Another Drop In

It seems as though the last couple of weeks we have had drop ins all over the place. People collecting their parts and having a cuppa with us, people getting new cars, or just getting them out for a run and turning up to have a chat with us. We had another customer earlier in the week who has a new Mach1 which they brought down to us and to also talk some business.

Park & Pic

Perhaps this is the best colour Mach1 we like it. Not many of these ladies around and the waiting list is as long as the burn out rubber they leave behind!

This customer also has an ’68 Mustang which they now want to get out of its semi retirement and get her back on the road again. So the kettle went on again and we had a chat about time slots and costs on what needed to be done. We will wait for their decision for the work, but it was a good an excuse as any to take a Mach1 out for a drive!

Customer Car

We hear many stories about Mustangs and who have done work on them or what they are supposed to have done. We will respect this customers wishes and keep the details anonymous.

They bought the car in good faith and they have had nothing but trouble with it. The engine burns oil, and a lot of it on every trip. We are talking litres of the stuff and that is not what should be happening. The arguments are still still ongoing between the parties involved, but we have been asked to have a look and investigate.

There was no other way to look at this without the engine coming out to see what we are dealing with.

With the engine out we took the heads of and could see the root of the problem straight away. The cylinders have glazed and scored, possible damaged rings, the heads are badly pitted and valve guides not the best!

This engine we have been told was ‘rebuilt’ just 5,000 miles ago, we think they may have left a zero of the end of that estimation. The engine does now need a rebuild, with that in mind we have a few options for the customer; a crate engine, rebuild this engine or a custom spec unit. We think that we are going down the custom performance route, but we need to just clarify that first and to what degree do we need to spice it up.

We have also been asked to replace the current steering setup with the ever popular Borgeson steering upgrade while we were at it. With the engine out it makes life so much easier and saves a big chunk of effort to fit it all with ease.

Customer Car

Another car has come into us with a differential problem. We needed to take out the diff and have a look to see what was going on. Not the best job in the world as the differential oil stinks! In order to do that the half shafts have to come out and we spotted a problem with the brakes!

The brake cylinders were starting to leak, corroded and obviously needed to be changed with a fresh batch of brake fluid as well.

With the brakes out the way the shafts could be removed and the original seals were on their last legs and needed a swap out, all this makes sense while you are this deep into the investigations.

Adam has a bespoke tool he uses to remove the bearings without damage to the rest of the parts.

The original seals.

The differential came out as we expected, worse for wear.

The bearings were badly scored and we will need to rebuild it – inhouse as part of our new service we offer.

Caption This!

Nothing more than a little fun, we have this picture of Yogi, just comment your caption and the one we like the most gets bragging rights next week!

The only thing we ask is to keep the comments clean as this is a family orientated blog!

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Drop On In

Last week we posted about a tribute boss that had a front end upgrade which the owner is very pleased with now. On the back of that post we had a call from a customer who wanted the same with their car along with the rear end replacement as well. As we just had a cancellation literally a couple of hours earlier due to the dreaded Covid, we had a slot free and booked them in.

Park & Pic

This customer decided to drop by with their ’67 Coupe to say hello, no other reason than that they called in for a chat. As this makes a cracking picture, why not let the car take the lead post?

’69 Fastback

The car we managed to slot in was a ’69 Fastback which was in need of a a little TLC for the suspension. Over time the deterioration is such a gradual thing that it creeps up on you all of a sudden. You may have to brake hard or go over a few bumps and that gives you the nudge to get it checked out. The rear springs were a little saggy as they tend to be, and the front shocks had seen better days.

When you remove the old parts it becomes ever more clearer that they needed replacing. The rear leaf bushings were shot and would create unwanted movement and noise.

The replacements side by side.

The front end needed a little more with a pair of lower arms too. We think the picture speaks for itself that needed replacing.

With all the parts replaced the geo was going to be way out. The car was taken into our Geo Workshop where we apply our unique set up. The car was taken for a little shake down and all was good as we expected. Not only that the car sits much better on the kerb too.

’67 Convertible Steering Pipes

This little lady was ‘scenting the ground’ (leaking) where she parked. The problem was the power steering pipes has perished and needed replacing. The mess from the fluids being under pressure was quite evident.

We stripped the old parts off the car where we could then see the actual problems, old age.

We drained out the fluid and cleaned up before we could even think about replacing the pipes. In fact it took longer to clean up the bits we needed to, than it did to replace the actual pipes.

These pipes done the job, after a quick road test there was no more leaks.

WebShop

Yep – the hot topic for the last couple of weeks. This time we were on the brunt of it! The delivery was left on the doorstep and the delivery driver had done a runner. So here we are, stock we had paid for damaged and by the time we send it back it would cost us more than the parts are worth.

We suspect that these parts may well end up on our “Sale Items” page, click here for the link. This page gets updated almost on a daily basis by us. It’s a great place to get yourself a bargain with slightly blemished or no box parts etc. Once it’s gone – it’s gone!

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Handling Like A Boss

Last week’s post seemed to have triggered a number of responses as we expected. We even had to ban one guy as he was saying we ‘sounded pathetic’ for giving the updates on Royal Fail not doing their jobs. As we understand it, if we didn’t say anything and their deliveries are late, people would have moaned. Because we mentioned it wasn’t our fault we got grief for that as well. Oh well it seems that we can’t win, so we will say no more on the matter. A big thanks for the emails that were pleased we kept them updated. 👍

Park & Pic

We had a ’69 Boss tribute in where the customer was wanting to stiffen the front in order to handle better. We listened to the requirements and the customer then picked what he wanted. A pair of our Custom coloured Spax shocks, a couple of new track rod ends, earth strap, distributor cap and a Monte Carlo Bar.

Here the shocks have already been fitted.

The before on the left and after on the right with the Monte Carlo Bar in place.

The other end of the car already had a set of our custom made LED rear lights boards fitted. The standard red lenses were swapped out for the more modern concaved smoked option.

The smoked lenses on a black car changes the look to a much more subtle style with the chrome surrounds highlighted by the chrome bumper. These lenses are legal as the reflector can still be clearly seen when illuminated.

Our Cars

Monday morning a walk into the yard we spotted something that appeared parked up over the weekend, nobody knows anything about it. We can only assume that Adam has treated himself to another little item to add to his expanding diverse fleet! We could only assume this is Adam’s as there is no Falcon booked in for any work.

We eventually found him in one of the storage sheds and he just chuckled with “you like it?” Yep it was his alright.

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Royal Fail(ed) – Again!

We knew it was unfair that our customers should suffer for Royal Mail’s complete lack of aptitude. We tried ringing them during the day as well as a business customer complaint – nothing was happening. A complaints department sitting in an air conditioned office we suspect, not even picking up their phone.

So we all decided shortly after the earlier post that we would take the packages ourselves to the depot so that they could be processed. We had a wasted trip. They (being Royal Mail) had padlocked the gates to the depot! Honestly we couldn’t believe it and here’s the proof – taken at 3.30pm today.

So we wasted our own fuel trying to do THEIR job which we have already paid for.

We’re sorry again, but we are trying and doing our best to help out our customers. So we are now left with a large sack of items to go out with nobody to handle them. That sack will become two large sacks tomorrow. Perhaps Royal Fail should ‘sack’ some of the idiots that make these ridiculous decisions!

If tomorrow is as hot if not hotter as they keep saying, then I suspect they will want another day off. This is the woke world that we have all been told is now acceptable. It’s not. Royal Fail you need to buck your ideas up and fast.

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Royal Mail = Royal FAIL

We have an emergency update for our customers, from Royal Mail – NOT US!

Their email states that due to the hot weather the collection scheduled at 4pm today will not take place due to the hot weather. To put this into perspective; the post office is only six miles away and they arrive at our offices (more often than not late) in an their air conditioned van. We PAY a lot of money per year in an upfront charge for them to turn up and collect from us each day. The best of it is that we will not get any compensation for today or at the end of the year – NOTHING.

All we can say is that we are very sorry there may be some delays for your orders due to Royal Fail, sorry (not) Royal Mail. If you have any grievances please feel free to give them some hot air too, not that it will do you any good. Information for complaints from their website click here for the link.

Royal Mail Customer Services

To make a complaint call us on 03457 740740

Congratulations Royal Fail, we will now have to deal with angry customers because you are hot. We will obviously have the packages ready for their next collection will be ‘who knows when’.

We can only apologise for something out of our control.

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Mouse House

The response to last weeks post has about the backfire blowing apart a muffler seems to have struck a cord with the readers and has been enlightening. We have had a couple of stories about backfires and one we have left on the comments for last week which made us chuckle. The other we decided we couldn’t possibly share, it too was a very funny story, thanks Roger for making our day on that story.

A bit of a first this week as we will show you some business documents on what Mustang Maniac gets charged for importing our stock for your purchases and needs. Why? Yet again we are on the brunt of a forum bashing accused of profiting on our stock. Let’s put it into perspective; it’s fine for other companies to make a stupid profit, BP, Shell, Right Move, Legal & General, Amazon, Tesla, BT, Vodaphone, Sky etc. nothing gets said about their profits. But, a little ‘ol car part supplier that dares to try and make a living we get panned for it. TO be honestly we’re not quite sure why. Perhaps it’s the keyboard warriors having a bad day. To put it bluntly, if we don’t make a living from it, then it’s not worth our while continuing. Why would we work hard for nothing? We don’t force you to buy from us, we keep a huge range of products in stock because we can, and it helps our customers as well as ourselves of course for the work we do. We have to pay wages, bills, rates etc. If we sell the parts at cost with no profit we don’t have a sustainable business model. We go into this a bit more later on this post.

’69 Mouse House

A customer had brought their car into us to say that the ventilation and heating is not working in the car. We quickly checked it and confirmed there was indeed a problem even though the hot coolant was getting to the heater matrix, yet but no heat even with the fan working.

Yogi had a feel around inside the heater box and said straight away, we need a new heater box. Yogi started the dismantling of the heater box and it became evident to all of us. A mouse or two had made a nest in the box.

As the heater box was opened the contents started to fall out, eviction notice had been served on the mouse.

Quite how they get in the cars and survive remains a mystery. We checked without the heater box in place and the matrix was heating up fine. The wires were good with no visible signs of teeth marks. Sometimes an airlock can cause similar issues if the pipes have been fitted upside down, on this occasion all was good with the water flow and return. We replaced the heater box and the car smelt fresher and there is heat and ventilation again. We opened up the car for a while outside in the fresh air while we could to give it a bit of an airing. Before you ask; did we find the mouse and it’s mate(s)? Nope, just the empty nest.

’69 Dash Circuit Board

A customer had purchased a replacement circuit board and replaced it last year for the dash area on his ’69. These circuit ‘boards’ are the plastic overlays with the circuits printed onto them for the various connections. A neat idea from Ford and a lead in the industry, but it needed refining.

They look robust, save weight on heavy wiring looms and are relatively easy to fit. But, if you get it wrong, nine times out of ten the who thing will stop working usually down to a shorting out somewhere. Thus was the case here.

From the pic above the customer had been a little ‘enthusiastic’ during the fitting and ultimately it failed. We have these circuits in stock and replaced it correctly.

With everything back in place we did a full dash test and all was good in the world again. 👍

Shipping Costs

We try our very best to keep margins low, but the costs of shipping alone now days is ridiculous. To keep the costs down our margins are constantly getting squeezed, then at some point we have to raise prices to cover it. Adam wanted a chat with us (his social media team), to say he wanted to show you all (our readers) the costs involved. We were a little concerned about it sounding like “poor Mustang Maniac”, but he wants it out there to try and stop the bitching on the forums. As Adam is the boss who pays the wages at the end of he day, as requested we have the evidence for you. We think that people will be a little shocked when they read this.

We have redacted the documents for our private details like bank and the business account details. But everything else is on there for you to see for yourselves. We have highlighted the just the shipping charges in yellow for you.

Firstly, the ‘shipping’ charges are done in one of two ways;

  1. The weight of the pallet. This speaks for itself so a pallet of brake drums and starter motors may not take up a lot of space, but the overall weight will be calculated for the shipping costs.
  2. The volumetric size of the pallet. If we have a pallet of door rail chrome trims, these are lightweight but are big boxes. In this situation the size that the pallet takes up is charged, even though the weight is considerably less than the brake drums and starters.

Therefore that means that they (being the shipping) company will charge you the most for what they can either weight or size!

The example here is the actual weight of the pallet is 301kg, but the cost of the weight charged for is 523kg. The charge is £2153.21 The actual freight charge is £1104.01 the rest of the costs are for everybody else having their little ‘earners’ out of it.

Secondly:

These ‘shipping charges’ are BEFORE the pallet arrives in the UK where we have to pay the standard HMRC ‘Import Duties’, then after that we have to pay VAT on the duties we just paid!

So that’s the cost of the parts + shipping is then ADDED together for a ‘Pallet Sub Total‘ when it arrives at the UK. Then we pay Import Duty on the full ‘Pallet Sub Total’, (remember that’s the parts AND shipping costs). Then once that has been calculated and then ADDED to the ‘Pallet Sub Total‘ to give us the ‘Imported Pallet Sub Total‘, (which is now inclusive of [parts + shipping ]+ import duties charged). We then have to pay HMRC’s V.A.T (Value Added Tax) on the ‘Imported Pallet Sub Total‘.

So every time somebody says, ‘oh we will stick a “Covid 19 Surcharge” on shipping’, we have to pay import duty on that new charge, and then VAT on the import duty for the new charge. The document is dated 29/6/2022 which of course is up to date. Then another little twist is the subject of the £ to $ exchange rate as well.

We hope that gives you a little insight to every pallet we import. There is no way to get round this, apart from smuggling it in the bottom of a suitcase. But having a 1.7m ’66 Mustang chrome bumper hanging out your Louis Vuitton luggage may just give the game away!

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Out With A Bang

This week we have a story where tiny part which literally costs nothing caused a major failure. There was a two car Mustang convoy, a husband and wife team driving. The lead Mustang was driven by the wife and the husband following in his Mustang. The lead car was forced to come to a very abrupt stop with no power. A little background to the failure was the distributor itself. Each distributor has a drive gear on a shaft held in place by a pin. This gear is rotated which then rotates the shaft which has the rotor arm attached at the top under the distributor cap. When the rotor makes contact with metal parts of the distributor, this completes a circuit for the timing of the spark as it rotates in the distributor cap. That gear’s shaft pin had sheared and allowed the distributor to effectively freewheel with the rotor arm not spinning inside the distributor. Within a few split seconds there had been a significant amount of fuel still being dumped into the engine’s cyclinders and exhausted back out and mixed with some hot vapours, all without being ignited. The unburned fuel and hot vapours were clogged at the exhaust mufflers without any real pressure to move them out the exhaust system.

Left is the arrowed space where the pin should have been. The video shows the gear spinning on the shaft.

The next sequence of events would see the gear re-engage just enough to spin the rotor arm again. This allowed a spark to fire in the wrong cylinder and at the wrong time. The end result was a massive backfire which then ignited all the unburnt fuel and vapours lurking in the exhaust. Such was the force of the ignition of the unspent fuel and vapours, the pressure had blown apart a relatively new muffler fitted by us and expanded the muffler on the other side. The force of the pressure observed from behind by her husband; the force of the shockwave had lifted the rear of the car up and had a pretty spectacular shower of flames and sparks.

Luckily the driver was quick to react and pull the car over safely, promptly followed by her husband. He checked that she was fine and had a quick look under the car and realised it was temporarily dead and would need to be towed to us.

Now rumour has it that it sounded like a gun had gone off inside the car such was the volume of the backfire. Contrary to her belief at the time, her husband didn’t fire a .50cal at the back of her car. We can confirm that there are no bullet holes on the back of her car. 😄

Moving on, the car was lifted up on our ramps to see the full damage to the exhaust. The mufflers were removed and replaced with the same set up. We have to say that we have never seen a backfire of this scale to blow apart a couple of month-old pair of mufflers.

We inspected for any additional damage and once we were happy we replaced the distributor. We cranked the engine by hand to make sure all was well before we fired her up. The timing was reset and she purred like a kitten.

Classic leMans (part 2)

Paul sent us some more photos of the classic race, but it was a bit late to include in last weeks post, but we do have them here for you.

Thanks to Lob Monster for sending us the pics of what turned out to be a great weekend which was had by all.

No sooner had they got back from their travels that they set of for this weekends Santa Pod race weekend.

Paul did state “it feels like he has lived in a tent for few weeks”. Coming up soon is the Mustang Owners Club of GB who will be having a Santa Pod race day of their own. We will be bringing you some pictures from that as well.

WebShop

Adam has now sourced a selection of 2015 – 2017 brake calipers for the Mustang ecoboost. These will be added to our webshop soon.

Next week Adam will respond via this blog again about shipping costs as we had a rather uninformed email ‘demanding’ we explain our costs. We will be showing you the shipping charges for a pallet to the UK. So if you want to know what it cost we will show you exactly we we pay to get your parts to the UK.

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Trips Away

A few of our customers have more than one Mustang in their possession, more often than not they own a newer Mustang and a classic Mustang, the later of which we are their service providers of choice. We had a slight twist on that this week with a newer Mustang coming into us with a problem.

Park & Pic

A good friend of ours Derek also owns a ’67 convertible (which we look after for him), brought his S197 into us with a little problem. He was due to take the car for a trip to Germany, but he wasn’t happy with the feel of the brakes so he bought it into us for a look over.

He reported that the car was suffering from a noise and vibration under braking. Modern Mustangs are cars that we do sometimes service, but you have to be a very good customer of friend to get the servicing. We prefer to use years of experience and a good good ear to tune our cars and not just a laptop in, where’s the fun in that? Saying that, the basic principles of the mechanics are the same.

We took his car out for a quick test and we confirmed the issues and more importantly experienced it for ourselves. Unless you can detect the problem, here, see or feel it the problem, it’s so difficult to diagnose. Trying to find out exactly where the issues were coming from needed a little more investigation up on a ramp. We got her up in the air and took the wheels off starting with the left hand front where we thought the problems were coming from.

First up we could also see that the brake pads would benefit from being replaced.

The noise issue was the bearing which needed to be replaced, as a great stockist that we are, we picked one of the shelf and took it to the workshop. With the bearing setup in place we could check the rotor. As we suspected it was warped.

The decision was made to upgrade the brakes to a set of our vented EBC kits. The rotors and a set of performance pads were chosen.

We cleaned up and then replaced the right hand also side checking the bearing which felt fine. We put the boots back on and took her out for a little run to gently bed the brakes in and get a feel for them.

We were happy, the vibration had stopped and the noise gone. Job done.

Weekend Away

For something a little different this week and maybe continued next week depending on the updates we get. We have a picumentary (yes we just made that up), by our very own Paul B – aka Lob Monster. He has joined in on a weekend away which was arranged by Classic & Sport Car Magazine to attend the ‘LeMans Classic’ taking his ’66 along to the race.

As they were going camping careful packing was going to be needed to make sure the beer didn’t get broken.

Once they had arrived at the meeting point, Paul tells us there was a nice selection of cars ready for the next leg of the journey.

The journey was going via a ferry from Portsmouth to Caen. We have some great pics here of the loading up of the cars ready for departure, a mobile car show in fact.

Once they landed on the other side of the water, they had a ‘pleasant drive through some amazing countryside scenery’ to the next meeting point and breakfast at Putanges-le-Lac.

The final leg of the journey they arrived at the campsite and managed to grab a pic or two of the cars arriving.

After the obligatory beer it was time to get the tents up and make yourself at home for the weekend.

With the cars still racing at 3.30am on Saturday morning the guys got up early for a wander round the venue.

They spotted this rather nice ’69 Shelby which was up for auction with a reserve estimated to be between £80k to £120k.

There were so may places to park cars that it took the guys just over six hours to get around it all.

The equivalent of the Mustang Owners Club in France had this real nice green example.

Looking around the pits and some of the cars, the guys liked these.

Paul even managed to blag a pass and decided to put the Porsche guys to shame by parking next to them. A great shot this one;

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Stay Cool

Another warm week in the UK and it makes a pleasant change to have a continued run of ‘summer’ and not just a few days. It has to be said that we have had a couple of people puggin’ (moaning) about the warmth when they have come to our offices. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that we have sold a few radiators this month. Of those orders a couple have been our upgraded radiators with improved cooling. We have a couple of little pointers on hot weather driving as well if it helps.

Park & Pic

A unique and bespoke colour called “Dragon’s Blood” on this ’69 which was mixed and painted by our very own Yogi. The colour brief was to be a unique colour, but also to look correct for the year. This car has appeared on a few fridge magnets and the odd postcard and many forums. The car is owned by a good friend of our Spence who brought her in for a service and once over.

Summer Driving Tips

  • Check and top up your radiator to the correct levels using the correct antifreeze mixtures.
  • Carry some ready mixed radiator coolant in your trunk. Try not to top up the radiator with plain water, only do this is an emergency to get you home.
  • Believe it or not, most anti freeze products are also summer coolants.
  • Check what type of antifreeze you have, green or orange etc. They can’t be mixed, a couple of products can be mixed with any colour such as Prestone.
  • If your car starts to overheat, pull over as soon as you can and allow it to cool down naturally.
  • Once you have pulled over and the engine has cooled down, look for signs of leaks, cracked radiator, leaking water pump, split hoses etc. This should determine if you have just had a random run hot episode or you have more significant problems.
  • Don’t undo the radiator cap straight away. Due to the water pressure which keeps the water from boiling, releasing that pressure turns the coolant to ‘flash steam’ which will burn you.
  • Never be tempted to top up a hot engine and coolant with cold water either; the sudden change in temperature could crack the engine block. You will be in deep for a new engine.
  • Driving a very hot car continuously could cause a gasket to blow or even distort the cylinder heads. If you do the later, then you are in for a bundle of money to fix it.
  • Check your oil level as it’s not just the water that keeps your engine cool.
  • When in traffic make sure that your Mustang is not to close to the car in front. Sitting up close and personal to the car in front will draw the warm air in from the exhaust in front and can increase your temperatures. Sit at least half a car back to allow the air the circulate.
  • Don’t constantly rev your engine stationary. It may sound great, but it increases the temperatures.
  • When pulling away in traffic, this is not a cue for a standing quarter mile start, pull away gently.
  • When you are driving and you notice the temperature rises, turn the car inside heaters on. It sounds counter intuitive, but the water is drawn away from the engine thus allowing it cool a little longer.
  • If the temperature rises turn on the heaters as the water is drawn away from the engine, allowing it cool.

Customer Cars

We have a 65 fastback in with a for a couple of front strut rod bushes and some new rear brake cylinders. The bushes are perished and definitely need replacing.

The rear cylinders are straight forward enough to swap out. It’s also a good time to replace the brake fluid while you bleeding the system.

We finish with a great (genuine) little article in the press which is doing the rounds on social media.

Whoever wrote it, you have our respect! 👍

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Back To Front

A very hot week in the yard at Mustang Maniac and we could do some of our work in the sun which makes a nice change. We have a couple of cars this week both ’69s where the owners wanted to remain anonymous which is absolutely fine by us, they are more happy to show the work being done as long as we don’t identify their cars, so we will respect those wishes.

Customer Cars

The first ’69 has had their old rusty fuel tank flushed out and checked for any holes or rust, all was fine. We still need to clean it up a bit, but not really worth it until all the parts are fitted and checked to be working. That will be done after the road test, which is a perk of the job! In order to help the fuel get pumped up to the front of the car with a ‘degree of enthusiasm’, an internal electrical fuel pump was added just after the sender, the fuel filter sits just outside the tank and bolted into place.

Up the other end under the hood after the fuel arrives with a bit of vigour, a fuel regulator and fuel return filter were added. Nothing to outrageous and in your face, but if you know what you’re looking at then it tells you; all is not stock!

This steady and regulated fuel flow makes it much easier to set up carburettors in both cold and hot conditions. The fittings are not fully finished just yet, but we took the pics before we left for the day with them in place. Could this car be heading to Santa Pod for a day of Mustang racing? We couldn’t possibly say or know for sure, but it could be!


The other ’69 was to have a new heart transplant in the shape of a new 351w going in. The replacement engine was to have as much of the old engine bolted back onto the new engine as possible, so as not giving it away as being a completely new engine. When the car came into us it had a real bad rattle and some rather bad knocking!

We took the head off the the side of the engine that we had narrowed the noise was coming from. The inspection showed that we found a conrod cap bolt was broken so the piston was hitting the head. Damage was clear and already done. It works out cheaper for a new engine rather than rebuild the original. That’s after you take into account the specialist labour costs, parts, then the waiting time while it’s being fixed. So sensibly the latter option was taken up by the customer with a date correct replacement.

We wheeled the replacement out into the sun to be worked on fitting the fan, fuel pump, pulleys, alternator, oil filter, plumb fittings, sensors etc. were all bolted back into place where they could be reused of course, and not worn or damaged after we had checked them.

With the intake manifold bolted into place, we could add the carb and coil.

Next up will be the final plumbing pipes, electrics and HT leads early next week. The distributor and carb will be dialled back to defaults before we settle the engine back into the car. Why no test rig? Quite simple really, we have seen this engine running after the rebuild before we put it on the shelf as back ‘in stock’ as it were.

There is something quite exciting about seeing a new engine ready to go into a car!

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