race to a spectacular 1-2-3 finish, soundly beating the Italian P3s. It was the first time an American automaker had won at Le Mans.
Despite the long nights and the pressure, Lenox remembers those days fondly.
“I think of those get-togethers that we had in the engine build area,” he says. “Joe would be there with the rest of the team, and he’d lead the discussion and it was such a learning curve for me – working in an area like that, the education I got in six months, I wouldn’t have gotten in five years somewhere else. I’m biased, of course, but I firmly believe that without that engine in that car – and without Joe leading the team, we wouldn’t have won that race,” he says. “I don’t want to take anything away from anyone else – every role is important – but Joe’s leadership was absolutely crucial.”
We went racing! The Mustang Owners Club Of Great Britain organised a private meeting at the UK’s premium drag strip – Santa Pod on 31st July 2020. Mustang Maniac and friends attended and the event was at max capacity. The only way to social distance here was to put as much space between your car and the car in the next lane.
This is one of them posts that needs no words to explain what is going on. Yogi was there trouncing the opposition in the Classic Car category with a two wins; the first for ‘Fastest Time for a Classic’ of 11.9, the second ‘Highest Speed for a Classic’ at 115mph.
Yogi with his trophies for those best times of the day 🙂
Well deserved wins, but behind the scenes though he wasn’t that happy with his times, he has scoured the data and again down to no grip of the line. Yogi is now looking for some better tyres after these ones were pretty much racing slicks now.
All of the pictures taken here are all courtesy of Chris Tilley from Drive Photography His Facebook can be found here. Thanks Chris for some great shots and allowing us to use them.
We have tried to include everybody who was there racing or not, so in no particular order here was our day of racing in some hot conditions! Although the heat helps with the grip, it doesn’t help with the combustion power.
Does this picture remind you of a certain Tarantino film?
If you look closely there was even a few non Mustangs joining the fun too.
Adam took along a Ford of course, this time it was his much loved Mercury, just to mix things up a bit, as you do.
The view that most people saw that day?
Everybody played nice on the day and a fantastic atmosphere, no Ford/Chevy rivalry OK, just a little bit. The awards were said to ‘Fixed’ as Yogi increased his house insurance for more silverware! But, the timing sheets don’t lie!
A huge ‘Thank You‘ to everybody who organised the day out from the MOCGB and everybody who took part, either running the strip or just watching.
Roy; book us in for next year! 😀
As we bask in mini heatwave the classic cars come out to play of course. At the offices yesterday we had four convertibles turn up pretty much at the same time. All wanting different things which we sorted out for them.
We have to ask a quick question though; Is there a way to go cruising on a hot day, wind in your hair and a v8 rumble and America’s iconic Mustang? We couldn’t think of a better way either. 🙂
More stock arrives this week and we have some more new parts for the 2018 Mustangs in stock as well. We recently sold a set of our new grip replacements which can be found here on our WebShop. So we decided as the owner kindly sent us a picture of the update we would use it.
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OK, so this wasn’t taken at our yard, but it looks cool so why not? The grill updates are the the triangular extensions of the main centre grill. We love them and they really suite the cars.
John Wick Is Back
The little lady just needed a little fettling and once over to make sure all is as it should be.
We have had a couple of sets of wheels come in for our little in house ‘project’. As they arrived we sold a set there and then, so we are back to four already! These just look so cool.
The wheels will be probably be altered a little bit more, but we have some special wheel centres made for the car.
The are the standard raised hub caps which are about 1/2″ deep.
These are the flush centres which are subtle but very different if you know what we mean.
We have sold two sets of these already to walk in customers who saw them on these wheels as we took the photos of them. They hadn’t even been put on the stock system at the time. We have a number of different inserts that fit these centres.
Continuing our theme of producing our very own parts we have had some fittings made that nobody else produces. These are the straight cooling line connections. They were machines properly with the smooth sleeve for the O ring seating and also the inside have been machined out to fit a flared pipe fitting correctly to stop leaks.
These are top quality fittings that can only be purchased from us when we get them on the WebShop.
Mustang Logo Bolts.
We know that some people out there just love the pony logo, so how about these intake manifold bolts for a little something different to bolt on, literally.
All-Electric Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype by Ford Performance and RTR Takes Racing, Drifting to New Levels!
Ford introduces Mustang Mach-E 1400, an all-electric road rocket that shows just how much performance can be harnessed without using a drop of gas. Coming hot on the heels of the 1,400-horsepower all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, this one-off Mustang Mach-E with its seven electric motors and high down force is ready for the track, drag strip or gymkhana course – anywhere it can show how electric propulsion promises extreme Mustang performance. Watch here to see the all-electric prototype in action. We all know who has Hoonicorned one of these!
Developed in collaboration with RTR and built off a Mustang Mach-E GT body-in-white, the prototype targets 1,400 peak horsepower. The chassis and power train work together for a multitude of setups offering capability unlike any other vehicle.
“Now is the perfect time to leverage electric technology, learn from it, and apply it to our lineup,” said Ron Heiser, chief program engineer, Mustang Mach-E. “Mustang Mach-E is going to be fun to drive, just like every other Mustang before it, but Mustang Mach-E 1400 is completely insane, thanks to the efforts of Ford Performance and RTR.”
The Mustang Mach-E 1400 is the result of 10,000 hours of collaboration by Ford Performance and RTR aimed at bridging the gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers tend to believe it can do.
“Getting behind the wheel of this car has completely changed my perspective on what power and torque can be,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., RTR Vehicles founder, motorsports champion and professional fun-haver. “This experience is like nothing you’ve ever imagined, except for maybe a magnetic roller coaster.”
Mustang Mach-E 1400 has taken shape without rules. The Ford design team and RTR used many of the same tools Ford uses for its race cars and production programs. Aerodynamics are optimized for shape and location, with a focus on cooling ducts, front splitter, dive planes and rear wing.
Mustang Mach-E 1400 has seven motors – five more than even Mustang Mach-E GT. Three are attached to the front differential and four are attached to the rear in pancake style, with a single driveshaft connecting them to the differentials, which have a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for everything from drifting to high-speed track racing. “The challenge was controlling the extreme levels of power provided by the seven motors,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports director, Ford Performance. “Mustang Mach-E 1400 is a showcase of the art of the possible with an electric vehicle.”
The chassis and powertrain are set up to allow the team to investigate different layouts and their effects on energy consumption and performance, including rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. Drift and track setups have completely different front end configurations like control arms and steering changes to allow for extreme steering angles in drifting. Power delivery can be split evenly between front and rear, or completely to one or the other. Downforce is targeted at more than 2,300 lb. at 160 mph.
The 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery (installed) is made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells for ultra-high performance and high discharge rate. The battery system is designed to be cooled during charging using a di-electric coolant, decreasing the time needed between runs.
An electronic brake booster is integrated to allow series regenerative braking combined with ABS and stability control to optimize the braking system. Mustang Mach-E 1400 features Brembo™ brakes, like the Mustang GT4 race car, and a hydraulic handbrake system designed for drifting that integrates with the powertrain controls to enable the ability to shut off power to the rear motors.
Mustang Mach-E 1400, which is set to debut at a NASCAR race soon, serves as a test bed for new materials. The hood is made of organic composite fibers, a lightweight alternative to the carbon fiber that comprises the rest of the vehicle.
Speaking of electrics; we spotted Adam up to things in the yard moving ‘items into a storage area’. I asked he what he was up to and snapped this!
Adam just laughed and said – “I have the next project lined up”!
Stay safe out there, and if you come to the offices, (please let us know in advance if you can), we have new welcome mat for you along with some hand sanitiser.
Another week gone by and we now slowly wander into the second half of the year. We have got our internal little project back out again and Yogi has a few little mods up his sleeve on this one.
Project resto-mod has been given a seat tweak. The person who will be driving her is tall and wanted to have that little bit of extra headroom. The bodywork has been prepped, with initial base fillers and undercoats. The hood we have here is the last of our own design for a bespoke, handmade, custom trio batch just for us at Mustang Maniac.
The GT500 moulds we have produced the side intakes and the quarter end caps.
The Fenders have now been coated on the inside ready for fitting.
The trunk has the GT500 duck tail as well made from our own moulds.
The front valance and bumpers are going to de-chromed and integral part of the bodywork.
Doors have been filled and primed ready for the proper rubbing down and undercoats.
The inside of the car has had the seat platforms removed and the floors been welded up for the smooth finish.
The replacement seat mounts and the floor pan are painted with red-oxide for protection before they are welded into place.
The engine bay has a few little updates, such a the firewall blank off, shock tower and the inner fender mods.
We will bring more on this as we progress. We have some exciting ideas on this car that haven’t been seen before. 🙂
During the last post we mentioned that the selective additional service we offer is here again. This lady needed a service, new water pump, new hoses, brake lines, exhaust and tyres.
The bit that most people want to see is the transformation of a lovely original car into a bit more of a show car.
The biggest transformation is probably under the hood.
Our very own Classic Car valet was pleased with the results. You can’t see much on the paintwork, but it was quite dull and rough. With a lot of expertise and know how he made the owner of this car smile before he even took it for a test drive after the work.
We predicted after the last post about these little boosts to the cars that we would have somebody ask us. Yep, two days later an email to ask us if we could make an exception for their car if they bought it down to us. No work was to be done on the car, just to give it a detail! Adam didn’t answer the email – he just hit the “C” button!
As the 4th July was yesterday we wanted to wish all our friends across the pond Happy (belated) Independence Day. So we thought we would start with half a dozen little known facts about the USA’s Independence Day.
Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the other (founding fathers) signed on August 2.
Not everyone was on board with celebrating on July 4, the day Congress approved the Declaration. John Adams wanted to celebrate on July 2, the day Congress voted for independence.
Three US presidents have died on July 4 — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. In a bizarre twist of fate, Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the country they helped found.
July 4 wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.
Americans consume around 150 million hot dogs on the 4th July each year. That amount of hot dogs can stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times.
Americans also spend more on beer on the 4th July than any other national holiday.
We had a nice ’69 Mach1 into our workshops for an oil leak from the intake. It wasn’t anything major, but a pain none the less and just makes things look a messy, especially when it comes from the front.
Yogi got to grips with taking the carb of and draining the system down.
With the plumbing disconnected the manifold was removed carefully to see exactly where the leaks was happening. It soon became quite obvious.
The next part was to remove the old gasket which had obviously failed and clean up the faces on the intake, block and heads.
New gaskets with our own little know-how to put them back without anymore leaks. Before we knew it Yogi had the intake back on, torqued up, plumbed in and rigged up to his timing gun.
With it all back together nobody would be any the wiser except for the front of the engine now looking cleaner again.
Special (limited offering) Service
Last week we mentioned that there was a special service that Adam was going to offer only to a select few customers. The service is aimed at a good customers who have been with us for a while, or new customers who have spent a significant amount with us.
Adam will look at the car when it comes into us and he will offer the customer our unique offer to upgrade their paintwork to a reconditioning detail. You may not be aware that he is looking at your car, but he is. Trust us on this one! The service is an additional paid for service to help bring the faded or lacklustre shine back. The intention is to breath life back to these cherished cars.
Our first offering was this red ’66 Coupe which was a bit of a barn find and was in need of some serious Mustang Maniac TLC. Some mechanical work was done to make her road worth again again above all.
The before pics;
Our very own car detailer will wash and dry the car to see what he is dealing with under the grime. He will then look carefully at the paint to see what is needed; maybe a clay bar, iron decontamination, flatten, polish, wet sand, polish, wax or combination there of. The bespoke treatment will be applied depending on the car, condition and what it needs to get the best results. The interior can also be addressed if required too.
This extra cleaning service is not a full detailed paint correction, respray or stone chip repair which can cost silly money. Neither is this a service we will offer on a stand alone basis. So if you book in a dirty car and ask for an air filter change, this service is not coming your way. Adam doesn’t want to get into the car detailing market, there are plenty of people out there who can offer that service for you. This is additional service only offered to customers on Adam’s say so. If you are lucky enough to get this service you may have to leave you car in for a few extra days until we can get our detailer on site for the car. We can’t promise miracles for a very bad car of course, but we can certainly make a difference and put a smile on the customers face.
The customer of this car loved the results and as a result this was the trigger to expand this to other customers. This is no bucket and sponge cleaning effort. This is a middle of the road high spec clean. This car took the best part of eight hours to go over to get it to this condition.
We have another car in with us a ’66 white coupe this time, which is having the detail treatment. The car wasn’t quite finished at the time this goes to press (or goes to web should we say), so we will bring that to you next time. As yet we don’t have a name for the process, perhaps you could give us a idea for the name of this service?
A couple of posts ago we announced that the new Postage System for the smaller of the items. The WebShop is still being updated with the postal options as we go along. As you can imagine the amount of stock we have to update every single item takes times. We have thousands of items that need to be updated and we are getting there and we appreciate the patience. We have even more Motorcraft stock in now for later Mustangs. More on that Later.
The postal feedback has been 80/20, although that sounds bad it’s much more positive when you analyse why.
The positive is exactly that, customers are now taking advantage of the small items and have send some great messages covering the service. Those existing customers and new customers love the service – Thank you for the feedback. 🙂
The bad? Well this is customers who have ordered items on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday mornings. They requested the “mail” option for postage. Monday Morning we have had some rather snotty emails asking where the item was as “it’s an emergency”.
This little section below is to explain to the very few customers that want postal service, but moaned it wasn’t next day delivery, they also don’t want to pay for the Courier service either. (If this wasn’t you – please skip).
The post service is a normal postal service which is collected from us each day during the week. At weekends there is no collection and you won’t get it Monday morning. This is nothing to do with our service levels as the items are picked and packaged ready and waiting for the service collection Monday morning, yes we work on a Sunday. Then you may get the item Tuesday or Wednesday depending how the post service deals with it. You pay less because it’s a standard service and not expressed, it’s just like sending a card to your great auntie Maud. Even if we put your package in the post box itself on a Saturday, it still wouldn’t be picked up by the post service until Monday morning! A point to note is that if you order by Courier on Saturday evening while watching ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ you still wont get it Monday as the couriers don’t work on Sunday that we use. Surely this concept is not difficult to understand, or have we missed out on something here. These difficult customers are not exactly good customers, or even first time customers should we say. They order £3 part (that nobody else has) and wants it next day delivery for nothing in effect.
The “Courier Service” is a flat rate charge and is next day delivery. HOWEVER, once the items have left us we have no control over the delivery process. The driver could have an accident, the parcel could be put on the wrong delivery route, the driver could be sick and another driver has to be sourced, the van could break down in the hot weather etc. who knows? Sometimes we make mistakes even with the processes we have in place. We’re only human and have to deal with (literally) hundreds of orders on some mad days. These things happen, and they also happen to us too. We can apologise and try to sort it out for you as soon as we can, and we will. It would be like us ringing up the suppliers in American moaning that the shipment hasn’t arrived in the UK because the boat has hit some sever weather on the way here, it’s not their fault.
Now you can see why we say good and bad, when the bad is just plain daft individuals. We are pleased with the way the service is working at the moment and we will continue to review the process to make sure it works for you and as well as us.
The “C” Button?
Some customers who are particularly difficult and moan through at us through no fault of our own or are unreasonable will now be getting the dreaded “C” button: “Cancelled” (the customer). The “Cancelled” button will transfer that customer’s details into a separate database that we now have where their orders will not be processed going forward. Adam introduced this measure as he spent a morning playing email tennis with a ‘new’ customer over a £3 fitting who wanted it as “it was urgent”. It turns out that the customer ordered the part on a Saturday night via second class post and wanted it Monday morning. Errr – No. Lets just say Adam had better things to do as he was also dealing with a big delivery himself. In the end Adam just gave the customer his minimalist order for free and returned his postage too. Then he hit the “C” button, time is money. There are already a few on this list – a digital little black book as it were.
Adam has had a large order in (as we eluded to above) where he has now started to rapidly expand the later model Mustangs too. Not just the genuine Ford spec oils and fluids, but other parts too. Like this hose which is a simple clip in item, a proper Motorcraft item that can split or perish, now replaceable in minutes straight of our shelf.
We are now stocking the general service items for all Mustangs 1960’s to 2020’s. Spark plugs, oil filters, air filters, v drive belts, serpentine belts etc.
We have had a run on batteries recently which caught us out a little, we had to get a new stock in quickly to meet the orders with only a two day delay. Note the Motorcraft stock as well to be put into stock with the batteries.
We have not got a batch in of our own products for some gaskets, bolts & washers along with some core plugs too, high quality and a great fit.
For some people personal preferences they are not wanting items from China. Some items there is no other choice, but for others products we now have some ACDelco products which are made in USA. They can be different style like these heavy duty versions that have a much larger covered thread and cap rather than the small nut.