California Dreamin’

Once in a while at Mustang Maniac we are pleasantly surprised by a car that comes into us for a little work. This week we have seen one of those rare occasions. This car was imported into the UK and was shipped straight to us for a once over, MOT and any little bits work that is needed.

We got this lady up on the ramps and could tell that this was a nice car with some proper money been spent on her. The underside was solid, clean and virtually rust free. There was no visible patches, holes or anything hidden that was going to cause us problems. Suspension parts had been changed, steering converted to a Borgson set up, new springs, disc brake conversion, wheels and tyres to name just some of the replacements.

The car was running, but needs a little Yogi magic and first things first was a service, now that would have been good if we could get oil in the car. Both the valve covers we closed versions and nowhere for the engine to vent or get oil in, so a nice set of chrome valves covers went on and a matching breather cap and pcv valve to the carb. Pertronix ignition was next up and all of a sudden things improved with the engine. We will sort out the timing and fine tuning later after a full diagnostics and road tests.

The rear leaf spring bushes had seen better days and needed a swap out, although they had changed the fronts with a poly set.

We were asked to swap out the rear LEDs for a new set of LEDs all round front and rear. There was nothing wrong with the old set except they were USA reds only. So when the indicators came on the lights flashed red as normal. So a Euro spec was added and the new accompanying wiring fitted to allow for the extra connections.

Both Adam and Yogi were amazed that the original light cluster screws were in place, a very difficult to get hold of part if at all.

A very nice little convertible import and a pleasure to tell the customer all is good with the basic structure of the car.

Customer Cars

While we are on the case of LEDs we have another car in for the same thing. These were working at the time we took the pics: The first are of and pic with the park lights now as side lights too.

We had to play around a little with the camera to try to take a pic of the LEDs as they never seem to come out right, so here are the front amber indicators, I think we shown the colours OK.

The rears again didn’t come out brilliant on the pics, but they are super bright. Red drive lights and the amber indicators.

WebShop

Adam has taken another delivery of some more alloy wheels as he has sold the last few sets he had in. If you want some, get in quick before this pallet load gets sold.

We know Adam has a batch of Limited Edition wheels coming in from another container this week, and we are excited about these, watch this space for next weeks post on a few new items just coming in.

Congratulations Ford.

10,000,000 Mustangs and Counting…

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang – America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight. The 10 millionth Ford Mustang is a high-tech, 460 horsepower 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology and built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same color and model with a three-speed manual transmission and 164 horsepower V8. “Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”

Ford is celebrating the milestone with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Mustangs produced for more than five decades parading from Dearborn to Flat Rock, where the Mustang currently is manufactured. During its 54-year production history, Mustang also was built in San Jose, Calif., Metuchen, N.J., and the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Mich.

Still America’s best-selling sports car

Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car over the last 50 years, based on Ford analysis of 1966-2018 total U.S. new vehicle cumulative registrations for all sports car segments supplied by IHS Markit.

Better Than Ever

The latest Ford Mustang offers more technology, exhilarating performance and more personalization than ever. The iconic Mustang Bullitt returns for the 2019 model year, with an exclusive 480-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, plus distinctive design and trim. The classic California Special also returns with unique design and trim enhancements. All 5.0-liter V8 2019 Mustangs with manual transmissions offer rev-matching downshifts come to the six-speed Mustang GT, while EcoBoost® gets an optional quad-tip fully active exhaust. All-new custom-tuned 1,000-watt B&O PLAY high-performance sound system and available Apple CarPlayT compatibility for Ford+Alexa and Waze via SYNC® 3 will satisfy audiophiles. Mustang Shelby GT350® ascends to a new level of greatness on the track and off with custom-engineered Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus recalibrated ABS and MagneRideT suspension for dramatically improved traction and lateral acceleration. Other highlights include new interior appointments and optional factory-painted stripes. An available tech package includes all-new custom-tuned, high-performance 12-speaker sound from B&O PLAY, plus heated mirrors with Blind Spot Information System and Cobra puddle lamps.

Did you Know:

The Ford Mustang is now in its sixth generation. In addition to its sales leadership, the Mustang page has more likes on Facebook than any other vehicle nameplate.

Important Mustang Launches (by model year)

2019    Limited-edition Mustang Bullitt with 480 horsepower

2018    Updated style, new 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and Performance Pack II

2015    All-new sixth generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension and Shelby GT350 / GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8

2012    First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 444 horsepower V8

2011    All-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 Mustang GT debuts

2008    Iconic Bullitt Mustang returns

2007    California Special edition returns

2004    Dearborn Assembly Plant ends 40 years of Mustang production moves to Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

2003    Mustang Mach 1 model returns with Ram-Air “Shaker” hood scoop

2001    Debut of Mustang Bullitt limited-edition salute to movie car

2000    SVT Mustang Cobra “R” race version returns

1993    Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts

1984    Mustang SVO debuts

1982    Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence

1979    Euro-styled “Fox” platform Mustang debuts

1976    Cobra II joins the lineup

1974    Mustang II debuts amid gas crisis; no V8 engine offered until 1975

1970    Ram-Air “Shaker” hood offered

1969    High-performance Boss 302 and Boss 429 introduced

1968    Mustang 390 GT stars with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”; 428 Cobra Jet engine debuts

1965    Shelby GT350 introduced; Mustang 2+2 with full fastback roof debuts

Here’s to the next 10 Million!

Complex & A Simple Swap

We decided to swap things around a little this week and we started pick up work again on the ‘Onion Mustang’. We work on this little lady when we have time as this is not a time critical build so far. The body shop where the car sits at the moment is cool and out the back of the yard so Yogi can just get on a do his thing, the dark complex art form of making Mustangs from bits of car, old, new or reconditioned. The car is far from being finished properly for the basic body work yet, a lot of this is temporary especially at the front end. The cowl is a serious and critical part of the front end strength, however the lower cowl has been paint prepped ready for fitting. Yogi will measure this cowl a couple of times, clamp it, measure it, tack weld it and dummy panel fit for the front, all before he even starts the proper welding.

Parts for the middle section and the rear are coming together well and the rear running gear is in. The rear axle is from a later Mustang which has been shortened specifically to fit this car. The results should be a well handling car as a result.

The wall of parts are ready and waiting, you have to smart and always be a step in front of yourself, especially when the car is on the jig and being assembled to this degree.

WebShop

We have been asked a number of times if a little bling makes a difference? That choice is yours alone, but we can give you a couple of examples for a simple swap out with our stainless steel upgrade. These parts fit all the ’64 – ’66 models under hood, subtle but very effective.

Stainless Steel Hood Pin can be found here

Stainless Steel safety Latch can be found here

The original car hood is obviously painted car colour as they were at the time of build.

Replacing the parts is a large nut for the hood pin and a couple of bolts for the safety latch. The replacement bolts are not your standard bolts though, these are our new in ‘Ford’ branded Stainless Steel.

The replacement is straight forward swap out but make sure the pic is set correctly for opening and closing.

The difference brakes up the large expanse of under hood colour and compliments the hood leading edge strip too. These top quality parts made of polished stainless steel are a lot cheaper than you think! As Adam would say, “it’s all in the details”.

Adam has had a few of these Mustang Maniac laser cut key hooks made up, this time with five hook pins. If you are a good customer and make regular orders, you may find one of these in the next order as a little thank you, or if you are at the yard you ask Adam ‘nicely’ you may get one while the limited edition stock lasts of course. But, if you try to call him up to ask for one – you can pretty much bet your car keys you won’t get one!

Keep putting the sun cream on and enjoy the hot weather, it will be winter soon!

All’s Gone Quiet

Over the last couple days the weather in the UK has taken a turn for the worse after a very nice hot spell. A thunder-storm has taken its toll on the Mustang Maniac phones due to a bolt of lightning landed in the field behind us on Friday, since then the phones have been down and doing things they really shouldn’t be doing. We managed to get the internet back up and running for the WebShop in order to process the orders and dispatch. We have had a few emails complaining about the fact we are not answering the phones, we are doing everything we can to fix the issue as soon as we can, we have reported the problem and we are expecting the phone system engineers out Monday. As the Mustang Maniac offices have switched over to web-based business model now, this shouldn’t be a problem for parts ordering. The phones should now only be used for booking in jobs to our workshops, which can still also be done via emails.

 

Adam’s Words of Wisdom

Over the last month or Mustang Maniac have had a number of cars come into us for some work, but all is not what it seemed. The problem is that due to fact that these cars are commanding good money and that can be exploited. What we have seen is that some of the cars that have been imported into the UK have been advertised as one thing, but the VIN number says something very different. Common examples are the old favorite where a six cylinder has been passed off as a genuine v8. Yes of course the fittings can all be changed over as they should be, but if you are paying top dollar for a Mustang v8, the value will never be what it should be due to its original build history. For obvious reasons we won’t be showing examples of this for customer privacy, and the world doesn’t need to know. We have seen VIN numbers welded in place from other cars, letters stamped incorrectly and whole panels replaced just to get the VIN numbers correct. The visible VIN is different to the hidden VIN or door tag etc.

Adam has said to many people; “If you are importing the car yourself, do you homework first”. ‘Get photos of the VIN numbers and check it out along with the door tags. If the tags don’t match, or you see something different to what the ID tags say, ask questions, lots of questions”.

We are not saying anybody in particular is doing this, it may have even been done by the original vendor in another country and by the time it arrives here it’s all to late. Perhaps the different door tag is down to a replacement door after a minor fender bender, which all would be explained quite happily. On the other hand it could be for more sinister reasons.

Adam has developed an extremely comprehensive VIN and door tag decoder, with many variables that are not on other data bases, just for this reason. If you take your car into Mustang Maniac for any work to be done, if you then ask Adam nicely, he may well print the details of your car out for you.

Customer Cars

While we are on the subject of taking people words for it we were told that a gearbox had been “Serviced” recently, but was still not behaving how it should have been. When we took it apart we found out why. The date that was scratched on the Gearbox filter said “24/4/’81”. Another reason not to just take somebody’s word for it.

After the proper service from us and adjustments all was working again and performing just how it should do.

In the hot weather we have had a few gaskets blown due to the extra strains on the older and more consumer parts of the car should we say. This car had an unusual intake manifold gasket fail which of course causes some major problems.

Like all these things, if one side has gone do the other side as well as a matter of course. Cleaning the old gasket off and prep work of the metal to metal faces is crucial for a good seal of the gaskets. At least this wasn’t the head gaskets which of course is a much bigger job and more costly.

Car Shows

Last weekend the car show was the ‘Damn Yankees Summer Slam’ held at North Weald Airfield. This is another very well supported car show and the Mustang Maniac “massive” were on convoy to go along and play, of course the only photo’s were taken were of Mustangs!

We were told that Yogi was “Chillin'” and we are not quite sure what this hand gesture was all about, at least it wasn’t his normal hand gesturing to other drivers when they drive badly. Not that he bothers with that sort of thing, most of the time he just stamps on the loud pedal and they only get to see his exhaust tips disappearing into the distance.

On the way back from a great turn out at the show, it was decided that as the day was all bout the ‘Americana’ theme we stopped of at a ‘Arnolds diner’, another favourite venue of the Mustang Massive. 😉

What a great way to end the day. Just in case you thought that was the real Elvis outside the diner, its not. 🙂

Seen Better Days?

Here in the UK the sun is out and glorious weather for another week with the promise of more to come. We can safely say that we can’t remember seeing better days and a hot spell like this for many many years now. How long will be before the UK buckles under the strain of hot weather this time and not the snow? We moan about the rain, snow, fog, light, dark and now the country is moaning about the hot weather so it seems, but we are making the most of it when we can, tea breaks? Nope, more like Ice cold beer breaks, well not if we are driving of course. Moving on we have had another great set of holiday snaps with a Mustang and obviously they take the lead story of Park & Pic.

Park & Pic

We have been sent a few pics from John Norris who had taken his ’67 convertible 302ci on a recent trip to Monaco. We (well me actually as I am writing the words), just love this pic and it sort of says it all really, my words will not do it justice unfortunately.

Driving around the mountains make for some pretty cool shots.

St. Tropez Harbour near the hotel.

What a great set of pics. Please send us your holiday photo’s with a Mustang. We will post them on our blog for you and some pretty cool bragging rights as well.

Customer Cars

We have had a great 66 Convertible in to us for a few handling issues. After inspection it turns out that springs and shocks required as they have certainly ‘seen better days’ should we say.

Comparisons of the old rear springs and the new when off the car is evident, but when the weight of the car goes back on the springs they just collapse even more, giving the normal ‘nose in the air look’ a whole new meaning. To give the car a more even stance the front was lowered by our high performance 1″ drop springs.

New spring perches on the front where the bushes had perished and could give a vague feel to the car.

The new parts in place and with nice upgraded shocks compared to the old shocks.

There was also an issue with a leak around the diff pinion seal that was making a nice mess wherever it stood for any length of time. So while we were under the car we replaced that as well, another part that had perished away. The leak has now stopped we are glad to say.

The cost of all this certainly out ways the huge difference it will make to your drivability of the car, and safety of course.

Other News

Adam has taken down the trees that line the path to the yard which has widened the path and given a much more open feel to the area. However due to a few driving incidents that have been noted around a sharp corner. This has prompted Adam to get a new sign printed to warn other drivers what to look out for. Thanks to Lance at Linards for the design and prompt delivery. It seems as though some people just don’t get it!

WebShop

Adam has ordered in some more oil for the WebShop, and put Adam’s comment in a more family friendly way ‘I could have bought a cheap run around for what that pallet cost me’. Those who know Adam will be able to reverse engineer his comment to what he actually said. 😀

He purchased a 2017 Continental a little over a year ago and he bought a 1967 model at a recent Bonhams auction.  He says he loves both cars but has a sentimental connection to the older model.  That’s because the car was owned ever since it was brand new by Shelby’s grandfather, the legendary Carroll Shelby.

“I’m still trying to track down some of the details but I believe Ford gave it to him as a marketing vehicle.  I’ve got a copy of the registration tag that says, ‘Ford Motor Company Shelby’s Lincoln’ on it,” said Shelby, the eldest of the automotive icon’s six grandchildren.  “I thought it was something neat to have and to continue in the family.” The ’67 Continental was one of two dozen vehicles from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection put up for auction by his estate.  Shelby says he believes it held an important place in his grandfather’s heart. “He had so many vehicles over his lifetime that he bought and sold, and he didn’t seem to have much emotional attachment to any of them.  But for some reason, this car stayed in his ownership from day one,” said Shelby.  “It had to be something special that went back to his relationship with Ford I would guess.” The light blue Continental has only 61,000 miles on it, so it wasn’t driven much over the last 50 years.  Shelby says he plans to change that. “I’m going to drive it. That’s for sure,” he said.  “I’m not going to do any cross-country road trips, but my wife and kids are already excited about getting out and running around in it.” Shelby says the car is in good shape. “It runs well,” he said.  “There are a few small electrical things that need to get fixed but overall it’s been well maintained and it runs really nicely.” Shelby says he had to take measurements to make sure the vehicle would fit in his garage. “In today’s world it is a long car.  It’s 18.5 feet long,” he said.  “It fits in my garage but just barely.” When asked what he thought his grandfather would say about him buying the car, Shelby says he can imagine two potential responses.

“In one scenario I think he would just say what the heck are you buying an old car for,” chuckled Shelby, recollecting his grandfather’s sense of humor.  “At the end of the day I think he would be pretty happy about it because he didn’t keep a whole lot of things throughout his life.  He was always of the mantra that what’s new is better.  So I think he would be pleased to see this vehicle stay within the family.”

Shelby says he’s received a lot of compliments from his friends about both Continentals. “The one thing people say is that they both look fantastic,” he said.  “The new car is so well designed and the ’67 is just as striking.” Shelby says he was impressed with the 2017 Continental when he first saw it.  “I’m a banker by trade here in Dallas and I take clients out quite a bit so I wanted to have a car that’s comfortable,” he said.  “So I special ordered one and it came in early last year.  It’s been great.”

In addition to his work as a banker, Shelby serves on the board of Carroll Shelby International and often attends car shows and other events as a representative of the brand. “It’s one of the most fun things that I do. It’s great to be able to tell Carroll’s story,” he said.  “The part I have the most fun with is really listening to other people’s stories about when they met Carroll.  I knew him as a grandfather but I didn’t know him as well from a car enthusiast perspective when I was growing up.”

Keep sending us your pics and we will get them on the blog for you. Enjoy the sun and crack open a cold beer!

Taking A Trip

For a little while now we have been supplying parts to a genuine ’65 GT Fastback, we are pleased to say that those parts and service have now gained us another loyal customer. The pretty much finished car was driven to us by Adrian and he wanted a Mustang Maniac sticker, how could we refuse? The particular car will be taking part in the Africa 2018 rally which runs from 1-27 October this year, click the link here for the website and details. With that in mind the car is also our Park & Pic for the week.

Park & Pic

Ellie the office guard dog seems to approve as well with a quick photo-bomb in on the action.

Under the vehicle has been reinforced to prevent any damage to the oil sump, steering and the fuel tank for obvious reasons. Honestly they have done a great job on the car and the thick plating they have used will certainly do the job.

We don’t see many Mustangs (if any come to think of it) with rear mud flaps, but here they work well and will be invaluable on the trip itself.

We hope from the journey that we will get some photo’s to share with you of a Mustang in the wild. See what we did there? 😀

We wish the team all the success in undertaking a huge challenge and hopefully enjoy an amazing experience at the same time.

Customer Cars

Time to bling up a nice ’66 Stroker powered Coupe.

It’s a known fact Kevin likes a little bling under the hood and the latest upgrades obviously didn’t disappoint. Another positive from the bling is that the safety is there too.

We have the brake booster and dual master cylinder for the brakes.

An unusual addition is this vapour trap from the PCV valve to the carb which stops water circulation in the engine. Then of course the chrome rocker covers with coated headers.

From last week we had a number of cars that were given a little TLC and services. Those cars were all lined up waiting for collection, what a beautiful site it was too.

Do you have any photo’s of your car on holiday with you? If so send it to us and we will get them on our little ol’ blog for you.

Buying In Bulk

It’s a known fact that Mustang Maniac has one of the best stocked shelves of Mustang Parts in the UK. Most of it is down to Adam’s sixth sense of ordering and shrewd business sense. Well, Adam has ordered some new stock, bespoke stock, own stock and a bulk lot of stock! Firstly we mentioned a few posts ago that Adam was quiet excited that he has the moulds to create the “Eleanor” body kits, which match exactly the body kits on the “Gone in Sixty Seconds” movie cars. (Don’t ask!) The first of which was the front valance which was scrutinised by all the guys before the OK was given by Adam to make the rest of the full body kit.

Now we are pleased to say that all these bespoke parts to Mustang Maniac have been moulded and fully checked at our workshops. All of those parts can now be bought as a ‘full body kit’, or you can just buy a few pieces that you want; scoops, flared fender extensions, rear quarters, side exit exhaust covers etc. remember nobody else has these the exact moulds in the UK, and other suppliers versions don’t come close to the quality of these moulded parts. Adam now has them stored with the other ’67 body shells in his yard. Can you guess what a future project is going to be yet?

As these special parts are not on the WebShop just yet, drop an email to Adam if you are interested. Don’t call, just email him!

Next up is the “New Parts”, all be a lot smaller this time, but still a bulk order of this first batch, Adam got them all, just for now untill the next lot are ready. Nonetheless these bits of hardware can make a big difference when you are looking to be detailing your car. The new parts are authorised by Ford and had arrived just a couple of days ago. These fender bolts now come with the classic “Ford” logo on them in either “zinc” or “stainless steel” finishes. They can be bought individually or in bulk, they can also fit other application fixing as well if you really feel the need to do so.

The ‘Zinc’ hardware bolts

The ‘Stainless Steel’ hardware bolts.

There are other parts suppliers out there that take the money, then they order the parts in, so you have to wait for them to arrive in the country. Others say it’s in stock and it’s not etc. When Adam had heard of a new batch of “sway bars” had been made for various years of Mustang; he bought the whole lot! You may be lucky to find a supplier with one on the shelf, however Adam may now have one or two lying around of various sizes for various years! At the end of the day you know where to order your Mustang parts from, if you want them next day.

Newer Mustangs

Adam has been stocking up on some new parts for the 2015 – 2017 model Mustangs and has the new LED style headlights in stock.  The difference is subtle, but does make a difference.

 

Adam has also fitted them to his ’16 Mustang along with some other nice little mods that can all be bought from the WebShop.

The daytime running lights have also been fixed up to the grill lights and park lights.

When the main headlights are on, the look of the car changes yet again.

The indicators I hear you ask? Well they have had an upgrade too. The sequential lights will disable the DTRL until the signal on that side of the car has been cancelled. There is no mistaking a turn intention on this car now. The Amber hasn’t come out to great in the pics, but they are bright, trust me.

The back of the car has had some upgrades just to balance things out a little of course with a neat roof spoiler which highlights the high level rear brake LEDs.

The rear brake and drive lights now have a chrome highlight, the center panel is also replaced along with the black race look filler cover.

Customers Cars

Yes we have been doing plenty of other cars which we will give you the updates on next week. for now here is a little taster!

Well Done to the England World Cup team – keep it up guys,

Also a great drive from Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix today. 

Hotting UP

This Week has been the hottest for a long while that we can remember, so unfortunately this is where the road tests take just that little bit longer, especially if the roof is down. We have been doing as lot of service work which has kept us quiet, except when it comes to tea breaks and lunch times where Yogi is still in denial about the drag race rigging going on from last week! The jury is still out on that one by the way. As the weather is so nice we are going to be a little bit lazy on this post as we have had a good customer of ours virtually write this weeks post for us. So a special thanks to Derek Hutchinson who provided the photos and the words. There are some great little stories here and his trips around Europe. Take it away Derek:

NDB986E ’67 Red Mustang convertible

I bought the car in July 2012 from a guy in Newcastle and shocked him by deciding to drive it home to Staines (350 Miles). His nervous smile made me nervous, but I was determined to drive it home.  It was a glorious Friday afternoon and I had the roof down all the way home. Absolutely fabulous feeling and I knew I was in love immediately.

I am no mechanic but I am the son of a very good mechanic and it is surprising how much I remembered of what my father would look for in a car.  So I bought the car after making my checks based upon just my limited knowledge.  Fortunately for me the car has turned out to a very good buy, but soon after my drive home we started to experience serious over heating issues. Fortunately a neighbour recommended Adam at Mustang Maniac. Adam collected the car and discovered the remains of a perforated timing belt in the sump that had clogged up the oil pump but luckily no serious damage had been caused. Adam corrected a number of other minor issues caused by the previous owners ‘DIY’ repairs.

Harrods Breakdown. 2014

2 weeks before setting off on our first major road trip across France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland the car stopped dead outside Harrods in London on a lovely summer’s day. The girls went shopping while I waited for the AA. 2.5 hours. I bought a coffee and had a nap in the car with the bonnet up to demonstrate that I couldn’t move it anywhere.  I was awakened by about 20 Chinese people who had stopped their coach to take pictures of my car.  I even put the bonnet down for them, but was a touch offended when one lady pushed me to one side to get me out of the picture.

Back off to Adam and a new alternator required. At this point my wife began to worry if we were safe to do the trip in my Mustang. “I think we should go in your Mercedes darling” she said. Her friend who is very risk averse had been scaring her about this foolhardy nonsense in such an old car with poor brakes, no seatbelts, roll cage etc, etc.  I am very stubborn and insisted that if we didn’t go in the Mustang then I had no interest in driving across Europe and would not go. Fortunately my wife’s niece Laura was visiting from Colombia and was very excited about this once in a lifetime dreamy trip around Europe in a classic car.  So, off we went.  (MM: loving the picture of the drink on the fender! 🙂 )

French border control Folkestone

Three of us, a full boot and a big case strapped to the boot rack (smart idea by Adam at MM). I really like the bot rack, only problem I couldn’t see through the rear window because the bag was too big.  So I bought a slimmer bag/case from the outlet village in Stuttgart.  I get sick on ferries so we always do the tunnel. Much quicker and convenient.

Quality repair on the go

Day one we drove across France heading for Stuttgart where we have friends and that would be our base.  At our first service station stop after crossing the border into Germany,  the chrome side strip on the car fell off when I opened my door.  It made a tremendous noise for such a flimsy part. Doris’s face (the wife) was a picture, full of dread and fear. This wreck isn’t safe and we are going to break down. I was having none of that silly nonsense, but had to think fast and decide what to do to repair it and keep a cool exterior, even though my stomach was churning and I was  twitching like hell. A quick scratch of the head and the mechanic in me thought ‘gaffa tape’. 5 minutes later we were back on our way with a quality repair “as good as new”.

Laura and I both agreed that the most significant and best part of this incident was that this was now an exciting adventure.  All of our many trips into Europe since have all had that exciting element of adventure. Excellent.

Inside Hitler’s Colosseum

From our base in Stuttgart we drove out to Austria and Switzerland (beautiful countryside and sights). Over a few days we saw the famous alpine castle used in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and we stayed in a lovely hotel in the picturesque town of Hallstatt in Austria where there is a great salt mine to visit and a beautiful lake for a little boat ride.

On our way back to Stuttgart we visited Nuremberg and in particular the museum and visitor centre at Hitlers famous camp where he gave many significant addresses to his troops and their families who attended the massive official and holiday gatherings there. The Nuremberg Rally was the annual rally of the Nazi Party in Germany, held from 1923 to 1938. They were large Nazi propaganda events, especially after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933.  It is a massive site and just behind the visitor centre (seriously interesting history) Hitler’s followers had started but not finished building a Colosseum for their illustrious leader.  He never got to see it.  The security guards saw me arriving with my car and ushered me to drive my car away from the visitor parking area and asked me to park my car slap bang in the centre of the Colosseum.  I was a little nervous at first until Doris’s friend who lives in Germany interpreted that they want to take pictures of your car in the Colosseum.  They took pictures of themselves and allowed us to take our own pictures, but they wouldn’t allow us to take any pictures of them.  I guess they were worried about getting found out.  Anyway it was very exciting for us and we have a very unique picture as a result.

At one point on this day we got caught in a big storm and even though the roof was up Doris and her friend thought it necessary to put their umbrella up in the back seat of the car to stop the rain getting them wet. Wish I could find the picture. We drove back home through Belgium and stayed at Antwerp. Very nice.

Calais UK border control

This is us on our way back sporting our new low profile case on the boot rack.

Home from first trip safe n sound

This is Doris, Laura and me popping a bottle of champagne to celebrate our fantastic adventure. Notice how that quality mechanical repair lasted the whole adventure. Adam should be proud of me.

We did a trip round France in 2015 but whilst we have lots of pictures from the places we visited we have no pictures with the car in shot.

2016 adventure

In 2016 we had another niece visit from Colombia and she wanted an adventure in the Mustang so we organised another trip in which we covered some different parts of Germany predominately cruising round the Black Forrest (tons of lovely little towns and villages). We had a lovely time but in the middle of the holiday we got caught in a nasty traffic jam on the Autobahn and the auto gear changer became seriously hot, so much so that I was worried that we would get stuck there. So I made the decision to pull into the hard shoulder and drive down it getting off at the next junction.  Getting some cool air circulation seemed to solve the problem. Unfortunately we have since had a number of instances of transmission heating up and loss of drive temporarily.  Adam is on the case and it looks like we need to schedule a new transmission this year.

Going nowhere fast on the Autobahn is a picture of us at a point when the traffic completely stopped for almost an hour without movement.

Crazy gang on the Autobahn is a snap of the group once we got moving again. Me and Angie in the front, Doris Paola and Silvana in the back.

Seriously overloaded.  Doris insisted on buying some garden pots (reasonably heavy) and we also brought Silvana back to England for a weeks break with Paola. I knew we were a bit heavy but it wasn’t until we stopped and got out at the Calais crossing car park, that I realised just how low the rear suspension was (and this was without us in the car). Even funnier, we locked the car and went in for a Starbucks and it wasn’t till we came out again that I realised I had locked the keys in the ignition (over tired).  Luckily it is relatively easy to break into an old convertible.

2018 Hamburg and Lubeck trip

Just one picture from our March trip this year. This one is outside the hotel we stayed in at Munster as we drove over to Hamburg and Lubeck. Sadly the transmission when cold couldn’t engage drive so I had to choose gear 1 or 2 to make a connection before it would engage with drive. We really need that new transmission. Pity we don’t have any pictures of driving in snow at Lubeck. It was a bit scary but also funny.

Some great stories there and well told, we had to make a little adjustment to a couple of little bits as this is a family blog at the end of day. 😉

Thanks again to Derek for taking the time and effort to get all this over to us. 

Customers cars

But before we let that happen here is a lovely ’65 with a beautifully done custom-made red leather interior.  We have serviced the car and give her the now famous Mustang Maniac once over.

Do you have any road trips with your Mustang that you want to share with us? You know what to do – send the details over to us and we get it on the blog for you.

We hope you are enjoying the world cup where ever you may be.