Expert Or Expertise?

This week we have had a car in that is overheating and are on their fourth radiator. The problem is from the engine block that is depositing sediment into the radiator and blocking the the narrow pipes. In order to prove the fact Adam has got out his knew gadget to take a photo of the problem for the customer.

Thermal Imaging was a super expensive technology a few years ago, but this has now filtered into the automotive market at reasonable costs to make diagnosis easier. The radiator was scanned and clearly shows the cold spot on due to a blockage on the left hand side of the radiator. This quickly narrowed down the issue and Mustang Maniac started the flushing procedures of the radiator and water ways to try and fix the problem. Really and truly this engine needs to come out for a strip down and sort out.

That may full tear down may have to wait until we get the go ahead from the customer, but for now we shall try a few old school tricks to make her run cool again, if not it’s a new radiator again.

Stock:

Gearboxes.

We mention that Adam has been getting his gearboxes reconditioned and stored, well we have new batch arrive and now gone into the Aladdin’s cave of hidden treasures.

There has even been a couple of manual gearboxes properly restored such as this four speed Top Loader fitted with a Hurst shifter.

When a good customer of ours asks for a something to be brought in especially we go out of our way to make it happen for them. In this instance the customer wanted to swap out his Manual gearbox for a automatic. A few weeks later it was built to the customer specs and arrived with us long with our other stock ready for fitting.

To finish up our little gearbox stock level update, Adam came staggering out of the storage room to find his transport trolley had been moved from where he left it.

Adam’s devoted and loyal dog Shelby was on the look out for the culprits, we’re pretty sure that she was gonna make somebody pay for it!

Shocks:

Adam has had a new line of shocks come in from Scott Drake which are their low pressure versions. These new ’64 – ’73 lines are already on the WebShop, the fronts can be found here.

The rears can be found here.

As our WebShop states; “These low-pressure gas shocks are an affordable upgrade from the original factory hydraulic shocks. These shocks are ideal for the daily driver that prefers a smooth comfortable ride over performance. For a more spirited driving we recommend Drake’s performance high-pressure gas shocks.”

Spax have now replenished us with another supply of unique personalised shocks in red. These red shocks can only be purchased through us. Adam is opening this batch to check for quality control.

Postage

We said that we are now using second class Royal Mail as some customers don’t want to pay the courier rates. That’s absolutely fine, but don’t expect it to arrive the next day as one customer complained about. Remember you have the choice for some items on how much you want to pay vs how quickly you want it. The little lot going out yesterday afternoon with a mixture of options including signed for or not;

The pilot has come to an end and we have decided to continue the service. We shall of course continue to monitor the feedback which so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to everybody who has taken time out to let us know what you thought of the options.

On a slightly negative point we don’t normally post about customers, but we felt we had too on this occasion. We will not be disclosing any details of what happened, but this customer needs to see a more public response as they keep sending us emails. The customer that has just been allocated the “C” button and has been repeatedly contacting us again. We honestly appreciate your apology thank you, due to the previous unpleasant experience from yourself with unreasonable expectations, we can assure you that we went over and above our normal excellent customer service we provide including a considerable expenses to ourselves, we even let you keep the item and gave you a refund. We will not be providing any more parts to you going forward or responding to your numerous emails. We’re sorry that the other suppliers are out of stock for the items you are requesting, please try other parts suppliers or you will just have to wait for your new “preferred supplier” to get the items in stock for you.

Expert Or Expertise?

We recently had a a customer complain to us that that their light up Mustang kick plates for the door sills was not working. We have had no problems with these items and fitted a few now without problems.

The customer insisted they were faulty as his “Expert Electrician” said they didn’t work. So they were returned to us and we opened the package to check them. We were hit with a tell tale burning smell.

Not only did they blow the transformers once, they did it twice! We never claim to be experts, as we are always learning. But, we do however have considerable expertise in classic Mustangs. We can confirm their experts ‘diagnosis’ that these transformers are not working. However we have never blown any up yet!

Keep Safe.

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Shake, Rattle & Roll

We have had some trouble shooting to do this week for customers and to be honest it was pretty evident what the problems were at first look. We have couple of videos and one of which is truly shocking. Turn up the volume and enjoy these little gems.

Customer Cars:

Clutch Judder:

This little lady had an issue with some clutch judder. This can be a worn clutch, face plate, bearings etc. In this case it was all of them! If you want to get your money’s worth this is pretty much the limit.

The prop shaft, gearbox and exhaust were removed before we could drop the gear box out. The flywheel was worn and showed the signs of the judder on what should be a flat surface, this one had a lip where it had worn.

The clutch itself was well beyond worn with bits broken off.

Adam got a “Full” clutch kit straight from the shelf and took it to Yogi in the workshop where he was taking the rest of the worn parts of the car.

Not cheap, but when things get this worn there is no option to replace. Yes, we could of taken the flywheel to be skimmed, but that would have taken lots of time and getting on the cost for a new one!

The bearing for the clutch was worn as well as this video shows.

Suspension Issues:

A customer has brought in their car to us with a diagnosis of it’s making a strange noise from the front.

So we got her up on the ramp and found this on the video below. No words needed!

The trouble of having this much movement invariably lead to worn or damaged parts elsewhere. After seeing this Yogi went off for a cuppa shaking his head. A potential accident waiting to happen, it wouldn’t have been a pretty when this lot would eventually let go!

Water Pump:

Lastly we had a car with a ‘funny noise’ coming from the front with a bit of a water leak. It was quickly nailed down to the water pump and it was replaced. While the worn one was sat on the bench we filmed this for you. It’s a little quiet, but you can hear the worn bearing.

Our Stock:

Adam has now had yet another batch of nice date coded auto and manual gearboxes back from being fully refurbished. All sitting on the shelf ready to go, maybe. However, if you ask Adam if has any gearboxes he will simply say; “Nope, ain’t got none”.

Tip: Like we said last week, get your money out and you might, just might be able to talk Adam into selling one to you. But, don’t hold your breath though unless it’s a proper wad of money.

Brakes:

We have now got a full range of brakes for ’64 to 2020 Mustangs all of the shelf. We also stock the full range of brake conversions by well known and different brands; vented, slotted, drilled or both. We can also offer you different price points from budget ranges to the more discerning customers who demand performance parts that our customers expect.

Cars For Sale;

We have had a great response to our worst kept secret from last week of selling cars. We have now got a nice list of names in our database who are looking for cars from us. We shall now be actively looking to match our customers up when the situation arises.

So, we need to end the post by saying a big “Thank You” to those of you that sent us emails saying you like the idea of “buying with confidence” from us, and could they go on our list buy & sell lists. It seems that cars that are sensibly priced, with a known history, known service record and respected top quality workmanship from Mustang Maniac says a lot when you want to buy a car.

Oops. (A note from the editor)

Last week it was spotted that the post started with a Heineken logo. Their slogan is; “It refreshes the parts other beer’s cannot reach.” It seems as though this was a draft version, see what we did there? The error was quickly replaced with the correct Carlsberg logo. After I had finished writing a hundred lines of “I must not mix my beers up on a blog, and I’m Sorry”, I was allowed back on hallowed blog pages on Mustang Maniac.

Keep Safe everybody as we are on verge of a second wave of Corona 😦

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We Don’t Sell Cars – Or Do We??

We have a slightly different post for you where we can make a service of ours more public. there is a great advert by ‘Carlsberg Beer’ where they say; ‘We don’t do (what ever it may be), but if we did…’, then the they show a perfect Utopia for that scenario.

With that in mind Mustang Maniac doesn’t sell cars, but if we did….

(Spoiler Alert: We do!!)

In the trade it’s well known that Adam has some cars, in fact lots of cars! He doesn’t actively sell cars via adverts, Facebook or other social media platforms. However, if you did walk in with a desire for one of his cars, and the money to match that desire, then you can pretty much buy anything from him.

Unlike some other Mustang sellers who simply import the cars, tidy them up a bit and sell them on for straight money profits, we on the other hand actually care about the customer experience and the enjoyment of these cars going forward.

What we offer is unique service tailored for the buyer and the seller. We know so many people as customers, our list of contacts is extensive as you can imagine. Until now this has been a very private process we haven’t made public, but we are now getting more and more requests for our services. So we will put it out there that this is what we now do. Just like some car sales are now selling the easy parts to get hold of, we are now going to open up our services for car parts with car sales too.

Firstly we only sell cars that we know the history of. Cars that we have looked after, serviced or restored for a period of time. When the time is right for the customer they let us know and we deal with it for them. It could be to move onto a different car, buy another car or sell one of their cars, whatever those circumstances may be. We then look through our database to see who is looking to buy or sell a car. We get in touch with them and become the intermediary for the sale. A bit like a Mustang Owners Dating Service for quality cars.

What do we get out of it? Simple, loyal customers who will come back to us again and again. Recommendations for us and more customers.

Here’s a story of the latest sale we facilitated. A unique ’70 coupe which we have looked after for quite a while and we have known the previous two owners, was coming up for sale. The car was nicely converted to a right hand drive with a custom paint job, this is a stand out car in any crowd as it stood.

We had some visitors to our yard who enquired about a car and spotted this little lady. We informed that it was going to be up for sale very shortly and we were doing some pre-sale prep work on her. They were very interested and so we got in touch with our Mustang Maniac Sales Consultant who liaised between the seller and the buyers. The new customers wanted a few things done to the car to make it a little more unique with some satin silver stripes and a scoop to name a couple of things.

We arranged for the car to be customised to their requirements. Once we got it back to the yard we gave the car our now very respected specialist pre delivery detail service, the results are amazing and this is one cracking looking car.

The comparison before and after:

The owners Stacey & John (left and right in the pic below) were pleased with the results and managed to grab a shot of them before they drove away. Adam in the middle with our sales consultant at the front who made it happen for them.

Why buy and sell through us?

A no brainer really. We are the country’s premier Mustang parts supplier to the trade, Ford themselves and of course our customers. When you buy from us you know the following:

  • When we handle the sale for you, we filter out the tyre kickers Sunday time wasters.
  • We have previously worked on the car and know its history.
  • We can supply you with what you need – straight off our very well stocked shelves.
  • We can offer you the countries top after sales advice, parts and service.
  • Above all we care!

We will only sell genuine quality cars at a genuine prices. If you want us to sell your car for you and we haven’t seen your car before, don’t bother to ask us. Those customers of ours who are looking to buy or sell, send Adam an email at sales@mustangmaniac.co.uk to see if we can help you out.

Have you ever brought a car and have to take it somewhere else to be fixed properly? We’ve had plenty of those quick turn around cars from various places through our workshops, putting right other peoples work as we have shown on here many times in the past, without naming names of course. We want you to have the best experience possible with your car for parts, service and now sales providing you meet our criteria that is, why go anywhere else?

Keep Safe.

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Shocking News

Ok it’s not shocking news, it’s great news if you want a Bilstein Shocks for your Mustang.

Our Stock:

Adam is now waiting for his first full delivery of shocks to come from Bilstein to us, hopefully in the next week or so. We have a very a limited supply of 2015 to 2020 Mustang shocks from Bilstein (below), but more are definitely on the way. 🙂

They can be bought as just a front set, rear set or a complete kit. Fronts here:

The rears set:

Anybody who knows about Bilstein products won’t need us to tell you that these products sit at the very top of their game for performance.

Adam has got a little wall embellishment for the offices as well.

The stock range has has been increasing even in these difficult times. But some parts are becoming increasing harder to find and keep in stock.

We would like to point out something to the first time customers who have been a little less than ‘understanding should we say’. We have had a couple of enquiries as to why our stock is sometimes more expensive than other suppliers. The answer was explained to a customer in our offices by Adam. The conversation went along the lines of this:

Customer: I want to buy (xxxx), but So and So has it £35 cheaper than you.

MM: Sorry, but that is our price, we are even squeezing our own margins at that cost.

Customer: I won’t pay your prices.

MM: No problem, the parts are in short supply, you don’t have to buy from us.

Customer: But I want the part.

MM: Why didn’t you buy it elsewhere if you can get it cheaper?

Customer: They haven’t had any in stock for a while now.

MM: We could be even cheaper than So and So if we don’t have them in stock either.

Customer: Will you match their price?

MM: Nope, we don’t price match. I take it you don’t want the part then?

Customer: Do you take Credit Cards?

That was a genuine (part of) conversation that took place in the Mustang Maniac office. The customer walked out with the part and he paid the price. We don’t rip people off, we have noticed an increase in prices due to the shortage of some parts. Luckily we have plenty of them. Even Ford dealers buy parts from us!!

Customer Cars:

Last week Yogi was taking apart a damaged engine, which was test fired on the rig and then put back into the car. Here the engine was primed with oil to make sure all was OK.

Then it was fitted back to the car. Plumbing was to be fitted and all the electrics to follow of course.

So far the new beating heart is making all the right noises.

Our Cars:

The Falcon has had some interior work done to her in the shape of the gauge cluster and trim.

The outside trim has been colour coordinated with the dash

We even managed to grab a pic of Gary applying some TLC to bring the paint back to life again.

With the Covid lockdown process about to take hold again, now is a good a reason as ever to get the parts in for the little projects you have on the go. Unlike some, we do have plenty of stock at our WebShop.

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Company Car

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. 👍

Customer Cars:

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.

Our Cars:

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???

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Mach1, 2, 3 & Mach-E

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.

Park & Pic

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. 😉

Customer Cars

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?

Other News:

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. 😉

Keep Safe.

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Out With The Old

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.

Park & Pic

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.

Customer Car

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!

Customer Kindness:

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! 😀

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Cutting Corners

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!

Park & Pic

“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.

Customer Cars

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.

Keep safe!

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Bouncing Back

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.

Customer Cars:

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.

Article:

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.

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Joe Macura

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.”

Source: http://www.at.ford.com/en/homepage/news-and-clipsheet/news/2020/8/lemans-heroes.html?cid=BOC-2020-08-14

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The Boys Go Racing

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! 😀

Other News:

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. 🙂

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